From the category archives:

Virtual Worlds

SL Basic/Advanced Mode Viewer Review

March 31, 2011

It seems so odd posting about Second Life again, even though that is where all of this whole web 2.0 stuff stated for me, but here it is. The other day I downloaded the latest Beta Viewer for SL which include the initial version of Basic and advanced modes.  There are a lot of things […]

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Second Life and Minecraft

March 27, 2011

This post was inspired by a meeting of the meetup group currently known as Serious Second Life. We were discussing what we are working on and what our involvement currently is in Second Life. For many of us we are less involved in Second Life, while still busy in virtual environments or sometimes simply busy […]

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The Socialification of Games

November 19, 2010

I think by this point the idea of “social networking” and “games” being two separate worlds has melted away with the popularity of casual games on Facebook.  Very few people who use social networking sites have not heard of Farmville or Zynga, even if they don’t play the games themselves.  We also have been seeing […]

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Playing Video Games Can Boost Your Career?

July 21, 2010

A while ago I wrote about “The Gamer Divide” and how I think we are approaching a time when gaming is viewed as normal or even positive, instead of some thing that you might want to avoid mentioning. Just this week Forbes had an article on How Playing Video Games Can Boost Your Career. It […]

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Azeroth Public Radio

May 3, 2010

This morning, listening to the news on the radio, I started pondering what the radio shows in Azeroth would be like. In discussing the idea with Shamir, we decided that the gnomes would run the public radio station. You would have announcements like “This episode brought to you by Sisters of Elune”. Goblin radio on […]

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A Glimpse at Ulduar

October 16, 2009

In the them of virtual worlds and games, today I present a slide show of photos from World of Warcraft.  All of these photos, except the first four are all of a single build, called Ulduar.  It is quite the complex both in size and detail.  I love the amazing mix of styles that can […]

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A Collection of Attention

October 16, 2009

Wednesday was apparently so busy that when I woke up on Thursday I realized that I had not posted. Today has been filled with interesting topics, but also a diverse set of topics. Just to give you an idea of what has caught my attention today here are a few links: First off we have […]

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QT: Augmented Reality

August 14, 2009

When I hear (or read) discussions on augmented reality usually it involves various devices – cool glasses that project data over physical reality, cameras that map physical and virtual onto a screen, and other devices that augment input. The other day I was watching the below TED talk on the Design Genius of Charles + […]

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World of Warcraft Academic Conference

May 16, 2008

This past weekend there was an academic conference in World of Warcraft. When I first heard about the conference I was intrigued by the concept. The topic of the use of virtual worlds for research was intriguing, but even more so I was intrigued as to how the conference would work As many of you […]

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Adventures of the Virtual Sort

April 9, 2008

Before you is a passage. Blocking the passage is a large sign made up of a wide plank with four pendant planks.The top plank invites you to press with the words ‘Install World of WarCraft(tm)’ A small creaking voice of warning is heard ‘don’t press that – turn around! turn around!’. Do you1) Press Install […]

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