Being in the World (of Warcraft): Raiding, Realism, and Knowledge Production in a Massively Multiplayer Online Game

  title={Being in the World (of Warcraft): Raiding, Realism, and Knowledge Production in a Massively Multiplayer Online Game},
  author={Alexander N. Golub},
  journal={Anthropological Quarterly},
  pages={17 - 45}
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