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MMOs from the Outside In: The Massively-Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games of Psychology, Law, Government, and Real Life by Richard A. Bartle

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CHAPTER 6

On Culture & Community

Buff Me

My daughter bought a make-up bag to give as a present. Here’s what it said on the front:

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Buff me.

Is this an example of game terminology making it to the mainstream? Or did the mainstream get there first? Perhaps it’s just a coincidence and it was invented twice independently.

I once walked past a clothes shop in Singapore called Newbie.

Passion

Players are passionate about MMOs. They want MMOs to improve.

I’m all for passion, but its effectiveness depends on how it’s used. Basically, when it comes to improving MMOs, there are four ways to apply passion:

  1. Seek realistic goals. In general, this means you ...

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