With the announcement of Blizzard’s plans to release another expansion to their signature MMO, World of Warcraft, it might be a nice time to take stock of the interesting work that has accrued in game studies on virtual worlds over the years, and particularly on WoW.

Here are a few key titles for those interested in getting a critical perspective on the game:

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Chen, Mark
Leet Noobs
(2012)

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Various 
Digital Culture, Play, and Identity:
A World of Warcraft Reader

(2010)

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Bainbridge, William Sims
The Warcraft Civilization
(2010)

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Nardi, Bonnie
My Life as a Night Elf Priest
(2010)

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Castronova, Edward
Exodus to the Virtual
(2007)

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Castronova, Edward
Synthetic Worlds
(2005)

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