Greedmonger, WoW in the Senate, EVE Bodybuilder, and more

by on November 7, 2012


It’s time, I think, for Random Stuff – the cool, interesting posts or stories that don’t have a specific thread between them. Here we go!

  • Chris at Level Capped looks at the Kickstarter for a non-combat MMO called Greed Monger“In reality, there’ll be a land rush where those who get in early and pay the most set up camp in the most desirable locations, bringing along their friends to circle the wagons around the best resources. Anyone coming in later, or without a support group, will be limited to the dregs of the land, locked out of opportunities controlled by the land barons who are more interested in extortion than in creating a greater community.”
  • Keen argues that the price of an MMO subscription is almost never what stops us playing it” Blizzard still charges $15 a month for WoW because they are not competing on price. $60 boxes still release every Tuesday, and some sell multiple millions. Be unique, develop a reputation, improve, or find some way to differentiate. “
  • Rowan Blaze gives us the tremendously exciting news that an MMORPG player is now a US State Senator in Maine.
  • CNN brings us an entertaining story of a man who became inspired to start bodybuilding by his EVE character“Brand loyalty is one of the reasons Dickinson first decided to shape up. During his trip to the 2009 “EVE Online” FanFest, real life hit him smack in the face. Walking into the convention, he didn’t feel like Roc. He felt like a stereotypical geek, surrounded by other stereotypical geeks.”
  • And Zubon cautions us that just because an event was fun with friends, that doesn’t mean that the fun came from the event, rather than the friends“Just because you had a good time does not mean that it was good. “So bad it’s good” is still bad.”

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{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

rowan November 7, 2012 at 9:23 pm

Hey now, I distinctly said she’d been elected to the Maine *State* Senate. ;)

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Hugh Hancock November 7, 2012 at 10:56 pm

Ah – non-USian here, I assume that’s something quite different?

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Balkoth November 7, 2012 at 11:37 pm

There’s a national senate and then each of the 50 states has a senate. She was elected to the latter (which is far less prestigious, but still important).

Keen has a good point as well. If you average playing an MMO one hour a day, you’re basically paying $0.50 an hour per month. Most arcade games cost $0.75-1.00 for a few minutes!

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Magical Master November 7, 2012 at 11:38 pm

Also, Hugh, do you check the messages sent using the “Contact Us” link?

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Hugh Hancock November 8, 2012 at 9:55 am

I do, yes – have I missed one?

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Magical Master November 8, 2012 at 6:17 pm

Yes, from balkothgreymane at gmail dot com.

Which, interestingly enough, appears to be banned from posting here or something? Any post under that name/email will not show up. Why is that?

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Hugh Hancock November 8, 2012 at 6:32 pm

Hmm. My guess is that the email address is somehow flagged as spam with Akismet -we’ve seen this problem before. I’ve just checked, and indeed, your comments were auto-flagged as spam. I’ve recovered them, and they should now be visible.

That would also explain what happened to your comment form email.

My recommendation would be to get in touch with Akismet and explain the situation – they’ll unflag you fairly rapidly.

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Balkoth November 8, 2012 at 7:27 pm

All right, thanks. Feel free to delete the duplicate comment up top.

And unfortunately it feels a little like “too little, too late” for the comment a few days ago. I realize it’s not your fault, but the odds of anyone reading it now is probably pretty low.

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