Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Serious Games For Virtual World Travel Packages

Serious Games challenging us to play a better future

Via: Synthravels - A real-world travel agency that books virtual-world travel packages

Synthravels is the first travel organization to offer a guide service to anyone who wants to tour highly-hyped virtual worlds like Second Life or World of Warcraft. The increasing complexity of virtual worlds is making them more interesting, fun and potentially lucrative. But it's also creating a considerable threshold for newbies, especially for those who have little or no experience with online gaming...

Which is why it makes perfect sense for two savvy Italian entrepreneurs to set up a service that takes curious explorers by the hand and shows them the wonders of metaworlds. A customer registers with Synthravels, picks a destination and preferred day and hour for the trip. Within a few days, he or she receives an itinerary by email. To prepare, a visitor has to download any software needed for the virtual world and should also create an avatar. After logging in on the selected day and time, the visitor will find an expert guide waiting to show them the ropes, from the basics of maneuvering to finding elusive and exclusive virtual hotspots.

Already, the travel agents at Synthravels are working on putting together a number of interesting itineraries for virtual gamers: "Sightseeing excursions include 'Discover the Post Art Deco architecture of Paragon City', a shopping tour of Second Life, and a last-minute trip to Entropia Universe, including dinner with Deathifier, the legendary owner of Treasure Island."

Synthravels welcomes skilled avatars to sign up as guides. Sounds like a great minipreneur gig for experienced gamers, especially for those who can offer added value by giving specialized tours. There's a substantial market for services like Synthravels, from parents who'd like to experience how their children are spending all their waking hours, to thousands of marketing and advertising execs who want to dive into universal branding.

Synthravels cuurently supports travelling to the following games:

Anarchy Online

City of Heroes
City of Villains
Dark Age of Camelot
Entropia Universe
Eve Online
EverQuest II
Final Fantasy XI
Guild Wars
Lineage II
Neocron 2
ROSE Online
Second Life
SilkRoad Online
Star Wars Galaxies
The Lounge
The Matrix Online
The Saga of Ryzom
The Sims Online
Ultima Online
World of Warcraft