RacerX Gulwing: Behind the Snails

Now, tell the truth.  Your have always thought about racing giant snails through a Japanese game show styled obstacle course.  Who has not ever wanted to do this?  It is just too imaginative and crazy to not be great. This week’s Virtual World Television post speaks with the man behind the Giant Snail Races to find…

Beyer Sellers: Dealing with Second Life

There is a two-for-one today over at Virtual World Television, as we focus today on Beyer Sellers and the VWTV program Metanomics.  Learn more about the struggles of producing in Second Life from Beyer Sellers: Dealing with Second Life.

Virtual World Television as Interactive Television

This presentation was recently given at the 2013 Popular Culture Association conference in Washington, D.C.  The presentation focuses on an analysis of our Virtual World Television project, which will be ramping up as the year continues.  You can find the PowerPoint, with notes, at this blog post.  And stay tuned to this blog and that…

Virtual World Television: The Blog

As I’ve discussed elsewhere on this blog (such as here and here), I’ve undertaken a new project with producer Pooky Amsterdam to look into the phenomenon of virtual world television.  As part of this study, I’ve interviewed over two dozen producers from the virtual world Second Life.  Pooky and I have been gathering information about their…

Analyzing Obama’s 2012 Victory Speech

In the early hours of November 7th, 2012, Barack Obama took the stage at the McCormick Center in Chicago to give his re-election victory speech after Republican challenger Mitt Romney had conceded the defeat of Ohio, and as Ohio went, so went the nation.  In about 20 minutes, Obama thanked his family, his friends, his…

Making Sense of Entertainment in Virtual Worlds

In September of 2008, with the ink on my doctorate barely dry, I jumped a plane and landed in Denmark.  I had accepted a post-doctorate research fellowship at Roskilde University with the Virtual Worlds Research Project.  My main research project with the group would turn out to be a qualitative experiment to understand how people…

Virtual Worlds Television and Metanomics: Innovating or Remediating?

I’ve been using this blog to deconstruct research I’ve done that are interesting vignettes of findings, but perhaps in need of a non-traditional method of publication.  In one such paper that I’ve been deconstructing,  I’ve already discussed the Ghost Hunters live special episodes for how they incorporated online technologies as well as the virtual living rooms created…

Haunted Houses as Physicalized Virtual Reality?

It’s October.  Sure, here in Chicagoland it’s been 80 degrees for the past couple days, but the leaves are falling, and the calendar can’t be lying.  It’s October, which means every young person’s fancy turns to the ghouls and ghosts that go bump in the night.  For the very young ones, this time means donning…

Two Men and a Second Life

As I’ve mentioned elsewhere on this blog, I spent two years working on a post-doc research fellowship for the Virtual Worlds Research Group at Roskilde University in Denmark.  During my time there, I conducted an experiment on how people make sense of two types of virtual worlds and compared these sense-makings to those while engaging…