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Learning Conversations in World of Warcraft

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Title:Learning Conversations in World of Warcraft
Authors:Nardi, Bonnie
Ly, Stella
Harris, Justin
Keywords:World of Warcraft
massively multi-player online games (MMOG)
computer-mediated communication
LC Subject Headings:Ethnology
Date Issued:2007
Citation:Nardi, Bonnie, Stella Ly and Justin Harris. 2007. Learning Conversations in World of Warcraft. 40th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences.
Abstract:We examine learning culture in a popular online game, World of Warcraft. We analyze the way players learn this complex game through chat conversation with peers. We describe three kinds of learning: fact finding, devising tactics/strategy, and acquiring game ethos. We investigate learning in the zone of proximal development as specified in cultural-historical activity theory. We examine the emotional tenor of learning conversations, noting their drama, humor, and intimacy.
Pages/Duration:10 pages
Appears in Collections: World of Warcraft - Mana'o collection

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