An Albatross Around My Neck?

With a name like Worlds of Wordcraft, it goes without saying that we play a substantial amount of video games in this class. So far, it’s been mostly contained to Lord of the Rings Online, but this is changing with the introduction of Neverwinter Nights 2. Now, I wouldn’t consider myself a gamer; I’m nowhere close to that. In fact, outside of what’s required for this class, I haven’t played video games once. I have, however, dabbled in video games over the years. I’ve owned a few game consoles, starting with the Sega Genesis, and including the Nintendo 64 and Xbox 360. Yet, not once has any aspect of my life, whether academic, personal, or otherwise, suffered. I play them when I have time, and enjoy doing so.

The games in this class, however, I do not enjoy. Don’t get me wrong; they’re both two great games, but just not my cup of tea. I guess that quests are just for certain people, and I am not one of them. This doesn’t bother me, nor should it bother the game designers, or the professors. After all, you can’t please everyone.

I don’t spend my free time playing computer games. This class  gives us that option, and suggests that we do. Under normal circumstances, this would be a conflict. However, one of the great things about Worlds of Wordcraft is its flexibility. For the most part, we’re only required to spend a minimal amount of time playing them. We’re encouraged to play more, if we desire, but not forced to. Our gaming experience has no effect on our grade, and I like it that way. These games aren’t for me, so I play them minimally. I’ll play them as much as I need to, and won’t forego my responsibilities in the class, but I won’t play them beyond what’s necessary. Therefore,  I don’t feel like playing games takes away from my personal and academic lives.

In fact, only once have I felt like playing these games was a burden. This occurred while I was writing the second paper. I needed all the time I had to write, and during that time was my one opportunity to go on a raid with the class and collect pictures of the old forest. Obviously a conflict arose, and I ended up writing instead. I was forced to compromise, and take solo pictures of the area, and of myself being eaten by the weakest of monsters. That being said, gaming for the class has not been an albatross around my neck.

-Matt Thumser

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