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4/07/12 8:57:53 AM#1
I would like to ask for your participation in my study for my Social Networks Analysis course. I'm currently conducting a small research concerning the intercultural collaboration in a virtual environment that consists of online gaming communities. It involves the exchange of resources (be it special skills in gaming, game knowledge, financial budget, etc.), and what role do different cultures involved in gaming has when it comes to sharing/receiving others resources.
The research is for Academic purposes only and it won't be published in any kind of official material. It's intent is to familiarize my colleagues with online research and to attempt to present Netnography as another instrument for data analysis, as it is still highly debated in my Faculty.
The following are some of my questions that are meant to create some idea about what to talk about, but I'll be very glad if you can conduct free writing too, based on your own experiences from previous and current playing. I have tried to avoid anything too personal that would cause any type of inconvenience. The questions are also meant to be as simple as possible as to not cause confusion. Please try to take into consideration your cultural background when you are coming up with the answers. I'd rather have conversations here than creating a survey to collect the data. Also I don't have experience concerning online gaming, which is why I am very curious about your answers.
1. Based on what reasons would you join a group in one of the MMORPG's?
2. Based on what criteria would one select his team members?
3. You would rather go for: close friends, strangers, random selection, selection based on level achievements etc. (select one or multiple choices to write and please explain why)
4. How do you identify yourself in concordance to the group goals? (be it current gaming group you belong to, or former ones)
5. How does the common intercultural online language that's being used within the group (for example English), helps you to grow engagement in interaction with the other members? How does the use of this language benefit you (in what way)?
6. Would one's belonging to a real world culture instead of the virtual space affect the player's efficiency? (For example there is this stereotype that asian people are better players; would you consider such a statement true, or it doesn't matter your cultural background to provide good gaming skills?)
7. Deciding to join an online game would necessarily mean to adapt to it's context or one can as well enjoy playing without the need to change his style?
8. Is it a must or a need to provide financial resources to subvention a group's growth during the advancement through game?
9. Lastly, on your opinion, what kind of intercultural exchange do you think it is achieved through this form of gaming?
These were some of my questions. Thank you for taking your time to read and hopefully to answer or talk about my theme. Please feel free to contact me for any kind of questions concerning my request, especially if you have some problems answering or understanding the content.
I'd be happy if one would take it as a fun and interesting way to gather more information about people who share same interests in a common context. Also, it is very important for me to receive your help and your contribution would be more than welcomed.
Have a nice day,
Faculty of Sociology - Communication and Public Opinion Minor
4/08/12 6:39:20 AM#2
Nobody wants to help?
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4/08/12 7:27:59 AM#3
We see 2-3 of these a week. Most of us are tired of responding and never ever hearing what the results of the surveys are.
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4/08/12 7:43:29 AM#4
I've read those too and I understand what you mean. That is why I wanted to start an open discussion rather than a survey, so that everyone can feel free to join the talk and share their thoughts. Either way, since I'm conducting netnography, I feel obliged by research ethics to share my work, that I will have to translate to post it here. Probably I'll put a link for people to be able to download it in case anyone will help with providing answers.
Thank you for pointing that out though.
4/08/12 10:34:10 AM#5
The most accurate view that I've come up with is that essentially people will blend into the community before showing their cultural colors(as brightly as in the real). The only tell you'll normally have is spelling color/colour, or timezone tracking.
Case and point comparison of facebook pages accross cultures and use, the facebook community essentially trains people how to use the website. This happens even more so in MMO communities, since you have enforced game mechanics. Pickup groups in Guildwards, corrosiveness in runescape, buddies with the enemy in WurmOnline, and similar.
Practice doesn't make perfect, practice makes permanent.
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4/08/12 12:45:46 PM#6
It's very interesting what you said. It brightens up my perspective as I can understand more about the forum.