Archive for mmorpg

Alone together? Exploring the Social Dynamics of Massively Multiplayer Online Games

Posted in Online papers with tags , , on June 1, 2008 by frans

The emphatically social nature of MMORPGs and virtual worlds is often taken for granted; therefore it is refreshing to see a study that is backed up by innovative methodology and empirical data to give an alternative view on the topic.

Ducheneaut, Nicolas, Nicholas Yee, Eric Nickell and Robert J. Moore (2006) ‘“Alone together?” Exploring the Social Dynamics of Massively Multiplayer Online Games’. In: Proceedings of CHI 2006 Conference. New York: ACM, pp. 407–16. Author’s version online here.

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A Rape in the Cyberspace

Posted in Online papers with tags , , , on June 1, 2008 by frans

As games have expanded into virtual worlds with hundreds, thousands and now even millions of people interacting within their realms, the social and psychological issues of online interaction have gained increased importance. Julian Dibbell’s article tells an illustrative story of an event taking place in an early text-based MUD, but it provides much food for thought .

Dibbell, Julian (1993/1998) ‘A Rape in the Cyberspace (Or TINYSOCIETY, and How
to Make One)’. In: Julian Dibbell, My Tiny Life: Crime and Passion in a Virtual
World
. New York: Henry Holt, pp. 11–30. Online: http://www.juliandibbell.com/texts/
bungle.html

Hearts, Clubs, Diamonds, Spades

Posted in Online papers with tags , , , , , on March 9, 2008 by frans

This is the classic paper that is often quoted in studies into online player typologies, online sociology and player psychology:

Bartle, Richard (1996) ‘Hearts, Clubs, Diamonds, Spades: Players Who Suit MUDs’. The Journal of Virtual Environments, 1(1). Online:

    International Journal of Role-Playing

    Posted in Journals with tags , , , , , on March 9, 2008 by frans

    This is a new journal, still starting up, but it aims to bring together scholars interested in understanding role-playing in its various forms. See:
    http://play.blogs.com/rp/