Encyclopedia of Social Network Analysis and Mining

2018 Edition
| Editors: Reda Alhajj, Jon Rokne

Gaming and Virtual Worlds

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4939-7131-2_65

Synonyms

Glossary

Alt

A second avatar, distinguished from the main avatar of a person

Avatar

A virtual representation of a person

Character

An avatar that has some of its own distinctive virtual personality

Instance

A virtual environment or portion of a database separate from others

Leaderboard

An online ranking of MMO avatars

MMO

Massively multiplayer online game

PvE

Player-versus-environment exploration, a mission-oriented form of gameplay

PvP

Player-versus-player combat, a competitive form of online gameplay.

Definition

Massively multiplayer online games (MMOs) are often described as virtual worlds, because they simulate many of the features of real life, albeit with qualities of adventure fiction and ludic competition. Most significant MMOs emphasize role-playing and offer multiple modalities through which participants having different goals may cooperate, including economies, enduring social bonds...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Cyber-Human Systems Program, Division of Information and Intelligent SystemsNational Science Foundation, Human-Centered ComputingArlingtonUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Talel Abdessalem
    • 1
  • Rokia Missaoui
    • 2
  1. 1.telecom-paristechParisFrance
  2. 2.Department of Computer Science and EngineeringUniversité du Québec en Outaouais (UQO)GatineauCanada