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MMO Players - Hidden Champions?

  • Date: 01-02-2010 Views:

    KeyWords: hidden champions, Vasily Tedeev

  • Summary: Despite the changing image of modern games and gaming becoming more mainstream as its accepted in everyday life, the stereotypical image of a dedicated gamer (someone who plays more than the average amount of time) is of a reclusive guy who spends a lot of his time indoors playing games whether on his pc or console. Even to this day, a large part of society still tends to think of gaming as a waste of time, treating the person indulged in this activity as somehow fickle and unable to do anything better with his/her time...

Vasily Tedeev

MMO Players - Hidden Champions?

By Vasily Tedeev
V is happy that he took up writing again, something he had dreamed of doing ever since he was nine years old. Being a nonconforming combination of a social party animal and a gamer, he realized that his life amounted not to just games and women, but that he had to pursue his passions and self-development in other areas as well.

Despite the changing image of modern games and gaming becoming more mainstream as its accepted in everyday life, the stereotypical image of a dedicated gamer (someone who plays more than the average amount of time) is of a reclusive guy who spends a lot of his time indoors playing games whether on his pc or console. Even to this day, a large part of society still tends to think of gaming as a waste of time, treating the person indulged in this activity as somehow fickle and unable to do anything better with his/her time. They may look down on various tournaments, championships and achievements in an online world, instead asking the gamer when he will get his life together and do something serious for once.

MMO Players - Hidden Champions?

Let's take a look at the routine pattern of an online gamer, someone who plays variety of mmos over the course of his or her gaming indulgence. Typically mmos involve communication with fellow players in order to win a match, clear a dungeon or simply trade items. In the case of online first person shooters like counter strike, you require such skills as teamwork, the ability to predict your ally's next action, the ability to think and react on spot, the ability to stay calm in heated situations (think tournaments and clan wars). You could add many more examples to this list if you wanted to.

MMO Players - Hidden Champions?

Now take a look at any guild structure in an mmo. Depending on its size, it will usually have officers responsible for coordinating the actions of guild members, raid leaders who organize various hunts, treasure keepers who watch over the vast resources available to the guild and many more. And of course, a guild leader who oversees the whole establishment and makes sure that everything runs smoothly. Successful guild leaders will normally posses such qualities as leadership, the ability to communicate effectively, the ability to delegate (assign appropriate tasks to others), etc. Some of these things you would expect from a corporate executive if this was played out in real life.

Now, in reality a guild leader could be an anti-social 18 year old who is constantly being bullied at school/college, someone who is unable to comfortably talk to others around him, may not be very successful with women and any other thing associated with this lifestyle. It would be pretty hard to believe for the people surrounding him in his life that he is the leader of a large guild with over a 100 members relying on his decisions and actions. How come a person who displays such qualities in a game is not able to reproduce the same qualities in real life? Some of us that have achieved progress within games are potentially unaware of the factors that allow them to do so. By learning about these factors, perhaps we could accomplish similar feats in life. We can list a lot of aspects outside of games that influence this mechanism such as the effects of society and the opinions of those around us, personal traits of our character, etc but the focus of this article is on gaming and it does have to play quite a big role in the process.

MMO Players - Hidden Champions?