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Craptivision at it again: More WoW mounts for purchase

I just got sent this link: http://us.blizzard.com/store/details.xml?id=1100001495 25 dollars?  Sigh.  Activision Craptivision strikes again! Worst thing about all this, is that they will make MILLIONS of dollars on this because way too many losers will buy this. So then Activision will do it again, and again, until they completely devalue World of Warcraft and its franchise completely.  (See: Guitar...

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UPDATED: Chinese prisoners are farming virtual gold in online games

UPDATED: Chinese prisoners are farming virtual gold in online games

According to this article in The Guardian prisoners in Chinese jails are being forced by guards to play online games and acquire virtual gold which is then sold to resellers and bought by players all over the world.  The prisoners worked 12 hour shifts to bring in virtual gold. Sure, they beat them if they dropped below quota but comparing playing video games to the usual manual labour forced on Chinese prisoners such as...

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Can playing video games boost your career?

This Yahoo! HotJobs posting indicates that some of the leadership and strategy skills learned through gaming could cross over into your career and make you more successful in business.  I can see how particularly leadership and co-operation heavy games like MMOs could allow players to practice valuable skills online, but can playing WoW boost your career? “We’re finding that the younger people coming into the teams who have...

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Blizzard flip-flops: RealID will not be used on their forums.

Blizzard has changed its mind, and will no longer be publishing your real name along with your posts on its forums.  Mike Morhaime, CEO & Cofounder of  Blizzard Entertainment had this to say today (source): “Hello everyone, I’d like to take some time to speak with all of you regarding our desire to make the Blizzard forums a better place for players to discuss our games. We’ve been constantly monitoring the...

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Blizzard will start posting your real name alongside your posts on its forums.

In a move that stunned many Blizzard has announced that it will start incorporating its Real ID feature that links your game accounts to your battle.net account and displays your real name to posts made on its forums. RealID was recently put into game, and is a good idea but poorly thought out.  There needs to be a way for players who are friends to be able to find each other in game wherever they are and whatever character/server they...

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