European Journal of Language and Culture Studies <p>European Journal of Language and Culture Studies</p> European Open Science Publishing en-US European Journal of Language and Culture Studies 2796-0064 <p>Authors retain the copyright of their work, and grant this journal the right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a <a href="">Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License</a> that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.</p> Game on: Notes on Language Learning Potentials Through MMORPGs’ Social and Motivational Dynamics <p>This paper explores the dynamic intersection between Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games (MMORPGs) and second language learning, focusing on the intertwined elements of motivation and social interaction. Through a review of existing research, including works by Peterson (2010), Zheng <em>et al.</em> (2009), Thorne <em>et al.</em> (2009), and Sylvén and Sundqvist (2017, 2012), the paper highlights how MMORPGs provide immersive and authentic contexts for language practice. MMORPGs foster receptive and productive language skills by engaging players in complex linguistic exchanges and culturally rich narratives. The intrinsic motivational aspects of gaming and the social dynamics of MMORPGs create an engaging learning environment. However, the paper also acknowledges challenges such as cognitive overload, the use of informal language, the potential propagation of incorrect language use, and the possibility of negative social interactions. In conclusion, while MMORPGs offer innovative platforms for language learning, careful consideration of their opportunities and challenges is essential. The article calls for continued exploration and thoughtful implementation to fully harness the educational potential of MMORPGs in language education.</p> <p> </p> Hélder Fanha Martins Copyright (c) 2023 Hélder Fanha Martins 2023-11-20 2023-11-20 2 6 1 5 10.24018/ejlang.2023.2.6.110