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The Correlation between Customizable Avatars in World of Warcraft and their Players' Personalities

The Correlation between Customizable Avatars in World of Warcraft and their Players' Personalities

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MMORPG Avatars 1Running head: MMORPG AVATARS AND THEIR PLAYERSThe Correlation between Customizable Avatars inWorld of Warcraft and the Personality of the PlayersZach Peppler Academic Magnet
 
MMORPG Avatars 26 December 2010Table of Contents
 Table of Contents.......................................................................................................2Abstract......................................................................................................................3CHAPTER I: INTRODUCTION........................................................................................4Rationale.................................................................................................................4Statement of the Problem.......................................................................................5Method....................................................................................................................5Research Questions.................................................................................................5Implications.............................................................................................................5Significance.............................................................................................................6Continued Applicability............................................................................................6CHAPTER II: REVIEW OF LITERATURE..........................................................................8History of Role Playing Games.................................................................................8Motivation .............................................................................................................12 The Players............................................................................................................21CHAPTER III: METHODOLOGY....................................................................................24Procedure..............................................................................................................24CHAPTER IV: PRESENTATION OF FINDINGS...............................................................26Appendices...............................................................................................................31References...............................................................................................................37
 
MMORPG Avatars 3AbstractThis thesis determines if there is a correlation between customizable avatars inMMORPGs, such as
World of Warcraft 
, and their players’ personality. MMORPG stands for Massively Multiplayer Online Roleplaying Game, which means a large online only fantasygame. The purpose of this thesis is to discover whether this correlation exists. A survey wascreated and posted on the forums on
World of Warcraft 
in order for players to respond to it.Players were asked to fill out the survey and these participants were experienced with the game.Over 100 players responded to this survey. Their responses were not enough to determinewhether or not the thesis is true or not, and further research needs to be done. However, theimplication of this thesis can create a massive effect on these genres if proven true. Blizzard,creator of 
World of Warcraft 
, has even released a personality test to determine class from player  personality.

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