Ian Hughes over at eight bar makes some good observations about online gaming. (He also has a followup post here)
I linked to a fascinating podcast about online gaming the other week in a posting that was really intended to welcome RedMonk to the world of PodCasting (I'm never sure.... should I spell Coté's name with an acute accent on the 'e' or with a trailing apostrophe? Love the clips, guys but James..... you've got to let Coté get a word in edgeways.) Anyway, I still recommend readers listen to the RadioEconomics clip.... the interviewee makes some insightful points.
This emerging, and interesting, area of computing unsettles me... I just hate the thought that all those friends of mine who spend hours gaming are actually doing something valuable.