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#1 Feb 15 2011 at 5:32 AM Rating: Excellent
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Hi everyone! My name is Emma Hutchinson and I'm a PhD researcher in the Sociology department at the University of Warwick in the UK. I'm currently undertaking a study of FFXIV and I was hoping that some of you may be willing to take part in an interview. My prime interest is in the relationship between the player and the avatar. This includes things like how we create our avatars, how we pick race and gender, and the connection they provide with the game. Much like the points raised in the "Race Selection" thread that's been going for a few days. I've been playing FFXIV since the Collector's Edition was released, and I have two avatars, both named Rill Farstrider, one on Cornelia, one on Lindblum. As a gamer myself, I'm also keen to move beyond some of the research about gamers that's patronising and negative - like the "violent video games make people violent" kind of thing.

If you are interested, feel free to PM me, or leave me a message in the thread and I'll follow it up. My researcher profile at the University is: http://go.warwick.ac.uk/emmahutchinson. Anything said would be kept entirely confidential and would never be published on the board. At some point, I may publish some work on this research, but all names would be changed. I would also let people know where possible in advance of publication. Feel free to give me a wave in-game!



Edited, Feb 15th 2011 6:35am by BornToEnd
#2 Feb 15 2011 at 6:04 AM Rating: Excellent
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actually almost all scientific research on videogames in the past 10 years is positive and has shown that playing videogames is immensely beneficial to decision making skills and does not promote violence. There is very little negative research (at least in neuroscience journals). Politicians just like using flawed research since it sounds a lot better to tell a parent "videogames are a waste of time" than "videogames will make your child smarter and more successful", even though the second is essentially true.

Anyway, if you need anything pm me, ill answer whatever questions you have :p.
#3 Feb 15 2011 at 6:20 AM Rating: Good
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Wow, it's quite refreshing to see someone post from a uni that isn't "DERP HELO, LEWK AT MAH SURVEY KK??".

I wouldn't mind helping out if you need it.
#4 Feb 15 2011 at 6:26 AM Rating: Good
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Good morning,

I would also be interested in taking part in your study. :)
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Feel free to PM me with any questions, I would be happy to help.
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#6 Feb 15 2011 at 8:59 AM Rating: Excellent
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#7 Feb 15 2011 at 11:13 AM Rating: Good
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Sure, questionaires about FFXIV are always fun to fill in :]
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#8 Feb 15 2011 at 11:34 AM Rating: Good
Since you took the time to actually get Admin approval, I'll take the time to do your questionaire
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#9 Feb 15 2011 at 11:49 AM Rating: Default
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Holy ****, is this the new content we were promised?
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#10 Feb 15 2011 at 12:16 PM Rating: Excellent
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I would be willing to participate in your survey. I played FFXI for 5 years, am playing FFXIV now and had brief stints with LOTRO, Guild Wars, Lineage II and DCUO.
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yfaithfully wrote:
Holy sh*t, is this the new content we were promised?


Naw man the new content is some ingame candy and a bell u can ring

But im also willing to partake in the survey
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#12 Feb 15 2011 at 12:49 PM Rating: Excellent
I will take the survey.

/wave from Yelta Sumasu, also on Cornelia.

Edited, Feb 15th 2011 1:50pm by melaniewing
#13 Feb 15 2011 at 2:00 PM Rating: Good
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*throws hands up* PICK ME PICK ME!!

Hehe, If you want, I'll help out, background hmm lets see, played pretty much every free mmorpg cause im cheap like that, amongst tons of B2P ones to, so you can say I've made quite a few characters in my day, is a key point to a game I reckon, one wrong move and you wont be happy playing for very long lmao anyways If I can help get in touch, I got tons of spare time =P
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#14 Feb 15 2011 at 2:40 PM Rating: Good
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Sure. I'll help, as long as your questions are not like the last poll that was posted, asuming we were all crazy.
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#15 Feb 15 2011 at 3:01 PM Rating: Good
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Dlaqev wrote:
Wow, it's quite refreshing to see someone post from a uni that isn't "DERP HELO, LEWK AT MAH SURVEY KK??".

I wouldn't mind helping out if you need it.


Maybe I should try a LOLsurvey :) Questions with pictures of cats here and there.

Anyway thanks to everyone who has already agreed to take part - though there's always space for more! I figure you are all giving me some of your time to reply to me so I should at least give myself a proper introduction.

melaniewing wrote:

/wave from Yelta Sumasu, also on Cornelia.


*waves*

StrayeXIV wrote:
*throws hands up* PICK ME PICK ME!!


*waves some more* Would saying "I choose you!" be too cheesy? Yeah thought so.

LillithaFenimore wrote:
Sure. I'll help, as long as your questions are not like the last poll that was posted, asuming we were all crazy.


I didn't realise there was another one. People like that just make other researchers' lives harder :(

Anyway thanks again to everyone taking part and the admins for letting me post here :)
#16 Feb 15 2011 at 3:03 PM Rating: Good
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I wish I could have collected data in FFXIV for my dissertation.

