Entropia Universe

  • William Sims Bainbridge
Part of the Springer Series in Immersive Environments book series (SSIE)


The planet Calypso is in a class by itself. It is not the playing field for an online combat game, or the electronic embodiment of an existing fantasy. Rather, it presents itself as a new world that people can explore and where they can build a real economy. On Calypso, two large continents are accessible, Eudoria and Amethera, plus a small space station and a resort on an asteroid. All four areas are populated with hostile beasts and possess mineral resources. Originally opened for colonists in 2003, Entropia Universe underwent a major geological upheaval in August 2009, and for many months the aftershocks were still being felt. This virtual world is admirable for pioneering a new economic model for online environments, and for being a plausible simulation of real extraterrestrial colonization, but it is also socially problematic and problematizes the future of humanity in outer space.


Virtual World Ordinary Citizen Graphic Engine Auction System Conventional Society 


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  • William Sims Bainbridge
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  1. 1.VirginiaUSA

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