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Title: Learning Conversations in World of Warcraft 
Author: Nardi, Bonnie; Ly, Stella; Harris, Justin
Date: 2007
Publisher: IEEE
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.
Description: Refereed
Pages/Duration: 10 pages
ISBN: 9780769527550
Identifier: Former Mana'o EPrint ID97
Keywords: World of Warcraft, massively multi-player online games (MMOG), learning, computer-mediated communication
LC Subject Headings: Ethnology

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