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Social Roles of Players in MMORPG Guilds

By Chee Siang Ang and Panayiotis Zaphiris


In this study, we investigated the social roles that emerged from the users' behaviour and intereaction (as opposed to pre-defined formal roles) within a virtual community of massively multiplaer online role playing game. Adopting the social network analysis perspective, we identified and analysed three major social roles with distinct interaction stuyles and network properties. It was found that core members of the community were players who contributed to the community expansion by provciding help and fostering group cohesiveness through friendly social interaction. On the other hand, some perphery members were freeloaders whose sole purpose of joining the guild was only to utilize the guild resource

Topics: QA76.9.H85
Publisher: Routledge
Year: 2010
DOI identifier: 10.1080/13691180903266952
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