The link to the Passively Multiplayer Online Game has been sitting in my ‘to investigate’ list untouched for a couple of weeks as I was worried that when I started playing I wouldn’t get any work done at all. Fortunately, while this game is undoubtably cool, I’m not totally addicted (yet).
PMOG is essentially a FireFox extension that allows you to play while you surf the web, collecting Datapoints and undertaking missions. So far the missions I have completed involved navigating through a series of web sites and reading the message attached to each one; I love the way that the game allows you to interact with existing sites within the browser in new ways that only other players can see – adding treasure, laying mines, and providing new layers of links.
I can see an immediate application for this sort of game for creating guided tours of web sites, highlighting resources for students and sharing information online. However, I think I’m not totally immersed yet because so far it has been limited to navigating the web – but then I have only been playing for a day and am still officially a ‘newbie’. I look forward to undertaking new missions and hopefully uncovering a whole new layer of interactivity.
And I call this work… :o)