Star Worlds: Freedom Versus Control in Online Gameworlds (Paperback)William Sims Bainbridge (author)
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The four "star worlds" explored in this book illustrate the dilemmasconcerning the role of technology as liberator or oppressor in ourpost-industrial society, and represent computer simulations of futurepossibilities of human experience. Bainbridge considers the relationshipbetween a real person and the role that person plays, the relationshipof an individual to society, and the relationship of human beings tocomputing technology. In addition to collecting ethnographic andquantitative data about the social behavior of other players, he hasimmersed himself in each of these worlds, role-playing 14 avatars withdifferent skills and goals to gain new insights into the variety of playerexperience from a personal perspective.
Publisher: The University of Michigan Press
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 454 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 25 mm
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