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How real are virtual worlds?

I’ve posted my lecture from today onto Slideshare – the topic was ‘How real are virtual worlds’? The obvious answer is that they aren’t real in the slightest, except of course that they touch heavily on real lives. (This is by no means a new observation of course… I mention a few books which you could refer to for more depth in the short short slideshow)

It’s also available at GoogleDocs here (where the links work) , though I hope to add audio to SlideShare soon.

One major theme of the lecture was to highlight that real life entering virtual worlds is really just an extension of the way that the internet has entered real life. Much as we can trade, chat or even meet loved ones on the internet, so the same can happen in 3D virtual worlds – despite some media coverage its less of a new phenomenon than it may seem (at least in some of the ways in which it affects the lives of those who use it). Internet addiction and cybersex were features of news reports years before World of Warcraft or Second Life…