In my final new media blog posting I will be discussing the boundaries and idea of work versus play. Does things we do that originally start out as play, and it turns into a paying job still be thought of as play? In psychology theres a term that describes the idea that when you are rewarded with something like money for something you like to do it becomes less of an interest to you and it turns more into a job then play. Because of this idea many offices and corporations try and include the "play" factor into their work areas in order to keep their employees in a good mood. For example what we saw of the google offices in class. They looked like little playgrounds for each member. We discussed the reason to be because of the such long hours that are asked of the employees such an interesting design of an office keeps the employees from getting too bored at their job. But does that mean they are actually having a fun time working? This brings up the idea of chinese gold farmers in world of warcraft. People that are paid to play the game of world of warcraft in order to gain money and then sell it to other players who dont necessarily want to spend the time doing. You would think playing the game all day everyday would make the gold farmers lose their original interest in the game but a lot of them actually once they get off the clock keep playing. The idea being there is so much to do in the game that they are then allowed to do whatever they want and are still intrinsically motivated to play.
In my experiences with video games, I will usually get bored or just had enough of a video game that I have already "beat" . In games where they have a set story line once beaten its hard to keep doing the same things. Thats why a game such as world of warcraft has been so popular for so long because your free to do whatever you want with an endless amount of missions. If you look at pro athletes there doing something they have loved to do there whole lives and now they get paid to do it. Theres a good amount of players that lose their interest in winning and their team and start focusing on the money. Thats where we see players holding out before the season. Which is there attempt to get more money so there willing to sit out until that happens. There willing to sacrafice playing and helping the team for money.