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.

Essays by this author

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.