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Jan. 6th, 2008 | 08:20 pm

I just finished reading Exodus to the Virtual World.

The author argues that massively multiplayer games, by being dramatically more fun than real life pulls people from participating in the real world economy. Its pretty obvious that he's played world of warcraft and some version of everquest, though it seems like he's writing to a non-gaming audience.

He builds a fairly thorough case explaining why MMOs are significantly more enjoyable than reality. This leads to a problem for the physical world, in that if it wants to keep people buying stuff and producing goods, it'll have to adapt some aspects of game design.

He also tries his hand at seeing what the physical world would look like if our government policy makers setting up society like a game world.

Such as zero welfare, but instead full employment (through a bunch of easy to accomplish tasks (quests) that pay a living wage)
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Dilinger

Monastaries

from: dilinger
date: Jan. 9th, 2008 07:02 pm (UTC)
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SP,

I always thought we could use more Monastarty type organizations. Not specifically relgious per se but simple substances life that is easy to sustain in small groups.

Build these in the mountains and people could "pilgramage" to the location to visit or stay the night for cheap.

The people that live there could be those tired of the day to day, but are given a cow, goat, plot of land they have to work to make thier own food. Maybe group Chickens and group gardens.

I don't know how you deal with people who don't pitch in, or are depressed enough to not want to work. I know the idea is half baked but it is interesting.

Would you have to apply? Could you just show up or would the government buss you out there at your request?

Who knows. Will they study martial arts and be film locations.

i'm stopping i'm stopping!

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Dilinger

Monastaries

from: dilinger
date: Jan. 9th, 2008 08:09 pm (UTC)
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SP,

I always thought we could use more Monastarty type organizations. Not specifically relgious per se but simple substances life that is easy to sustain in small groups.

Build these in the mountains and people could "pilgramage" to the location to visit or stay the night for cheap.

The people that live there could be those tired of the day to day, but are given a cow, goat, plot of land they have to work to make thier own food. Maybe group Chickens and group gardens.

I don't know how you deal with people who don't pitch in, or are depressed enough to not want to work. I know the idea is half baked but it is interesting.

Would you have to apply? Could you just show up or would the government buss you out there at your request?

Who knows. Will they study martial arts and be film locations.

i'm stopping i'm stopping!

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Diane Trout

Re: Monastaries

from: alienghic
date: Jan. 11th, 2008 09:15 am (UTC)
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I've thought about that too, I went and did some research on the various types of intentional communities, which are one modern way of accomplishing that.

Its also why I'm interested in the progress made by the rapid prototyping / fab at home type projects who are trying to produce low cost 3d printers.

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