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Neal Stephenson Says Video Games Are the Metaverse 176

An anonymous reader writes "In an interview with Forbes Magazine, Neal Stephenson says the 'Metaverse' he created in his seminal novel Snow Crash missed the point — and that video games like World of Warcraft are the true future of cyberspace." Forbes writer David Ewalt seems taken with Stephenson's new book, REAMDE, which I'm looking forward to getting my hands on.
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Neal Stephenson Says Video Games Are the Metaverse

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  • Pretty much (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Sycraft-fu ( 314770 ) on Tuesday September 20, 2011 @01:33PM (#37457910)

    The future of "cyberspace" is, well, what we've got right now. An open, extensible, infrastructure on which we can run whatever sorts of things we like. Different applications for different things. There will never be a unified interface for everything because, well, why would we want that?

    The brilliance of the Internet and the reason it grew as it did is that there is no lock-in. All you are locked in to is the basic protocol, and all that does is transfer data. Everything past that is up to you. Different needs can have different applications, and those can change over time.

    There is just no reason to want to try to force everything in to one model, and particularly not the model of 3D characters interacting.

Some people have a great ambition: to build something that will last, at least until they've finished building it.