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Applying Psychology to MMORPGs: Automatic Mimicry


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Yes, I'd agree with this because I've noticed on occasion a new word has slipped into my vocabluary, another player's own little traits I've somehow adopted, emotes, the community injokes and phrases. Often there has been times I've said something at the same time as somebody else on the screen, and we have to check the time stamps to see who said it first...
I think somehow it's just similar to how we would interact normally but it's...concentrated and under the microscope because everything's engineered and instant. I can pick out when I'm doing things like this ingame when I've done them, wheras in real-life I probably wouldn't even notice afterwards unless someone pointed it out.
But then, maybe I'm just not doing it as much in real life.

Posted by: zebby on August 4, 2004 6:14 PM

It's interesting and true to some extent. I used to play for a long time with a group of players in hardcore D2. Now for some reason it became traditional in our group (none of us liked calling ourselves a guild or clan although perhaps that's what we were) to always say "smooches" or something along those lines (i.e. "much SMOOOOCHIES everybody") when you were saying buy or ending your post in the boards.. this practice became established before I ever joined so I don't know the exact reasons, but many people within the group did follow this tradition, even if they too were new to the group. But still there were many people (like me for example) who didn't do that.

My point is that indeed people do on average mimick each other... but not all, and it would perhaps be interesting to investigate why some people mimick others and why some don't ;)

Posted by: Coriolis on September 12, 2004 7:37 PM

I can provide my own mimicry from my experience in Lineage 2:

^_^ ... 0_o ... >_

Those emotes have wiped out my previous usage of:
:) ... ;) ... :P ... :D

Posted by: Bianca on January 14, 2005 8:54 PM

Haha. I agree, emoticons are a language in themselves. If you're using a different 'style' than everyone else, you feel a bit awkward. (There was a study done on social conformity by Asch in 1952.)

Posted by: Clay on April 25, 2006 8:59 PM
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