Jul 06

With Bioware’s hit MMORPG The Old Republic on the horizon, many of us will find ourselves subscribing and playing with hundreds of people worldwide. Sure there will be Jedi’s, Boba Fett wannabes and assassins but there will also be social exchanges, vented chat and run-ins with attractive people. Communication will range from text, to live chat, to real life meetings, depending on how close you get to other players. Of course with interaction comes attraction and from attraction comes the urge to bump uglies. One thing that I’ve always wondered was whether virtual sex was considered cheating as much as real, physical sex is. The C Word aka Erotic Role-Playing Editors Note: For you non-gamers reading “cyber” or “ERP – Erotic Role-playing” is when you use text or voice chat to play out a sexual encounter with a stranger in the game… Having played many… [Read more]

Jul 01
The future of MMORPGs and Addiction

The problem with MMORPG’s is that like alcohol and drugs, they are a fun outlet for people with addictive personalities to latch unto. The way to avoid getting hooked online is to keep ambition out of your gameplay 100%. Let me elaborate on this premise a bit, while there are realistic goals and ridiculous goals, the fact that you place goals on a game that you play daily with real people, you will risk obsession in attaining them. If your goal is to make level 80 and that’s it then wonderful, but if your goal is to become the most elite warrior on your server at level 80 then you have opened up a new can of worms. Goals Lead to Addiction (Full Set of Armor) When you have lofty goals that take grinding to attain ie: a full set of matching armor, pvp prowess… [Read more]

Jun 09

Once in a while a fluff television show will become popular and if it resembles anything real it will also lead to a lot of misinformed people believing it to be actuality. Almost daily my friends talk about the match-ups on Spike Tv’s Deadliest Warrior, which is a hit show where three nerds gather around a room full of cool devices and argue over who would beat who. This would be fine if they didn’t go to the extents that they do to prove/disprove inaccurately who would win in a given match-up. For entertainment the show is brilliant, bringing together old nerdy arguments such as Ninja versus Pirate (this hasn’t really happened yet) or Apaches versus Gladiators. The danger in the show is the fluff antics that make the arguments seem legit. To the casual viewer, a Ninja fighting a Spartan and losing makes perfect… [Read more]

Apr 20

Have you ever heard about these freaks who get married after meeting one another on a game such as Everquest, World of Warcraft or Age of Conan? You probably think to yourself well they’re both losers so they probably don’t care what each other looks like as long as they have someone to love. The thing is, hooking up off of a game isn’t so freaky at all, and contrary to popular belief, most people playing online games aren’t losers. They’re your military personnel, your school teachers, your CIO’s and sometimes even your wife/husband. The draw to these games beyond that of the standard single player RPG, is the dynamic element of human interactivity. While the competitive types can kill each other for rewards in a PVP (Player versus Player) environment, others can just play against the environment while making friends and forming bonds. The… [Read more]

Mar 17

Nerd is such a broad term isn’t it? And like most broad terms and generalizations for a subset of people it can be very easy to paint the good members of the group with the same angry brush that is meant for the bad members. Lately I have been making it a routine to visit the local bookstore since it gets me out of the office and allows me to concentrate on my writing. This past Saturday I was most unlucky to be in the vicinity of a loud group of obnoxious “nerds” who recited lines from Ice Age – snorting uncontrollably and making everyone pay for their jokes. I am sure that within their circle this was great fun, but for everyone else it was unbearable. Luckily I was saved by a pair of earbuds and a volume setting that worked. Another time I… [Read more]

Jan 21

There seems to be this misconception that the quieter, more introverted section of our society is somehow the nicest. While some people may seem polite at face value, or intelligent and innocent, there are many who are the deepest sexists, racists and homophobes when they have the luxury of anonymity and a “safe” setting. Of course I am referring to the sub-culture of people who we call nerds. Now many of you have not known a good amount of “nerds” in your lifetime–and when I say “a good amount” I am speaking of 10+ different people with different personalities—so let me elaborate on who I am referring to with that nasty four letter word. Nerds come in a large variety beyond what you’ve seen on shows like The Big Bang Theory; you have your Sci-Fi nerds, your sports geeks, your video game nerds, anime otakus… [Read more]

Nov 03

So what is the future of fighting games? Street Fighter 4 has jump started the genre by bringing back veterans of the old series and attracting new blood to the competition. With the next installment being released soon, the upsurge can only continue to build until like it’s predecessors it dies down until the 5th sequel. But it worries me that only a few games are viable as true winners in the fighting game genre. Offhand I think Street Fighter, Tekken and Soul Calibur when people ask “which fighting games should I be playing?” Sure you hobbyist gamers will jump on the new Guilty Gear clone or SNK niche title but is it worth it when you log into the network and find only 5 French guys qeued up to challenge you? (Cough KoF 12). When Marvel vs Capcom 2 was anounced, the nostalgia and… [Read more]

Oct 22

It still baffles my mind to this day as to why Star Wars Galaxies and Everquest (though not so much) are the only MMORPG (Massive Multiplayer Online Roleplaying Game) to cater successfully to different types of gamers. There is a continuous stream of newer, prettier MMO games being released yearly, yet they all offer the same crap in a different shell. They are one-dimensional, RPGs (minus the RP) that are meant as time-sinks to attract the loyal wave of MMO gamers who will swoop in, max out their levels and fly away to play something else. It’s a vicious cycle of the same thing in and out. The typical MMORPG assumes that every player is interested in being a hero. This is incorrect on many fronts, not everyone wants to be King Arthur, Conan the Barbarian or Legolas. Some players are quite fine being a… [Read more]