Changing Realities: User Creation, Communication, and Innovation in Digital Worlds

23 Pages Posted: 9 Sep 2005

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Cory Ondrejka

University of Southern California - Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism

Date Written: January 19, 2005

Abstract

By building upon advances in disparate technologies, digital worlds enable easier and more powerful forms of creation and communication, allowing digital worlds to be more innovative places than the real world. The power to be more innovative makes it inevitable that digital worlds grow beyond their social and game roots. Furthermore, market and economic forces seen as detrimental by conventional massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPGs) accelerate this transition. Ultimately, entertainment and economic incentives will integrate digital worlds into everyday life.

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

JEL Classification: L86

Suggested Citation

Ondrejka, Cory R., Changing Realities: User Creation, Communication, and Innovation in Digital Worlds (January 19, 2005). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=799468 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.799468

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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