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Samlande och status i en annan värld: Spelares syn på kapital i onlinespelet World of Warcraft
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Geography, Media and Communication.
2016 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Collecting and status in another world : Players' view on capital inside the online game World of Warcraft (English)
Abstract [en]

Aim: To gain a better understanding of how online players value collectible items and gaining status and success in the game World of Warcraft.

Methodology: The data was collected through semi structured interviews with active World of Warcraft players. The answers were then put against existing theories on capital and subcultures, mainly the online gaming culture.

Results and conclusion: The players in the study had differing opinions, mainly because every person is unique and sees the game differently. Some patterns did emerge, however, that seemed to work well with the theoretical groundwork.

Future research possibilites: Building a similar study using a larger survey instead of personal interviews would make for a more general understanding of the population. It would also serve to either confirm or dispute the findings in this study. Also widening the field of view by asking players of different kinds of games would give a more complete understanding of the gaming culture as a whole, not just World of Warcraft players.

Contributions to science: The study gives a more personal and empirical view on what is considered valuable in an online game world. Previous studies have mostly relied on theories and observations. The aim also is to further to connect traditional capital theory on a relatively new field, the gaming culture, and legitimize it as a serious field of study.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 49 p.
Keyword [sv]
Spelforskning, subkulturer, kapital, onlinespel, spelare, World of Warcraft
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-42645OAI: diva2:934125
Subject / course
Media and Communication Studies
Educational program
Media and Communication: Visual Communication Design (180 ECTS credits)
Available from: 2016-06-08 Created: 2016-06-08 Last updated: 2016-06-08Bibliographically approved

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