Interview with Bluebear from World of Warcraft

Posted by | December 8, 2013

via MMO Anthropology on YouTube.


Interview: The Fall of Nesingwary, World of Warcraft’s Server Merge Woes

Posted by | December 5, 2013

via MMO Anthropology on YouTube.


Blizzard Hacked: North American Players Change Your Passwords!

Posted by | August 10, 2012

In what seems like an unexpected turn of events, Blizzard had their user database hacked into and some of the confidential user data exfiltrated—although Blizzard is quick to point out that financial information was not touched, so your credit cards are safe. What the hackers did get access to, however, happens to be e-mails, encrypted passwords, and the answers to security questions. As a result, it’s time for you to change your passwords people. Kyt Dotson over at SiliconANGLE has the nitty gritty details on tap.


World of Warcraft Midsummer Fire Festival and Fourth of July After Action Report

Posted by | July 5, 2012

World of Warcraft celebrates the summer equinox with blazing cyan fires, tossing torches, and fireworks! Much like the United States – well, except for the cyan fires and the torch tossing.

“This festival takes akin to a multitude of European-based midsummer festivals that celebrate the summer solstice, or the passing of the sun from its highest point in the sky. In many agrarian cultures, the primary sprouting and and sowing season of spring has ended and now the summer growth is preparing the crops for the next few months and harvest. As a result, a great deal of work has been done and there’s more to come.

“So many of these celebrations involve celebrating the work done for the community and enjoy the warm weather.

“In Warcraft, this holiday reflects this


Patent Trolls Sting World of Warcraft Over Virtual Worlds

Posted by | April 9, 2012

Worlds Inc. has filed suit against Activision-Blizzard over the use of technology that fits with patents the received last decade entitled "System and Method for Enabling Users to Interact in a Virtual Space." This is one of six patents the company owns involving the interaction of players in highly immersive 3D spaces.

Worlds Inc. has alleged that multiple titles from the game publisher violates their patents such as World of Warcraft and Call of Duty.

"Technologies created by Worlds have helped the businesses of virtual worlds gaming and the sale of virtual goods to grow into a multi-billion dollar industry," said Worlds Inc. CEO Thom Kidrin. "While we are pleased to see that the gaming industry and its rapidly growing customer base have enthusiastically embraced our patented technologies, we deserve fair compensation for their use."

Worlds Inc. previously sued and NCSoft over their MMO title City


It’s a City of Heroes Christmas and who doesn’t miss the Level Lord

Posted by | January 4, 2012

Back in the early days of MMORPGs—and those days it was 2004—the MMOs started to realize that people wanted more to do than just new content involving episodes and new villains and higher level caps. Instead, MMO companies discovered that people wanted to experience in-game what happened to them outside in the global culture. So City of Heroes added the Winter Event.

With that winter event came some unexpected bugs…currently best described in the most recent MMO Anthropology article,

By far the most amusing phenomena that rose out of the original 2004 Winter Event in City of Heroes happened to be the city-region bosses the Winter Lords. These were gigantic snowmen appearing about ten stories tall, textured as if made entirely out of snow, with icicle noses.


Celebrating Christmas in World of Warcraft With the 2011 Feast of Winter’s Veil

Posted by | December 24, 2011

World of Warcraft has a winter celebration that affects both Alliance and Horde that involves the winter holidays. The Feast of Winter’s Veil involves a great deal of traditions taken from the Western celebration of the winter holidays and that primarily of Christmas. Such icons appear as the Abominable Greench – the Grinch of Dr. Seuss’s work added to the abominable snowman – Metzen the reindeer who is an echo of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer – and even Greatfather Winter – an analogue to Santa Claus.

The orcs in Orgirmmar set up a Yule tree covered with decorations, holly and mistletoe are handed out to revelers who then can use that to make their mount into a reindeer. Gimmick gifts abound that allow the production of …


After 5 Years “Serenity Now Bombs World of Warcraft Funeral” Still Speaks to the Ethics of Griefing in Video Games

Posted by | December 20, 2011

Jerks are ubiquitous in the video game community and PvP servers additionally self-select for their sort of behavior.

It’s impossible to have a community the size of World of Warcraft and not having at least one guild willing to ruin someone else’s day on any single shard that permits PvP. In this case, a Horde guild holding an in-game funeral learned the hard way that when you stand around in no armor, in a contested zone, a small band of people can totally bring ruin and sorrow onto you. And also, at the same time, many people condemned the actions of the attackers of taking advantage of the ritual.

In the end, Serenity Now got their "fifteen minutes of fame," but Fayejin — the dead PvP player memorialized in the "bombed"


Interview with World of Warcraft’s Master Rogue Fiveshot

Posted by | December 12, 2011

Fiveshot is an avid poster to YouTube –visit his channel gregory06– and also a World of Warcraft player. Through his activity in MMO games — such as WoW, League of Legends, Modern Warfare 3, and others — he has made use of YouTube to deliver a cross-section of his experience and others.

The interview highlights the social aspects of MMO gaming but also reveals how YouTube changes or enhances that experience. He has gained quite a following and many of his videos reveal a great deal of comments. These are individuals who may play only one or two of the games that he takes footage from; but they’re all coming together on YouTube to comment.

Community-wise, games like WoW and such do not have a forum …


Tavelogue Azeroth: The Darkmoon Faire and Patch 4.3 The Hour of Twilight

Posted by | December 5, 2011

The Darkmoon Faire had some upgrades come World of Warcraft patch 4.3 and now it has its own island. With the advent of the Hour of Twilight patch, you can now visit the Faire out in their strange recesses–but you can’t fly there–and there’s a great deal of weird things going on.

Get tokens, get shot out of a cannon, have your fortune read.

A lot of things for any anthropologist to get up to.


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