Links

Lots of bloggers have posted reactions to Mythic’s news of last Friday, and we’re grateful to all of you for letting us know that we’re not alone in how we feel. Keen takes a balanced view, as does Syp@Waaagh with some reservations. Michael at MMOGnation is disappointed and wonders if EA were connected. Snafzg@The Greenskin is angry but Cicadymn also posts an alternate point of view, he’s annoyed with the community’s reaction. The White Tower of Hoeth wonders what was wrong with the cut classes.

Archmagery brings some professional competence to bear and explains why Punkbuster is a good thing.

First in a series of articles on videogamer.com is a developer diary from David Petit about guilds.

E3 is upon us, prepare by playing Massively’s Bingo!

Cicadymn over at The Greenskin is posting an awesome set of guides to gods in Warhammer Online. Here’s a link to the Sigmar one (remember, we love Order here), but even the Chaos ones have been an interesting insight in an easy-to-read state.

Google is going into the virtual world business. I’m sure we’ll be hearing a lot more about this. I made a desert island paradise with lots of lava lamps. Keen has been keener (I slay myself!) and opened his room up for chat.

Not only Google, but Asda. It’s not THAT Asda (for non-Brits: Asda is the store owned by Wal*Mart over here, and is primarily a food store with added homewares and clothes). In another example of why localisation matters and words can have different resonances all over the world, I bring you the Asda MMO which has just gone into beta.

Would playing shoot-em-ups help girls be better at science and engineering? A report claims yes, because it helped girls perform better in a test which involved spotting a dot flashing for 1/100 of a second. And …? Oh, and that’s it.

Gamasutra has an article about how 50+ gamers approach video games. Don’t laugh, it’ll be all of us one day πŸ˜› It includes such gems as “I’d love to play a game about swimming, or how about property restoration? That would make a great subject.” Well maybe they’ll be happy with Ubisoft’s version of Hell’s Kitchen complete with computerised Gordon Ramsay.

The BBC has a long interview with Sir Clive Sinclair (one of the pioneers of personal computers in the UK) about lots of things but mostly his thoughts on the modern computing industry.

Games Industry whines, gets some cash out of the UK government.

Future have just launched What MMO which will be distributed free with titles such as PC Gamer, PC Format, PC Zone and Windows Vista: The Official Magazine. It’s also freely available online as an ezine. Yay for free stuff (are you listening GOA/Mythic/Games Workshop!? ;p)

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6 Responses

  1. Asda MMO – kill 4 rats in the store room. Collect three loaves of white bread avoiding slow-moving pensioners. Locate most cost effective laundry detergent. Trap shop-lifter by judicious use of lemonade bottle.
    You know, it could work.. πŸ™‚

  2. hehe!

  3. Thanks for the links to MMOG Nation, but err, my name is Michael. πŸ™‚

  4. hehe, it’s 6am, on a sunday.. I’ve edited it πŸ™‚

  5. I would like to put on the record, here and now, in front of God, Arbitrary and the internets, that I Cicadymn

    Am a man.

    ❀

  6. edited again, and I would never reveal whether me or spinks wrote that bit since it’s joint authored!

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