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Clan (video games)

In first-person shooters, massively multiplayer games, role-playing video games, and strategy games. There are also meta-groups that span a wide variety of games.

Some people might say that a "clan" or "guild" becomes like a family, and that all opinions and decisions represent each single member in the "clan" or "guild". Clans also tend to have a "try outs" initiation system established to weed out those who might not share common interest. A variety of methodical initiations are user-generated challenges ranging from jump courses, in-game achievement hunting.


  • In FPSs 1
  • In RPGs 2
  • In simulation games 3
  • References 4
  • Further reading 5


As the first-person shooter (FPS) genre became increasingly popular, the idea of a competitive clan became widely accepted. Clans became teams, or elite clan members form teams to represent the clan in online battle.[2] FPS clans normally host servers with rules that they like. For instance if a group of gamers like to use pistols only they could join a clan that runs a pistols only server and the clan would enforce the rules. So it is important to join a clan that has server rules you enjoy or you could easily find yourself booted from the clan.


Clans also exist in other genres, where they are often referred to by a different name and serve a purpose more suited to the game. Many X-Men. Lastly, in Final Fantasy XI, such clans are called "linkshells" and players of the game have the tendency and ability to be in more than one at once.

In simulation games

Many flight simulation to model the operations of an airline. VAs generally have a presence on the Internet, similar to a real airline. It has been proposed that there are over 100 VAs of significance currently active, with tens of thousands of participants at any one time.[5]


  1. ^ "Helping Parents Get Set - A Family Guide to Games" (pdf). Microsoft. 2006. Retrieved 2008-04-10. 
  2. ^ Wagner, Michael (2007). Friedrich von Borries, Steffen P. Walz,  
  3. ^ "Star Wars Galaxies - Glossary". Retrieved 2007-11-17. A Player association is a group of players who have formalized their group using the in-game tools. 
  4. ^ "EVE Online Frequently Asked Questions, Corporations". Retrieved 2007-11-17. Corporations are groups of players joining together for a common goal or purpose, much like guilds or clans in other games. 
  5. ^ Mark, Robert (1999). Professional Pilot Career Guide. McGraw-Hill Professional. p. 330.  

Further reading

  • Harvesting the Hive:How online games drive innovation article from Esther Dyson's EDventure, see section "Beyond collaboration:Group to group interaction".
  • Computer Games and the Mi Games" by J.C. Herz.
  • Youth in Transition:The Challenge of Generational change in Asia proceedings of the 15th Biennial Association of Asian Social Science Research Councils released by UNESCO Bangkok, see section 16 "Youth culture in online game worlds: Emergence of cyber lifestyles in Korean society" by Sang-Min Whang, Department of Psychology Yonsei University.
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