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Van Hemlock Episode 46
Mon, 6 Apr 2009 10:26:00 GMT [download/play]



We're back with some news, a topic and some of the worse incidental music you'll ever hear. Or the best, depending on your point of view.

This week our topic is the Daedalus Project (http://www.nickyee.com/daedalus/), which for many years has been an amazing study on MMO players but is now sadly in hibernation.

If you want you can leave us a comment at Virginworlds, follow us on twitter as @jonshute and @vanhemlock to send us random comments, ideas and take part in the Friday question or leave us a comment over at iTunes.

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Episode 46 Discussion Thread

'Sam's club' by Bremen
Submitted on 2009-04-06 17:34:58 CST
Sam's club is a chain of very, very large stores that cater to small businesses and large families, selling things in enormous bulk packages at very low prices. They charge an annual membership fee, and according to them atleast, sell the products at cost and book the membership fee as profit. If you want a 50 lbs (~23kg) box of pancake mix at a stunningly low price, Sam's club is the place to go.

The idea of Turbine playing out the novels with expansions makes me want to sign up for LOTRO. What server do you play on again?



'The Role Play Servers' by Riknas
Submitted on 2009-04-06 21:00:11 CST
I see a good deal of importance for the role play servers (And not because I'm a pretentious snob, I'm like that for other reasons). The RP servers purpose (From my experience, and I go to an RP server at all chances, being WoW, AoC, Tabula Rasa, and the Matrix Online (This is including community chosen as well as "official" RP servers) and the big thing I've noticed from my experience is that many of us have a -bit- of pretentiousness because we really just don't want to be with the "w00t l0lz 1337 " people, but also to help us really congregate together in our casual pick up groups, because "hardcore" RPers (Like myself. I think. It's self-proclaimed really) prefer to RP, and -occasionally- talk OOC, rather than vice versa in the average servers. It's just part of the fun to keep the game immersion going for us.

It's kind of hard to maintain your immersion when you abruptly see people in broadcast or trade chat going on with some nonsense just using as many numbers or lolz as they can.



'Turbine MMO Rumor' by Saylah
Submitted on 2009-04-07 01:17:21 CST
There's a rumor that Turbine has been engaged to do a MMO for the Harry Potter IP. Given that they release a console game for each book that coincides loosely with the book releases, makes the idea of their preference for MMO might be a console. Hmm. Could that be the rumored console MMO from Turbine? One can hope. While I found there realization of LOTR in a game boring to play a faithful rendering can't be questioned. As it would need to be geared for a younger audience who isn't likely to deal with riding or walking for 30 minutes, i don't think they'd pull that stuff in a game for HP and would trust them to do it.

Then again, I want to see HP MMO so badly I'm willing to see anyone do it.



'Emotes' by Sentack
Submitted on 2009-04-07 14:45:43 CST
I just wanted to bring up a bit about the CoH magic emote pairing. There's a two part emote pairing (Something City of Heroes does a lot of actually) that shows first someone casting a spell on someone, and then the other person is supposed to fire off the second half of the emote, which turns them into a pumpkin! Then the second person turn back into a person, shrugs and moves on. It's rather hysterical to see played out well.

City of Heroes actually has a lot of these. You have all the "Man hitting person with a bat" and the "Getting hit by a bat" along with others. It's rather amusing.



'RP Servers...' by Sentack
Submitted on 2009-04-07 14:48:29 CST
Actually I wanted to chime in about roleplay servers actually! And why I tend to play on them. It's not that I do a lot of role play on the servers. But it's because they are also a "Name safe" server. That is, I don't "Magey McBoomBoom" as a possable group member. I know that's usually not a big problem on regular servers, but sometimes character and guild names can really annoy me on regular servers. Sometimes I don't mind a guild called "Calamitous Intent" or a player named some variant of "Legolas" but often times the really bad names just make me cringe.


' Daedalus Project' by Akely
Submitted on 2009-04-07 18:10:30 CST
Seriously interesting stuff. To bad the thing is on ice, and even more so that the project never did re-examine things. It would be great fun to see how/if demographics and what-not has changed over the years. I imagine it have, and will.

Keep up the good stuff guys!



'AARP magazine...' by McDonagh
Submitted on 2009-04-08 16:04:43 CST
American association of retired peoples. AKA the old fart magazine. It goes to every member of the AARP and as such, not every one reads it.

Also, the reason game informer is a top selling magazine is that Gamestop markets it very heavily. They even give you a discount card with a subscription.