Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games by R. V. Kelly 2 | 9780786419159 | Paperback | Barnes & Noble
Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games

Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games

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by R. V. Kelly 2
     
 

ISBN-10: 0786419156

ISBN-13: 9780786419159

Pub. Date: 08/23/2004

Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers

This book is about the fastest growing form of electronic game in the world—the Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game (MMORPG). The evolution of these self-contained three-dimensional virtual worlds, often inhabited by thousands of players, is described here. This work also delves into the psychology of the people who inhabit the game universe and

Overview

This book is about the fastest growing form of electronic game in the world—the Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game (MMORPG). The evolution of these self-contained three-dimensional virtual worlds, often inhabited by thousands of players, is described here. This work also delves into the psychology of the people who inhabit the game universe and explores the development of the unique cultures, economies, moral codes, and slang in these virtual communities. 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786419159
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
08/23/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
207
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.30(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Appeal of the Unreal1
1Out of the MUD: The Evolution of Synthetic Worlds13
2MMORPG Culture24
3The Psychology of MMORPG Players46
4Attraction and Addiction62
5Sampling the Games100
6The Private World of MMORPGs151
7Making a MMORPG166
8The Future of MMORPGs177
AppendixOnline Addiction Organizations; MMORPG Information Sites193
Bibliography194
Index197

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