From waifus to whales: The evolution of discourse in a mobile game-based competitive community of practice

@article{Britt2020FromWT,
  title={From waifus to whales: The evolution of discourse in a mobile game-based competitive community of practice},
  author={Brian C. Britt and Rebecca Katherine Britt},
  journal={Mobile Media \& Communication},
  year={2020},
  volume={9},
  pages={3 - 29}
}
Online communities devoted to mobile games represent exemplary examples of competitive communities of practice, leveraging the competing forces of cooperation and competition to foster in-group solidarity and motivate members to further engage with the game and community. In this study, latent Dirichlet allocation was used to model conversation topics across over two million posts and comments made during a 3-year period on the r/grandorder subreddit, a competitive community of practice devoted… 
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