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The Resource The Warcraft civilization : social science in a virtual world, William Sims Bainbridge

The Warcraft civilization : social science in a virtual world, William Sims Bainbridge

Label
The Warcraft civilization : social science in a virtual world
Title
The Warcraft civilization
Title remainder
social science in a virtual world
Statement of responsibility
William Sims Bainbridge
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
From the Publisher: World of Warcraft is more than a game. There is no ultimate goal, no winning hard, no princess to be rescued. WoW contains more than 5,000 possible quests, games within the game, and encompasses hundreds of separate parallel realms (computer serves, each of which can handle 4,000 players simultaneously). WoW is an immerse virtual world in which characters must cope in a dangerous environment, assume identities, struggle to understand and communicate, learn to use technology, and compete for dwindling resources. Beyond the fantasy and science fiction details, as many have noted, it's not entirely unlike today's world. In The Warcraft Civilization, sociologist William Sims Bainbridge goes further, arguing that WoW can be seen not only as an allegory of today but also as virtual prototype of tomorrow, of a real human future in which tribe-like groups will engage in combat over declining natural resources, build temporary alliances on the basis of mutual self-interest, and seek a set of values that transcend the need for war. Bainbridge explored the complex Warcraft universe firsthand, spending more than 2,300 hours there, deploying twenty-two characters of all ten races, all then classes, and numerous professions. Each chapter begins with one character's narrative, then goes on to explore a major social issue such as religion, learning, cooperation, economy, or identity through the lens of that character's experience. What makes WoW an especially good place to look for insights about Western civilization, Bainbridge says, is that it bridges past and future. It is founded on Western cultural tradition, yet aimed toward the virtual worlds we could create in times to come
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http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Bainbridge, William Sims
Dewey number
794.8
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
GV1469.27
LC item number
.B32 2010eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • World of Warcraft (Game)
  • Computer games
  • Shared virtual environments
  • Virtual reality
  • Online identities
  • GAMES
  • Computer games
  • Shared virtual environments
  • Virtual reality
  • World of Warcraft (Game)
  • World of Warcraft
  • Virtuelle Realität
  • Gesellschaft
  • Datorspel
Label
The Warcraft civilization : social science in a virtual world, William Sims Bainbridge
Instantiates
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1: Entrance -- 2: Heritage -- 3: Religion -- 4: Learning -- 5: Cooperation -- 6: Economy -- 7: Identity -- 8: Transcendence -- Notes -- Index
Control code
593287037
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (248 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780262013703
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other control number
  • 9786612541919
  • 3177400
Other physical details
illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
  • 254191
  • e2b0b316-b51d-45a5-ad68-14188d22a2df
  • 8329
  • 9780262267588
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not applicable
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unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)593287037
Label
The Warcraft civilization : social science in a virtual world, William Sims Bainbridge
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1: Entrance -- 2: Heritage -- 3: Religion -- 4: Learning -- 5: Cooperation -- 6: Economy -- 7: Identity -- 8: Transcendence -- Notes -- Index
Control code
593287037
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (248 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780262013703
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other control number
  • 9786612541919
  • 3177400
Other physical details
illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
  • 254191
  • e2b0b316-b51d-45a5-ad68-14188d22a2df
  • 8329
  • 9780262267588
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)593287037

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