I’ve been hankering for Hamlet: The Game for a long time now. Imagine the possibilities: a first-person-shooter (FPS) that lets you inhabit some of the most famous characters of all time. I’d be Hamlet, but I wouldn’t stab Polonius. Or mabye I’d be King Lear, and decide that Cordelia isn’t so bad after all:
Three-dimensional digital worlds and the world of William Shakespeare–it’s hard to imagine two more disparate universes.
But bridging the gap between them is exactly what Edward Castronova, an associate professor of telecommunications at Indiana University and the leading expert on the economies of virtual worlds, is doing.
On Thursday, the MacArthur Foundation is expected to announce a $240,000 grant to Castronova and his team to build Arden: The World of Shakespeare, a massively multiplayer online game, or MMOG, built entirely around the plays of the Bard.