World of Warcraft tour CS185C

Today CS185C visited Azeroth for a Naked Gnome race. We expected it to be pretty chaotic as this was our first virtual opportunity. Discord ended up working very well and provided both a solid back channel for text as well as reliable audio. Using push to talk helped and we figured out that it was easy enough to switch between applications when they are “full screen.”

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We chose to run on a PVP server to get the full experience of the environment and sure enough I died at the hands of the fecking Horde when I was scouting the route for the race I got ganked.

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I hope you are proud of yourself for killing a level 5 gnome that is way out of his depth in the landscape.

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We met in Gnomergan, the starting area of the Gnomes, and did a quick follow the leader / footrace to Ironforge and then went thru the Deeprun Tram to Stormwind.

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The plan was to run from Stormwind as a group to the Dark Portal, we had two players who consented to lead us as they knew the landscape. We got surprisingly far before we started to die. And I didn’t expect us to make it at all so we decided to score it as 1 point for each live person and half a point for each dead person. We only ended up with the dead and finished up at about 4.5 total score…

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Second Life tour CS185C



Today we took the CS185C into an ancient world. The SLIS program at SJSU has a great island and they were kind enough to host my class.

We talked about Julien Dibbell’s work A Rape In Cyberspace and though it was somber and serious I think it conveyed some of the power and challenge of Virtual Environments.

We have chosen to use as our backchannel and so far so good with both text & audio. Our next few weeks are going to be a huge challenge for us as we visit World of Warcraft and Minecraft (Orwell).

Some quick survey results:

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