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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 (like World of Warcraft and Second Life), these millions are the start of an exodus into the refuge of fantasy, where they experience life under a new social, political, and economic order built 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.

About the Author

Edward Castronova is the author of Synthetic Worlds: The Business and Culture of Online Games, he has been featured in such media as 60 Minutes, NPR, and The New York Times. He is Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in Telecommunications at Indiana University. He lives in Bloomington, Indiana.

Table of Contents

PART 1: NEW FOUND LAND * Dreams Fashioned in Silicon * Game Societies * Worlds of the Future * Migration * PART II: A POLICY ANALYTICS OF FUN * Economics: Not Fun * A Theory of Fun * The New Science of Applied Fun Policy * PART III: FUN POLICY AND THE REAL WORLD * The Fun Economy * The Fun Society * The Fun Revolution: Ending the Politics of Misery

Product Details

ISBN:
9780230607859
Author:
Castronova, Edward
Publisher:
Palgrave MacMillan
Subject:
Future Studies
Subject:
Social Aspects - General
Subject:
Virtual Reality
Subject:
Virtual World
Subject:
E-Commerce/General (see also COMPUTERS/Electronic Commerce)
Subject:
Economics - General
Subject:
Social Psychology
Subject:
Information Theory
Subject:
Computers Reference-Social Aspects
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20081131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
9.16 x 6.15 x 0.67 in

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