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Storyboard: The social contract

Have you ever thought about the fact that every single one of your characters is a murdering thief? Picture the scene for a moment: You have a group of people living in an isolated and rural community. Without warning, a man with heavy weaponry bursts in and starts hacking his way through...

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Ethnologist researches the development of social skills in World of Warcraft

A lot of players probably think that World of Warcraft breeds social skills, to the extent that contempt for one's fellow human beings can be considered a social skill. But according to Peter Stenberg of Umea University in Sweden, there are some actual developments taking place when you play....

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MMOs are tools for more than just gaming

"A 33 year old playing video games means neglected children and a very irritated wife." What? We call shenanigans! This is blasphemous and the speaker must be confronted! Someone else out there thinks the same thing. Matt Story, a columnist over at ClickZ, has an interesting article concerning the...

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Are MMOGs escapism or a refuge?

When you play a Massive game, are you escaping the real world? Are you running from it? Or are you just seeking a temporary refuge from all the frustrations and challenges of modern living? That's the question asked by well-known Virtual Worlds researcher Edward Castronova in his new book Exodus to...

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New MMO: Luminary: Rise of the GoonZu

Now, before you say anything, just bear in mind that sometimes a name just doesn't translate well outside of its country of origin. Obviously, this is one of those names, and it's unfortunate, because Luminary: Rise of the GoonZu sounds like an admirable attempt at something completely new. Check...

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