Online Gaming: Anonymous Communication

Online Gaming: Anonymous Communication

Introduction

“Drink pots if you got ‘em [sic].  I’m down to echoes and having trouble keeping the tank healed.”  The previous statement was recorded during a session of Dungeons & Dragons Online (DDO), a Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (MMO).  Each of the words in the statement is a recognizable term in English, though the usage is not customary.  Each segment of society has its own language and jargon for the world around it.  Online gaming is no exception, and while some terms, such as “tank” are common across an entire genre (MMOs), others like “echoes” are specific to one game or another.  Language, however, is not only about the words that are used, but a number of details, some more subtle than others, which provides the context necessary to understand a particular utterance.  With the understanding that not all potential readers readily understand gaming terminology, and to minimize the amount of space spent in explanation of terms, each highlighted term is explained in the Glossary of Terms prior to the Reference page.  By analyzing several hours of communication taking place within the contexts of two very different video games, one can discover the differences and similarities between the languages of each of the games and the general population. Continue reading

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Borderlands 2!

Good news for fans of the original Borderlands: Borderlands 2 does exactly what is expected of a sequel to a successful game. It keeps what worked and tweaks what didn’t. In this case, the artistic style, humor, and overall gameplay, as well as split-screen co-op, are alive and well. In all honesty, my husband and I still haven’t finished the original since we only play co-op, and rarely have time to spare together, but we put in Borderlands 2 tonight for a few hours anyway. Continue reading

Battlefield: Bad Company

With an attempt to reach 50% completion average by December, I’ve decided to take a look at the older games that I have barely looked at (read: I have one or two achievements that are dragging me down). In addition, there are several franchises that are at least three games deep that I have passed on or overlooked, and at this point would like to at least see what the fuss is about. With these things in mind, I’ve decided to start with shooters. I thought we owned Battlefield: Bad Company 2, but I can’t seem to find it in our “library” (read: cardboard boxes full of XBox, 360, PS1, PS2, Ps3 games, BluRays and DVDs). So, I’ll be going from BFBC to BF2, BF3, Medal of Honor, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter, Tom Clancy’s Future Soldier, then Call of Duty Black Ops, Modern Warfare 1, 2 and 3. For the most part, I’ll be doing the single player campaigns and all achievements related to them, and anything on the multiplayer side that doesn’t take too long, since most of these games will have few people playing them still. Continue reading