By Nick Yee
Proteus, the legendary sea god who may perhaps modify his visual appeal at will, embodies one of many offers of on-line video games: the facility to reinvent oneself. but population of digital worlds hardly ever do so liberty, online game researcher Nick Yee contends. although on-line video games evoke freedom and escapism, Yee exhibits that digital areas perpetuate social norms and stereotypes from the offline international, remodel play into exertions, and encourage racial scapegoating and superstitious pondering. And the switch that does happen is frequently out of our keep watch over and effected by way of unparalleled—but infrequently recognized—tools for controlling what avid gamers imagine and the way they behave.
Using participant surveys, mental experiments, and in-game information, Yee breaks down misconceptions approximately who performs delusion video games and the level to which the web and offline worlds function individually. With a wealth of wonderful and provocative examples, he explains what digital worlds are approximately and why they topic, not just for leisure but additionally for company and schooling. He makes use of gaming as a lens in which to envision the urgent query of what it potential to be human in a electronic global. His thought-provoking booklet is a call for participation to imagine extra deeply approximately digital worlds and what they disclose to us approximately ourselves.