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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 We...

Read This: The Depressing Loneliness of a Video Game Addict

It was a world I could fully understand and control, in marked contrast to the chaos of being a teenager, with a home life ripe with conflicts I could neither escape nor resolve. In the case of my teenage self, and, I suspect, in the cases of many addicts, the world of the game was a private and unassailable refuge from a seemingly hostile world. The Guardian's own Tom Meltzer reflects on his...

FBI Requests Arizona Shooting Suspect's Messages on MMO Board

The Wall Street Journal reports that the FBI has requested 131 messages written by Jared Loughner on the Earth Empires gaming message board. Like many other documents and testimonies recently brought to light, some of the messages help to paint a picture of Loughner as both psychologically tortured and socially wanting. (He began threads with headings like "Would you hit a Handy Cap Child/Adult?" ...

Michael Jackson to Go MMO With 'Planet Michael' Game

The Gloved One may have departed this earthly coil, but his celebrity certainly hasn't. Jacko has found considerable postmortem refuge in video games, from motion-sensing dance contests to zombified iPhone apps. Those games have been bootleg at best, though, so this news should warm the hearts of fans just as it lines the pockets of his estate. In just a matter of months, the world will become 'P...

Gamer Sues 'Lineage II' Developer for Addictive Nature of MMORPG

A Hawaiian man wants NCsoft, a South Korean video game developer, to pay up for neglecting to warn against the addictive nature of its popular MMORPG (Massive Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game), 'Lineage II.' According to Wired, Craig Smallwood claims he is "unable to function independently in usual daily activities" because of his addiction to the online role-playing game. Smallwood claims to...

'Asmandez' Game Marks Iran's Entry into Online Gaming

When it comes to things like human rights and gender equality, Iran still lags behind much of the developed world. But, in terms of online video games, the Islamic Republic appears to be taking significant steps toward modernity. 'Asmandez' (or 'Sky Fortress') is not just another futuristic, sci-fi online game; it's Iran's first. As Game Politics reports, the game is set in a future world in w...

MMO-Obsessed Parents Charged in Death of Infant

Fans of massively multi-player online games (MMOs) frequently receive ridicule for their fervent devotion to online avatars. Rarely do those devoted gamers become so engrossed in their multiple virtual personalities that they face criminal charges, though, let alone negligent death accusations. In a horrific case of Net obsession, a South Korean couple has been charged in relation to the death ...

Virtual Gnome Police Crack Down on Spammer Hucksters in 'EverQuest'

When playing massively multiplayer online (MMO) games, the typical player must spend tens, if not hundreds, of hours fully developing his character, earning a significant amount of in-game currency, and obtaining powerful, rare items and weapons. This often lengthy grind has encouraged some players to buy virtual items and characters from others, via real money transactions -- an act that is exp...

Web Site Pays Porn Queen $500K to Get Company Tattoo

Pervasive advertisements bombard consumers at every turn through Internet pop-ups, e-mails, billboards, buses, the media, and, in increasing amounts, skin. When boxers started printing casino names on their backs for bouts a few years ago, the idea of body ads seemed excessive and transparent. But the tactic has now become prevalent and expected. Goodyear has, in the past, offered a free set of t...

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' (Wo...

Marvel Comics' Massively Multiplayer Game a Go, Again

The on-again, off-again saga of a massively multiplayer online game (MMOG) based on the Marvel comics universe continues as a projected release date has been announced. Fanboys and girls everywhere have been anxiously anticipating this game since details of its inception were released in 2006. After three years of waiting, we've now learned from Marvel and its new partner Gazillion Entertainmen...

US Army Using 'World of Warcraft' to Create Virtual Soldiers?

We've covered some crazy things from the U.S. Army, including telepathic thought-helmets and pledges to be one-fifth robot by 2020. Interesting stuff, for sure, but perhaps a little too far-out for most. While the Army will speak about a number of similarly wacky initiatives in its upcoming Science Conference, one idea will strike fear into the hearts of gamers everywhere: a plan to deploy virt...

Virtual 'Gold Farming' Business Booming in Online Games

New research by the University of Manchester in England has shown that almost 500,000 people in developing nations earn their living wage by making virtual goods in online games to sell to other players. Roughly 80-percent of the industry is based in China, which employs about 400,000 people who earn an average of about $142 per month. "I initially became aware of gold farming through my own ga...

Study Finds Virtual Worlds Offer Good Real-World Lessons for Kids

Online role-playing games are often seen to be detrimental for children -- at best a waste of time, and, at worst, an addictive scourge -- but a new study is showing that this may not necessarily be the case. The study calls one such world "powerful and engaging" for children aged six to 12. The online world, hosted by BBC and called 'Adventure Rock,' is a place designed for kids to go and explore...

Red Sox, Comic Books and Video Games?

A new Massively Multiplayer Online (MMO) game has been announced by a group comprised of what can only be described as an odd selection of celebrities. At the helm is Red Sox rightie Curt Schilling, providing funding for the game. Also on board is toy and comic creator Todd McFarlane of 'Spawn' fame, along with fantasy author R.A. Salvatore, best known for his entries in the 'Forgotten Realms' ...