Self and selfishness in online social play

@inproceedings{Myers2007SelfAS,
  title={Self and selfishness in online social play},
  author={David Myers},
  booktitle={DiGRA Conference},
  year={2007}
}
In this essay, I argue that human play is fundamentally selfish. Characteristics of individual and selfish play are observed and described within pve and pvp contexts of the MMORPG City of Heroes/Villains (Cryptic Studios). Analysis of player behaviors demonstrates the degree to which groups within MMORPGs attempt to restrict and transform individual and selfish play. In general, social play within MMORPGs tends to reduce the diversity of individual play; this undermines the ability of… CONTINUE READING

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