publication . Article . Other literature type . 2007

Social interactions in massively multiplayer online role-playing gamers

Cole, H; Griffiths, MD;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Aug 2007
  • Publisher: Mary Ann Liebert
  • Country: United Kingdom
Abstract
To date, most research into massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPGs) has examined the demographics of play. This study explored the social interactions that occur both within and outside of MMORPGs. The sample consisted of 912 self-selected MMORPG players from 45 countries. MMORPGs were found to be highly socially interactive environments providing the opportunity to create strong friendships and emotional relationships. The study demonstrated that the social interactions in online gaming form a considerable element in the enjoyment of playing. The study showed MMORPGs can be extremely social games, with high percentages of gamers making life-lo...
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