Posted by Shannon O'Grady on December 9, 2008
So a friend of mine sent me this link to a BBC story about a Muslim oriented virtual world. Think Habo meets The Sims. I love the idea and the execution of it all, don’t get me wrong but I’ve got one question:
Does this need to be seperate?
I understand the whole idea behind starting a Muslim only community, but to me making such a separation seems strange to me. Adding a prayer mat to The Sims would have much the same effect. If you’re playing any other online game you could create a community for Muslims who play their characters according to Muslim customs.
Now I admit, this could be all my perception, and the whole reason I wrote this was to start some discussion. I was raised Irish Catholic and have tried on various religions over the years. Currently I’m undecided. I just don’t see the big deal about religion and flaunting it or seeing it as a dividing factor.
The creators of Muxlim Pal say that the game is for those interested in Muslim culture, but to me, it seems like an excuse for people to cut themselves out of society and create even more of a mystique around themselves. The developers also mention that Muslims don’t live a life all that different from non-Muslims. If that’s true, then why create a seperate game?
I’m not saying this is bad or anything, please don’t get me wrong. I just question this continuing need for “cultural diversity via separation” that I’m seeing everywhere.
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Posted by Susan on December 1, 2008
Marge Simpson Playing Earthland Realms
The time has come – With these posts coming to an end, I thought I would share how mainstream WoW has become in popular culture.
Aside from the internet, the other vice that people seem to be addicted to is television. Personally, I find pretty much all I want online, so my television sits and collects dust. But that is beside the point. Last season two major network television shows aired parodies of the World of Warcraft player.
Warcraft and The Simpsons
Marge has played it – Will you? The Simpsons aired an episode in which Marge begins her foray into the Internet and plays a game called “Earthland Realms”. She creates her character in her image (don’t expect to see that in WoW cause most of the girl players are actually male, or so its been said). Its pretty funny cause she begins to learn how to interact with the other players like Apu, a vendor in the city, Moe, and Chief Wiggam. The episode is relatively clever, with a slight understanding that is actually WoW they are trying to depict. Others say that it is a mocking of Everquest, another MMORPG, the similarities are interesting, and there is a slight joke that while others go outside to enjoy the world, Marge decides to stay inside and play the game – feeding into her own new addiction. I will not divulge the episode, you should watch it for yourself online at http://www.zath.co.uk/world-of-warcraft-simpsons/
Warcraft and South Park
Well, Blizzard actually gave the writers of South Park authority to write their episode, and allowed them to actually use the game on their show. The characters
South Park Episode "Make Love Not Warcraft"
of South Park make actual players, and are attempting to defeat a superpowered player, who threatens the game itself. Its actually very humorous to watch this unravel, and a little discusting since the boys become what people seem to think are the stereotypic WoW player – you know, the troll that lives in the basement and sits infront of his/her computer all night. This one is a cult phenomenon for the WoW player, the detail to the game is amazing, and since Blizzard gave rights to it, makes is authentic. There is even a picture of Azeroth in the background, and the boys party up like a real group. Yes, WoW players actually do that, we bring PCs over and all play in the same room. It actually makes for a fun night! The small things in this episode make it cool – However, the animation in the episode is modified from the gameplay of World of Warcraft, and contains elements that do not exist in the game: talking animations, controlled NPCs, Humans in the Hunter character class, the ability for a player to kill another without restrictions, and increased gore. But other than that – Totally Cool. Check it out at: http://videoutopia.smartvideochannel.com/media/playvideo.aspx?f=flash7&cid=28D323DD11C14FDB9BDCF21BC876A1F1&v=mostviewed
I will admit it, I started playing WoW – from a commercial. But not just any commercial, I saw it from a clip of a cult classic movie – Office Space. The commercial got me so intrigued that I was like – wow, I can try this for free? Why not give it a shot! So I started playing, and actually come to think of it – that was 2 years ago today! Yup, thats right my little Druid is 2 years old. Anyway, I am heddging bets that most of you, if you watch any cable television, have seen a WoW commercial – and man they have some cool ones now – With people like William Shatner, Ozzy Osbourne, Verne Troyer, Mr T., Jean Claude Van Damme, Steve Van Sandt, and Vic Mignogna – I think that the cult base is growing. Now, I know that these are commercials designed to promote the game – but come on, we have Coke commercials with WoW in them and Toyota Tacoma commercials with WoW in them. World of Warcraft is a cult phenomenon with millions of players and its growing everyday! Ok, wanna see those commercials? So Do I – So I will post em all!
THE ONE THAT GOT ME HOOKED!!
Mr T’s World of Warcraft Commercial
William Shatner’s World of Warcraft Commercial
Verne Troyer (Mini-me) World of Warcraft Commercial
Ozzy Osbourne- World of Warcraft Commercial TV Ad
Steve Van Sandt (Silvio) World of Warcraft Commercial TV Ad
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Posted by Rod Leland on November 26, 2008
Just about everyone nowadays is using the Bittorrent protocol for filesharing. Whether it be to distribute nightly builds of a Linux distro legally, or to “accidentally” obtain software or movies, Bittorrent is arguably the most popular way to share files online. Client software is an important part of the Bittorrent experience and now one of the best clients out there has finally been released for Mac. The μTorrent team (well, guy) has taken three years to code the Intel only Beta, but its here, and its awesome. Download Here: http://mac.utorrent.com/beta/
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Posted by Rod Leland on November 19, 2008
Google has just started rolling out a new feature in Gmail Labs that adds Theme support to gmail. Many add-ons and plugins have added this feature previously and now google themselves have stepped up. For so, so, so many people who use gmail in the browser as an online web-app this is great news. Hopefully Google will add a feature that allows user-submitted themes as well. The rollout has already started but google tends to roll things out slowly to balance server load and detect bugs early on. Check for the Themes tab under settings and if you dont have the setting yet, It should drop soon. Some Samples Via Google:
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Posted by Shannon O'Grady on November 17, 2008
Sweet, cute and moving this game will melt your heart
I’ve finally managed to come up for air! Temproarily anyway. My room is bathed in the scent of geek, my clothing hasn’t been changed in 3 days, nor have I showered since I rented this game.
And it’s all been worth it.
Eternal Sonata originally hit the XBOX 360 in 2007 as one of the first RPG’s for the system. It recieved HUGE success and was eventually re-released for the PS3 with some extra content. I don’t own an XBOX 360 so I’ve patiently waited for Eternal Sonata to drop and when it finally did… I was broke. So I waited patiently again and went and rented it this weekend.
I’ll give you all a review when I’ve finished more of the game (right now I haven’t seen enough of the PS3 only content to make a call on it) but I felt I should explain my absence over the past few days.
What I can say is that so far this is one of the best RPG’s I’ve ever played and it makes my Top 10 for sure. The story is beautiful and deep, the characters are compelling and CUTE, and the combat is BRILLIANT. I’ve been playing this mostly two player (yes, an RPG that can have up to 3 players) with my roomate and we’ve both concluded that this is one of the best combat systems we’ve ever played.
Anyway, I’ll get to a review of this later. Until then I’ll try to remember to shower and such between battles.
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