Synthetic Worlds: The Business and Culture of Online Games

Synthetic Worlds: The Business and Culture of Online Games


By (author) Edward Castronova

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  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Format: Paperback | 344 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 226mm x 18mm | 522g
  • Publication date: 15 October 2006
  • Publication City/Country: Chicago, IL
  • ISBN 10: 0226096270
  • ISBN 13: 9780226096278
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Illustrations note: 1 line drawing, 4 tables
  • Sales rank: 263,920

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Edward Castronova offers a look at the online game industry and explores its implications for both business and culture. He begins by looking at the players and examines the economies inside the games worlds, before exploring the long-term social consequences of online games. Can the real world compete with a synthetic one?

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Author information

Edward Castronova is associate professor of telecommunications at Indiana University, where he specializes in the economic and social impact of multiplayer online video games.