The Gonzo Scientist

Slaying Monsters for Science

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Science  20 Jun 2008:
Vol. 320, Issue 5883, pp. 1592
DOI: 10.1126/science.320.5883.1592c

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The first scientific conference held in Azeroth, the online universe of the role-playing game World of Warcraft, went off virtually without a hitch. Although the participants all died during the final day's social event — a massive raid on an enemy fort — they agree that this event is a glimpse at the future of scientific exchange.