Archives for September, 2006

Girl WoW Players

Posted on Sep 30, 2006 under Gaming News | 1 Comment

There’s another ‘net manhunt in China. On WoW. Look what happens when girls game. Personally, I think anyone lucky enough to get a girlfriend over WoW and meet her in real life and find out she really is a cute 18-year-old girl should be thanking the Nerd Gods instead of taking advantage of her. In other news, anyone who gets kicked out of a teenage WoW guild for being annoying probably isn’t the best boyfriend material ever

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World Of Warcraft: The Boardgame

Posted on Sep 26, 2006 under Gaming News | No Comment

 World of Warcraft: The Board Game allows players to choose their characters (not all races and character combinations are available) and decide whether to fight for the Horde or the Alliance. No word on whether I can be a tailor in the boardgame version, though. BoardGameGeek (It’s a website, not someone I dated. Really.) says there’s an expansion to the game coming out this month.

It looks really fun, but then, I had high hopes for the Sid Meyers’ Civilization boardgame and that was a train wreck. Sometimes the PC-to-dice transition is really disappointing. On the other hand, this could be WoW without the preteens on the chat channel.

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Great Graphics on PS3 Japan

Posted on Sep 23, 2006 under Gaming News, Next Gen Consoles | 11 Comments

Take a look at the excellent graphics coming soon from White Knight on the PS3 Japan version video game. How much longer before the characters in video games looks so real you think your watching a movie?

White Knight PS3 game for Japan

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WoW: Outland Interactive Map

Posted on Sep 19, 2006 under In The Media, MMOGs/MMORPGs | 9 Comments

“Beyond the Dark Portal lies the shattered realm of Outland, the broken remains of the orcs’ homeworld, Draenor. Among the ruins of this world, the survivors of the cataclysm are trying to rebuild, and in other parts of Outland, life continues to thrive. Those brave enough to make the journey through the Dark Portal will find new allies, new enemies, and limitless adventure beyond an untamed horizon.”

Aye, I’m a European player of World of Warcraft-or at least was, until very recently, since starting studying again has put a toll on my ability to be equipped with a computer actually able to handle the game. Anyway, for the interested ones, there on our official European website, I picked that nice interactive map of Outland. I have no idea when I’m able myself to discover it in game, and for the moment, the map can and will do. Isn’t it the same for everyone else, waiting as we are for Burning Crusade.

So here I go, clicking on the various areas of the map to discover new names, new zones, new information about this odd and still unknown land. Yes, perhaps my avatar in WoW will never set her digital feet there at all; right now, though, it can be interesting to try to imagine what all these areas will actually be like…

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Best of Niner Niner September 06

Posted on Sep 18, 2006 under Gaming News | 1 Comment

In Blogging Naked, Britain holds their first masturbate-a-thon and in China they put an end to funeral stripteases

 

 

And in Bookadoodle Nancy Callahan continues her Getting Published series, while Starbucks sells childrens books and publishers contine to make billions

Next up in Boomer 2.0 scientists try to map our neanderthal genes

The unemployed get credit cards in Credit Cardenza

Dealsneak continues to show the latest deal around the web with cheap wine, free products, and discounts.

Jewel thieves, Kiwi casino, and another poker pub strategy article all sweep into Games For Money.

High Heels Blog: Nancy gives us a look at ballet inspired heels and Victoria Secrets peeptoe wedges.

In Hipaa Blog VA data is lost once again.

Over at HyperGadget we see that Ditty is no more, a real universal remote control can really control the universe, and microchipped passports.

In the Medcare Forum Doctor Medicare payments are cut and low income families should apply for medicaid.

On Healthy Living: Learn 5 good and bad cholesterols, answer the question: Which Has More Germs, Cell Phone or Toilet Seat? and try these Delicious Seafood and Fish Recipes

Head over to On Movies and read Leafworks reviews on movies such as Snakes on A Plane, RV, Final Destination 3, The Descent, and John Tucker Must Die

Powersellers Blog shows that Ebayers are still mad at the rate increases, Ebay Pays Attention to Shipping abuse and Nancy tells about selling in Squidoo.

SEO Updates: Google finally updated Blogger, Yahoo gets hit by a worm and Subtle copy changes can make a difference

In The Diet Logs, Nancy shows us how the 10 Slim-Down Strategies and The Antidote for a High-Fat Meal

Look for the dysfunction in The Single Life, perfect your pickup lines and then head over to Fallout

Wander Worlds: Honesty isn’t always best, leafworks reviews The Siren Project, Lipgloss, and Faith and the Muse.

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Video Games: Dent In Your Wallet

Posted on Sep 14, 2006 under Gaming News | No Comment

If you are looking forward to the newest game systems then be prepared to pay and pay big. Playstation 3 alone will have two versions that cost $500 and $600. When they said a cheaper model I don’t think most of us envisioned $500 as being “cheap”.

