MMORPG science in 2015

Better not scoff at academic research: From Superdata to in-house economists, from feminist theory to Bartle, and from education applications to NASA mapping, science is shaping the video games we play — and vice versa.

Read on for a recap of our best science-related MMO articles from 2015. Don’t worry; there won’t be a quiz at the end!

New research illuminates our gaming motivations - If you've ever thought that the Bartle test was a bit outdated, game analytics consulting firm Quantic Foundry has a new gamer psych chart for you. This past week, it released its Gamer Motivation Model, which groups gamer types…
Massively Overthinking: Let’s take the classic Bartle test - Here's something you probably didn't know: Online worlds researcher Dr. Richard Bartle didn't actually write the Bartle test. His original research explored, analyzed, and defined the four player archetypes -- killer, socializer, achiever, and explorer -- but…
The Soapbox: MMOs and the power of habit - I've been reading this book by Charles Duhigg called The Power of Habit. Actually, the full title is The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and in Business, but that was…
Elite: Dangerous generates its galaxy with NASA data - Elite: Dangerous is a work of science fiction; that's not under discussion. So as in all science fiction, the developers just created a galaxy by selecting random areas and dropping in planets or stars. By which we of…
EVE Evolved: How many subscriptions does EVE have? - Two weeks ago, a mathemagician over at The Nosy Gamer published some interesting calculations showing that EVE Online's subscriptions may have dropped by around 18% in the past two years. CCP has always prided itself on…
Researcher studies City of Heroes memorymaking - City of Heroes players, did you ever think your beloved old world would be the subject of academic research? Olle Sköld from Uppsala University in Sweden recently examined the extant City of Heroes community in an "interpretative…

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Karl_Hungus
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ManastuUtakata schlag sweetleaf tobascodagama 
Yeah ERP’ers aren’t exactly easy on the eye

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ManastuUtakata

schlag sweetleaf tobascodagama 
You know…certain mobs I was having altercations with in TERA tonight looked like that. O.o

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ManastuUtakata

I wonder if people really understand how much science goes into an MMO? The logistics are mind numbing. And where a simple rendered tree could grind an entire server to a halt. o.O

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schlag sweetleaf

tobascodagama schlag sweetleaf Very kind of you to say :) Didn’t know how to do anything back then.Definitely have MOP to thank (blame?) for what followed.It’s a great site that lets people be themselves All the best for 2016 and beyond!

tobascodagama
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tobascodagama

That Star Citizen sound post also features the first appearance of schlag sweetleaf’s brilliant meme-ing. Historic and stuff!

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Grimmtooth

I LOVE these man behind the curtain articles. Keep up the great work.
and in contrast to Bals , I’m glad there isn’t a test because I’ve been slacking & would be licked to get a C

<shifts back to Lurker mode>

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BalsBigBrother

“Don’t worry; there won’t be a quiz at the end!”
Wait … what I have been revising all year, I could have been playing games all that time /shakeyfist :-(