Archive for March 19, 2008

Market and Society in Virtual Worlds

Posted in Online papers with tags , , on March 19, 2008 by frans

This was the paper that started the ongoing growth of academic and business interest in the virtual economics and real-money trading on virtual, game property:

Castronova, Edward (2001) ‘Virtual Worlds: A First-Hand Account of Market and Society on the Cyberian Frontier’. CESifo Working Paper No. 618, December 2001. Online: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=294828

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Gamers in the UK

Posted in Online papers with tags , , on March 19, 2008 by frans

This is an interesting study that BBC commissioned from a couple of market research companies (something that you should take into account while looking at its focus and approach), and is packed with interesting glimpses into the role of games in different people’s lives. If only someone would fund academic games research with similar scope! 

BBC (2005) ‘Gamers in the UK: Digital Play, Digital Lifestyles’. Commissioned by BBC Creative Research and Development, authored by Rhianna Pratchett. Online: http://crystaltips.typepad.com/wonderland/files/bbc_uk_games_research_2005.pdf