Monetization of Modding

There has been a very interesting and controversial development in the world of video games: Valve’s Paid ‘Skyrim’ Mods Are A Legal, Ethical And Creative Disaster To put it briefly, we seem to be witnessing the first major push to turn freely available video game mods into a commodity, and into a revenue stream for […]

Feb. 10 Class Presentation

For my presentation on Tuesday we are going to be looking at some of the ways in which online harassment impacts digital creativity. In terms of readings I would very highly recommend The Development and Failure of Social Norms in Second Life, published by Phillip Stoup in the Duke Law Journal. For anyone feeling particularly […]

Sim City’s Simulacrum of Poverty

Sim City’s Simulacrum of Poverty

I was recently thinking over an article that appeared in News of the Week some time back, one dealing with the phenomenon of homelessness in the recently released video game Sim City. (In case anyone missed it, it’s available here.) As it turns out, many of the player-crafted cities within the game have been suffering […]