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Played and Designed Sociality in a Massive Multiplayer Online Game
Stockholms universitet, Sociologiska institutionen.
Stockholms universitet, Institutionen för data- och systemvetenskap.
2013 (English)In: Eludamos - Journal for Computer Game Culture, ISSN 1866-6124, E-ISSN 1866-6124, Vol. 7, no 1, 35-54 p.Article in journal (Refereed) PublishedText
Abstract [en]

This empirical study focuses on online collaboration and social interaction in temporary group formations. A case study of a massive multiplayer online game World of Warcraft explores these issues. Within this context little attention has been paid to temporary collaboration groups. The phenomenon is analyzed using interaction data complemented with interview data, forum data and consideration of game design.

We found two main types of interaction, sociable and instrumental, but investment in the social situation was exceedingly little. We conclude that the low levels of social interaction observed are the result of a game design that makes the cost of social play high and restricts the available space for players to act within the designed architecture of the game, thus limiting the possibilities for played sociality. The connection between designed and played sociality is crucial for understanding online collaboration as it shapes online social worlds and therefore users’ experiences within this social context.

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2013. Vol. 7, no 1, 35-54 p.
Keyword [en]
game studies, social interaction, online, computer games, digital games, goffman
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Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology) Information Systems, Social aspects
Research subject
Social Pharmacy
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-279387OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-279387DiVA: diva2:908016
Available from: 2016-03-01 Created: 2016-03-01 Last updated: 2016-04-01Bibliographically approved

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