Say hello to WoW meets Mushroom Kingdom, a fan-art video series by David Stonecipher. Looks like Mario isn’t just a plumber - he’s also a druid! Or well, transformed into a druid. But it’s not only Mario. Bowser turns into a warrior, which I think is very fitting considering his heavily armored image. Those shoulder spikes he is wearing looks super heavy. There’s also Luigi the Paladin! And Toad the Shaman, which has got to be my favorite. That little mushroom head gets Bowser like equipment, topped with it’s very own, pipe / venus fly-trap totem. I can keep going, the list goes on and on. But why don’t I let you see for yourself, so I don’t ruin the fun for you. More »
Did you hear the one about how guys who play videogames can’t get a date? Or the one about how all gamers are socially-inept manchildren who can’t make contact with girls if they tried? How about the one where girls apparently don’t play videogames? All these implied messages and more are included with the all-new, all-exploitive, stereotype-reinforcing services of GameCrush - the online E-Escort services that charges $8.25 and all of your dignity, per game. More »
Not all news relating to World of Warcraft has to do with morbid obesity, teenagers with poor social skills, and video game addiction. The media often reports sensationalized stories on MMOs when they need an easy target to pick on. But I seriously doubt they can put a negative spin on the $1.1M donation Blizzard Entertainment made to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. More »
In China, internet addiction is taken seriously. While pretty much everywhere else you’re welcome to waste away in front of a computer playing WoW, it’s your business. The Chinese government, though, sees internet addiction as a legitimate medical disorder and steps are being taken to help cure this problem. Steps like banning teens from internet cafes, and implementing time limits into MMOs. When all that fails, parents can always send their WoW-obsessed kid to an Internet Addiction boot camp.
How effective are these boot camps? So effective, apparently, that they not only relieve the kids of their virtual lives, but also of their real lives.
That’s right. These boot camps can kill. More »
In this modern day and age, the real world and the virtual one (or the virtual ones, anyway) are meshing in increasingly weird ways. Take the case of Alfred Hightower, a man wanted for drug dealing in the States. A fugitive from the law, he was being hunted by the US Marshalls and one Howard County Sheriff, Matt Roberson; but after a warrent was issued in 2007, he skipped the country, and the police had no idea where he was.
It all started ten years ago. I was a young impressionable lad. I walked over to my cousin’s house to play some Goldeneye or Star Fox on the Nintendo 64. He wasn’t in his usual permanently-indented sofa position, but I could hear noise in his room. I walked in to find a brand new PC and his eyes glued to the screen. “Everquest”. At that point I had no idea what was going on, but I knew I had to have it. More »
On November 12, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 sold 7 million copies, making it the best selling video game of all time.
Why am I mentioning this? Because in the last Fanboy Feud, Jeff seemed to have been stuck on the fact that World of Warcraft is the best MMORPG because it was the first. Modern Warfare 2 (emphasis on the TWO) is not the first shooter game. It is not even the first game in its series. Yet it managed to beat out every other game when it came out.
Think about that for a moment. More »
I’ll go ahead and tell you how pumped I was for this MMO titled World of Warcraft before I even got to play it. I remember installing it on my computer for the first time only to realize that my computer did not meet the graphics requirement of WoW in 2004. Deprived from what would later consume over 3 and 1/2 years of my life, I spent the next half year waiting for my new computer (that I bought just to play WoW with) and reading the strategy guide everyday. I probably ran through that book over 10 times.
Sad right? But what is it that makes WoW a game that someone like me would be willing to go so far for? Rather, the question should be, what doesn’t make WoW a game that gamers would be willing to go over the edge for? Here’s my side of the feud More »
What? World of Warcraft Where? Anaheim, CA. Prizes? Over $15,000 in cash, three HP Firebird computers, and a chance to compete in January Who? Here’s the exciting part (other than the HP Firebird computers)
The official list of WoW teams that will be competing have been released by MLG, and after watching the games from last year, some of the returning teams sound are very familiar, and I’m truly excited and can’t wait to watch More »