Communities and Online Gaming

A better you: socialising and personal development through MMOs

Abstract The purpose of this paper is to examine the positive impact of online gaming on improving relationships, socializing and its contribution to overall personal development. Within this paper, it is argued that games could achieve this through: (1) serving as third places leading to the break-down of conventional social norms; (2) the provision of varied social ties and experiences; and (3) by inciting a greater sense of responsibility and trust through in-game challenges and objectives. Read more [...]