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2011 - American Sociological Association Annual Meeting Pages: unavailable || Words: 8265 words || 
1. Wright, Talmadge. and Dougherty, Beth. "Virtual Gaming Worlds: A Microcosm of Complex Social Tie Interactions" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Caesar's Palace, Las Vegas, NV, Aug 19, 2011 Online <PDF>. 2020-02-22 <>
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Review Method: Peer Reviewed
Abstract: In this study we look at the role of two online multiplayer games, Counter-Strike and World of Warcraft in the maintenance, strengthening and weakening of real life social ties and how individuals perceive those ties in action. Exploring stories of game entry and social tie transformation, we illuminate some of these underexplored deployments of social ties. While multiplayer games are designed in a way that requires increased sociability between players for success, the evidence collected suggests that a shift in tie utilization has occurred. Rather than simply effectively utilizing many weak ties created in-game or imported from offline, we found that the strong ties of “real world” connections both motivate and maintain membership in online gaming communities.

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