Play Time: MMORPG Play as an Economic Activity

The recent popularity of “eBaying” — the sale of seemingly fictive “property” within MMORPG — has raised numerous questions about the nature of MMORPG play. In particular, many have asked why players choose this practice, and how it might affect the game. This paper addresses these issues by examining some of the motives that drive MMORPG players and developers, and by outlining the economic forces that constrain or coordinate those…

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High-Tech Holiday Light Display Draws Everyone But the Skeptics

Mr. Komarnitsky gave radio interviews to stations as far away as Australia. Web sites from NYTimes.com to geek hangout Slashdot.org linked to his site. An Associated Press item about his site was picked up by newspapers from Los Angeles to Columbia, S.C. As of midday Monday, according to Mr. Komarnitsky, the “Web cam” was asked by online visitors to snap a new picture in the same spot 334,832 times. The…