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Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games: The People, the Addiction and the Playing Experience

Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games: The People, the Addiction and the Playing Experience (Paperback)

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This book is about the fastest growing form of electronic game in the world - the Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game (MMORPG). It introduces these self-contained three-dimensional virtual worlds, often inhabited by thousands of players, and describes their evolution; it also delves into the psychology of the people who inhabit the game universe and explores the development of unique cultures, economies, moral codes, and slang in virtual communities. The work describes MMORPGs' ever-greater effect on society: for example, players can sell virtual goods for real money, creating a separate economy, and several governments have labeled the games a public health threat. It explains how the games are built, the spin-offs that players create to enhance their game lives, and peeks at the future of MMORPGs as they evolve from a form of amusement to an educational, scientific, and business tool. Based on hundreds of interviews over a three-year period, the work explores reasons people are attracted to and addicted to these games. It also surveys many existing and upcoming games, identifying their unique features and attractions.

Two appendices list online addiction organizations and MMORPG information sites.

Computing & ITDigital lifestyleComputer games: strategy guidesComputing & ITDigital lifestyleInternet guides & online servicesPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesCultural StudiesPopular culture Publisher: McFarland & Co Inc Publication Date: 13/08/2004 ISBN-13: 9780786419159  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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R.V. Kelly 2 is the former head of Virtual Reality, Artificial Life, and Distance Learning Application Development at Digital Equipment Corporation and has been building synthetic worlds (for immersive biology, language development, and knowledge engineering) for 20 years. He currently works for Hong Kong Academy building worlds for the teaching of Chinese. He lives in Medfield, Massachusetts.

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