Title: Study of relationship between a session of video games with respect to the permanent time frames of gaming process

Authors: Jung Yeop Lee

Addresses: Information and Culture Technology Studies, Seoul National University, 1 Gwanak-ro, Gwanak-gu, Seoul, 151-742, Korea

Abstract: This paper observes the relationship between temporality and the gaming processes of video games that have particularly permanent timeframes. It argues that permanent temporality in social network games tends to affect players by encouraging continuous connection to the games and also stimulating players' consciousness. Permanent temporality also destroys any limits in game time-space and resists any external tampering to reverse the contents, thereby forming a complete world inside the game. Asynchronous play and the lack of competition in social network games results in low levels of difficulty and excessively loose gameplay. As opposed to asynchronous play, synchronous play simultaneously reflects the competition within the game allowing it to raise the tension inside the game.

Keywords: permanent temporality; video games; social network games; multiplayer games; gaming process; narrative structure; synchronous play; asynchronous play; MMORPG; PvP.

DOI: 10.1504/IJCVR.2016.077392

International Journal of Computational Vision and Robotics, 2016 Vol.6 No.3, pp.309 - 318

Accepted: 29 Sep 2015
Published online: 27 Mar 2016 *

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