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dc.contributor.advisor Yamasaki, Jill
dc.creator Tidwell, Sarah
dc.date.accessioned 2012-04-19T13:40:34Z
dc.date.accessioned 2012-04-19T13:40:35Z
dc.date.available 2012-04-19T13:40:34Z
dc.date.available 2012-04-19T13:40:35Z
dc.date.created 2011-12
dc.date.issued 2012-04-19
dc.date.submitted December 2011
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10657/232
dc.description.abstract This study explores the relationship between World of Warcraft (WoW) players and the concepts of social needs, interpersonal relationships, and community from the player’s perspective. The significance of gaming in society, a detail of my experience with WoW, and a review of recent literature provide a basic understanding of the WoW experience and its current place within society, the gaming world, and the media. Thirteen WoW players participated in informal interviews on an online forum about their experiences with the game, why they play, and the various meanings – socially and personally – the game has in their lives. Four themes emerged from the data: connection, positive reinforcement, power/control, and the intersection of real life and Azeroth. Results signify that participants overall have a very positive view of WoW and its effect on their lives, despite acknowledging the critical views shared by various non-players and the media.
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.subject interpersonal communication
dc.subject community
dc.subject addiction
dc.subject social needs
dc.subject mmorpg
dc.subject gaming
dc.title The WoW Factor: An Investigation of Social Needs, Interpersonal Communication, and Community in World of Warcraft
dc.date.updated 2012-04-19T13:40:36Z
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thesis.degree.name Speech Communication
thesis.degree.level Masters
thesis.degree.discipline Speech Communication
thesis.degree.grantor University of Houston
thesis.degree.department School of Communication
dc.contributor.committeeMember Lee, Jaesub
dc.contributor.committeeMember Martinez, Amanda R.

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