Randomgeek’s Recommended Reading

There’s a great interview with the author of a new book called “The Warcraft Civilization” at New Scientist Magazine about the effect that online gaming is having on civilization. Here’s an excerpt that will give you something to think over:

In the book you say: “WoW may have the potential to become the first real afterlife.” How?

Every movement a player makes in WoW is recorded, even their interactions with others. The avatar captures their social self. To what extent the avatar is its controller is a philosophical question, but the avatar can outlive its creator and continue functioning in WoW as a non-player character (NPC). Research is under way that will make NPCs behave more like specific people.

Read the whole interview over here: http://www.newscientist.com/blogs/culturelab/2010/03/william-sims-bainbridge-seeing-the-future-in-games.php

It’s mainly about Warcraft, but it has obvious implications for other online games like Travian/Travians/Ikariam/etc.

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