Encyclopedia of Computer Graphics and Games

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Griefing in MMORPGs

  • Leigh AchterboschEmail author
  • Peter Vamplew
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-08234-9_200-1



MMORPGs refer to massively multiplayer online role-playing games, in which many players play cooperatively or competitively within a persistent world. Griefing is generally defined as a type of online bullying within a gaming context and is quite common in MMORPGs. Griefing involves one player intentionally disrupting another player’s game experience, through some form of harassment, as they enjoy doing so.


Massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPG) are a genre of game that is played online with hundreds to thousands of people playing simultaneously. Each player controls an avatar and can play cooperatively or competitively in the persistent virtual world (Achterbosch et al. 2008; Wolf 2012). In MMORPGs and other online virtual worlds, players may encounter what is known as griefing. This is when one player deliberately disrupts another player’s game experience for their own...
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Science and TechnologyFederation University AustraliaMt Helen, BallaratAustralia