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Interesting proposal to have mental health professionals enter the game and attempt to work with players while online. (Read the complete story)

"Here's a pic of an upcoming group therapy session in World of Warcraft:

(Bill Christensen 7/30/2009 5:43:35 AM)
"These fools are gonna get themselves killed.(in the game I mean) Nobody likes a party pooper and the idea of a bunch of busybodies strolling around in the middle of your favorite game coaxing folks to be 'mature' is going to get about as warm a reception as those irritating Jehova's witnesses people that go around knocking on doors all day."
( 7/30/2009 9:28:37 AM)
"This is going to fail... and fail miserably. I'm going to go out on a limb and assume these therapists will be creating new characters, which means being level 1's or so, they will instantly be labeled as noobs and disregarded. And they'd lost all respect if they actually had level 80's because then they'd be hypocrites."
(Just Moi 7/30/2009 10:11:54 AM)
"Roger Zelazny had a novel and short story where the Therapist controled a virtual world for the patient"
(defro1378 7/30/2009 11:54:38 AM)
"defro1378 - great find! Roger Zelazny was a terrific writer; I reference about a half-dozen Zelazny books and stories here on Technovelgy. I've never read the 'The Dream Master' or the earlier short story 'He Who Shapes'."
(Bill Christensen 7/30/2009 5:58:53 PM)
"There is, of course, the Mind Fantasy Game from "Ender's Game" (1985). But my first thought was of "Red Orc's Rage" (1991) - which Farmer wrote after Dr. Giannini at Yale used his novels as the basis for a therapeutic technique with troubled teens. Life imitates art imitates life imitates art..."
(Blue Monkey 7/31/2009 9:16:20 PM)
" This is a series we just debuted filmed on Second Life- "Shrink - Wrapped" When avatars need Psycho therapy"
(Pooky Amsterdam 8/2/2009 12:42:27 PM)
"Not that I can think of a good one, but there must be literary examples of therapists entering into a virtual simulation of their patients' lives in order to directly experience their problems. That's really what's going on here (whether or not they know it). Unlike a therapists office, the WoW game world is the patient's turf. The therapists will have to learn to play by the game's rules in order to interact with the other avatars, which, if nothing else, will give them a much better idea of WHY people spend so much time in MMO games. (or social virtual realities, dressed up as a roleplaying game in this case). You're better read than I am, what do you think? There's got to be some cyberpunk touchstone here."
(JS 8/8/2009 9:57:24 AM)
"John Varley's Steel Beach had a computer providing therapy by putting children into a sort of virtual world (actually implanting false memories of living in a fantasy world)"
(BajaB 8/9/2009 1:55:15 PM)

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