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This Virtual Life

Author : Andrew Evans
ISBN : STANFORD:36105110934069
Genre : Computers
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As the media becomes more sophisticated and lifelike, we spend more and moreime in front of television screens. Distinguished psychologist Andrew Evansxamines this warping of reality, and asks where such a path will lead us.;he 21st century presents serious challenges to us all. However, our childrenre growing up thinking the world can be saved by super-heroes, crashedlanes start again at the flick of a switch and people come back to life forhe next round. The author looks at the effects of this distortion of reality.aybe our need to escape the boredom and routine of every day life is beingxploited by the companies who make money by selling us fantasy andimulation. From humour and comedy, to science fiction and computer games,vans examines the variety of distractions available to take our minds offhe daily grind. But how does this new media affect today's children? Whatill be their future tomorrow? And have we become so reliant on escapistantasy that reality can no longer be faced?

Resisting The Virtual Life

Author : James Brook
ISBN : UOM:39015031712550
Genre : Social Science
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A variety of contributors gauge the impact of the new video, computer, and networked communications on the ways of life in a restructured world, exposing relations of power and dependence and offering strategies of resistance.

Exodus To The Virtual World

Author : Edward Castronova
ISBN : 9780230607859
Genre : Business & Economics
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Surveys the growing popularity of virtual reality worlds as represented by such online games as World of Warcraft and Second Life, explaining how virtual arenas have become representative of new social, political, and economic orders that have captured the attention of millions of everyday people. 20,000 first printing.

Virtual Lives

Author : James D. Ivory
ISBN : 9781598845853
Genre : Computers
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This book is the THE source for information on virtual worlds, covering every aspect of this intriguing and fast-changing social practice and the technologies upon which it rests. * A detailed chronology detailing inspirations, precursors, developments, and controversies related to virtual worlds * Tables of data about users of virtual worlds * An annotated list of private, nonprofit, and government organizations pertinent to virtual worlds * Biographical sketches of authors, developers, researchers, policymakers, and notable virtual world users * A glossary of scores of relevant terms related to virtual worlds' function and use * A bibliography of additional resources readers can consult to learn even more about virtual worlds

The Virtual Life Of Lexie Diamond

Author : Victoria Foyt
ISBN : 9780060825638
Genre : Juvenile Fiction
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When her mother is killed in a mysterious car accident, computer geek Lexie must use her technical savvy to organize all the clues she has collected while turning to an unlikely alliance, the school diva, for help on her mission to get to the truth.

Virtual World Design

Author : Ann Latham Cudworth
ISBN : 9781466579613
Genre : Computers
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Learn How to Create Immersive Virtual Environments Written by an award-winning designer with 20 years of experience designing virtual environments for television and online communities, Virtual World Design explores the intertwining disciplines of 2D graphics, 3D models, lighting, sound, and storytelling. It illustrates how these disciplines come together by design in the creation of an accessible virtual environment for teaching, research, and entertainment. The book gives anyone the tools and techniques to design virtual environments that support their message and are accessible by all. With 200 illustrations and 12 step-by-step projects, the book delivers hours of creative challenges for people working in public virtual worlds or on private grids. Using the modular components available for download on the author’s website, readers learn by building such things as a virtual classroom, an "all-access" terrain, and a sound-based game. This book can be the foundation for class work in distance learning, simulation, and other learning technologies that use virtual environments. It shows both novices and advanced users how 3D composition, color, lighting, and sound design are used in the creation of an immersive virtual environment.

Learning The Virtual Life

Author : Peter Pericles Trifonas
ISBN : 9781136738869
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Learning the Virtual Life offers ways to consider the local and global effects of digital media on educational environments, as well as the cultural transformations of how we now define learning and literacy.

Learning The Virtual Life

Author : Peter Pericles Trifonas
ISBN : 9781136738852
Genre : Education
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Digital technologies have transformed cultural perceptions of learning and what it means to be literate, expanding the importance of experience alongside interpretation and reflection. Learning the Virtual Life offers ways to consider the local and global effects of digital media on educational environments, as well as the cultural transformations of how we now define learning and literacy. While some have welcomed the educational challenges of digital culture and emphasized its possibilities for individual emancipation and social transformation in the new information age, others accuse digital culture of absorbing its recipients in an all-pervasive virtual world. Unlike most accounts of the educational and cultural consequences of digital culture, Learning the Virtual Life presents a neutral, advanced introduction to the key issues involved with the integration of digital culture and education. This edited collection presents international perspectives on a wide range of issues, and each chapter combines upper-level theory with "real-world" practice, making this essential reading for all those interested in digital media and education.

Second Life

Author : Brian A. White
ISBN : 9780132714495
Genre : Computers
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Live your Second Life to the fullest! Create Your Virtual Life in an Incredible Online World...Right Now! Imagine a virtual landscape where everything is created and owned entirely by residents like you. Imagine a place where you can enjoy sunsets, ride a jet ski, buy land, plant a garden, get a tattoo, go sky diving, spend an evening dancing the night away, or relax at home by the fire. Picture a world vividly developed, socially dynamic, and strikingly real where you can bring previously unimaginable things to life with friends from around the globe. This is Second Life®, the hottest Internet phenomenon in years…maybe ever! Now, there’s a totally real, totally independent guide to Second Life. This full-color book is as rich as Second Life itself! It’s packed with insider tips, easy step-by-step techniques, and interviews with dozens of SL residents telling you what they wished they knew when they started! Brian White pulls no punches: You’ll learn exactly what’s great and not so great about to thrive in its unique culture, and how to create your dreams! The more time you spend in Second Life, the more useful this book will become...teaching you more advanced skills; everything from vehicle construction, Linden Scripting Language, particle systems, to creating custom animations and the new sculpted prims! Visit the companion site in Second Life to find all the textures and objects from this book as well as the contributor’s gallery and other goodies:

My Tiny Life

Author : Julian Dibbell
ISBN : 0805036261
Genre : Computers
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The author provides a study of rape in a virtual world and delves more deeply into the ramifications of crime in a place where race, gender, and identity can be changed at will

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