Current Postgraduate Research Projects

Ping-I Adam Ho
 Julia Limb

Ping-I Adam Ho

Doctor of Philosophy
The Value of Play: The Culture of Game Items

Adam’s PhD thesis examines the multiple ways that game items come to have commercial value in the culturally situated contexts of gameplay. Drawing on theories from various disciplines including game design, economics, sociology, media and performance studies, this thesis demonstrates a significant interdisciplinary research approach in the game studies field. This thesis is awarded with the 'Studying Abroad Scholarship' supported by the Taiwanese government in the cultural industries discipline.

Teaching
2011-2013. ARIN 3640 Computer Games and Simulation
2011-2013. ARIN 2610 Web Transformations

Conference Papers
2013. 'It is not just a game, but still a game: The force of game design in generating the value of virtual items'. Transmedia: Storytelling and Beyond Conference.

2005. 'The evaluation of design for role-playing web games: A case study of 'SKY BOOM''. Digital Design Conference: The Academia and Industry Collaboration for Digital Content. Taichung: National Taichung Institute of Technology, 2005. 302-311.

Publications
2014. 'The value of being powerful or beautiful in games: How game design affects the value of virtual items', 4th edition of The Computer Games Journal (forthcoming)
2013. 'The impact of game design in generating the value of virtual items', book chapter, eBook Transmediality and Interdisciplinarity.
2010. 'The possibility of cyberdemocracy in the digital age', E-Soc Journal (ISSN: 1609-2503), Institute of Sociology Dept of Applied Sociology, Nanhua University, 90.
2009. 'A new era of online games: The age without charge is coming soon', E-Soc Journal (ISSN: 1609-2503), Institute of Sociology Dept of Applied Sociology, Nanhua University, 77.
2007. Virtual item trade in massive multiplayer online role playing game (MMORPG): A case study of 'Diablo II'. Master thesis, Chiayi: National Chung Cheng University.
2005. 'The culture of video games: A case study of SONY Playstation II', E-Soc Journal (ISSN: 1609-2503), Institute of Sociology Dept. of Applied Sociology, Nanhua University, 49.
2004. Li, Shi-qing., & Ho, Ping-I. 'The analysis of webmasters' personalities on the Internet', E-Soc Journal (ISSN: 1609-2503), Institute of Sociology Dept of Applied Sociology, Nanhua University, 42.

Julia Limb

Doctor of Social Sciences
At home and Online: An exploration of domestic craft blogs

This research project investigates whether women who blog about their handmade projects and domestic lives are at the center of a new style of digital communication where the lines between public and private merge along with other boundaries such as home/work, career/family. Through the investigation of six domestic craft blogs, this thesis will explore the reasons for this renewed interest in the domestic world and situate it in the context of the history of domesticity as well as the place that it holds in the online world.