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dc.contributor.authorGunkel, David J.
dc.contributor.authorGunkel, Ann Hetzel
dc.date.accessioned2011-07-05T21:15:12Z
dc.date.available2011-07-05T21:15:12Z
dc.date.issued2009-06
dc.identifier.citationCritical Studies in Media Communication, Volume 26, Number 2, June 2009, pages 104-127.en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://commons.lib.niu.edu/handle/10843/13144
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10843/13144
dc.descriptionThis is a preprint of an article whose final and definitive form has been published in the journal Critical Studies in Media Communication.en_US
dc.description.abstractThe dominant metaphor used to describe and situate MMORPGs, or massively multiplayer online role playing games (e.g. Ultima Online, EverQuest, World of Warcraft, Second Life, etc.), has been “new world” and “new frontier.” By deploying this powerful imagery, game developers, players, the popular media, and academic researchers draw explicit connections between the technology of MMORPGs and the European encounter with the Americas and the western expansion of the United States. Although providing a compelling and often recognizable explanation of the innovations and opportunities of this new technology, the use of this terminology comes with a considerable price, one that had been demonstrated and examined by scholars of the Internet, cyberspace, and virtual reality over a decade ago. This essay explores the impact and significance of the terms “new world” and “frontier” as they have been deployed to explain and describe MMORPGs.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherTaylor & Francis (Routledge)en_US
dc.subjectcomputer gamesen_US
dc.subjectethicsen_US
dc.subjectinformation technologyen_US
dc.subjectcultural studiesen_US
dc.subjectnew mediaen_US
dc.titleTerra Nova 2.0 - The New World of MMORPGsen_US
dc.typePreprinten_US
dc.altlocation.urihttp://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15295030902860195
dc.contributor.departmentDepartment of Communication


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