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EVE Online boss questions glut of fantasy MMOs

EVE Online boss questions glut of fantasy MMOs - EVE Online boss Hilmar Veigar Petursson has
questioned developers that create World of Warcraft clones,
suggesting there are plenty of other genres to
exploit.
[GamesIndustry.biz news]

Gosh, I dunno, maybe he's right. If only some other dev had said something, sooner! I feel so irresponsible. I feel like we've done the MMO genre a disservice by not seeing this problem, earlier! Thank god for visionaries like Mr. Petursson! Where would we be without them?!

...alright, I'll stop. Read more»

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Gamers want shorter, better games - Dyack

Gamers want shorter, better games - Dyack - "I don't care how good the game is," Silicon
Knights president Denis Dyack tells gi.biz, "I don't want to
play something that's one hundred hours long."
[GamesIndustry.biz news]

Well, if nothing else, I suppose it's good to know what Denis Dyack doesn't want to play... Read more»

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When the music stops, the rest is silence...

Student Arrested for Making Videogame Map of School - tanman writes "A student at the Houston-area Clements High School was arrested, sent to an "Alternative Education Center" and banned from graduation after school officials found he created a video game map of his school. School district police arrested the teen and searched his home where they confiscated a hammer as a 'potential weapon'. ' "They decided he was a terroristic threat," said one source close to the district's investigation.' With an upcoming May 12 school board election, this issue has quickly become political, with school board members involved in the appeal accusing each other of pandering to the Chinese community in an attempt to gain votes."

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

[Slashdot Updates]

I have a hard time expressing myself here, there's a lot of inarticulate rage involved due to past baggage that has nothing to do with video games. So, while I close my eyes and think of England for a moment, why don't you read the article.

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The Great Jack Thompson Conspiracy

Please understand when you read this, that this was written with my tongue planted firmly in cheek and my tin-foil Napoleon hat cocked at a raucous angle. This is satire.

This is the story of what's Really Going On, the RGO of the industry arch-nemesis and champion for constrained speech, Jack Thompson... Read more»

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The enemy within - what RUSH knew about MMOs before I did.

The guys at work will make fun of me if they read this, but I'm a RUSH fan. I saw them on R30, Test for Echo, Counterparts, Roll the Bones and even on the Presto tour. I've been a fan of theirs since I was in high school. I admit it.

So why am I flying my old nerd flag so proudly? Because as I was listening to some Rush today I started laughing at the lyrics to a particular song. Neal wrote my MMO anthem, and even named it appropriately.

It's The Enemy Within from their Grace Under Pressure album.

Check out this lyric:
I'm not giving in, to security under pressure.
I'm not missing out on the promise of adventure.
I'm not giving up on impossible dreams; experience to extremes.
Experience to extremes.

That's how I play MMOs. Let me explain: Read more»

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