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Subject/Keyword
managed player efficiency
video games
MPE
MMO
RPG
browser-based MMORPG
BB-MMORPG
enjoyment
fun
bad games
player enjoyment
MMORPG
MOG
meritocratic play
MUD
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Bouchard, Matthew
Supervisor and department
Ruecker, Stan (English & Film Studies)
Gouglas, Sean (History & Classics)
Examining committee member and department
Quamen, Harvey (English & Film Studies)
Department
Department of Humanities Computing
Specialization

Date accepted
2010-04-21T21:40:41Z
Graduation date
2010-06
Degree
Master of Arts
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games (MMORPGs) are complex and interesting objects of study. They are quite popular among both casual and connoisseur gamers, and they are often played continuously over many years. Despite a reasonable amount of existing research on MMORPGs, no clear explanation has emerged to explain what particular game features encourage so many players to enjoy these games for so long. In this thesis, I contend that the most important elements in the success of an MMORPG are meritocratic play and managed player efficiency (MPE). This contention is proved by examining the existing literature on player enjoyment and game design, surveying popular MMORPGs, and building and testing a simple, browser-based game that implements meritocratic play and managed player efficiency. While existing research and my survey of popular MMORPGS provide good support for the importance of meritocratic play and MPE, participants in my study provided much stronger support by reporting particular enjoyment of game tasks that displayed the clearest meritocratic play and the best opportunities to manage player efficiency.
Language
English
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License granted by Matthew Bouchard (matt.bouchard@gmail.com) on 2010-04-21T21:20:31Z (GMT): Permission is hereby granted to the University of Alberta Libraries to reproduce single copies of this thesis and to lend or sell such copies for private, scholarly or scientific research purposes only. Where the thesis is converted to, or otherwise made available in digital form, the University of Alberta will advise potential users of the thesis of the above terms. The author reserves all other publication and other rights in association with the copyright in the thesis, and except as herein provided, neither the thesis nor any substantial portion thereof may be printed or otherwise reproduced in any material form whatsoever without the author's prior written permission.
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