Torill Elvira Mortensen

Torill Mortensen studies online cultures as expressed and formed through Web logs and computer games. She has a PhD in computer games with a main focus on MUDs, text-based online games, from a background of media studies, and maintains a Web log. She is an Associate Professor at the Media Department of Volda University College, Norway.

Me, the Other


Torill Elvira Mortensen explains the joys of the role-playing high, in which the player no longer has to contemplate how her character might act in a given situation; instead the player simply reacts as the character. Mortensen develops the case to argue that role-playing experience can lead to a cynicism about the sincerity of people’s out-of-character (or real-world) personae.