[SLED] RE: Imaginary virtual worlds
iggyo at mac.com
Fri Nov 28 19:32:23 PST 2008
Philip Marston wrote:
> I'm looking for any research that looks at user experience in
> Interactive Fiction and MUDs. I gather that MOOs have been popular in
> teaching so these too, but they're all related.
<apologies if this posts twice. I'm in a Tryptophan-induced haze compounded by three hours of the listening party on NPR for the 40th anniversary of The White Album>
Philip, it's great that you bring up this issue on this list. So much good work was done with the theory and praxis of MOOs and MUDs in the 90s. A lot is applicable to the study of virtual worlds. Let's face it, MOOs were a lot like VWs, esp. for those of us with wizards' skills.
I'd recommend a collection edited by Haynes and Holmevic, High Wired:
The essays touch on everything from the history of MOOs to case studies of students using them.
I still miss MOOnDog's Coffee Shanty, a beatnik coffee house I "dug" in a virtual San Francisco we had on a campus MOO server. I used the Shanty in a few classes in the 90s. I made group-chat tables with transcript makers, tossed in Zen-master and surly barista chatterbots and coded tons of replies that picked up key words in visitors' questions.
It was a lot more like SL than a text-only world would seem to be. Students had fun, finding the MOO quaint and "old school." Now I want to rebuild the Coffee Shanty in SL. Happy Post-Thanksgiving, you way-gone cybercats...
Iggy O. and his RL avatar,
Joe Essid, culpable for "In a Strange Land"
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