René’s paper, Playing Another Game: Twinking in World of Warcraft investigates one the more controversial player practices in MMORPG’s, twinking, not in terms of value judgment but as a play form negotiating, working against and even transforming a MMORPG’s intended structure and design.
[For those who can’t wait til René’s paper to find out what is twinking? NOTE: The term’s specific meaning differs depending on the game’s genre, among other things, as this analysis will surely show.]
Making use of participatory ethnographic observations of World of Warcraft’s particular forms of twinking, this devious behavior is discussed as being luxury play, dominance play, transformative play and standardized play, each form having its own influence on the way these virtual worlds are experienced by the player community and, notably, twinkers themselves.
Rene is doing his PhD and working as a lecturer in Media Studies at the University of Amsterdam.