: "You do anything long enough to escape the habit of living until the escape becomes the habit." A short film by a recovering WoW addict.
posted by crunchland
on Jan 31, 2012 -
"From the deck of a cruise ship along the coast of Brazil, a retiree named Bob Hulse snapped some high-resolution photographs of something unusual leaping from the sea: what appears to be dozens of squid propelling themselves through the air -- quite possibly the first time the impressive display has been caught on film
posted by nomadicink
on Nov 23, 2010 -
Google has invented the Holodeck
. Well, not really, but for the moment it's probably the next best thing. Google's Liquid Galaxy Project, a virtual glass elevator that lets you fly around the world, makes for a stunning presentation. Developed as part of Google’s “20 per cent time” initiative, which sees its engineers encouraged to pursue their own projects on company time, Liquid Galaxy allows users to fly through the Grand Canyon, leap into low-Earth orbit and back down into the oceans and even perch oneself on the Great Pyramid of Giza, all without even breaking a sweat. Check out the amazing video here
posted by Effigy2000
on Feb 11, 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 -
Muscle March is a game coming out on WiiWare in Japan in the coming weeks. Combining some of the elements of Pose Mii on Wii Play, weightlifting, footba...oh really forget it. No description can adequately prep you for this
posted by cashman
on May 16, 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 -
Gee, boss, I'm feeling a cold coming on. I definitely won't be in to work tomorrow. What's that? You saw me at Gamestop and/or Best Buy at midnight
? I, er, well, I was dealing with a nasty bug. No, not that one
, the other one
(no worries, I'll be compensated
!). I'm quite talented
, you see. If I was in Europe, they'd already be showing me the way to Northrend
. Alas, I'm not, and I have to wait until 9pm PST. In the meantime, there are those who've been where I'm going, and have nicely posted a review already
posted by thanotopsis
on Nov 12, 2008 -
This series of photographs, Iconic Moments of the 20th Century
, was enacted by pensioners in a home for the elderly in Glasgow. Aged volunteers pose in their everyday outfits and in the vicinity of their Home to re-create scenes from well-known historic photographs
posted by growabrain
on Oct 27, 2007 -
Jammin' with Buddy Guy
You are a good guitar player, you are a really good guitar player, but you are eight years old, but whoa, here you are on the stage with one of the greatest bluesmen ever, Buddy Guy, and he is digging your sh**.
posted by caddis
on Aug 25, 2007 -
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 -
Making a watch by hand. In these days of “fast” and “convenient” I decided to commence a work of “painstaking” and “craftsmanship”, making my own wristwatch. I have had the idea for a certain arrangement of the watch dial, as on the image at the right, for a while now. My investigations into available movements showed that no production movement would give me this layout. After a long period of indecision and wondering what I was really getting myself into I decided to make my own movement, followed by the case and dial.
posted by caddis
on Sep 3, 2006 -
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 -