Hi, my name is Caroline and I'm an undergraduate working on a summer research project concerning the localization of MMOs. I have a few questions I'd love for any role-players or players of localized versions of the game to answer. Most of the questions focus on role-playing, but the crux of my project concerns cultural variations in localized versions of the game and how international players respond to that (both in terms of RP and non RP). I thought about posting a survey, but I'd prefer answers in your own words, as well as any anecdotes or anything you care to share.
Does your cultural background have an influence on your role-playing? By cultural background, I mean family background, ethnic background, traditional culture (religion), or popular culture. I believe that role-players make a conscious decision about what aspects of their culture they choose to draw influence from. Please elaborate on any aspects of your culture that you have made a conscious decision to draw influence from.
If you do not feel that your cultural background influences your role-playing, please explain where you draw inspiration from.
Have you ever employed any traditional myths (myths, stories, legends, traditions, etc.) in your role-playing that are derived from your cultural background? Please give an example if applicable.
Or do you choose to stick to Blizzard's lore? (I recognize that WoW's lore alludes to many cultural references, but I believe that if Blizzard chooses the myth to be a part of Azeroth, then for the purposes of role-playing you ignore that reference and stick completely to what is given to you in game.)
What version of the game are you playing? (US, EU, China, etc.) I realize that most of the people posting here will probably play the US version, but you never know.
Have you ever played a localized version of the game?
Thank you for taking the time to respond to my post. I xposted this in a WoW community, so I apologize if you see it twice.