The Basic Principles of Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games in Relation to Philosophy

Abstract: The aim of this article is to uncover the relationships between philosophy and Massively Multiplayer Online Role-playing Games (hereinafter MMORPG) and their discussion fora; i.e. the relevance of existential and analytical philosophy to the virtual world of MMORPGs. Content analysis of writings by famous philosophers was employed as a reliable method for gathering relevant data, as it was for collecting useful information from MMORPG discussion fora. The author assumes that MMORPGs originated as a response to the super-technical and increasingly technocratic western world from which players want to escape in order to find a simpler and more challenging, yet virtual world.

Authors: Petr Sádlo
Keywords: globalisation, chaos, MMORPG, discussion fora, existential philosophy, analytical philosophy
Volume: 11
Issue: 1
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