In my computer mediated communications class, we have been assigned the task of creating a final project/reading paper bout whichever topic we want that is related to CMC. For mine, I’ve chosen to dive into the topic of online video games and their relation to social interaction amongst its players. Here is the abstract for my ideas on the project:
For this project, I will be investigating the impact that playing multiplayer online video games has on one’s ability to interact socially during face to face meetings, and particularly the possible skills learned from these games and how they can transfer to the real world. There have been articles about players of massively multiplayer online role playing games (MMORPG) being hired for jobs based on the skills they have obtained while working with others in the environment of the game (such as effective leadership, planning and managing group activities, etc).
The effect that playing online games has on one’s social skill and abilities is an interesting and important point to understand. As our culture continues to move to an online age, more and more players are spending countless hours interacting through these online portals and less time having face to face interactions. Understanding whether or not interpersonal and management skills can transfer from the online environment to real life is an important concept to discover as we continue to replace parts of our lives with online counterparts.
To study this, I use various studies and articles about the topic, and compile information from them. A search for resources has provided an adequate amount of material covering this topic that I should be able to gather information and conclude general and specific ideas about this matter. I will compile my results into a paper to be presented to my class of peers, providing charts and graphs where appropriate.
The article that sparked my interest in this topic can be found here. Can Warcraft skills transfer to real life? We’ll find out, maybe those sweet dance moves in Warcraft can pay off too.