History of massively multiplayer online role-playing games MMORPG is a term coined by Richard Garriott to refer to massive multiplayer online role-playing games and their social communities.
Share Save Last month, Massively wrote a short article about research on the relationship between shyness and online game friendships. The topic is of interest to me not just because of the MMO connection but because I myself am someone who used to identify myself as shy but believe online games help me cope with and surmount it.
Games are what I rely on to help myself meet new people as cultural and language barriers prevent me, an American, from making strong attachments in Japan, the country where I live and work.
In preparing for this two-part article, I spoke to the research paper's lead author, Dr. Rachel Kowertwho helpfully provided me with a reader's digest version of recent research in this subfield of psychology. Tomorrow, we'll tackle our interview with Dr. Kowert herself, but today, we'll have a look at the research to bring us all up to speed.
Note that all of the research conducted by Dr. Kowert and her co-authors in the research described here utilized self-reporting surveys from rather large samples. Self reporting can be tricky, even when anonymous, but one hopes that large sample sizes help fix the problem since some people will be honest.
The other issue is that only people who identified as Caucasian were used in the results, simply because data from other cultures had too few members to really draw strong conclusions from. The sample sizes were diverse in their sources at least, often utilizing paid recruitment websites, Facebook, and even guild sites to find subjects.
Gamer identity What struck me when reading Dr. Kowert's paper was the way it explores shyness, not by looking at people who identify themselves as shy but by people who identify as being emotionally sensitive.
To put it another way, it's like researching "obesity" by looking at people who identify themselves as being "unhealthy. This same categorization method was used in other studies, such as allowing people to identify themselves as gamers but then cross-checking that against the variety of genres they play gamers tend to play more than one genre of games!
After all, one of the first things gamers have to deal with is the stereotype associated with the gamer label.
Mainstream media and culture is fond of portraying online gamers as being awkward, fat, friendless, and fugly, and that impacts gamers' own perceptions. In one survey, non-gamers agreed with the common stereotypes in all but one category: Apparently, to non-gamers, being a gamer does not automatically make one ugly, so there's that, at least.
Gamers themselves don't buy into most of the stereotypes, which shouldn't surprise most people; we want to think highly of the groups we're associated with. However, gamers did agree that they don't think of gamers as the popular type. The media, non-gamers, and even we gamers know that this perception about gamers in the social sphere is a problem.
Kowert's research, the stereotypes seem to hold just enough truth to stick in people's minds. In her Geek or Chic paper, for example, Kowert found that online players -- and MMORPG players specifically -- are seen most negatively of all, though it's not by much.
While gender rarely factored into the results, there were some interesting findings.
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Men tended to prefer shooters and RPGs, while women preferred puzzle, sim, and party games. Age in terms of emotional sensitivity and loneliness for gamers measured by real world social circle sizes versus online social circles also didn't seem to be connected.
Socializing as an online gamer If you're here reading Massively on a daily basis, I think it's safe to say that you at least consider yourself a gamer -- an online gamer. And sometimes we MMO fans forget that there are other genres that inhabit the online space alongside us, like shooters fans and RTS geeks.The best MMORPGs to play right now on PC and console action with spectacular damage effects and exaggerated, fantastical heroes that will look immediately familiar to fans of Eastern MMOs.
Collective MMORPG play positively influences gamers’ online social capital.
Collective MMORPG play elicits positive impact on offline civic engagement. Effect of collective play on offline bonding social capital is not significant. Effect of collective play on offline bridging social capital is not significant.
Effect of online social capital on offline social capital is not significant.
Mass Effect: Andromeda is out soon and I’m certainly excited about it. Some people, however, still aren’t over Mass Effect 3’s ‘pick a colour’ ending.
One of those people is Ty Franck. This study examines the impact of collective MMORPG play on gamers' social capital in both the virtual world and the real world.
Collective MMORPG play is conceptualized as the frequency of joint gaming actions and gamers' assessment of the experience in MMORPG guilds and groups.
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