Nintendo says the Wii will not exceed $250 although they have yet to release either the release date or price.

Regardless of the store price, one thing will be the same. Thousands of people will shell out two and three times those prices when these products come out in short supply. The PS2 had been going for thousands on Ebay when it first premiered and let’s not get me started on that Furby you sold your soul for that your kid now has clogging the toilet.

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Video Games Didn’t Cause The Shooting

Posted on Sep 14, 2006 under Gaming News | No Comment

A college student walked into a Canadian college and started shooting in what has now become known as Canada’s Columbine. This of course started those against video games to start shouting their usual nonsense.

They are once again blaming this shooting on violent video games and saying that they need to be removed. Last time I checked this was a grown adult and if a video game sends him on the rampage then their is something else going on with him.

Experts have also said that video games were not the cause of this tragedy. If anything the creators of the internet video game “Super Columbine Massacre” should feel our disgust for making such a thing, but blaming every video game and anyone who plays them is just a little too much.

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Leisure Suit Larry and Frisky Sims

Posted on Sep 14, 2006 under Gaming News | No Comment

If you want to buy my a present, it could be Sex In Videogames, by Brenda Brathwaite. This book, which came out last month and for some reason, isn’t available in my local (Chinese) bookstore, discusses game-related sex, including game ratings, censorship and changes in the industry. I think this will be a fascinating read, if it makes it past customs.

 Since the first computer games became available, sex has played a role in some form. But with the release of games like Playboy: The Mansion, Leisure Suit Larry, and The Singles, sexual content has gained a firm foothold and for the first time, ventured into the mainstream. Even casual games like The Sims have started to rev things up a bit, and in on-line games, tales of cybering have become commonplace. This sexual revolution in games has generated intense scrutiny of the games industry by political watchdog groups and family-oriented organizations. And it has brought the importance of self-regulation and rating systems to the forefront of the industry. Seeking to understand this emerging trend, developers, publishers, retailers, and consumers are asking themselves: When is sex appropriate in a game? How far is too far? What will it mean for the product? For its distribution? For my company? For me? Do games with sexual content sell better? Are they generally profitable? So far, there are no definitive answers to these questions. Sex in Video Games provides insight into this issue and presents guidelines and answers by studying the history of sexual content use in games and within the industry itself. In addition, the book considers ethical issues, parental and retailer responsibility, and explores industry attempts at self-regulation, along with a growing concern about potential censorship. from  www.courseptr.com

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Zombie Attack

Posted on Sep 11, 2006 under Gaming News | 13 Comments

Capcom’s new XBox game, Dead Rising, requires a hi-def TV screen. On a regular TV, players can’t see the instructions and find themselves in a mall, surrounded by zombies.

Angry zombies? Definately a good reason to get a new TV!

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Pro-Gamer In Need Of A Babysitter

Posted on Sep 08, 2006 under Gaming News | No Comment

Eight-year-old Victor De Leon likes swimming, reading books, and eating Happy Meals. Oh, and blasting foes in the face, then finishing them off with repeated blows from the butt of his battle rifle. From Fragged By an Eight-Year-Old

Is this a future game designer? Or an example of horrible misparenting? This second grader charges $25/hr for videogame lessons (You can take lessons? And my parents spent all the money on ballet!). His dad expects he’ll make $1 million dollars as a pro gamer by the time he’s 18.

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China’s New Altruism Game

Posted on Sep 02, 2006 under Gaming News | No Comment

Usually my local net cafe is full of boys and young men playing CounterStrike for hours on end or staring at the lao wai girl (your results may vary). As internet gaming becomes more popular, it’s having some surprising effects in China.

China is home to the Beijing Internet Addiction Treatment Center. It may not be totally unwarrented, as this article on a serial cyber-husband, whose internet dating cost real cash and a huge GPA decline, shows. I’m not entirely sure how one cures internet addiction… does the treatment center fake a power outage? Do they find girlfriends for the nerds in page-refresh recovery? Do they enlist all the addicts in a week-long D&D game?

Also, the CPC is worried that these gamers are learning about dark elves and snipers, but not about Mao. So now the Chinese government has asked the Shanghai-based gaming company Shanda to develop a new game, called Chinese Heroes. In this game, players will learn about Chinese history and tradition virtues. No word on if there’s a dragon boat race to rescue a drowning poet.

In case you think China was inspired by America’s Army, some tasks include carrying bricks and answering questions about the hero’s life. I’m not sure how that’s going to pull players away from WoW, but Puzzle Pirates’ block games were surprisingly addictive. No release date yet.

Little Red Blog’s take and PC Magazine’s article

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