Player Culture: The RealID Fiasco and the Magic Ci...

on Apr 22, 2013
One of the things I’m most interested in as an ethnographer is the interface between online and offline life, and how this line is increasingly blurred. I originally became interested in this when reading about the Magic Circle, a concept which...

The trouble with trolls

on Jan 31, 2013
I have been digesting the fascinating blog post by Whitney Phillips over at Ethnography Matters about her ethnography of trolling. Phillips studied trolling communities like 4chan's /b/ board, the Internet Hate Machine (Anonymous), and Facebook...

Not as good as you think - Guild rankings reconsid...

on Sep 12, 2011
With two documentaries out or upcoming on the subject of end-game raiding, I think now would be a good time to present some work on an alternative guild ranking I developed this summer with Ted Castronova's guidance and support. If you're a WoW...

UI Modification, Cognitive Overload and Game Play

on Oct 29, 2010
Welcome to the first Motivate.Play blog entry! Our plan is to post new content at a rate of about one entry per week. I’ve been lucky enough to be chosen to lead off, and so today I thought I’d write a think piece that may better explain the...