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VWN Product Reviews: Exodus to the Virtual World: How Online Fun Is Changing Reality

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Computerised Virtual Worlds have been around in one form or another for forty years. They have grown from mere lab curiosities, into full-fledged digital spaces. The technology to experience them marching relentlessly forwards all that time. Now, we have reached a tipping point. Virtual life has exploded out of the culture of online gaming and is seen as a recognised way of life.

Virtual Worlds now capture the attention of millions of ordinary people: husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, workers, retirees. Devoting dozens of hours each week to massively multiplayer virtual reality environments; these millions may well be the merest beginnings of an exodus into a new way of life. A life where happiness, fulfilment of dreams, and escape from the prison of undesirable physical lives is possible. A new life built round the concept of fun.

Given the choice between a fantasy world and the real world, how many of us would choose reality?

Exodus to the Virtual World attempts to explain the reasons behind this surge towards the virtual, and how this disruptive paradigm will forever alter the way we all live ? those of us inside them, and those of us out.

 

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