Does WoW Change Everything?

“Does WoW Change Everything?: How a PvP Server, Multinational Playerbase, and Surveillance Mod Scene Caused Me Pause,” Games & Culture, v. 1 n. 4, October 2006. [PDF] Note: An abbreviated version of this article (does not include age & nationality discussion) appears in in J. Walker and H. Corneliussen (eds.) Digital Culture, Play, and Identity:…

The Sopranos Meets EverQuest: Socialization Processes in Massively Multiplayer Games

“The Sopranos Meets EverQuest: Socialization Processes in Massively Multiuser Games” with Mikael Jakobsson, FineArt Forum, Vol. 17, Issue 8, August 2003. [PDF] Note: Parts of the argument in this article can be found updated and revised in my book Play Between Worlds. Abstract This article explores the ways social interaction plays an integral role in…

Intentional Bodies: Virtual Environments and the Designers Who Shape Them

“Intentional Bodies: Virtual Environments and the Designers Who Shape Them,” International Journal of Engineering Education, Vol.19, No.1, 25-34, 2003. [PDF] Abstract This article examines the ways virtual environment software is explicitly designed with particular visions of identity, communication, and community in mind. This social context of software is considered with a particular focus on the…