The Proteus Paradox: How Online Games and Virtual Worlds Change Us—And How They Don't (by Nick Yee)


Author(s): Nick Yee

Publisher: Yale University Press
Publish date: 2014-01-07
ISBN-10: 0300190999
ISBN-13: 9780300190991
Language: English
Description:
Proteus, the mythical sea god who could alter his appearance at
will, embodies one of the promises of online games: the ability
to reinvent oneself. Yet inhabitants of virtual worlds rarely
achieve this liberty, game researcher Nick Yee contends. Though
online games evoke freedom and escapism, Yee shows that
virtual spaces perpetuate social norms and stereotypes from the
offline world, transform play into labor, and inspire racial
scapegoating and superstitious thinking. And the change that does
occur is often out of our control and effected by
unparalleled—but rarely recognized—tools for controlling what
players… more…

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