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The in-world economics of online games

“Economic theory has come to a dead end — the last real breakthroughs were in the 1960s,” says Yanis Varoufakis, a Greek economist recently hired by the video-game company Valve. “But that’s not because we stopped being clever. We came up against a hard barrier. The future is going to be in experimentation and simulation — and video game communities give us a chance to do all that.”
posted by Chrysostom on Oct 1, 2012 - 25 comments

 

The Sierra Network / ImagiNation Network

The Sierra Network - later the ImagiNation Network - was a gaming and chat service for PCs started by Sierra On-Line in 1991 and shut down by AOL in 1998. [more inside]
posted by curious nu on Jul 9, 2011 - 16 comments

The Hilarious, the Sad and the Downright Stupid

Why Was I Banned? via GFi
posted by jtron on Mar 21, 2011 - 126 comments

Spoiler alert: they misspell "pwned"

A video has leaked online showing Microsoft's vision for their next generation gaming platform. The video comes from the WGX (Windows Gaming eXperience) team, and as ZDNet reports, the video shows "[the] team’s ambitions for next-generation gaming between Windows, Xbox Live, and mobile platform[s]." [more inside]
posted by codacorolla on Mar 19, 2011 - 85 comments

The Decline and Fall of an Ultra Rich Online Gaming Empire

After starring in First Kid with the immortal Sinbad, Brock Pierce was left wondering what to do with the rest of his life. He decided to set out and make his fortune accumulating and selling items in EverQuest and World of Warcraft.
posted by reenum on Dec 10, 2010 - 54 comments

America, you so bad!

Sex in an online game? It's about time. Naughty America: The Game is the first of its kind: A massively multiplayer online world that allows players to do what they've always wanted to: be naughty. Check out the trailer.

All links NSFW. Site contains cartoon nudity. Oh, Flash and crappy music abound. You have been warned.
posted by purephase on Mar 2, 2006 - 58 comments

Poker makes a comeback

Poker Redux: Poker is sweeping America (and other countries as well). From million dollar online Texas Hold 'Em tournaments to the weekend nickel, dime, quarter games with friends to the World Poker Tour (heavily promoted on the Travel Channel), poker is forcing itself into the spotlight. [more inside]
posted by hawkman on Oct 23, 2003 - 19 comments

Play Money

Play money is a blog about a guy trying to make money selling artifacts from online games. The guy is Julian Dibbell, whose work has been discussed on metafilter before.
posted by rdr on Oct 20, 2003 - 11 comments

Wall hangings for your peace loving sims.

Wall hangings for your peace loving sims. I've only logged about three sim hours, but this inspires me to boot up my little sim family. When the Sims online comes out, can we have sim protests at the sim white house, or sim mefi protests at mathowie's sim house?
posted by djacobs on Oct 18, 2002 - 13 comments

Coming soon to your Nintendo:

Coming soon to your Nintendo: Poo humor, "squirrel love", and "phallic fun". Video games have changed...
posted by owillis on Feb 21, 2001 - 7 comments

Three and a half years of effort and what do they

Three and a half years of effort and what do they get? By all accounts, a real dog. Romero's ass is grass, folks.
posted by Steven Den Beste on Jun 2, 2000 - 1 comment

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