The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Wants You to Punish Your Kids for Gaming

It's rare we find reporting on virtual worlds that is so backwards as to be almost comical. We attribute the declining trend of online gaming fear to increasing exposure to and understanding of both virtual worlds and their players. Heck, some schools are even using them to teach.

Then there's the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and their intrepid writer Peter McKay. Not only does Mr. McKay think virtual worlds are the pathway to destruction for one and all, but he urges parents to take all measures to keep kids as far from online gaming as possible.

Pixels and Policy descends into the murk.

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The Guardian: With Virtual Worlds, Kids are Learning Even During Playtime

Nmc2 Pixels and Policy has been a consistent advocate of bringing virtual worlds and digital classrooms to the forefront of our education system.

Along with many other great websites, we've helped catalogue the forward-thinking colleges turning virtual literacy into degree programs and looked at the potential impact of virtual classrooms in poor Latin American communities.

Now Britain's Guardian newspaper has turned its international readership on to the growing trend of virtual worlds in education. Pixels and Policy takes a look at how virtual education is hitting the mainstream.

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What Does the Closure of Metaplace Mean for Social Gaming Worlds?

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We'll be the first to admit that sometimes Pixels and Policy gets it wrong, but this one leaves us with some especially foul egg on our faces.

Less than a day after our article outlining how browser worlds like Metaplace have vast growth potential, Metaplace announced it plans to shutter its virtual doors on January 1, 2010.

Pixels and Policy takes a look at what the closure of Metaplace means for the wider genre of free-to-use, browser-based virtual worlds.

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