Vol 1, No 1 (2008)

Virtual Worlds Research: Past, Present and Future

Issue Editor: Jeremiah Spence, University of Texas, USA

Welcome to the inaugural issue of the JVWR on the theme of “Virtual Worlds Research: Past, Present and Future”. The launch of the Journal and the publication of this first edition builds on the efforts of a large team of researchers and collaborators spread across the world. These 17 papers provide the foundation for the transdisciplinary field of virtual worlds research.

Table of Contents

Issue Editors' Corner

Editor’s Introduction PDF
Jeremiah Spence

Invited Articles

Cityspace, Cyberspace, and the Spatiology of Information PDF
Michael L. Benedikt
Another Time, Another Space: Virtual Worlds, Myths and Imagination PDF
Maria Beatrice Bittarello
Meeting in the Ether: A brief history of virtual worlds as a medium for user-created events PDF
Bruce Damer
The Lessons of Lucasfilm's Habitat PDF
Chip Morningstar, F. Randall Farmer
Virtual communities - exchanging ideas through computer bulletin boards PDF
Howard Rheingold

Research Papers

Inductive Metanomics: Economic Experiments in Virtual Worlds PDF
Stephen A Atlas
Virtual World and Real World Permeability: Transference of Positive Benefits for Marginalized Gay and Lesbian Populations PDF
Jonathan Cabiria
Help – Somebody Robbed my Second Life Avatar! PDF
James Elliott, S E Kruck
Towards a Theoretically-Grounded Framework for Evaluating Immersive Business Models and Applications: Analysis of Ventures in Second Life PDF
Henry M. Kim, Kelly Lyons, Mary Ann Cunningham
A Typology of Virtual Worlds: Historical Overview and Future Directions PDF
Paul R. Messinger, Eleni Stroulia, Kelly Lyons
From a Video Game in a Virtual World to Collaborative Visual Analytic Tools PDF
Theresa A. O’Connell, Yee-Yin Choong, John Grantham, Michael Moriarty, Wyatt Wong

Research-in-brief papers

Avatars Are For Real: Virtual Communities and Public Spheres PDF
Eiko Ikegami, Piet Hut
3D3C Real Virtual Worlds Defined: The Immense Potential of Merging 3D, Community, Creation, and Commerce PDF
Yesha Sivan
Second Life Mixed Reality Broadcasts: A Timeline of Practical Experiments at the NASA CoLab Island PDF
Stephanie Smith


How Open Source Software Will Affect Virtual Worlds PDF
Francis X. Taney, Jr.

“Think Pieces”

Toward a Definition of “Virtual Worlds” PDF
Mark W Bell
Defining Virtual Worlds and Virtual Environments PDF
Ralph Schroeder

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