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

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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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Copyright 2008 ACM

Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/1501750.1501834

Abstract

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.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:Social interaction, Social computing, MMO Game
Research Division:Information and Computing Sciences
Research Group:Information Systems
Research Field:Computer-Human Interaction
Objective Division:Information and Communication Services
Objective Group:Computer Software and Services
Objective Field:Application Tools and System Utilities
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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