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Welcome to New World Notes, the ongoing footnotes for my book The Making of Second Life: Notes From The New World (HarperCollins), and updates on the ever-evolving Metaverse.

I'm a frequent speaker & consultant on the Metaverse and related topics. My literary agent is David Fugate of Launch books.



For info on becoming a sponsoring partner of New World Notes,read this blog post or contact me directly at wjamesau at gmail dot com.


I’m the author of The Making of Second Life (HarperCollins) and Game Design Secrets (Wiley). With about 100,000-150,000 monthly views, my blog New World Notes (founded in 2006) is the Internet’s longest-running news and culture site devoted to the Metaverse and virtual worlds, frequently cited by the Atlantic, the BBC, the New York Times, Bloomberg, the Washington Post, and other major media sites. As a freelancer who’s written about the culture and business of games, my pieces have been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Wired, The Los Angeles Times, Harper's, Salon, Polygon, Kotaku, and many other outlets.