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Deconstructing Cosmetic Virtual Goods Experiences in Dota 2
Natl Res Univ Higher Sch Econ, Moscow, Russia.
Natl Res Univ Higher Sch Econ, Moscow, Russia.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Informatics and Media.
Natl Res Univ Higher Sch Econ, Moscow, Russia.
2017 (English)In: Proceedings Of The 2017 ACM Sigchi Conference On Human Factors In Computing Systems (CHIi'17), ACM Digital Library, 2017, p. 2054-2058Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Cosmetic items do not provide functional advantages in games, but, nevertheless, they play an important role in the overall player experience. Possessing predominantly socially-constructed dimensions of value, cosmetic items are chosen, discussed, assessed, and valuated in an ongoing iterative collaborative process by communities of players. In our study, we explore the case of Dota 2 and apply Topic Modeling to community-discussions data gathered from Reddit.com. We describe social experiences related to the valuation of cosmetic items in interaction and collision of various logics, including artificial scarcity, decomposition of visual effects, and connectedness to the game lore. Our findings connect the collective experience of players in the game and on online community platforms, suggesting that non-utility-based social value construction becomes an important part of game experience.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
ACM Digital Library, 2017. p. 2054-2058
Keywords [en]
Games/Play, Social Media/Online Communities, Virtual Goods, Cosmetic Items, Decorative Items
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Computer Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-356253DOI: 10.1145/3025453.3025893ISI: 000426970502003ISBN: 978-1-4503-4655-9 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-356253DiVA, id: diva2:1235922
Conference
ACM Sigchi Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI), May 06 - 11, 2017, Denver, Colorado, USA.
Available from: 2018-07-30 Created: 2018-07-30 Last updated: 2018-07-30Bibliographically approved

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