Although I did collect most of it on-line, so I really can't complain.
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#17 Feb 15 2011 at 3:03 PM Rating: Decent
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I didn't realise there was another one. People like that just make other researchers' lives harder :(

Anyway thanks again to everyone taking part and the admins for letting me post here :)


I think they were referring to the poll that SE made in January, or maybe some random poll by a player, but I don't think any of them had anything to do with the information your seeking.
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#18 Feb 15 2011 at 4:02 PM Rating: Good
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I've always wondered about certain bias in surveys. I know the goal is to minimize any bias, but there's always some.

For example, don't you think that the type of person that would enjoy spending time participating in your survey might also be inclined to create their avatar in a certain way? I mean to say that if I am someone who just doesn't put much thought into my avatar I might also be the type of person that isn't interested in taking the survey. Thus you miss out on that representation in the survey results. This is just an example off the top of my head. Many biases are unpredictable or at least less obvious. I'm not saying there's anyway around it, but just something I wonder about.



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I'd like to take part in this as well, as long as you're comfortable with me talking your ear off (figuratively speaking) about the subject
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#20 Feb 15 2011 at 5:12 PM Rating: Good
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I wager this is worthwhile research. I don't know of much credible information on the topic of online gaming. MMO game makers should sponser research like this. It could undoubtedly improve game quality, not to mention teach them how to manipulate more "customers" into paying their monthly fee. Aside from all that, there's a lot to be said about identity when these communities really get up and going. This is the first time we've really been able to project our identities without the limitations of our real life circumstances. That will certainly affect how we view ourselves, others, and our place in the world in profound ways. Gender is a central issue in that, no doubt. I mean this all in the sense of online communities providing the potential for this phenomenon. MMORPGs are just the genesis of such environments. Studies on this now could shed light on what is nearly sure to come.

Anyway, interesting stuff...

And, yes, I'll do your survey '-')b

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hmmm, yeah i guess that was soapboxy. It did help me unwind though...
I'll watch that in the future :P

Edited, Feb 15th 2011 9:44pm by DaricoAndari
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#21 Feb 15 2011 at 5:48 PM Rating: Excellent
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I'd be interested in taking your survey/interview. I enjoy typing out descriptive, soap-box responses to unwind, and I believe I'd have the same input as many of the other players who have followed MMOs for the past 10 years. Please give us a link when you complete your paper or thesis; I've always found the psychology of gamers to be a complex subject. By the way, you might have already seen this documentary, but it's actually accurate and is relevant to a lot of people playing MMOs: "My Gaming Addiction" that occasionally airs on Current TV.
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#22 Feb 15 2011 at 5:52 PM Rating: Good
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Not cheesy at all but im stuck trying to get out of this **** pokeball....*grunts* starting a f*cking diet come monday
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#23 Feb 15 2011 at 6:42 PM Rating: Excellent
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I'll participate! Results will be interesting.
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I'd be thrilled to take part. Count me in!
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#26 Feb 15 2011 at 8:04 PM Rating: Decent
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I'd be thrilled to take part. Count me in!


Oh no, he found the thread! Run for your lives!

(You know I'm just teasing. ^^)
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#27 Feb 15 2011 at 8:47 PM Rating: Decent
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I believe that studying such a group will provide insights into the attraction of online gaming, and the potential for gamers to perform gender in ways that are unavailable to them offline.

What un that there words mean? That one o' them sigh-key-log-sickle terms people use?

In all seriousness I had to look that up and still don't fully understand it. Males playing female characters/females playing male characters? Dominant and passive roles? What?
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PM me as well with questions if you have any.
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#29 Feb 16 2011 at 2:51 AM Rating: Good
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Count me among the willing to help.
#30 Feb 16 2011 at 7:44 AM Rating: Excellent
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Mithsavvy wrote:
I've always wondered about certain bias in surveys. I know the goal is to minimize any bias, but there's always some.

For example, don't you think that the type of person that would enjoy spending time participating in your survey might also be inclined to create their avatar in a certain way? I mean to say that if I am someone who just doesn't put much thought into my avatar I might also be the type of person that isn't interested in taking the survey. Thus you miss out on that representation in the survey results. This is just an example off the top of my head. Many biases are unpredictable or at least less obvious. I'm not saying there's anyway around it, but just something I wonder about.


That's a really interesting point. It's true that I do risk missing certain people who may not be so "invested" in the game I guess. I did a series of test interviews before doing this, and some of the people stopped playing the game, or hadn't played for months because of the problems with the game. Bias is mostly present anyway but as long as I can account for it and discuss it in the thesis then it's fine. Mind you some people spend a long time, others not so much. I'm sure alot of people here have created a random alt to mess around with, or to hold items etc.

