Real Virtual Relationships
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Dear <<First Name>>,

We are happy to announce the publication of a NEW ISSUE of the Journal of Virtual Worlds Research (JVWR):

Volume 10, Number 2:

Real Virtual Relationships

Issue editors: Richard E. Ferdig, Kent State University, USA, Kristine E. Pytash, Kent State University, USA, and Glenn W. Muschert, Miami University, USA.

We live in an era of digitally-mediated relationships. From finding a spouse online to daily interactions facilitated through social media, many people build and sustain both platonic and romantic relationships with technology. Virtual worlds are also spaces for these interactions. This special issue is dedicated to an exploration of such topics in a collection of articles exploring “real virtual relationships.”

Issue Editor Corner

The Recursive Relationship between Virtual and Real in Relationships
Richard E. Ferdig, Kristine E. Pytash, Glenn W. Muschert

Peer Reviewed Research Papers

Virtually Together: Examining Pre-Existing Relationships in MMOG Play
Kelly Bergstrom, Jennifer Jenson, Suzanne de Castell, Nicholas Taylor
De-Roling from Experiences and Identities in Virtual Worlds
Stefano Gualeni, Daniel Vella, Johnathan Harrington
Empathy with Non-Player Characters? An Empirical approach to the Foundations of Human/Non-Human Relationships
Jonathan Harth

Harsh Words and Deeds: Systematic Content Analyses of Offensive* User Behavior in the Virtual Environments of Online First-Person Shooter Games
Adrienne Holz Ivory, James D. Ivory, Winston Wu, Anthony M. Limperos, Nathaniel Andrew, Brandon S. Sesler
Not Playing the Game: Negative Opinions about Online Dating and Video Gaming among Non-Participants
Max Marc

More from JVWR

This publication is also an invitation for you, readers, to first explore JVWR’s previous issues on our website, and then contribute as authors or even as editors of future special issues. Issue editors take full charge of one issue.

The Assembled issue 2018, as all our assembled issues, is a place for various papers, on the topic of the journal - that are being collected during the year. Feel free to upload your research paper at any time to our system here and it will be considered as candidate for publication on Q1 2018.

Each issue is managed by one managing Issue Editor with an option for 2-3 co-editors. The managing issue editor is the prime contact person and the leader behind it.
If you are interested, please visit For Issue Editors page to learn more about becoming a JVWR editor, and send us a word.

Things you can do:

  • Future issue for 2017 already in the making is EVE Online - the space-themed massively multiplayer game.
  • You are invited to browse JVWR's previous issues.
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Prof. Yesha Y. Sivan
Editor In-Chief
The Journal of Virtual Worlds Research
Real Virtual Relationships
Vol. 10, No. 2
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