SOPA And MMORPGs, LoTRO costume contest concludes, and more

In today’s link column, we’re seeing the start of a subject I expect to occupy much of next week – the potentially disasterous US SOPA controversy. Plus, a fantastic fashion contest in LoTRO concludes, and more!

  • If you’ve not read about SOPA, you should learn about it – it’s potentially disasterous for the Internet as a whole. MMOCrunch lists the gaming companies who still support the Act – and they’ve cancelled their SWTOR account in protest. Meanwhile, the Firefall beta is shutting down for a day to protest SOPA.
  • Three of the top LoTRO fashion blogs teamed up for a winter fashion contest, and the winners – from hundreds of entries – have been announced
  • Lono at Screaming Monkeys is pleased to see that Bioware are firmly on the side of server-only instance grouping“. There is huge social pressure to not be a jerk that goes away when the odds that you will never see these people again is high.”
  • And Syl at Raging Monkeys (yep, it’s a monkey-heavy post today) finds that the very things we complained about in older games are what give Minecraft its unique appeal“In many ways, the features I’ve listed as Minecraft’s virtues would’ve been considered weaknesses and difficulties 10 years ago. Back then, all we ever shouted for was to remove the “frustrating aspects”: the long walks, the randomness, the imbalance, the punishment. “

We’re considering going dark for a day to raise awareness of SOPA, on January 18th – do you think we should?