Hello, Terra Novans!
I am delighted to have this opportunity to post some of my thoughts on TN, and look forward to reading your responses.
Let me start with a little self-promotion: download Worlds For Study—Invitation, subtitled “Virtual Worlds for the Study of Real-World Business (and Law, and Politics, and Sociology, and…)”. In that paper, I spell out my vision to create a platform on which researchers and educators can create serious games for studying real-world business and related topics.
That vision might sound familiar (at least to those who have followed academic discussions of how virtual worlds can be used). But my goal seems to differ from what others are proposing. So this first post will place relatively heavy emphasis on what I am not trying to do. Let me know if you think my impressions are correct, and what my apparently unusual focus might mean for structure and success of WFS. (read more….)