Researchers from North Carolina State University, York University, and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology analyzed the behaviors of thousands of online gamers — mostly those playing massively multiplayer online role-playing games such as World of Warcraft. You know what they found?
"Gamers aren’t the antisocial basement-dwellers we see in pop culture stereotypes; they’re highly social people," Dr. Nick Taylor, an assistant professor of communication at NC State and lead author of the study, said in a school news release. "Loners are the outliers in gaming, not the norm."
Happy to see researchers are “discovering” what the rest of us already knew—and spreading the word about it.
"Zuckerberg says that Facebook will ‘focus on helping Oculus build out their product and develop partnerships to support more games… We’re going to make Oculus a platform for many other experiences. Imagine enjoying a court side seat at a game, studying in a classroom of students and teachers all over the world or consulting with a doctor face-to-face — just by putting on goggles in your home.’"
What we now know:
- No one builds the next big company anymore. They wait for someone with vision and passion to come along and then throw $400M cash and stock options at them.
- John Carmack now works for Facebook. Let that sink in.
- It’s only a matter of time before Facebook buys our souls — you know, to make us more connected — and then puts ads on them.