let’s review: in real life

In Real Lifeinreallife by Cory Doctorow with illustrations by Jen Wang centers on an online multiplayer game, Coarsegold, where Anda plays on a guild and gets selected for missions to keep cheating gold-farmers and unfair play at bay. But Anda is soon reminded that avatars represent real people with real stories and real problems. Anda gets caught up in a layered game plan to try and help her gold-farming Chinese friend beat poverty and gain a better (real) life. With a bright palette of vividly drawn glimpses into the gaming world and its real world counterparts, In Real Life boldly illustrates economic consideration and draws out the idea of extending fairness and friendship beyond the screen—and page—to a thoughtful call to action.

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