Friday, July 18, 2003
An EverQuest Class? Not sure how long this link will be live.
"In this course, we will conduct an ethnographic study of the behaviors, cultural practices, and motivations of MMORPG players. The course packet will include readings that explore role-playing games, virtual community, and the construction of identity on-line. Extensive attention will also be given to methods for conducting research on-line."
Seems very strange to have someone really studying a game (the world) you helped create. We'll likely see more of it though as online worlds become more a part of our culture.
These pages are interesting to read and contain lots of good links. In particular, I almost feel compelled to read some of the items on the reading list. Almost.