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On-line gaming, MMOG, MMORPG, SL from virtual to real cash?

I like computer games although I don’t find much time to play them anymore.  Luckily my kids keep me up to date with what is going on in the gaming world.  As far as games go I really like playing them on-line against other people rather than against the unit’s processor. 

We’ll we’ve got them all: IMac, PC, XBOX 360, PS3, PS2 and a *$^# Wii too.  Jeez we’re keeping the video game industry afloat by ourselves.  Lol  Some of my favorite games to play on-line or Madden, Halo, and Call of Duty Four; Modern Warfare.  Madden of course is a NFL football game.  There’s nothing like sacking the quarterback or breaking a tackle for TD run while you hear your opponent cursing over the Internet.  Good times.  Halo and Call of Duty are FPSs or first person shooters.  Boom Headshot!”1 These games were made to be played on-line.

 

These three games are massive multiplayer online games (MMOG)  not to be confused with massive multiplayer online role playing games.  If you haven’t seen any of these three games link up with a teenager and watch them play.  You’ll be amazed.  MMOGs may have thousands of players at any given time.

A couple popular MMORPGs are World of Warcraft, Guild Wars, Ultima, Never Winter Nights and Second Life.  In a MMORPG players take on an Avatar or character for you non-gamers. Generally you can be anything you want within the framework of the game.  Male, female, tall, short, fat, skinny, blonde, human, elf, cat, dog or catdog depending on what is available in the game.  Once you have character you can explore the world of the game you are in.  Like MMOGs MMORPGs also support thousands of players at any given time.  Generally MMORPGs include more talking and interacting with other player characters and non-player characters than MMOGs.  In many games groups of people meet and join up somewhere in the game to help each other on their adventures.

 

Second Life (SL) is MMORPG but different than those mentioned above.  In SL you aren’t trying to slay dragons and slaughter orcs and level up you are more or less interacting in a virtual world similar to ours.  You can earn money, buy property and even engage in cyber sex if that’s what you like. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.  😉 Some companies and governmental agencies even have a presence in SL and are trying to determine how to make money in the real world or how to use SL to distribute information to SLers that they can use in the real world.  It will be interesting to see how this works out.

I’m not sure if Second Life interactions will lead to increased sales, use or interaction in the real world.  Perhaps the model to transition sales to the real world hasn’t been discovered yet.  Much like Google’s trials in finding a revenue stream that worked for on-line ads documented in “The Search” by John Battelle.   Perhaps it is just a matter of time before the connection between MMOGs/MMORPGs and real life sales in found.  Given the amount of on-line gamers of all kinds playing MMOGS/MMORPGs the next gold rush will occur when somebody discovers the direct relationship between virtual on-line gaming interaction and real world sales.

 

1 – FPS Doug

 

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June 27, 2008 - Posted by | social media | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. That first video cracked me up, dude.

    Comment by corbusier | June 29, 2008 | Reply


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