Just a few links to related interests.
Greg Lastowka’s Home Page (http://www.chaihana.com/pers.html)
Greg Lastowka teaches law at Rutgers University in New Jersey and has a number of scholarly articles that deal with legal issues in virtual worlds including digital property, virtual crime and more. He recently released a book entitled “Virtual Justice: The New Laws of Online Worlds” which is available for free in PDF format on his website.
An timely article from Kotaku. The author discusses the intersection between play/work and how the two have begun to overlap more and more in our everyday lives. Not just games turning into work, but also the idea of work being turned into a game.
Myst Online: Uru Live
Good Old Games Store: Uru Complete Chronicles
I don’t know how much exposure anyone else has had to this series, but I’ve been fascinated with the world created by Robyn and Rand Miller (I have most of the games and all the books) for years now and was greatly intrigued by Uru when it was first released and reading about it for this course just made me wish that I could explore what had been created myself rather than being confined to the pictures provided. Myst Online: Uru Live is sort of up and running once again thanks to a dedicated core of fans and some help from Cyan Worlds. Unfortunately my brief look at the forums made it seem like the game is on the verge of dying again. If anyone is interested in checking it out, they are offering the client and access to the game world for free.
Additionally, the single player portion of Uru (Uru: Ages Beyond Myst, and the expansion packs – The Path of the Shell and To D’ni) is available for sale at Good Old Games for $10.