“Free agency, given us through the plan of our Father, is the great alternative to Satan’s plan of force. With this sublime gift, we can grow, improve, progress, and seek perfection.”
James E. Faust
Word of the Day: Agency
This word is popping up everywhere! It is being used a little differently that I am used to, I think of an insurance agent or an insurance agency. So, I looked it up and its meaning and the use we see in WoW articles comes from sociology:
In social science, agency is the capacity of individuals to act independently and to make their own free choices. By contrast, structure is those factors of influence (such as social class, religion, gender, ethnicity, ability, customs, etc.) that determine or limit an agent and their decisions.
So, now I understand better when a sports player becomes a free agent. Now unrestrained by a contract, he is free to choose where to go and to play.
Kaylriene uses agency in his recent blog article with his customary very long title, The Azerite Fix Is In…Sorta – The Mythic Plus Currency and WoW’s Tenuous Relationship With Currency Systems.
What got me jumping was an article on reddit Choice vs Agency and why making azerite traits “better” isn’t enough. The author pretty much nails it because we have little agency in our game. It is a brilliant piece and perhaps you will take a read.
Not being able to target something that you want nor the ability to go get it is what makes this game frustrating. Beyond the examples in the article, I can see the excessive randomness in drops from the Warfront and the Island Expeditions as lack of agency but instead playing with some kind of distorted hope; which is not great.
I learned to use a new word! Or an old word differently! See? Playing WoW is good for you.