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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...

Are 'NCIS' Writers Part of a Conspiracy to Troll Gamers?

We're more than used to (and frequently annoyed by) the gross misrepresentations of technology and videos games on TV and in movies, but 'NCIS' has gone to new heights by failing to even approximate reality in this scene that's supposedly about MMORPGs. We just hope this Reddit commenter is right that it's all part of a massive conspiracy by TV writers to troll nerds....

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...

'World of Warcraft' Virtual Horse Nets $2 Million in Just Four Hours

According to 1UP.com, a new virtual horse generated about $2 million in sales within four hours of being made available to 'World of Warcraft' users at the Blizzard Pet Store. By Thursday at 6:30 p.m. EST, according to WoW.com, nearly 140,000 nerds had purchased a 'Celestial Steed' (which costs $25 and offers no extra abilities) like it was going out of style. So what would make a person purcha...

South Korea Enforces Ban on Late-Night Online Gaming Sessions

In South Korea, marathon late-night gaming sessions may soon become a thing of the past. According to The Korean Herald, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism has enforced a video game curfew for teenagers. It's an effort to curb game addiction in a country where, according to Huffington Post, a recent survey of over 1,500 public school students found that about 29-percent showed signs of ad...

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 ...

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 De...

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...

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 a...

'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.' W...

Are Companies Screening Applicants for 'Warcraft' Players?

At least one HR worker in the online media business has been instructed to screen applicants for 'World of Warcraft' players, according to Massively. Raph Koster spied an account of this hiring practice on the f13 forum and, soon, gamers erupted into conjecture. According to the recruiter in question, his superiors informed him that "'WoW' players cannot give 100-percent because their focus is ...

Celebrities Play 'World of Warcraft,' Too

Playing too much 'World of Warcraft' got you feeling alone, unhappy, perhaps even a slight touch depressed? Well worry no longer! There are people with plenty of better things to do who share your addiction. You know -- celebrities. The list is pretty diverse, ranging from A-list (Dave Chappelle) to B-list (Jay Mohr) to no known list whatsoever (does Macaulay Culkin actually do anything else?)....

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...

Online Divorce Leads to Avatar Murder, Real Jail Time

We've talked about it a million times, yet people still haven't learned that what you do online has real world consequences. Today's winner is a 43-year-old woman from Japan who's sitting in jail after murdering her online husband's avatar after he suddenly divorced her. The real crime she committed is hacking, as she illegally logged into his account and killed off his character. The woman and...

Virtual Worlds Drag Racism Into the 21st Century

Can racism actually exist in a world inhabited by avatars, such as 'Second Life' and 'World of Warcraft?' Researchers at Northwestern University seem to think so after conducting a series of social manipulation studies. The researchers used two different social manipulation techniques known to work well in the real world. The so-called foot in the door (FITD) approach asks a simple favor of so...