Re: "Theme Worlds": The Future of Entertainment In The VR &

Anders Sandberg (
Sun, 9 Mar 1997 21:50:51 +0100 (MET)

On Sun, 9 Mar 1997, Phil Goetz wrote:

> We have this already; it's called roleplaying.
> It began with tabletop games; now we have online text-based games,
> that will soon become online 3D games (a development which I despise
> and which will sap the vitality from the games IMHO, but I digress),
> and, I suppose, the full VR-type stuff later.

Let's not forget live action roleplaying. With some augmented reality,
this could become quite interesting.

I spend far too much time plotting in our ongoing Vampire: the Masquerade
LARP... on the other hand, I have definitely become a better schemer than

I don't think there will be a single future entertainment medium.
Roleplaying demands activity, and I think many like to have passive
entertainment (unfortunately). This reminds me of Donald Norman's
reflexive and experiential forms of learning... worth thinking on...

Anders Sandberg Towards Ascension!
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