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Activists use online games for cyber protests

Gone are the days when playing video games online meant simply playing a hand of poker or battling your buddies to the death in a giant arena you couldn’t control. Many games are now all about role-playing, and some players aren’t participating to escape terrestrial life. They’re getting on virtual soapboxes and organizing all manner of protest in cyberspace. Gamers have protested the impending war in Iraq, started newspapers, gathered charitable donations – done myriad things they already do, or wish they could do, in the real world. The line between online gaming and the real world “is a lot thinner than people give it credit for,” said Raph Koster, creative director of the Austin, Texas, office of Sony Entertainment. Full Story

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