Put on Your Game Face: Designing the Researcher Presence In immersive Digital Environments

Jaime Banks, Rosa Mikeal Martey

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Abstract

Researchers’ appearance and behavior may influence study participants’ thoughts, feelings, and behaviors during in-person data collection. However, investigators in online settings can manage this influence by leveraging platform affordances to craft purposeful, scripted presences. We argue for a revisioning of approaches to researcher presence in immersive digital environments. In particular, we draw on the metaphor of a video game non-player character (NPC) to position researchers as characters embedded in study narratives. The researcher-as-NPC is designed by purposefully selecting visual, verbal, and behavioral features in relation to the norms and requirements of both the research and the immersive digital environment. This balance allows an avatar to function as a more transparent research tool and as a character within both the research and world narratives, rather than as a mere extension of researcher agency. We offer two case studies – one in an open digital world of Second
Original languageEnglish
PublisherJournal For Virtual Worlds Research
Volume9
StatePublished - Apr 2016

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    Banks, J., & Martey, R. M. (2016, Apr). Put on Your Game Face: Designing the Researcher Presence In immersive Digital Environments. Journal For Virtual Worlds Research.