Battlefields of Negotiation

Control, Agency, and Ownership in World of Warcraft

René Glas

René Glas

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

220 pages | 6 x 9
Paper $43.50 ISBN: 9789089645005 Published August 2013 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
The multiplayer online role-playing game World of Warcraft has become one of the most popular computer games of the past decade, introducing millions around the world to community-based play. Within the boundaries set by its design, the game encourages players to appropriate and shape the game, resulting in highly diverse and creative forms of participation. Battlefields of Negotiation analyzes the complex relationship between groups of World of Warcraft players and the game’s owners and developers. A timely look at an important digital phenomenon, the book sheds new light on complex consumer-producer relationships in the increasingly participatory but still tightly controlled world of online games. 
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