So, I've been thinking about it the last couple of days, while playing some Diablo in between my university studies. The difference between the too things isn't that great, actually. There is some similarities. And this isn't just between studies and diablo, this also apply to for example a report or debrief and many other MMOs.
But lets not walk too much around the boring stuff, lets just get off to the comparison!
First off you find out what you wonna write about or wonna make a study about. Its always the same hurdle, and it can sometimes be the most difficult. But finding out what to do, is also the most important. For Diablo players this process is similar to picking the character you wanna play, and picking out a name. This is the most essential to whats gonna happend next!
Second thing you do, is to read about the chosen topic and collectiong relevant theories descriping your topic for further processing and analysing. For many studies its also very important to update yourself on the current situation, for example if you want to study the buying situation between businesses in the offshore market, you could read about resent industry news. In Diablo you need to learn about your chosen character, so this is the time to lvl up from lvl 1 to 70 (Diablo 3 RoS), and through this process you try out different skills and setups.
Third thing you do in your study is to pick out the theories you wonna focus on, when studying your topic and answering your research question. Also you find out how you wonna get your informationflow going. So you find out, if you wonna do questionaries, interviews or whatever. At this state you have completed the Diablo 3 RoS main storyline, and have to pick your "final" playstile (for a monk, it could be 'firemonk, cyclone lightning, tank or whatever).
Fourth is to begin collecting data to support your theories. This is where you do questioneries or interviews for example. This is also the place for you to find supporting professional studies or reports about the subject. As a Diablo player you are now grinding lvl 70 gear in adventure mode, either doing rifts or bounties (similar to questionaries or interviews).
At this fitfth state you decide what data and information you wonna use from the questionaries and interviews and other research studies. At this point you also need to reconstruct your research problem so it fits to what you can write about through the informationsearch in the fourth state. In Diablo you see through your grinded gear and assemble the "perfect" combination. Now you have to reconstruct your playstile and skilltree (for example if you have selected lightning dmg gear, theres no reason in going firemonk.
Sixth state is where you begin writing your conclusion, edit your research problem, and finishing your appendix and so on. In Diablo you have now begun farming all the keywardens, to collect the infernal machines for the ultimate test.
The seventh, but no the last one is where you have finished your conclusion and are writing the last thing, the abstract. In Diablo you have finally found 4x4 keys and have crafted the 4 infernal machines.
You are standing in the room with the portals and awating the last step.
The eighth and final step is where you are waiting for the grade of your study (if in school), or where you are waiting for feedback and recognition from your readers. As the Diablo player you have just defeated the Uber bosses, maybe more times, and have received your reward: 4 body parts, which can now be transformed to the ultimate gift: The Hellfire Ring.
The future (what have we learned)
Now that you have written maybe your first study or report you have learned a lot in the process. This is valuable for your next one, which at any point will just get easier! In Diablo you collected The Hellfire Ring, which has no-lvl-requirement and will make your life easier next time you lvl up a character, giving bad-ass stats and 35% more experience earned overall.
So, everything left for me to say, is: Happy wirting, datacollectiong informationsearching and farming!
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