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21st Century Digital … something?

As an update to my previous post, Blizzard/Activision has announced that due to the feedback (and possibly the staggering number of people who cancelled over the issue), that the upcoming Starcraft II forums—and forums in the future—will not require users to post under their real first and last names. You may be seeing tweets or […]

Posted on July 9, 2010 at 14:20 by Frito · Permalink · Comments Closed
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21st Century Digital REDACTED

Blizzard, Real ID and privacy issues. Anyone playing any of the Blizzard properties has probably been hearing the buzz about Real ID. For everyone else, Real ID is the Blizzard social connection tool. It lets you talk to your friends no matter what Blizzard game they are playing, as long as you know the email […]

21st Century Digital Gnome – the 800 Pound Gorilla

World of Warcraft is the 800 pound gorilla, because the developers at Blizzard have found a way to make very nearly every kind of player happy. The most hardcore raiders, the most casual of casuals and most of the rest of us who are somewhere in the middle. It’s not that they’re sitting where ever they want to. It’s more like they’re sitting on everything all at once.

Posted on June 8, 2010 at 00:57 by Frito · Permalink · One Comment
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21st Century Digital Gnome: EVE Online–You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.

EVE Online is a Sci-FI MMO set in space. You zip about the galaxy in your spaceship and do various space things. This description of the game is super-vague because I don’t know very much at all about the game except that it is set in space. Because, you see, I don’t play EVE Online. […]

Posted on May 24, 2010 at 20:10 by Frito · Permalink · One Comment
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21st Century Digital Gnome: The introduction article

This is the introduction column. It’s like that introduction paragraph in role-playing books. Anyone who has opened and read a Player’s Handbook or Player’s Guide or any other basic role-playing game book in the last twenty years has probably read that paragraph about what a RPG is. You know the one.

So what’s in store for you in two weeks when I actually write about something that isn’t an introduction article? I’ll talk about EVE Online – a game I don’t play, don’t want to play, don’t even want to consider playing, and yet absolutely love reading about every chance I can get.

Posted on May 10, 2010 at 20:19 by Frito · Permalink · Comments Closed
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Karen’s Link of the Day: Color perception and names and a whole lot of data about it.

Randall Munroe, the guy behind XKCD, put up a survey on March 1st, asking people to name colors. It was pretty simple, a block of color appeared on your screen and you entered what name you would call it and then moved onto the next color. About 222,000 people participated over a period of about two months. Randall posted […]

Posted on May 5, 2010 at 00:22 by Frito · Permalink · One Comment
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