Avatars at Work and Play: Collaboration and Interaction in Shared Virtual Environments

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Ralph Schroeder, Ann-Sofie Axelsson
Springer Science & Business Media, Jul 8, 2006 - Computers - 278 pages
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Avatars at Work and Play brings together contributions from leading social scientists and computer scientists who have conducted research on virtual environments used for collaboration and online gaming. They present a well-rounded and state-of-the-art overview of current applications of multi-user virtual environments, ranging from highly immersive virtual reality systems to internet-based virtual environments on personal computers. The volume is a follow-up to a previous essay collection, ‘The Social Life of Avatars’, which explored general issues in this field. This collection goes further, examining uses of shared virtual environments in practical settings such as scientific collaboration, distributed meetings, building models together, and others. It also covers online gaming in virtual environments, which has attracted hundreds of thousands of users and presents an opportunity for studying a myriad of social issues. Covering both ‘work’ and ‘play’, the volume brings together issues common to the two areas, including:

What kind of avatar appearance is suitable for different kinds of interaction? How best to foster collaboration and promote usable shared virtual spaces? What kinds of activities work well in different types of virtual environments and systems?

Avatars at Work and Play will be required reading for computer scientists and social scientists who are researching and developing virtual worlds. It will be useful on courses in New Media and human-computer interaction

 

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Contents

Exploring the Digital
1
Investigating Priorities for
17
Analysis and Visualization of Social
39
Collaborative Virtual Environments for Scientific
62
Science Gothenburg University University College of Boras SE501
90
Analyzing Fragments of Collaboration in Distributed
97
nomics Chalmers University of Technology SE412 96 Gothenburg Sweden
104
The Impact of Display System and Embodiment
131
Supporting GroupWork
151
Consequences of Playing Violent Video Games
167
The Psychology of Massively Multiuser Online
187
Questing for KnowledgeVirtual Worlds
208
Some Lessons from
227
Player Control and Strategic
246
Index
274
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