National Politics within Virtual Game Worlds: The Case of China – Henry Jenkins

From Confessions of an Aca/Fan (via ESWN):

Last month, what some are describing as “the largest political protest gathering in a virtual world game ever” occurred within the Chinese Massively Multiplayer Game, Fantasy Westward Journey (FWJ). Comparative Media Studies alum Zhan Li has been working with me over the past several weeks to piece together some sense of what occurred and what it means. Please keep in mind as you read this that the incident concerned the still heated relationship between Japan and China. Some of the language qouted from participants may be offensive but it is qouted to help readers understand more fully the issues at stake for participants in this debate. [Full text]

August 23, 2006 8:22 PM
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