Last updated April 25th, 2006

The Death Stories Project 2006

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The Death Stories Project

Last updated April 25th, 2006

What is the project about?
The input and player tales submitted on this site will be a major part of a research project examining how players experience death in online gameworlds. The project takes a closer look at death as it is implemented in the game system of the world; and death as an event related to one's characters' life in the world, that is, the death(s) that has become part of the stories that describe your experience of living in the world. By examing these aspects of death and death penalty more closely, I hope to be able to say more about the interplay between a gamesystem and the social life of player characters, and how we might become better at designing worlds which give players experiences they want to tell stories about.

Who is behind this project?
The project and this survey site is designed and headed by Danish researcher Lisbeth Klastrup, who does research at the Center of Computer Games Research at the IT University of Copenhagen. Her major research interests are online worlds, interaction forms, interactive storytelling and computer games as fictional universes. In 2003, Lisbeth Klastrup defended her ph.d.thesis with the title "Towards a Poetics of Virtual Worlds", in which she took a closer look at EverQuest. The Death Stories Project is a continuation of her thesis project, trying to make a comparative study of several worlds. However, she herself mostly plays World of Warcraft at the moment! If you want to know more about me, take a look at my homepage at the IT University.

Who are asked to contribute?
Both newbie players, experienced players and hardcore players who have tried either one or more of a number of the largest massive multiplayer online games are welcome to contribute. Every experience is valid and every experience can aid me in my research. I would therefore be grateful if you would use some time to fill out the survey and share your experience(s) with me.

What do I want you to do?
Fill out a small survey and submit a recount of your character death experience.The survey/submission form is divided into four parts:

Survey sections and their content Estimated use of time
1. Basic demographic data. 1 min
2. Your own description of a character death experience 5 - 60 min
3. Your opinion on the function and experience of character deaths in MMOGs 3-10 min
4. A few questions about your player experience in general 3 min

Note: when used in research contexts (publications and reports), your contribution will be anonymised.

What happens when you have submitted the story of your experiences & filled out the survey?
I will read your story and comments and use them in my research, and if your story underlines a point I'm making, I might quote parts of it in my research papers. If you submit one or more Famous Last Words, they will likely appear in the Famous Last Words section on the website (some are very similar, so I dont publish all).

The overall findings of the research projects, including analysis of the submitted stories and answers, will appear continously on this site in the Findings section. The final article(s) on this project will be written in the beginning of 2007.

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