Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games

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Overview

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 and sometimes become addicted to it. It 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.

About the Author
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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786419159
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/23/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 211
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

Introduction : the appeal of the unreal 1
1 Out of the MUD : the evolution of synthetic worlds 13
2 MMORPG culture 24
3 The psychology of MMORPG players 46
4 Attraction and addiction 62
5 Sampling the games 100
6 The private world of MMORPGs 151
7 Making a MMORPG 166
8 The future of MMORPGs 177
App Online addiction organizations; MMORPG information sites 193
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