How did you pick a character or avatar and how did the appearance of the character or avatar impact your experience? How did you like your experience of interacting with other players in the game/3D virtual world? Do you see any discrepancy of your behaviors in the MMOG, MOBA, or 3D virtual world from your real life? How? When you write the essay to address the above question, make sure you link your experience within the game to the “institution” described in the reading “Emergent culture: Institutions within synthetic reality” by Edward Castronova (see the reading) Minimum requirements: The essay needs to be at least 500 words in length. Please note that essays that are rated as 3 usually are at least 750 words in length. No credit will be given if you do not post your essay by the deadline. In addition, your essay will be evaluated on a scale from 1 to 3. Essays rated 1 will not receive any additional points. (please find more details in the syllabus) The TA will grade your assignment and provide comments to help you improve your future essays. To be rated as 3, the essay should Have good organization and structure. Analysis is supported by coherent arguments, examples and references.
Use the readings to discuss and analyze digital games and real-life phenomena (cite in your written assignment). Demonstrate good understanding and critical interpretation of the readings. Properly credit ideas and phrases contributed by others. Correctly use APA style for in-text citations and the reference list. Be free from typographic, grammar, and spelling mistakes. To be rated as 2, the essay should Have logical organization and structure. Occasionally use examples and references to support argument. Demonstrate familiarity with and understanding of the readings. Occasionally relate the readings to digital games and real-life phenomena. Properly credit ideas and phrases contributed by others. Have only minor mistakes in applying APA style. Have only minor typographic, grammar, and spelling mistakes. Your essay will be rated as 1 if two of the following occurs. Have weak or random organization and structure. Analysis is not supported by coherent arguments. No uses of examples or references to support arguments. Does not demonstrate familiarity with and understanding of the readings. Does not properly credit ideas and phrases contributed by others. Numerous APA style mistakes Have glaring typographic, grammar, and spelling mistakes. You must indicate when ideas are not your own and attribute them (provide information about the source and author). You must cite references in your essay. The textbook or readings also count. Quotation marks must be used if you use the exact sentence of other people. Use APA style to cite sources.