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The Infamous Gamer

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Author: Withdemon

Socially Awkward ?! HUH!? SOCIAL STRACTURE in-game

Posted by Withdemon Monday May 10 2010 at 9:02AM
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Socially Awkward Games

Social Structure in-game.


A game's world is like this virtual world where many people take-on a role of a character that they control in a virtual world. From day ONE I thought that in-game, in this virtual world, there was no such thing as social structure where a player is given a social status. In real world/life we have a social stricture with divides many, if not all,  of the people into a their social status which is based on a lot of different things. Race, money, and even their jobs place each person into their social status.


Now, in-game, you automatically assume and ignore this idea of social stricture. Players from all over, every game, subconsciously  "live" in this virtual world where they level, gain money, make friends and in the end build their social status, it's just we don't think of it as a social status. So it's kinda obvious by now, was mentioned in many blogs that I read, this THIS is the glue that sticks players to play the game. However what's up with the socially awkward kids?


Have you played one of those games where players just run by you and do not talk and even when you try to interact with them they just run away. Getting players to do quests with you or raiding something seems almost impossible if you are a low-life players who just started playing and have no social status. What do people see you as? Maybe, they see you as nothing...


Players not talking to you, not being able to gather a group of players to do quests with you and/or even it's impossible to make friends. Could this maybe the main reason why we quit games? It's like as virtual players we scream for someone to talk to us, like a new born-baby (character) needs a attention.  However, if you are one of those players who managed to get through this anti-social moment and was able to be up high on the "food chain" among the other players you are the "big deal" and now players will try to add you to friends and talk to you non-stop.




I sort of made-up this theory about how I see this all happening. Players that don't get the needed attention in real life build their social status on in-game, virtual world, where they are seen they want to be seen. Players strive to achieve the highest level possible, obtain the most rarest items, have MAX amount of money/cash and/or become a leader of organization/guild (nothing new). Players are usually able to achieve most of this wants during the time when the game is first released, where every single person starts in the same spot as you and later that players becomes a legend. Now, for the newer players it's extremely different compared to these legend players and therefore it stumps us, what do we/they do? Newer players have these obstacles;

  1.             1.    Anti-social players around them who aren't there to help them or talk to them.
  4.                2. Urges to get to the highest level, to become legend, thus fall for "donation store where they required to spend real-world/life money.
  7.                3. Constant thoughts "Why is leveling so slow?! This game sucks!"
  10.                 4.Lack of friends.

        These obstacles are set by social stricture, if you are high level you feel/do this and if you are low level(newer player) you are nothing and therefore have a harder time. When the game first comes out every single player around you is "nothing" and therefore it's easier for you to progress through the game without having to worry these obstacles.
        I feel like this is why most games like, City of Heroes and others have these legend players who play all the time but the newer player always quit and then re-join every now and then because they have this obstacles in their head.
        Players need - need - need to stat out with friends to "fight" this social structure. Don't even log-in the game without having your friend with you there be.  Friends provide the constant attention, you provide attention for your friend and your friend provides attention for you. It's PERFECT!  If you don't have any friends that are willing to play with you then you MUST-must make friend at the start of the game, the first hour you are playing. There are ton of way to make friend, one of the ways is to join game's forums and start introducing yourself. It's extremely hard to make friends in virtual world itself when you are a new player.
        Think about it:

        When you are a high level in-game and a low level request a friend-add, do you feel as excited as when a high level person adds you?