Exodus to the Virtual World by Edward Castronova
How Online Fun Is Changing Reality

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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.

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Edward Castronova is associate professor of telecommunications at Indiana University, where he specializes in the economic and social impact of multiplayer online video games.
Published November 27, 2007 by Palgrave Macmillan Trade. 260 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Political & Social Sciences, Computers & Technology, Science & Math, Humor & Entertainment, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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The migration of millions of people to the virtual worlds of massive multiplayer games will lead to public-policy changes in the real world.

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