One aspect of this virtual environment is application-level messaging. Users can create objects in our world, and these objects can communicate with each other. As part of our research, we'd like to collect some data from a real virtual world like World of Warcraft.
This is where you come in. If you are willing to help us out, I have written an AddOn for WoW called AppMsgLogger. This AddOn collects three pieces of information:
- A timestamp every time you log in or log out
- For every addon message you receive (the CHAT_MSG_ADDON event), a timestamp, the zone you are in, the channel it was received on (PARTY, GUILD, RAID, etc), and the length of the message in bytes
- A list of the AddOns you are running
An explanation of why we want to collect each piece of information:
- is just so I can know how long the addon was running for.
- is what we're really interested in. It allows us to model what
application messaging looks like in a virtual world. We can calculate
things like how many bytes/second the average player receives in
application messages, what application message traffic looks like
based on what type of activity the user is doing (pvp, pve, city,
etc), or a breakdown of which channels applications are using for
- is just so we can tell which messages are actually being received.
If anyone in your guild/party/raid has an addon that sends a message,
you receive it regardless of whether you're even running that addon
which receives the message.
So you know I'm legit,
Here's me: Jeff Terrace
Here's the project: SING: Meru Virtual World Architecture
Here's a paper that we previously published: http://www.cs.prince...rlds-ieee09.pdf
I'm also happy to release the dataset into the public domain, as I think it has value beyond what we're using it for. If I get enough useful data, I will release it.
If you would like to help us out by collecting some data, please visit:
WoW Data Collection - AppMsgLogger
And before I'm asked:
- No, this is not spam
- No, I'm not trying to steal your WoW account
- Yes, I made sure to get permission from an admin (Boethius) before posting