The Guild – Do You Wanna Date My Avatar

I recently stumbled onto this video dating back to 2009 during my search for articles concerning self-projection in video games. Even though it is a trailer for a web-series, it does breach the surface of self-projection in video games, particularly in MMORPGs.

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5 Interesting Things You Didn’t Know About Warcraft

1. AT&T is involved
As it turns out, World of Warcraft is operated from AT&T data centers world-wide! Some of these places include Stockholm, Sweden and Paris, France!
2. Yes, Mila Kunis likes Warcraft
Lots of celebrities are World of Warcraft fanatics! Some of these individuals include Mila Kunis, Vin Diesel, Hugh Laurie (for all of you House fans out there), and Cameron Diaz.
3. Warcraft has recently gotten political
Maine Democratic senatorial candidate Colleen Lachowicz was controversially known for being an extremely dedicated member of Azeroth. She plays as a level 85 Orc Assassin Rogue, and many questioned if her various blogs concerning Warcraft and open love of the game would hurt her chances for the senate. However, she defeated incumbent Tom Martin in the 2012 senate race! Apparently, Warcraft isn’t just a training ground for future CEOs, but also senators!
Even the current political election is finding its way into Warcraft. Just the other night, I witnessed a heated Jeb vs. Hillary argument occurring on chat, showing that Warcraft can be a place to voice your political opinions as well as kill monsters.
4. Azeroth is a lot bigger than you think.
At the height of its popularity, it’s estimated that the total player population in World of Warcraft was roughly 10-12 million. This is equivalent to the size of:
-Czech Republic
-Belgium
-Greece
-Portugal
-Cuba
-Angola
-Mali
-Sweeden
5. Silence of the Horde?
Warcraft can take on a narrative more like Silence of the Lambs at times, with the Undead race having the ability to eat their victims and regain health. So, yes, cannibalism is possible in Azeroth.

Hope you enjoyed these fun facts I found as we wrap up Warcraft for the year!

Sources:
http://www.mmorpg.com/blogs/Fatality001133/042013/24991_8-Interesting-Facts-You-Might-Not-Know-About-World-of-Warcraft-

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_population_(graphical)

http://www.thewire.com/politics/2012/10/why-world-warcraft-enjoying-political-moment/57610/

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When Death Loses Meaning

I was reading this article today to enlighten my perspective for my proposal and final paper topic. I thought it was an interesting read. Figured I’d share.

http://kotaku.com/when-death-loses-meaning-in-a-video-game-1686513474

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What’s the Deal with DPS?

I tasted playing DPS today.  Maybe it’s just how the Monk Damage specialization works, but I found it incredibly boring.  I didn’t see any finesse to it.  Wait for the tank to draw aggro, then just pound the enemies.  Maybe it feels different when you’re a wizard, raining arcane death upon your foes from afar, but as a Monk?  You’re still just punching.

Is there anybody who really likes DPS?  Am I missing something about it?  Has anyone else played multiple specs/roles and have a favorite?

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You have 20 minutes before the sun blows up

I came across this game called Outer Wilds the other day and it reminded me a lot of games like the Stanley Parable and Dear Esther (if anyone was fortunate enough to experience Michal Cohen’s essay at the Literature Conference).  In Outer Wilds, you play as an astronaut who learns who is finally able to launch into space.  You have the freedom to explore as you like, but after twenty minutes the screen is engulfed in flames and you are sent right back to the Earth.

The opening scene in Outer Wilds.

The opening scene in Outer Wilds.

This game, like The Stanley Parable and Dear Esther, is very minimal in terms of the game mechanics offered to the player.  Exploration of the created game world is literally the only action available for the player, yet still offers a captivating experience.  Anyways, I found this pretty interesting and if you want to see more of Outer Wilds check out the link below.

http://boingboing.net/2015/03/18/outer-wilds.html

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Chinese Coca Cola Commercial

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South Park on Point as Always

South Parks take on the war on the imagination.

http://www.cokeandpopcorn.ch/free-watch-south-park-season-11-episode-10-online.php

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