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Conclusion

This has been a long and difficult chapter. It took me longer to write it than it did the rest of the book put together. However, I hope it has served its purpose, which is to show

  • Virtual worlds are a meaningful object of study.

  • Most of those research fields that look at virtual worlds do so with respect.

  • Virtual world designers can learn much from researchers in other fields and vice versa.

  • No existing field of research entirely subsumes virtual worlds.

  • Virtual world design in particular is not covered elsewhere.


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