Snow Crash, Love, Hate, And Dreams Of Violence – Tuesday Links

Again I see that WoW’s no longer dominating the news today. Indeed, partially bolstered by the total silence from Blizzard on, ooh, anything, we’re looking at another 5050 split today, between the scrappy contender of SWTOR (if a multi-hundred-million-dollar game can be a scrappy anything), and the tired giant WoW.

  • Cynwise writes a fascinating and extremely long post on the future of WoW as a social network“The advantage Warcraft has over Twitter is that you can do stuff with people while talking to them. You can go play a video game with people while chatting with them! You can have a real avatar, one that like moves and talks and walks and can wear clothing and kill Internet Dragons!”
  • Aldous the Boozekin is having a rare moment of sobriety as he discusses how he both loved and hated Firelands because it was so hard – and easy“Dragon Soul is, in my opinion, far easier as a whole than Firelands. I think the majority of players would agree with me here, but I could be wrong. But what exactly is it that makes it so much easier? And is that a good thing or a bad thing?”
  • Gazimoff has hit Level 50 in SWTOR, and wonders if LFD is actually essential for modern endgames“Today the MMO landscape changes at a much faster pace – in six months I could be playing Guild Wars 2, The Secret World or the Mists of Pandaria beta.”
  • And Klepsacovic at Troll Racials Are Overpowered finds that SWTOR’s choices don’t always keep up with their storytelling“Even if I really want to kill him, even if I have already rejected his offer in order to kill him, I cannot kill him. Nope. I am magically compelled to take him on as a companion.”

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