Ren Reynolds

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Pat Kane:

"Our first Ludocrat is Ren Reynolds, otherwise known on Twitter as RenZephyr. Ren's day job is helping government get the best deals from private IT contractors. But his day-and-night job is thinking quite brilliantly about the philosophy, ethics and governance of computer and online games (usually through his think-tank, Virtual Policy Network, but also on the collective blog Terra Nova). Ren also advises national and international bodies about how the law and politics should relate to what goes on in virtual worlds - and how not to crush, whether through fear or ignorance, the emerging potential of these global, creative spaces." (

More Information

Podcast: Ren Reynolds on Play and Governance in Virtual Worlds

More references to Ren's writings:

Reynolds R (2009), The Philosophy of Virtual Worlds, in Third Person: Authoring and Exploring Vast Narratives, eds Harrigan, P. & Wardrip-Fruin, N. MIT Press

Reynolds R (2008), Hands off MY avatar - Issues with claims of virtual property and identity in Settlers of the New Virtual Worlds eds Bethke E and Hoffman E, BookSurge Publishing

Reynolds, R., (2007), ‘MMO’s as Practices’, in DIGRA 2007 Situated Play - conference proceedings (ed Baba, A.), University of Tokyo

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