“A hero ventures forth from the world of the common day into a region of supernatural wonder….” Joseph Campbell, The Hero With a Thousand Faces

The final frontier: enter from your home PC

The final frontier: ony a few clicks away

We turn on our computers, trusting our internet connections are functioning. We double click on the icon for Warcraft, WAR, Aion, EQ or EVE and we are transported into another universe. Our bodies are still “there” in the real world. But intellectually and emotionally we’ve entered another region.

We leave the everyday and enter regions of wonder.

What seems like an everyday event to the average MMO gamer would be unimaginable to Homer, Dante or any of the other great story tellers of the past. With nothing more than words they could conjure up Troy, the many levels of Hell or the pits of Moria.

Dante: medievil "game designer"

Dante: medieval "game designer"

Today game developers can create entire continents, worlds and even universes. However the foundation of these virtual worlds is not the source code.

Its stories, myths and archetypes stretching back millennia.

Over the next few posts I’ll be exploring what it means to enter these lands, and more importantly the fundamental influences on the virtual worlds we inhabit.

Next in the series: the key myths that shape today’s meta-verse.