Mason Archival Repository Service

Friendship in Azeroth: a Phenomenological Study of Relationships in the Context of the Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game World of Warcraft

Show simple item record

dc.contributor.advisor Jacobs, Mark D.
dc.contributor.author Richards, Aubin
dc.creator Richards, Aubin
dc.date 2015-12-10
dc.date.accessioned 2016-06-30T17:53:12Z
dc.date.available 2016-06-30T17:53:12Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1920/10284
dc.description.abstract As the world moves further into the 21st century more and more of our social activities take place online. Of particular interest is the social space of Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games (MMORPGs) where the interaction of participants is mediated both in terms of interacting through a computer and a game. The question arises of how relationships in this environment are formed, progress, are impacted by the social norms of the game culture and what significance they have in the lives of those who participate in them. This study aims to address this question from a phenomenological perspective focusing particularly on the perception of reality and how that mediates the relationships involved. The data was gathered several years in an ethnography on a World of Warcraft server via participant observation. The study ultimately concluded that while both the presence of a computer and a game mediated the relationships that they eventually progressed to more 'intense' (if volatile) relationships in which the actual lives of the players seeps into the virtual-world. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject MMORPG en_US
dc.subject ethnography en_US
dc.subject phenomenology en_US
dc.subject World of Warcraft en_US
dc.subject sociology of play en_US
dc.title Friendship in Azeroth: a Phenomenological Study of Relationships in the Context of the Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game World of Warcraft en_US
dc.type Thesis en
thesis.degree.name Master of Arts in Sociology en_US
thesis.degree.level Master's en
thesis.degree.discipline Sociology en
thesis.degree.grantor George Mason University en


Files in this item

This item appears in the following Collection(s)

Show simple item record

Search MARS


Browse

My Account

Statistics