Have a question? Ask A Librarian for live help!

GAMING NEWS

« Preserving Virtual Worlds | Main | Video Game Studies Fear in the Brain »

August 16, 2007

Play MMO's, make friends

A new study by the U.K.'s Nottingham Trent University finds that "gamers make good friends with the people they meet in their virtual worlds, with almost half meeting in real-life situations and one in ten going on to develop physical relationships." The study goes on to analyze the types of friendships and bonds that players form with each other through interactions in game worlds, as well as the ways that gamers express themselves in MMOs in comparison to the physical world.

GameDaily Biz has a summary here:
http://biz.gamedaily.com/industry/feature/?id=17145

as does GamaSutra:
http://www.gamasutra.com/php-bin/news_index.php?story=15114

The full study titled "Social Interactions in Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Gamers" will be published in the journal "CyberPsychology and Behavior," which UIUC has online access to from this link:
http://www.library.uiuc.edu/orr/results.php?titlesearch=CyberPsychology+and+Behavior&tstype=K&types=JN&ByTitle=Search

Posted by undergrad at August 16, 2007 12:22 PM

Trackback Pings

TrackBack URL for this entry:
http://www.library.uiuc.edu/blog/mt-tb.cgi/153