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Level Up Your MMORPG Character Using Developing Economies

Next time you are scoring that amazing Amethyst Helm of Schadenfreude for your Level 38 Warlock Raider (I just made that up, but I hope something like that exists), you may be helping people in developing countries to make some cash. According to the BBC and a report released by the World Bank -- which is apparently now studying the effects of 'World of Warcraft' (PDF) on the economy -- when...

Why Do You Play Games? No One's Quite Sure, But They Still Want to Exploit It

Have you ever paused, in the middle of your sixth hour of 'World of Warcraft,' or during your nineteenth 'FarmVille' till-and-sow, and thought to yourself, "Why do I spend so much time playing video games?" According to a recent New York Times report, the average American logs over 10,000 hours playing computer games by the age of 21, and researchers are starting to explore -- and exploit --...

'World of Warcraft' Aids Police Hunt for Fugitive

These days, the long arm of the law stretches farther than ever, thanks in no small part to the Internet (like the burglar who checked his Facebook account mid-robbery). In fact, if it weren't for 'World of Warcraft,' Howard County Sheriff's Department deputy Matt Robertson might never have found his man. After speaking with several sources, Robertson learned the fugitive he'd been tracking for...

Teen 'Warcraft' Addict Goes on the Run With 42-Year-Old 'Soulmate'

Teenagers have been running away from home since, well, forever. But usually, the runaway is a rebel who's had enough of his parents' rules -- not a nerd who's addicted to 'World of Warcraft.' Leave it to a 16-year-old from the Great North to turn this classic stereotype on its head. According to The Globe and Mail, Andrew Kane, who lives with his mom and dad in Barrie, Ontario, left the house...

Winona Ryder and Depeche Mode Singer Subpoenaed in Stupid 'WoW' Suit

Erik Estavillo has made a name for himself by suing just about every computer and video game company he can get his lawsuit-issuing hands on. First was Sony, over being banned from the PlayStation Network. Then, the professional plaintiff filed suit against Microsoft, seeking $75,000 in restitution for his red-ring-of-death suffering Xbox 360. Later, Estavillo asked Nintendo for $5,000 in damages...

'World of Warcraft' Turns Five

Monday marked the fifth birthday of the most successful, massively multi-player online game in history -- 'World of Warcraft.' 'WoW,' as it's otherwise known, is an expansion of the popular 'Warcraft' franchise, and has become far more successful than publisher Blizzard could have possibly imagined. With more than 12 million subscribers worldwide, 'WoW' is a phenomenon and pop culture icon....

China Blocks Access to 'World of Warcraft'... Again

'World of Warcraft' (WoW) is painfully popular in China. So much so that, out of WoW's roughly 13 million subscribers, 4 million are in China -- almost a third of the company's customer base. Considering the large portion of revenue coming from the psuedo-communist country, WoW publisher Activision Blizzard, is probably having a mini freak-out right now as WoW has again been blocked by the...

Sam Raimi to Direct 'World of Warcraft' Film

Listen close. What's that sound? It's the collective squeal of millions of nerds around the world. This generation's 'Dungeons & Dragons' will finally make its way to the big screen, and, for at least one day, keyboards won't clack and monitors will go black. Variety reports that Sam Raimi will direct the live-action film version of 'World of Warcraft.' Raimi, who also directed 'The Evil...

New 'WoW Pod' Lets You Poop and Play 'World of Warcraft' Simultaneously

Those zany MIT hooligans, with their hi-tech hijinx, are at it again. Although students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology typically reserve their witty ire for fellow geek adversaries at the California Institute of Technology, a group of them recently directed their cerebral shenanigans toward the hardcore devotees of the massively multiplayer online (MMO) game 'World of Warcraft'...

PETA Clubbing (Virtual) Seals in 'World of Warcraft' Protest Campaign

The business of clubbing baby seals for their fur still occurs on a yearly basis, and, as the seal hunting season begins, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) wants you to help protect the cuddly, defenseless cuties by literally stopping baby seal hunters in the act. Well, not quite -- to be more specific, it wants your 'World of Warcraft' ('WoW') alter ego to take up arms on...

When Gamers Die, What Happens to Their Online Personas?

It may seem odd to consider the fate of a real person's virtual life after that person dies, but the topic is one of interest and importance to thousands of gamers around the world. The relationships forged between gamers in virtual worlds, like Blizzard's popular 'World of Warcraft' game, often transcend the medium and become real-life, meaningful connections that need tending, in both life...

Study: 'World of Warcraft' as Addictive as Cocaine

According to a Swedish youth organization study, 'World of Warcraft' is the most addictive game on the planet. Which is cool if you're a gamer and immune to such things, but decidedly less cool if you're an addict who hasn't gotten out of your comfy lounge chair with your laptop balanced precariously on your stomach and pizza delivery boys routinely making sure you don't die of starvation for...

'World of Warcraft' and Other MMOs Taken Off Australian Shelves

In Australia, if a video game doesn't have an Australian Office of Film and Literature Classification (OFLC) rating, typically, it's not carried on store shelves. Similarly, if a game has anything over an MA15+ rating (suitable for children 15 and up), it's also not carried in stores. The exception? A number of massively multiplayer online games, including the one and only 'World of Warcraft.' ...

Teen Threatens Suicide Over 'World of Warcraft,' Gets Arrested

Last Monday, in a live chat with an employee of Blizzard Entertainment, a seventeen-year-old boy in Fairfield, Ohio threatened to kill himself over frustrations with 'World of Warcraft,' MyFox Springfield learned from the Middletown Journal. In response, the Blizzard representative immediately traced the boy's IP address and notified local police, who promptly showed up at the boys' house....

'World of Warcraft' Restaurant Opens in China

Balancing reality and virtual worlds can be a problem for some gamers, but one Beijing restaurateur is hoping it leads to a booming business with his 'World of Warcraft'-themed eatery. Geeks need to eat too, right? The entrance to the restaurant is a recreation of the Dark Portal, the intro animation from 'WoW: The Burning Crusade.' Once you get inside, the walls are lined with pictures and TVs...