Computer Supported Cooperative Work

Avatars at Work and Play

Collaboration and Interaction in Shared Virtual Environments

Editors: Schroeder, Ralph, Axelsson, Ann-Sofie (Eds.)

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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?

Table of contents (4 chapters)

  • Transformed Social Interaction: Exploring the Digital Plasticity of Avatars

    Jeremy N. Bailenson, Andrew C. Beall

    Pages 1-16

  • Analysis and Visualization of Social Diffusion Patterns in Three-Dimensional Virtual Worlds

    Shashikant Penumarthy, Katy Börner

    Pages 39-61

  • The Psychology of Massively Multi-User Online Role-Playing Games: Motivations, Emotional Investment, Relationships and Problematic Usage

    Nick Yee

    Pages 187-207

  • Digital Dystopia: Player Control and Strategic Innovation in the Sims Online

    Francis F. Steen, Mari Siân Davies, Brendesha Tynes, et al.

    Pages 247-273

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Avatars at Work and Play
Book Subtitle
Collaboration and Interaction in Shared Virtual Environments
Editors
  • Ralph Schroeder
  • Ann-Sofie Axelsson
Series Title
Computer Supported Cooperative Work
Series Volume
34
Copyright
2006
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-3898-3
DOI
10.1007/1-4020-3898-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-3883-9
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-6989-4
Series ISSN
1431-1496
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 278
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