For those of you who had seen my previous thread, this is an extension of my Guild Wars 2 community study. Given the change of rules ANet has implemented in server transfers, my ability to join players in game has been limited. So I have changed my strategy and want to hear from you guys what sort of experiences you have playing with other people in Guild Wars 2. I am a student at the University of Victoria, and I am looking for the patterns and trends in online relationships, specifically in the Guild Wars 2 realm.
So I'm going to post a list of questions to get a discussion going, and I hope people will be willing to share their experiences. For those of you who want to squawk at my credibility, please refer to this previous thread: http://www.guildwars2forum.com/threa...ersity-Project
This is not an interview, this is a completely informal discussion. While I will be using this data to find some trends in the Guild Wars 2 community, there will be no use of usernames, real names, personal details, ages, genders, locations, and any other irrelevant information. All I want to know is how people make friends in our specific online community, and if you want to call me a scammer, DON'T POST. It's that simple. You guys tell me what you want me to know. I genuinely love to hear other people's experience with this game, because it is something close to my heart.
What is your impression of the player community of Guild Wars 2?
Do you feel that the mechanics of Guild Wars 2 contributes to the strong community?
How has the community changed since Guild Wars 1?
How often do you interact online with other people?
Are the people you interact with online people you know in real life?
If YES, know IRL:
Does online interaction strengthen your relationship?
Do you talk about your lives outside of the game while playing?
If NO, do not know IRL:
Do you consider people online as "friends" or otherwise?
How do these relationships generally form?
How much personal information do you share with them? Personal identity, personal history, day to day life, etc?
How much do they tend to share with you?
Are these online relationships stronger, or weaker than real life ones?
How do they differ from physical relationships?