EMERGENT GAMING TRENDS INCREASINGLY CONNECT VIRTUAL IN-GAME SPACE WITH “ORDINARY” OR GEOPHYSICAL LIFE SPACE.
The inclusion of real world interaction within game play is imminent. For example, the developers of World of Warcraft (WoW) are currently investigating ways to synchronize WoW’s auction house with real world currency.
Game worlds seem to be more inclined to partner with components in life space as opposed to the reverse. That being said, the unfortunate reality of gamification has started to take shape in both realms.
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