The newly hatched Terra Nova weblog provides commentary on the rapidly emerging synthetic worlds of cyberspace.
“We include in that definition massively multiplayer role-playing games such as Ultima Online, Lineage, and Everquest; toy worlds such as the Sims Online and Toon Town; social worlds such as Game Neverending, Second Life, and There; and occasionally other virtual reality spaces such as CounterStrike servers and text-based MUDs. Note that these places all have traversible terrain and some level of built-in resource scarcity; Terra Nova won’t report frequently on social software that does not have these features, such as blogspace, smartmobs, and the like. We also won’t say much about games in general, especially not single-player games. Rather, we are interested in exploring the growing interactions between the emerging many-user 3D worlds on the internet, and the old world from which they fantastically extend, especially in the areas of law, economics, and public policy.”
This isn’t just a blog by gamefans. It’s run by academics, authors and a lawyer. If that doesn’t spell F-U-N to you, then you might not like it.