Edward Castranova, author of Synthetic Worlds and virtual world scholarship community builder, spearheads a project at Indiana University called Arden. Arden is the first in what the Synthetic Worlds Initiative at IU hopes will prove many efforts to bring controlled research methodologies to full societal scope. Essentially, Arden is a massively multiplayer online "game" set in Shakespearean England. It is named after the famous Forest of Arden from Shakespeare's play As You Like It where characters from a "mundane" town find themselves plunged into a fantasy realm that initially disorients them yet eventually proves to mirror the …
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On the heels of Rob's post about the possibility of a DSM classification for "video game addiction", Destructoid recently found an article on the research of Oregon psychiatrist Jerald Block which concluded that the denial of violent games to teen killers Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold was a catalyst for what became the Columbine massacre. As someone who has worked on several FPS games, I completely understand this conclusion. FPS games are widely misunderstood in the popular media.