The Game of Life

In some of my previous posts and in a lot of my lectures I speculate that if young people are spending so much time playing computer games then perhaps the media will have to inject their content into games. Seems like the folks at Reuters have the same idea.

CNet news service is reporting that the wire service is opening a virtual news bureau in the popular online game “Second Life.”

I’ve been so busy living my first life that I haven’t delved into Second Life yet, but it keeps coming up in the news. Even politicians with presidential aspirations have held news conferences in this make-believe world. For those unfamiliar with the game, it is described as “An online society within a 3D world, where users can explore, build, socialize, and participate in their own economy.” (Here’s the Wikipedia entry on Second Life). I think of it as Sims on steroids.

The Lost Remote blog reports that you can see the Reuter’s virtual news without joining Second Life by going to http://secondlife.reuters.com.

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2 responses to “The Game of Life

  1. 2nd life will definitely suck the time out of your life. I suppose if I did that, I’d have to give up blogging. šŸ™‚

  2. Steve Sloan

    Second Life has huge potential, not just as a place where news is happening, but also as a tool for teaching journalism. In Second Life you can build your own reality. This offers some interesting possibilities for simulating a news event in world. Students, as avatars, can cover the event and report out on the event via blogs that can be read outside by folks subscribing to an RSS feed. There is a lot here.

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