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dc.contributor.authorScialdone, Michael J
dc.date.accessioned2015-10-19T17:01:59Z
dc.date.available2015-10-19T17:01:59Z
dc.date.issued2007-08-01
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1951/65783
dc.description.abstractThe purpose of this ethnography is to understand participant interaction in a Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (MMORPGs). As participation and action of users are the glue of any community, it is imperative to examine how and why people congregate in graphical virtual environments. This relatively new phenomenon is studied within both existing and emerging schools of social thought. In this paper, the question is asked: how do participants interact within the context of an MMORPG, and are they encouraged to do so? This question is answered through an ethnographic study of one such MMORPG entitled Furcadia. This study applies both Human-Centered Design (to answer the how), and Social Exchange Theory (to answer the why). It is asserted that MMORPGs can be explained through a marrying of theories into a new one entitled Social Exchange-Centered Design.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipSteven Schneider, adviser ; Russell Kahn, adviser ; Kathryn Stam, adviser.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.subjectparticipant interactionen_US
dc.subjectonline gamesen_US
dc.subjectMMORPGen_US
dc.titleParticipant Interaction and Social Exchange-Centered Design in Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games: A Qualitative Study of Furcadiaen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US


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