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TitleFolklore of the virtual elves : social identity construction and performance in a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG)
AuthorStaple, Benjamin, 1985-
DescriptionThesis (M.A.)--Memorial University of Newfoundland, 2011. Folklore
Paginationv, 142 leaves : col. ill.
SubjectInternet games--Social aspects; Warhammer (Game)--Social aspects; Group identity
Degree GrantorMemorial University of Newfoundland. Dept. of Folklore
NotesBibliography: leaves 127-134.
AbstractAs virtual worlds gain popularity, they are quickly becoming places of online culture. Within these cultural contexts, players are re-inventing themselves through postmodern constructions of identity. This M.A. thesis explores the role of folklore in the virtual identity construction and performance within the online community of the massively multi-player online role-playing game Warhammer Online. As a product of popular culture, Warhammer Online acts as both a construction of commercialism and as a site of vernacular culture. Player communities participate in a power relationship with the development company as they negotiate the cultural commodification of play experience and vernacular appropriation. Flows of knowledge and folklore within these relationships pattern players' experience of Warhammer Online and contribute to the broader migration of player groups between virtual worlds themselves. Employing ethnographic techniques, this thesis traces the experience of players through phenomenological embodiment and self-perception in avatar creation to social performance in negotiating existential authenticity and community conflict.
Resource TypeElectronic thesis or dissertation
FormatImage/jpeg; Application/pdf
SourcePaper copy kept in the Centre for Newfoundland Studies, Memorial University Libraries
RightsThe author retains copyright ownership and moral rights in this thesis. Neither the thesis nor substantial extracts from it may be printed or otherwise reproduced without the author's permission.
CollectionElectronic Theses and Dissertations
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