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Synthetic Worlds - The Business and Culture of Online Games

By: University of Chicago Press

Type: Softcover

Product Line: Reference Books (University of Chicago Press)

Last Stocked on 6/7/2011

Product Info

Title
Synthetic Worlds - The Business and Culture of Online Games
Category
Author
Edward Castronova
Publish Year
2005
Pages
332
Dimensions
6x9x.8"
MFG. Part #
0-226-09627-0
Type
Softcover

Description

From EverQuest to World of Warcraft, online games have evolved from the exclusive domain of computer geeks into an extraordinarily lucrative staple of the entertainment industry. People of all ages and from all walks of life now spend thousands of hours—and dollars—partaking in this popular new brand of escapism. But the line between fantasy and reality is starting to blur. Players have created virtual societies with governments and economies of their own whose currencies now trade against the dollar on eBay at rates higher than the yen. And the players who inhabit these synthetic worlds are starting to spend more time online than at their day jobs.

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