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Level Up Your MMORPG Character Using Developing Economies

Next time you are scoring that amazing Amethyst Helm of Schadenfreude for your Level 38 Warlock Raider (I just made that up, but I hope something like that exists), you may be helping people in developing countries to make some cash. According to the BBC and a report released by the World Bank -- which is apparently now studying the effects of 'World of Warcraft' (PDF) on the economy -- when...

Real Police Investigate Theft of Virtual Furniture at Habbo Hotel

The online virtual world of Habbo Hotel, at first glance, seems like just another idyllic, peaceful, fake community, where fake people exchange goods with a fake handshake and a fake smile, and decorate their fake residences with fake furniture. Basically, it's Orange County. But beneath the placid, Norman Rockwell veneer of non-existence lies an all too real underbelly of crime, deception and...

Thief Arrested in Real Life For Virtual 'RuneScape' Caper

Normally, when we cover thefts at Switched, there is some connection to the real world, whether it be to iPhones or credit cards. But the only thing tangible about a recent heist in Britain was the arrest. According to the Telegraph, a man was arrested for allegedly using a phishing scam to obtain the log-in information of individuals who play the online role-playing game 'RuneScape.' The...

Google's Lively Is 'Second Life' for the Web

We've reported on many of the ups and downs of online virtual world 'Second Life' over the years, and while it continues to be a fascinating experiment in a number of ways, it hasn't exactly found much in the way of mainstream popularity. Undaunted, Google is trying its hand at the concept, launching 'Lively,' an online virtual world in which you can jump into 3-D rooms and chat with others...

Walk-Throughs of Virtual Cities Enhanced By Omni-Directional Treadmill

Though not the first omni-directional treadmill we've ever seen, this version crafted for the EU-funded CyberWalk Project is entirely more interesting. The 6- x 6-meter device features an active walking area of 4.5- x 4.5-meters, and, later this month, it will enable individuals to prance through a virtual city by just strapping on a head-mounted display and lace up their LA Lights. The effect is...