Gold Farmers: Deviancy is just a name (Part I)

on Oct 5, 2011
Gold Farming has gathered a lot of media attention lately because of a recent prison scandal in China involving . For the benefit of the readers who may not be familiar with gold farming, here is a brief description of this phenomenon: Gold Farming...

Social Capital in MMOs?

on Jun 22, 2011
In the last post I discussed the pitfalls inherent in thinking about virtual worlds and the "real" world in a dichotomous manner. An interesting issue that the mapping question raises is the question of efficacy of models from one domain in the...

Revisiting Virtual Worlds Reseach

on May 19, 2011
I recently came across an article by Villi Lehdonvirta on the dichotomous thinking regarding Virtual Worlds i.e., a lot of virtual worlds research assumes that online virtual worlds and the offline "real world" are somehow fundamentally different....