Looking For Group: Applying MMO Techniques to Learning and Business

Players of massively multiplayer online (MMO) games have long known that working cooperatively and competitively within the game space has improved not only their leet gaming skillz but also real life abilities, including leadership, communication skills, creative thinking and adaptability. Lee Sheldon, assistant professor in the Department of Telecommunications at Indiana University, has taken the …

Micro-transactions and MMOs: The New Capitalism

Micro-transactions have taken center stage lately as a hot-button controversy in social gaming, particularly on Facebook. But the debate over micro-transactions in other genres, particularly massively multiplayer online (MMO) titles, has been going on for quite some time, even prior to the advent of Facebook. The reaction to micro-transactions as elements of game play in MMOs …

Chinese Online Games Market Grew 63% In 2008 [Pearl Research via Gamasutra]

Gamastura reported today that Pearl Research’s new “Games Market in China” report forecasts the online games market in China will exceed $5.5 billion in 2012. The market grew more than 63% to reach $2.8 billion in 2008. According to Pearl Research: Many Chinese game operators continue to be optimistic in 2009, stating that the worldwide economic downturn has …