If you have never played a massively multiplayer online game (MMOG), you can choose a free one to experience from this list (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_free_MMOGs).
If you have never played a multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA), you can choose a free one to experience from this list (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_multiplayer_online_battle_arena_games)
If you have played a MMOG and a MOBA before, get some new experiences in a 3D virtual world (https://arianeb.com/more3Dworlds.htm).
*You can choose to play a MMOG, MOBA, or 3D virtual world, but choose the platform that you have the least experience with.
How did you pick a character or avatar and how did the appearance of the character or avatar impact your experience? How did you like your experience of interacting with other players in the game/3D virtual world? Do you see any discrepancy of your behaviors in the MMOG, MOBA, or 3D virtual world from your real life? How? When you write the essay to address the above question, make sure you link your experience within the game to the “institution” described in the reading “Emergent culture: Institutions within synthetic reality” by Edward Castronova