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Sep 28, 2003



Systems do have to be "secure", don't they? Does this mean that you'll never have virtual democracy without hacking? I didn't particularly like the Matrix Reloaded (uncomfortably close to a parody of the original), but among the philosophibabble was this, which, taken out of context, seems kind of evocative:

The Architect - ... Failure to comply with this process will result in a cataclysmic system crash killing everyone connected to the Matrix, which coupled with the extermination of Zion will ultimately result in the extinction of the entire human race.

Neo - You won't let it happen, you can't. You need human beings to survive.

The Architect - There are levels of survival we are prepared to accept. However, the relevant issue is whether or not you are ready to accept the responsibility for the death of every human being in this world.


Hey, just re-read that title. Ted just called DAOC "social software." MTM: w00+!



MMOG's represent a special form of social software. Most "Social Software" is clearly separated from the focus of the community, which lies somewhere else (an exception would be Friendster, LiveJournal, and other "pure" social systems). And where most social software is shaped by the community rather than shaping it, games have clearly traceable effects on the communities within them (few online communities parallel the Guild, for example).

Most social software represents tools in search of an application. MMOG's create their own application.

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