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ERIC Number: EJ1070226
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1938-0399
Virtual Playgrounds? Assessing the Playfulness of Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games
Graham, Kerrie Lewis
American Journal of Play, v3 n1 p106-125 Sum 2010
Millions of children and adults devote much of their leisure time to playing massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPGs). Most observers commonly categorize computer games as a play activity, but this article asks whether MMORPGs contain activities that might not be play. The author examines the phenomenon of online gaming and compares it with several common characteristics and criteria of play behavior. This analysis suggests that while most participant involvement in MMORPGs seems to be play, in some cases, addiction may be an alternative explanation for some of the activities.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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