Living on the Edge: Digital Worlds Which Embrace the Real World

8 Pages Posted: 8 Jun 2004

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Cory Ondrejka

University of Southern California - Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism

Date Written: June 5, 2004

Abstract

For many digital world creators and thinkers, a core belief is that digital worlds benefit from isolation from the real world. In particular, real-world economies and legal structures should be excluded from digital worlds. As attractive as these positions can be, they do not act in the best interests of digital worlds or the residents of these worlds. With millions of players moving into online spaces and spending increasing amounts of time living their lives in them, ties to the real world become critical. This Article will argue that strong economic and intellectual property ties to the real world are vital components of successful digital worlds.

Keywords: Information and Internet Services, Computer Software, Virtual Worlds, Online Gaming, Intellectual Property

JEL Classification: L86

Suggested Citation

Ondrejka, Cory R., Living on the Edge: Digital Worlds Which Embrace the Real World (June 5, 2004). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=555661 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.555661

Cory R. Ondrejka (Contact Author)

University of Southern California - Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism ( email )

3502 Watt Way, Suite 304
Los Angeles, CA 90089
United States

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