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n00b World Reorder, part 4 —

(This is the fourth part of an ongoing series of skientific infestigations into the physics, chemistry and biology of Azeroth, the world known as ‘of Warcraft’. This will probably be gibberish unless you have read part 1, part 2 and part 3 first.) The ecology of Azeroth, part 2 The strangest aspect of the animal […]

n00b World Reorder, part 3 —

(This entry is the third part of a continuing quasi-scientific investigation into the nature of Azeroth, the world better known as “of Warcraft”. Here we move on from geophysics to study the local ecology. Part 1 and Part 2 of the series are still online.) The ecology of Azeroth is perplexing. In addition to the […]

Hearthstoning the discussion —

If you’ve been commenting to my last few blog posts on the World of Warcraft, or you have a scientific hypothesis of your own about the nature of Azeroth and how it came to be that way, or you have too much time on your hands and enjoy thinking about stuff that doesn’t make sense, […]

n00b World Reorder, part 2 —

(This is a continuation of the essay started here and synopsised on video here.) I note that my previous post has sparked some academic debate in certain circles relating to the validity of my research techniques and data. Therefore before we embark into a new area of discussion, I must address some of the comments […]

n00b World Reorder, part 1 —

The text that made up my Interesting 08 talk ‘Brave n00b World’ was part of a much longer document that I’ve been working on for a while. I’m not sure it’s ready for primetime—I’m not sure it’s ready for anything—but to catch the tide of interest in the video, here’s the first part of it. […]

Brave n00b World —

Roo Reynolds, the man behind Lego is Full of Win, not only videoed my presentation ‘Brave n00b World’ at Interesting 08 but has Done Computers to it and made it available on the internest. Lo! I was originally going to call it ‘The World of the World of Warcraft’, but the Onion beat me to […]

Praise the Lord and pass the MMO —

Raph Koster has been talking recently about RMT (real-money trading, or buying in-game items and currency for actual cash, often from gold-farmers) in MMORPGs. And beyond the basic principle of ‘It’s not FAIR!’ I really don’t see what the problem is. That doesn’t mean there isn’t a problem. But the real impact of RMT to […]

Shatner plays Horde! —

These two Blizzard commercials are all over the blogosphere and, no doubt, US TV channels as well. They’re your basic celebrity endorsement. SFX: OMG OMG here comes the n00bs endless September all over again. No, I don’t think so. Are these commercials to bring new people to World of Warcraft, or to get existing players […]

Moving worlds —

I’ve just migrated my WoW character to a new server (Nordrassil, fast becoming the hangout of choice of a certain sector of the UK’s gaming creatives, he says modestly). This is a process that costs £15 and takes, Blizzard warns you severely, five days. Not up to five days, not as long as five days, […]