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Castronova, Edward
Exodus to the virtual world : how online fun is changing reality / Edward Castronova
1st ed
New York : Palgrave Macmillan, c2007
book jacket
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 3rd Floor  GV1469.15 .C393 2007    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Internet games -- Social aspects
Virtual reality -- Social aspects
Fantasy games -- Social aspects
Civilization, Modern -- 21st century -- Forecasting
Physical Description xix, 235 p. ; 25 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 223-230) and index
Contents Dreams fashioned in silicon -- Game societies -- Worlds of the future -- Migration -- In search of an understanding of fun and games -- A theory of fun -- Virtual-world design as public policy -- The fun economy -- The fun society -- The fun revolution : ending the politics of misery -- Epilogue
Review "Virtual Worlds have exploded out of online game culture and now capture the attention of millions of ordinary people: husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, workers, retirees. Devoting dozens of hours each week to massively multiplayer virtual reality environments - such as World of Warcraft and Second Life - these millions are the start of an exodus to the refuge of the virtual, where they experience life under a new social, political, and economic order build around fun. Given the choice between a fantasy world and the real world, how many of us would choose reality?" "Exodus to the Virtual World explains the growing migration into virtual reality, and how it will change the way we live - both in fantasy worlds and in the real one."--BOOK JACKET

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