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John Halloran, Yvonne Rogers, Geraldine Fitzpatrick
The social experience of multiplayer gaming is mediated by the communications tools that are available to use. Until recently, these have been largely text-based, but with the advent of new voiceover IP tools like Roger Wilco and Xbox Live, voice-mediated communication is becoming increasingly common. We present three studies of multi-player gaming, where we analyse what happens in terms of the social experience when players are given the opportunity of talking to each other rather than
more » ... rather than texting. To do this we use a conceptual framework called FFIPS, which stands for Form, language Functions, Identity, Presence, and Social protocols. Our findings show that voiceover IP for multiplayer gaming appears to be well-suited to supporting a distinctive and enjoyable social experience, both by providing high 'presence' (i.e., increased energy , engagement and vividness), and by revealing information about players' real identities. KEYWORDS Multiplayer games, voiceover IP, voice-based communications , text-based communications, social experience INTRODUCTION The scaling-up of computer games from single-player to multiplayer has meant that gaming can now offer an experience that is quite different from that of playing alone against a computer. Rather than an individual pursuit, multiplayer gaming has become a social experience-one that can constitute a 'social pleasure' [7].