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#Icecrown Citadel #Ulduar: En kvalitativ studie om World of Warcraft utifrån spelarnas perspektiv
Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Psychology.
2018 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
#Icecrown Citadel #Ulduar : A qualitative study about World of Warcraft from the player’s perspective (English)
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this study is to examine the player’s experiences and perspective of the massively multiplayer online role playing game World of Warcraft. This study wants to find out the effects on the players psychological and social well-being through interviewing 10 World of Warcraft players between the ages of 18-32. This has been done through a thematic analysis. The reason behind this study is because a lot of scientific studies and the media has portrayed World of Warcraft players in a negative light where they are described as lone wolfs. This study wants to find out how the players themselves talk about the game and how it has affected their lives. The findings of this study have shown that players describe World of Warcraft as a meaningful occupation where it has given them better confidence, self-awareness, language skills, social skills but also build a social network inside the game. The social interactions that the players have with their friends have given them a platform to be open about their lives but also problems that affect them in the real world. The conclusion of this study is that the picture that a lot of the scientific studies and the media are portraying is a dishonest one. They judge players as single group where they do not look at the bigger picture or through the perspective of the World of Warcraft player.

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2018. , p. 63
Keywords [en]
World of Warcraft, MMORPG, Confidence, Self-awareness, Language skills, Social skills, Social competence, Social support, Identity, Leadership, Collaboration, Communication, Anonymity, Dramaturgical perspective, Social constructivism, Social identity, Thematic analysis
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Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-145199ISRN: LIU-IBL-PSYK3-G--17/005--SEOAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-145199DiVA, id: diva2:1183129
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Psychology
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2018-01-17, D33, 581 83 Linköping, Linköping, 14:15 (Swedish)
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Available from: 2018-02-20 Created: 2018-02-15 Last updated: 2018-02-20Bibliographically approved

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