Online Games Are Dictatorships, possibly…

Probably one of the most famous cewebrities out there and person I agree with almost more than anyone else on earth, Cory Doctorow, has written a fascinating article in Information Week today – ‘Why Online Games Are Dictatorships’. Thankyou, Cory, for writing this at just the time I needed to research such things!

Can you be a citizen of a virtual world? That’s the question that I keep asking myself, whenever anyone tells me about the wonder of multiplayer online games, especially Second Life, the virtual world that is more creative playground than game.

These worlds invite us to take up residence in them, to invest time (and sometimes money) in them. Second Life encourages you to make stuff using their scripting engine and sell it in the game. You Own Your Own Mods — it’s the rallying cry of the new generation of virtual worlds, an updated version of the old BBS adage from the WELL: You Own Your Own Words.

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