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Bob Lloyd, a multi-degreed former techie with a knack for the pen, recently wrote a piece for BlogCritic where he asked whether online worlds were replacing our sense of self with an amorphous nothingness.
Pixels and Policy breaks down Lloyd's research and asks: Are virtual worlds making us into little more than an ever-changing combination of groups and avatar masks?
Continue reading Are Virtual Worlds Enhancing or Destroying Our Sense of Self?
With the rise of augmented reality as a viable marketing tool and the limited availability of virtual worlds like Second Life on mobile devices, one can be forgiven for thinking the virtual world singularity is almost upon us.
But according to some research by Pixels and Policy and an article in the Irish Times, your world is likely to get even more connected in 2010. The always-connected Mobileverse is getting ready to make its grand debut.
Continue reading Think Virtual Worlds are Pervasive Now? The Mobileverse is Coming.
Pixels and Policy reader and virtual world enthusiast Doubledown Tandino left a thought-provoking comment on our article about the lack of competition in the virtual world. Tandino made the argument that attaching a dollar value to Linden Dollars is really a work of fiction:
Linden Lab…says [the exchange rate] is $260L to
$1 USD every day…so it is. and the world believes it. It is fortunate
that the bubble hasn't burst on the fictitious economy.
It's an intriguing argument, so Pixels and Policy decided to take a look at the confidence behind the currency. Is Second Life's economy just irrational exuberance?
Continue reading Is the Linden Dollar a Ticking Time Bomb?
At least one real-world criminal will be ringing in 2010 behind bars after being tracked and captured in part because of his World of Warcraft account.
Pixels and Policy takes a look at how Indiana law enforcement officials turned to the Metaverse to catch an elusive drug dealer.
Continue reading Real-Life Fugitive Captured Thanks to World of Warcraft