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Mobile virtual worlds

Bylander, Nils LU ; Nilsson, Adrian LU and Öqvist, Gustaf LU (2011) INFM02 20111
Department of Informatics
Abstract
This thesis examines the role of mobile access to virtual worlds in massively multiplayer online role playing games (MMORPG:s). Online gaming worlds have existed for decades, but ever since the smartphone has become more common, new interaction possibilities to these worlds have emerged. We have conducted a literature review to clarify existing gaps in the research community regarding mobile virtual worlds. Through this review, we have constructed a research model containing previously established motivation factors for MMORPG:s, interconnected with possible categories of how to improve the game experience with mobile features. An online survey on this topic was sent out to World of Warcraft players and the results show that many aspects... (More)
This thesis examines the role of mobile access to virtual worlds in massively multiplayer online role playing games (MMORPG:s). Online gaming worlds have existed for decades, but ever since the smartphone has become more common, new interaction possibilities to these worlds have emerged. We have conducted a literature review to clarify existing gaps in the research community regarding mobile virtual worlds. Through this review, we have constructed a research model containing previously established motivation factors for MMORPG:s, interconnected with possible categories of how to improve the game experience with mobile features. An online survey on this topic was sent out to World of Warcraft players and the results show that many aspects of gameplay through mobile access could improve the gaming experience of virtual gaming worlds. The responses showed very mixed feelings about using many game features from the mobile phone, especially those that tie in with real life. An important finding among the results is the strong reluctance among the players to pay extra money for the addition of mobile access to the virtual world, and a low motivation to use synchronous gameplay features via a mobile computing device. (Less)
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author
Bylander, Nils LU ; Nilsson, Adrian LU and Öqvist, Gustaf LU
supervisor
organization
alternative title
The role of mobile access to virtual gaming worlds
course
INFM02 20111
year
type
H1 - Master's Degree (One Year)
subject
keywords
Virtual worlds, mobile computing, online gaming, mobility, smartphone, MMORPG, mobile gaming
report number
INF11-026
language
English
id
1981133
date added to LUP
2011-06-27 15:07:59
date last changed
2011-06-27 15:07:59
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  abstract     = {This thesis examines the role of mobile access to virtual worlds in massively multiplayer online role playing games (MMORPG:s). Online gaming worlds have existed for decades, but ever since the smartphone has become more common, new interaction possibilities to these worlds have emerged. We have conducted a literature review to clarify existing gaps in the research community regarding mobile virtual worlds. Through this review, we have constructed a research model containing previously established motivation factors for MMORPG:s, interconnected with possible categories of how to improve the game experience with mobile features. An online survey on this topic was sent out to World of Warcraft players and the results show that many aspects of gameplay through mobile access could improve the gaming experience of virtual gaming worlds. The responses showed very mixed feelings about using many game features from the mobile phone, especially those that tie in with real life. An important finding among the results is the strong reluctance among the players to pay extra money for the addition of mobile access to the virtual world, and a low motivation to use synchronous gameplay features via a mobile computing device.},
  author       = {Bylander, Nils and Nilsson, Adrian and Öqvist, Gustaf},
  keyword      = {Virtual worlds,mobile computing,online gaming,mobility,smartphone,MMORPG,mobile gaming},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Mobile virtual worlds},
  year         = {2011},
}