Howdy chumps! I've been pretty busy this last week, doing some important game design studies. I apologize for the temporary "content drought." Here's some stuff to keep you occupied for several minutes.
Farewell to digitalBYOND: http://www.byond.com/members/ DigitalBYOND?command=view_post&post=42598
Funny ASCII art on Dungeon Crawlers: http://www.byond.com/members/ DungeonCrawlers?command=view_post&post=42577
Dark secrets of the Chinese MMORPG (via http://www.penny-arcade.com/2008/5/5/): http://www.danwei.org/electronic_games/ gambling_your_life_away_in_zt.php
MADD vs. Rockstar: http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/ 83597-MADD-Decries-GTA-IV-Drinking-and-Driving
...As the link points out, MADD may be barking up the wrong tree here. The game actually does a good job, IMHO, of making real-life drunk driving unappealing, by several methods: it makes walking, and driving, difficult; falling down on the sidewalk (which is inevitable) causes damage; your character vocally questions his own judgment if he gets into a vehicle while drunk; police give chase when they spot drunk drivers; and the visual effects may cause real-life seasickness.
But my favorite educational feature in GTA IV is that it makes the player wear a nice outfit to attend weddings and funerals. Can GTA IV heal the societal damage caused by two generations of slobs? Only time will tell!
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