Grad student guest post

Players can group up to complete quests, explore the world, roleplay, or any other of a number of in-game activities. (Screenshot taken by the author. World of Warcraft ©2004 Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. All rights reserved.)

Digital ethnography of linguistic multitasking in World of Warcraft

Lauren Collister, a Ph.D. candidate in sociolinguistics at the University of Pittsburgh, describes how digital ethnography deepened her understanding of multimodal communication within a team of World of Warcraft game players. Players use text, voice-over-IP talk, and face-to-face talk to accomplish distinct functions.