Second Lives

A Journey through Virtual Worlds
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (10.72 hours)
Product Number: Z100094216
Released: Jun 16, 2015
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781481582773
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Second Lives takes us on a revelatory journey through the electronic looking-glass as Tim Guest investigates one of the most bizarre phenomena of the twenty-first century: virtual lives. Each week, thirty-five to fifty million people worldwide abandon reality for virtual worlds. They create a virtual body, work virtual jobs, and make virtual friends and family. And as online communities like SecondLife, EverQuest, and MySpace attract more members, the lines between the real and the imaginary become blurry. After all, in these virtual realities, you can build houses, make and sell works of art, earn real money, and get married and divorced. On web sites like eBay, people sell virtual clothes and rent virtual property for real cash, for a total of nearly $800 million worth each year.

Author(s): Tim Guest
Genre: Science
Original Publish Date: Feb 19, 2008

All formats/editions

Author(s): Tim Guest
Product Number EB00165207
Released: Dec 29, 2013
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: #9781588366726

Professional reviews

"Second Life is the main virtual world Guest describes in this discussion of virtual worlds and online games. Inhabitants and visitors to these virtual worlds create their own identities, in some cases earn real-world money, and create and act out fantasies of every type. Paul Michael Garcia's narration is conversational as he takes on the persona of Guest. Garcia is engaged in a laid-back sort of way but is open to expressions of surprise. He gives an evenhanded delivery of Guest's commentary on the growing commercial use of virtual worlds and the danger of addiction to virtual worlds and games playing. J.E.M. (c) AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine"

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