Terra Nova
Screenshot of Terra Nova as of July 25, 2008
Type of site
Collaborative blog
Created byEdward Castronova, Julian Dibbell, Dan Hunter, and Greg Lastowka
Current statusOnline

Terra Nova was a collaborative blog for academics and professionals in game studies. It focused primarily on the study of virtual worlds.

Started in 2003 by Edward Castronova, Julian Dibbell, Dan Hunter, and Greg Lastowka, Terra Nova initially focused heavily on research and questions surrounding real money trading (RMT) in online virtual worlds.[1][2] Coverage later expanded to include impacts of gaming on culture, architecture and law.[3]

Terra Nova is cited in the traditional media on issues of gaming in virtual worlds, most notably issues regarding Second Life and World of Warcraft.[4][5][6] Various issues have been discussed, from the virtual economy of Star Wars Galaxies[7] to the impact of learning in MMOs.[8]

Terra Nova's end was made official on September 25, 2014.[9] The most recent post made was on April 28, 2015.[10]


  1. ^ "About TN". Terra Nova. Retrieved 2008-07-25.
  2. ^ Abate, Tom (2005-08-22). "Role games as economic tool? It may happen". The San Diego Union Tribune. Retrieved 2008-07-25.
  3. ^ Larkin, Thomasina (2007-10-31). "Whole worlds inside the screen". Blog Watch. The Japan Times. Retrieved 2008-07-25.
  4. ^ Thompson, Clive (2007-06-19). "Voice Chat Can Really Kill the Mood on WoW". Games without Frontiers. Wired. Retrieved 2008-07-25.
  5. ^ Hof, Rob (2007-04-20). "My Second Life". The Tech Beat. Business Week. Archived from the original on April 22, 2006. Retrieved 2008-07-25.
  6. ^ Terdiman, Daniel (2005-10-18). "Warcrafters take Graveyard Games virtual". News Blog. CNet. Retrieved 2008-07-25.
  7. ^ Terdiman, Daniel (2004-05-08). "Fun in Following the Money". Gaming. Wired. Retrieved 2008-07-25.
  8. ^ Rossignol, Jim (2006-09-26). "Column: 'Blogged Out: Decade Of Graphics'". Industry News. Gamasutra. Retrieved 2008-07-25.
  9. ^ "Making it official: RIP Terra Nova". Terra Nova. Retrieved 2021-11-04.
  10. ^ "RIP Greg". Terra Nova. Retrieved 2021-11-04.