Digital PlaySpace, a company set up by former Mattel software producer Jesyca Durchin, has secured an undisclosed amount of seed funding from Indie Media subsidiary Virtual Indie. The funding will be used to launch the company's first project – a virtual play experience for girls aged 8-12.
And the virtual worlds explosion continues...at least until the bubble bursts and the industries turn to other things. Then again, I also came across this today:
Announcing the Journal of Virtual Worlds Research
The Journal of Virtual Worlds Research is a online, open access, peer-reviewed, transdisciplinary, academic journal, which engages established and emerging scholars from anywhere in the world. Web site: http://jvwr.org
Statement of Purpose and Open Call for Papers
We would like to take this opportunity to invite collaborators, reviewers and contributors to participate in the development of the Journal of Virtual Worlds Research. We are thrilled to announce our first open call for papers. We will accept essays, papers, original research, interactive online exhibits with accompanying detailed descriptions, and other forms of scholarship on a wide range of topics on an on-going basis.
Open Calls for Papers:
1st edition’s theme: “Virtual Worlds Research: Past, Present & Future” Due date: June 1, 2008
2nd edition’s theme: “Social identity and Consumer Behavior in Virtual Worlds” Due date: August 15, 2008
3rd edition’s theme: “Cultures of Virtual Worlds” Due date: September 30, 2008
4th edition’s theme: “Pedagogy, Education and Innovation in Virtual Worlds” Due December 15, 2008
Check out the full CFP and statement of purpose here.
Meanwhile, I should have some comments and tidbits from last week's CCFC Summit up soon, as well as some more findings from my kids and mobile devices study, which I am currently doing the write up for...among other things. My internet access will be limited for the next couple of weeks, so please continue to bear with me - Gamine Expedition will be back to its regular update frequency by the end of the month, as I get re-settled in for a semester of writing and research back in my own home!!!