Медиафилософия ХII. Игра или реальность? Опыт исследования компьютерных игр
This chapter demonstrates that, as online games develop and grow in complexity, the "social" in these games, i.e. all types of interactions based on regularities of human communication, evolves as well. Multiplayer online games fulfil many functions in providing the "role distance" of players, enabling them to learn new social roles, alleviate the alienation of their everyday work, reflect on routine social situations, and practice the "naive" performance of game roles. The evolution of the social in massively multiplayer onlie role-playing games reveals in two trends: 1) variety of the "social" increases, thus including more abstract types and overcoming the anthropomorphic body, and 2) the freedom of interaction and dialogue grows wider, enabling players to contribute to shaping the story line of the game.