In-game marriage and computer-mediated collaboration: An exploratory study of Audition

  • Guo Zhang
  • Susan C. Herring

Abstract

This exploratory study discusses how in-game marriage can affect (and effect) Multiplayer Online Game (MOG) players’ collaborative behaviors through an analysis of $2 , a dance battle game released in South Korea in 2004. $2 is a non-violent, non-fantasy MOG which mediates and facilitates couple-related collaborative behaviors. On the basis of a sample of couple-related snapshots (including in-game chat logs, dance battle scenarios, and couple behaviors) collected from an out-game public game forum (n=304) and in-game participant observation (n=126), three types of couple-mediated collaboration in $2 are identified and discussed. This study points to the importance of taking gender (and sexual orientation) into account when analyzing participation in, and the dynamics of, MOG play. In a broader sense, the study of the connection between collaboration and intimacy in MOGs sheds light on the role of digital media in shaping personal relationships.
Published
2018-04-03
How to Cite
Zhang, G., & Herring, S. C. (2018). In-game marriage and computer-mediated collaboration: An exploratory study of Audition. AoIR Selected Papers of Internet Research, 3. Retrieved from https://journals.uic.edu/ojs/index.php/spir/article/view/8673
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