外语教育网
您的位置:外语教育网 > 基础英语 > 英语听力 > 听力练习 正文
  • 站内搜索:

BBC随身英语:虚拟世界

2006-07-06 13:35BBC China

Virtual Worlds 虚拟世界

下载此节目的录音

Want to Buy an Island? 想买一个岛屿吗?

The line between the real world and online ‘virtual worlds’ is becoming increasingly blurred with gamers spending real money to buy virtual commodities and even real estate in digital worlds.

Welcome to the world of MMOGs, Massive Multiplayer Online Games. For those who don’t know, an MMOG is a computer game which thousands of people can play simultaneously on the internet, interacting or competing with each other. Some of the most well-known MMOGs include Second Life, World of Warcraft and Legend of Mir II.

Whilst many of these kinds of games involve role-playing and fulfilling tasks, others simply offer an alternative universe where players can socialise, earn money and trade with each other.

In recent years ‘social’ MMOGs like Second Life and Project Entropia have invited gamers to spend real money inside the game. And whilst many people might find this strange, some online gamers have used their virtual investments to make a profit.

A 23-year-old Australian gamer, known as Deathifier paid around £14,000 for an island in the game Project Entropia in 2004 and within a year had recouped his investment by selling land to other gamers to build virtual homes on. The young entrepreneur is highly confident that his digital assets will continue to be profitable.

“The money made to date is only a taste of what can be achieved with my virtual island purchase," said Deathifier, "There is still more room for growth and revenue with the untapped resources surrounding the land."

Here at the BBC we are never slow to embrace new technology, and have rented a virtual tropical island within the game Second Life. The BBC’s island has been used to stage online music festivals and showcase new musical talent. It is hoped that it will also bring gamers closer to their favourite artists.

BBC interactive editor, Daniel Heaf, said, “There may be opportunities to have people like Justin Timberlake on spaces like this – that will allow a level of interaction with the audience that we have never tried before."



GLOSSARY 词汇表

blurred 模糊的

real estate 房地产

interacting 互动

fulfilling tasks 完成任务

socialise 社交

virtual investments 虚拟投资

recouped his investment 赚回投资

digital assets 数字资产

untapped resources 未开发的资源

to stage 举办

virtual commodities 虚拟商品

MMOGs 大型多人在线游戏

role-playing 扮演角色

alternative universe 另类宇宙

trade 贸易

make a profit 赚钱, 获利

entrepreneur 创业者

revenue 收入

embrace new technology 接受新技术

showcase 展示

相关热词:bbc english takeaway
栏目相关课程表
科目名称 主讲老师 课时 免费试听 优惠价 购买课程
英语零起点 郭俊霞 30课时 试听 150元/门 购买
综艺乐园 ------ 13课时 试听 100元/门 购买
边玩边学 ------ 10课时 试听 60元/门 购买
情景喜剧 ------ 15课时 试听 100元/门 购买
欢乐课堂 ------ 35课时 试听 150元/门 购买
基础英语辅导课程
郭俊霞 北京语言大学毕业,专业英语八级,国内某知名中学英语教研组组长,教学标兵……详情>>
郭俊霞:零基础英语网上辅导名师

  1、凡本网注明 “来源:外语教育网”的所有作品,版权均属外语教育网所有,未经本网授权不得转载、链接、转贴或以其他方式使用;已经本网授权的,应在授权范围内使用,且必须注明“来源:外语教育网”。违反上述声明者,本网将追究其法律责任。
  2、本网部分资料为网上搜集转载,均尽力标明作者和出处。对于本网刊载作品涉及版权等问题的,请作者与本网站联系,本网站核实确认后会尽快予以处理。本网转载之作品,并不意味着认同该作品的观点或真实性。如其他媒体、网站或个人转载使用,请与著作权人联系,并自负法律责任。
  3、联系方式
  编辑信箱:for68@chinaacc.com
  电话:010-82319999-2371