483 student Virtual Worlds

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FMG Video #30649 – Virtual Worlds: Inside Online Games What makes the games so compelling? Games revolve around the game master, who determines what the players will do throughout the game. Is gaming clinically addictive? – A theologian discusses downside of playing online games. Games can become all-consuming to the point of near addiction. Game producers agree, and that is one of their marketing tools. Internet experiences can alter brain chemistry, especially during stimulating episodes. Negative
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Unformatted text preview: effects of playing online games for too many hours include loss of relationships, jobs, and the time spent online for which there is no material gain at the end of the game. • Player demographics – Players find that age matters little, cultural differences are hard to overcome, and discovering sex of one's opponents is important. Surprisingly, many male players play female characters. • Gaming as a money-making industry –...
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This note was uploaded on 05/03/2010 for the course SOC SOC 483 taught by Professor Whitaker during the Fall '09 term at ASU.

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