It's All Games Now: The Convergence of Games and Social Media
(video, 61 minutes), is a talk given by Raph Koster, one of the lead designers of the MMO Ultima Online, at the 2011 Game Developers Conference Online in Austin Texas. In it he looks at how digital games have changed as a social experience from MUDs to World of Warcraft, where they are going in the future, and the bleed between games and the real world. Koster has posted a summary here
on his site. [more inside]
posted by codacorolla
on Nov 7, 2011 -
BlizzCon, the monumental annual event that Blizzard Entertainment puts on every year, just wrapped up this weekend. It concluded with a massive party and concert, during which George Fisher was at one point invited on stage. Mr. Fisher is also known by his stage name "Corpsegrinder" and is the singer for heavy metal band Cannibal Corpse. In order to introduce him to the audience, this snippet of an interview with him
was played (YT link). In case it's not totally clear what's getting beeped out, here's the unedited version
(YT link, NSFW language). [more inside]
posted by kavasa
on Oct 24, 2011 -
Prison administrators in China have found a new use for forced prison labour: gold-farming operations
, in which prisoners play multiplayer games for hours on end, handing over the gold they acquire to the guards, who sell it online for real money.
posted by acb
on May 25, 2011 -
Beyond the Real Life
is a World of Warcraft fan movie, blending live action and special effects with in-game footage. The follow-up to a 2006 short called The Edge of Real Life
, Beyond the Real Life
tells the story of Tank the warrior and Bubbleballs the paladin on a quest to save Tank's love interest after she is kidnapped by a Horde mage. The acting and writing aren't in danger of winning any awards, but the mix of machinima and live action is very well done, and there are some pretty good gags in there, both WoW-related and otherwise. (via RPS)
posted by The Pusher Robot
on Dec 16, 2010 -
-- "WoWdetox is a volunteer-run web site aimed at people with a gaming addiction to World of Warcraft. Here gamers and ex-gamers can share their testimonies freely and anonymously."
posted by Chocolate Pickle
on Jun 19, 2009 -
World of Warcraft's Wrath of the Lich King
expansion involves a quest titled The Art of Persuasion
. Richard Bartle
, co-author of MUD (and pioneer of MMO gaming)
, speaks out against this
: "Basically, you have to take some kind of cow poke and zap a prisoner until he talks. I'm not at all happy with this. I was expecting for there to be some way to tell the guy who gave you the quest that no, actually I don't want to torture a prisoner, but there didn't seem to be any way to do that..." (via
) [more inside]
posted by tybeet
on Nov 27, 2008 -
The 2005 outbreak of Corrupted Blood
in World of Warcraft
may provide epidemiologists
with a new platform for studying the spread of disease.
By using these games as an untapped experimental framework, we may be able to gain deeper insight into the incredible complexity of infectious disease epidemiology in social groups.
It comes as no surprise that the "stupid factor"
plays a role in susceptibility to viral marketing, but it may also be a factor
in the spread of real life germs.
posted by solipsophistocracy
on Aug 21, 2007 -
I am Murloc.
Cool World of Warcraft music video. (Note: Impressed me, but I've never played WoW. Might not impress WoW players, I dunno. Won't change your mind if you already hate WoW. Horrible vocals.)
posted by Bugbread
on Jul 17, 2007 -
The Internet Is For Porn
is a song from the Broadway comedy Avenue
Q (an adult version of Sesame Street) that I found myself humming for quite a while after watching this homemade machinima video using World of Warcraft characters. (warning first link goes to a Google Video with audio).
posted by jonson
on Jan 14, 2006 -
"Virtual Virus Sheds Light on Real-Life Behavior."
A researcher at Tufts University's Center for the Modelling of Infectious Diseases, Dr. Nina Fefferman,
is studying the behavior of World Of Warcraft players during the recent plague that broke out in Ironforge (discussed on Metafilter here
But Dr. Fefferman is not the first academic to study MMORPGs seriously. Edward Castronova
, an economist, arguably pioneered the field with his 2001 paper Virtual Worlds
, in which he argues that the economy in Everquest produced a GNP per capita somewhere between that of Russia and Bulgaria. (He has followed up that paper with many more
on similar subjects.)
posted by dersins
on Oct 5, 2005 -