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The changing dynamic of social interaction in World of Warcraft: The impacts of game feature change


Chen, VH-h and Duh, HBL and Renyi, H, The changing dynamic of social interaction in World of Warcraft: The impacts of game feature change, Proceedings of ACE 2008, 3-5 December 2008, Yokohama, Japan, pp. 356-359. ISBN 978-1-60558-393-8 (2008) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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This study examines how changes in game features through patches and expansions can affect the social interaction within massively multiplayer games. Since patches and expansions are now commonplace within massively multiplayer games, understanding of the relationship would enable better production of social capital. In-depth interviews uncovered that the recent changes to the World of Warcraft affect in-game social interaction in 3 aspects. The areas of social interaction affected included interpersonal relationships, community size and social alienation. The discussions highlight how these findings can advance models of social interaction within MMOs.

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:Social interaction, Social computing, MMO Game
Research Division:Information and Computing Sciences
Research Group:Library and information studies
Research Field:Human information interaction and retrieval
Objective Division:Information and Communication Services
Objective Group:Information systems, technologies and services
Objective Field:Information systems, technologies and services not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Duh, HBL (Professor Henry Duh)
ID Code:90315
Year Published:2008
Deposited By:Information and Communication Technology
Deposited On:2014-03-31
Last Modified:2014-12-08

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