DaricoAndari wrote:
I wager this is worthwhile research. I don't know of much credible information on the topic of online gaming. MMO game makers should sponser research like this. It could undoubtedly improve game quality, not to mention teach them how to manipulate more "customers" into paying their monthly fee. Aside from all that, there's a lot to be said about identity when these communities really get up and going. This is the first time we've really been able to project our identities without the limitations of our real life circumstances. That will certainly affect how we view ourselves, others, and our place in the world in profound ways. Gender is a central issue in that, no doubt. I mean this all in the sense of online communities providing the potential for this phenomenon. MMORPGs are just the genesis of such environments. Studies on this now could shed light on what is nearly sure to come.

Anyway, interesting stuff...

And, yes, I'll do your survey '-')b

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hmmm, yeah i guess that was soapboxy. It did help me unwind though...
I'll watch that in the future :P

Edited, Feb 15th 2011 9:44pm by DaricoAndari


Soapboxy is good! :D Long answers or short are equally good for me! There is actually a group of researchers currently working on data from EverQuest 2. Sony Online Entertainment gave them all the data from the game to use. Currently they are looking at ways of using it. There's a link to a story about it here: http://arstechnica.com/science/news/2009/02/aaas-60tb-of-behavioral-data-the-everquest-2-server-logs.ars

If Square Enix were interested in what I learned, I'd be more than happy to tell them. I think they are interested in their own polls currently. The EQ2 research should be interesting, but I think it's going to take a while to use properly since there's 60TB of data :s

Jamaz wrote:
Please give us a link when you complete your paper or thesis; I've always found the psychology of gamers to be a complex subject. By the way, you might have already seen this documentary, but it's actually accurate and is relevant to a lot of people playing MMOs: "My Gaming Addiction" that occasionally airs on Current TV.


Thanks for that - I'll have to look it up. Yes I was going to post links on the forum once I'm done. It will probably be a while...

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I believe that studying such a group will provide insights into the attraction of online gaming, and the potential for gamers to perform gender in ways that are unavailable to them offline.

What un that there words mean? That one o' them sigh-key-log-sickle terms people use?

In all seriousness I had to look that up and still don't fully understand it. Males playing female characters/females playing male characters? Dominant and passive roles? What?


AH sorry if that wasn't clear. There's a school of thought that suggests that gender is not innate, instead we learn our "gender roles" when we are children and continue after reaching adulthood. School, family, work, media and culture influence how gender is "performed" quite literally. For example, boys are often told to "man up" or dissuaded from doing "feminine" hobbies like dancing, or that they shouldn't show emotion. Girls are encouraged to be nurturing and modest. However as a child grows up they may fall into different habits as a result of friendship groups, school etc. In high school/secondary school, sporty jocks have to be alpha male and macho and not appear to be "girly" for example but when they were younger, they may not have behaved like this. Some researchers working on the Internet have suggested that it allows people to experiment more because they are anonymous and there are fewer repercussions for people who want to "be someone else" like role play. Yeah sometimes that does include men with female avatars and women with male avatars, but also say if a quiet guy, who doesn't like sports etc becomes a powerful macho paladin in a game? Their gender "performance" would change, or gender identity as some people put it. I hope that clarifies it!

*steps off soapbox*
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MrTalos wrote:
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I believe that studying such a group will provide insights into the attraction of online gaming, and the potential for gamers to perform gender in ways that are unavailable to them offline.

What un that there words mean? That one o' them sigh-key-log-sickle terms people use?

In all seriousness I had to look that up and still don't fully understand it. Males playing female characters/females playing male characters? Dominant and passive roles? What?


AH sorry if that wasn't clear. There's a school of thought that suggests that gender is not innate, instead we learn our "gender roles" when we are children and continue after reaching adulthood. School, family, work, media and culture influence how gender is "performed" quite literally. For example, boys are often told to "man up" or dissuaded from doing "feminine" hobbies like dancing, or that they shouldn't show emotion. Girls are encouraged to be nurturing and modest. However as a child grows up they may fall into different habits as a result of friendship groups, school etc. In high school/secondary school, sporty jocks have to be alpha male and macho and not appear to be "girly" for example but when they were younger, they may not have behaved like this. Some researchers working on the Internet have suggested that it allows people to experiment more because they are anonymous and there are fewer repercussions for people who want to "be someone else" like role play. Yeah sometimes that does include men with female avatars and women with male avatars, but also say if a quiet guy, who doesn't like sports etc becomes a powerful macho paladin in a game? Their gender "performance" would change, or gender identity as some people put it. I hope that clarifies it!

*steps off soapbox*

Thanks for the response. Didn't really understand the use and looking it up online didn't help a lot either.
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If you need more volunteers I'd participate, send any questions you'd like answered in a PM. :) Good luck to you!
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#33xthunderblazex, Posted: Feb 16 2011 at 10:45 AM, Rating: Sub-Default, (Expand Post) All that education and you couldn't come up with a better research project?
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I did reply to 2nd email but **** internet....O_O or the solar flare....isnt sending my email, I will send again once im sure its working..... Anyone else hear about solar flare...been tryin got send an email and a text for ages now! eithe that or BT is out to get me....
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