Concerned with the amount of time his son was playing online video games, a father in China hired gamers to hunt down and repeatedly assassinate his son’s World of Warcraft character in an effort to dissuade him from playing.
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Well, that was quick.
After less than a year, Electronic Arts has opened Star Wars: The Old Republic’s doors to the free-to-play masses. Thought to be a possible World of Warcraft killer prior to its release, the game never surpassed 2 million active subscribers. Like most MMOs, BioWare’s critically-acclaimed, story-driven MMORPG subscription numbers dwindled as fickle gamers saw a squirrel or something.
Now, like The Lord of the Rings Online and Dungeons & Dragons Online before it, Star Wars: The Old Republic will introduce a subscription-free model this fall. Subscription-free players will be able to play until level 50 with a few restrictions. Additionally, BioWare will introduce a secondary currency, in this case “Cartel Coins,” that can be used to jedi mind trick these restrictions away as well as customize gear and access “convenience features.”
Remember all those World of Warcraft commercials from a few years ago featuring different celebrities sharing what kind of character they play in WoW and then asking, “What’s your game”?
Well, a new one aired today during today’s San Diego Charges vs. Chicago Bears football game. And it features Chuck Norris, some of the 2005-esque Chuck Norris “facts’, and guess what: He is a Hunter.
Hit the jump to see the commercial
Longer answer: The team responsible for the protection of Industrial Control Systems (ICS) happens to play WoW with members of the CIA, both groups of which are part of the prior-mentioned National Cyber Security Division.
The Story: Apparently the “Sun of Stuxnet” called “Duqu” has been making rounds in Iran, and it’s the fault of the U.S. that Iran doesn’t have
nukes peaceful energy yet.
[Via Human Events]
I recently described in this post how my feelings and engagement with the World of Warcraft were hindered by the fact that beyond the first several hours of gameplay, nothing about the game resembles a story with an arc or even a hint of a narrative. What you realize you have is just a stat-grinding game that pits you against other players in a competitive Race of the Red Queen to out e-peen each other.
As a former World of Warcraft (WoW), player, I used to really make poor decision about how to spend my time. Fortunately, undergrad doesn’t provide much challenge in the way of Academics (but winning Championship Beer Pong will wreck you!). One of the reasons I was able to get out though was because of the game itself – it simply doesn’t tell a grandiose story very well (or at all as some would argue).
I’d never really spent much time articulating that thought because it seemed no one else really noticed since they were spending their time grinding and stirring up guild drama. But the game lost its appeal after the 3,941st quest or so. With Pulitzer-Quality quest text like the above, it’s strange how anyone could feel that way, but alas! I’m not the only one:
User “eidotrope” at OutDPS.com wrote a great article about the ills of (lack of) Narrative in World of Warcraft, and summarizing it here wouldn’t do it justice. Please go here and give it a read and share the article. More people need to see this. My Hunter has been inactive since January and may forever be forgotten as a failure unless the Narrative in the Mists of Pandaria improves.
“Teams of farmers work around the clock from a base in Northern China. The Times says they have earned over $6 million for their efforts, over half of which has been delivered to North Korean agents in the captial of Pyongyang.
Western sources believe the money generated through these activities is used to help fund North Korea’s nuclear program and Kim Jong-il’s lavish lifestyle”