For those interested in the idea of a PhD in RolePlayingology here is a group of PhD researchers studying Massive Online Role Playing Games from a variety of academic angles.
Recent titles include:
Dec 03, 2006 The Trouble with "Addiction"
Dec 02, 2006 Games with a purpose
Dec 01, 2006 The History of Virtual Worlds
Nov 27, 2006 Meaning, Games, and Bureaucracy
Nov 26, 2006 Anshe reaches $1 Million
Nov 20, 2006 Endgames and Expansions
This is an academic bunch so the papers tend to be, well, a bit dry perhaps. However for those interested in academic perspectives on MORPGs this is a must read site.