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Describing the value that the best violins have for their owners, and how they have appreciated at a 3.5 percent annual clip since 1850 (!), virtual worlds economist Edward Castronova writes that the status accorded the instruments in virtual wor... [Read More]

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Lovely article, thanks!

The parallels are very striking.

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If you are not a high-level music mage (but a nouveau riche Russian lawyer and entrepreneur), you can still get one through the RMT market:

http://www.luxuo.com/auctions/maxim-viktorov-guarneri-violin-sothebys.html

It confers no bonus on the owner (beyond possible investment increase) and actually gives a "-1 enjoyment" debuff to the Audience Guild.

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Great analogy! I was like what is this...but then the whole ultra epicness kicked in:)

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This article was a pleasure to read. Thanks!

In a sense, though, "bind on equip" works the other way around: the instrument works its way around the world, picking up various musicians along the way. Once a violinist gets tuned to his instrument, it is always a bit awkward to play a different one, since no two are exactly alike.

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Surely, though, the logic of price can't explain either the violinist's motivation to pursue a violin or their desire to keep it. Price (and its growth) may explain the collector's motivation, but not the one for whom the violion must be played? I suppose a violinist is both musician and collector, but what is it they are "collecting"? In that regard, as you touch on earlier, it is the sound of the violin that the violinist (or music-specced mage) pursues, where money is only an important, but relatively minor, means to an end.

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And my friend violinist talked like that...

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Alex Kerr is great!

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I like Music especially Violin music

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At first are there any new findings concerning the topic of hedonic pricing of avatars? I searched the Internet, article ressources, terranova,
etc. and found any articles or discussions.

At the moment I am writing my Master-Thesis about applying Castronova's pricing model from the paper "The Price of Body: A Hedonic Pricing Model" to collect data and extract price determinants.

Any comments?!

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As a gamer and violonist, I was thinking about the nature of technique.

As a violonist reads the score, the gamer plays the code. But, the main difference is the way sensibility is expressed. You must master the technic to do a "musical" interpretation with a violin.

Grand master are the men who use the violin as a tool to let their soul sing. But you can do something with high expensive violins, even if you are middle class player. You will just not use 50% of the capabilities. Moreover, high expensive violins are not bought by top players, but loaned to them. Generally it is a company or a foundation who owns the violin.

Imagine that Blizzard loans a top stuff to top players, in order to play it in a high skilled way...

So the question is, is there another step after completing the game? A "videogamical" way to play the code ? A way to express feelings through a rational coded practice?

I mean that elite gamers can do top scoring, it is incredible, very impressive technically. But is it as beautiful as an Isaac Stern interpretation of Brahm's Concerto?

Maybe there is for now a lack of "ad libitum" in videogames - even in sand boxes VG. And in MMO the ad libitum seems to be the social dimension.

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" is there another step after completing the game? "

Yes, to write a code in wich to sing your soul. A sort of fusion but it's very lonely "in there".

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