April 10 MMORPG & Society

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What are MMORPG’s? Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games What’s the big deal? Over 4 million Americans play World of Warcraft alone (2006) WoW revenues for 2007 estimated at $1.5 billion Part of a gaming industry that dwarfs Hollywood Video games are a significant, if not DOMINANT, element in media economy
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Some History Multi-user dungeons Text based cooperative play Lineage (1996) 1st third-person view multiplayer online game Ultima Online 1997 Commercially successful online RPG in US “acting out a presence online, developed over time, while interacting with other characters; never ending” Everquest 1998 Sony’s great commercial request Paved the way for several other MMORPGs, such as WoW World of Warcraft (2004) Brief History of MMORPGs on youtube
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Relationship with RL? The Guiding Hand Social Club (EVE Online)
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This note was uploaded on 04/11/2008 for the course MDST 201 taught by Professor Hayden during the Spring '08 term at UVA.

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