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Synthetic worlds: the business and culture of online games

Author: Castronova, Edward Publisher: University of Chicago Press, 2006.Language: EnglishDescription: 332 p. : Ill. ; 23 cm.ISBN: 9780226096278Type of document: BookBibliography/Index: Includes bibliographical references and index
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Book Europe Campus
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Print GV1200 .C37 2006
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Includes bibliographical references and index


Synthetic Worlds The Business and Culture of Online Games Contents Acknowledgments ix Introduction:The Changing Meaning of Play PART I THE SYNTHETIC WORLD: A TOUR 1. Daily Life on a Synthetic Earth 29 2. The User 51 3. The Mechanics of World-Making 79 4. Emergent Culture: Institutions within Synthetic Reality 100 5. The Business of World-Making 126 PART II WHEN BOUNDARIES FADE 6. The Almost-Magic Circle 147 7. Free Commerce 161 8. The Economics of Fun: Behavior and Design 170 9. Governance 205 1 0 . Topographies of Terror 227 11. Toxic Immersion and Internal Security 236 PART III THREATS AND OPPORTUNITIES 12. Implications and Policies 249 13. Into the Age of Wonder 267 Appendix: A Digression on Virtual Reality 285 Notes 295 References 311 Index 319

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