Virtual Lives: A Reference Handbook

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This book is the THE source for information on virtual worlds, covering every aspect of this intriguing and fast-changing social practice and the technologies upon which it rests. * A detailed chronology detailing inspirations, precursors, developments, and controversies related to virtual worlds * Tables of data about users of virtual worlds * An annotated list of private, nonprofit, and government organizations pertinent to virtual worlds * Biographical sketches of authors, developers, researchers, policymakers, and notable virtual world users * A glossary of scores of relevant terms related to virtual worlds' function and use * A bibliography of additional resources readers can consult to learn even more about virtual worlds