Penny Arcade juxtaposes World of Warcraft with Christian mythology

Posted by | August 30, 2010

Remove Sandals (0/2) 

The title of this comic is “Remove Sandals (0/2)”, which is a reference to the World of Warcraft quest goals mechanism. The expectation here is that the bearded character will have to remove both his sandals upon acceptance of the quest from the burning bush in the cartoon.

The cartoon itself is a reference to Christian mythology when a man named Moses meets a god who delivers a message through a burning bush—and, of course, back to the World of Warcraft mechanics, that’s what the yellow exclamation point is all about. The various gods and goddesses of World of Warcraft also deliver quests using this mechanic (the exclamation point, not the bush.)


SyFy’s WCG Ultimate Gamer show a little bit of a dud

Posted by | August 25, 2010

I would like to direct everyone over to an article by Kit Dotson at SiliconANGLE about SyFy Channel’s second season of WCG Ultimate Gamer.

So I watched the second season opener for SyFy’s WCG Ultimate Gamer reality show last Friday. (Starting this autumn, it airs on SyFy channel, Thursday nights at 11pm.) I haven’t had a chance to check out the first season, so as I watched it buffer up on Hulu I expected the staid reality show formula: manufactured drama, Machiavellian political maneuvering, two arbitrarily formed teams, and some sort of single elimination culminating in a walk of shame for some poor schlub at the end of the show. When it came to this angle, SyFy Ultimate Gamer did not disappoint me.

But, much like CrunchGear reviewer, Nicholas Deleon, it did let me down when it came down to pure

Blizzard Real ID fiasco fallout: Escaping ourselves online

Posted by | August 6, 2010

With the Real ID burnout basically over, and Blizzard wisely chose to take the feedback backlash from the community seriously, there’s still some discussion to be had about why that feedback is inherently correct. The implementation of displaying people’s legal names on a forum would have a profound impact on all of the users, in a very negative way.

One especially important aspect of being part of the social community of the Internet is the ability to escape ourselves. While first-world countries have certainly grown into a strange new sense of privacy—the concept of private spaces and private lives—which is all but unheard of in small communities, especially tribal communities, it has actually become paramount in our lives. With employers looking to the web to discover our thoughts and natures, we find sudden necessity in cloaking our personal lives away from our professional lives.

In the programming world,