Analyses of a Virtual World

  • Yurij Holovatch
  • Olesya Mryglod
  • Michael Szell
  • Stefan Thurner
Chapter
Part of the Understanding Complex Systems book series (UCS)

Abstract

We present an overview of a series of results obtained from the analysis of human behavior in a virtual environment. We focus on the massive multiplayer online game (MMOG) Pardus which has a worldwide participant base of more than 400,000 registered players. We provide evidence for striking statistical similarities between social structures and human-action dynamics in real and virtual worlds. In this sense MMOGs provide an extraordinary way for accurate and falsifiable studies of social phenomena. We further discuss possibilities to apply methods and concepts developed in the course of these studies to analyse oral and written narratives.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yurij Holovatch
    • 1
  • Olesya Mryglod
    • 1
  • Michael Szell
    • 2
  • Stefan Thurner
    • 3
    • 4
    • 5
  1. 1.Institute for Condensed Matter PhysicsNational Academy of Sciences of UkraineLvivUkraine
  2. 2.Center for Complex Network ResearchNortheastern UniversityBostonUSA
  3. 3.Section for Science of Complex SystemsMedical University of ViennaViennaAustria
  4. 4.Santa Fe InstituteSanta FeUSA
  5. 5.IIASALaxenburgAustria

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