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The Daily Grind: Do children have a place in MMOs?

Today's discussion topic needs a smidge of clarification. I'm not asking you whether or not real-life kids should be playing MMOs, as plenty already do and it's great to be raising a future crop of gold farmers and extreme fashion designers. What I am asking is whether child NPCs have a place...

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Researcher zeroes in on kids playing RuneScape

Hey kids! Do you want to try an experiment? No, you won't get paid but you will help further scientific research through the process of "cognitive ethnography." Not interested? Hmmm, well, you do get to play video games... Oh, you are interested! Let me just get you these waivers to sign......

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Virtual worlds teaching kids consumerism

Here's a CNet article about a USC panel discussion concerning how virtual worlds are affecting children, sponsored by the MacArthur Foundation, who are investing in research in virtual worlds. Telling points from the discussion: Spaces like Club Penguin and Webkinz encourage consumerism as part of...

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