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Michael Freeman and Fiona Smith

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199673667

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199673667.001.0001

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MMORPGing, Law, and Lingo

MMORPGing, Law, and Lingo

(p.417) 25 MMORPGing, Law, and Lingo
Law and Language

Kim Barker

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the differences between the categories of online games and virtual worlds. It discusses the importance of this distinction, given the need to recognize that this area has its own distinct terminology. It presents a few examples to illustrate the demand for understanding and acceptance of gaming terminology, and the role that this terminology will play in the legal system in due course. These terms include farming, griefing, kill stealing, and wizards. Whilst online gaming is a mainstream form of entertainment, the legal system has yet to accept that this is so. Equally, the legal system has yet to accept that there can be disputes arising out of such interaction. It must do so, because once there has been recognition of the activity, there can be recognition of everything associated with it.

Keywords:   language, online games, virtual gaming, virtual worlds, gaming terminology, legal system

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