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There are no windmills in Vietnam

So why VN?  Hahah… it’s business. Or in my case, pride. I’m not stuck here because of a sense of duty or a desire to keep my job. I really do want to see this company fly. Failure blows, and so long as there is someone willing to keep trying, I’m staying. It’s just sad that we made so many mistakes along the way with these guys.

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Sex and the MMORPG experience


With the ongoing race to make more and more sophisticated MMORPGs, I’m curious why no one has put any work on adding a gameplay system to handle sex. In World of Warcraft (probably the current king of the heap), players can craft weapons and armors, collect herbs and mineral ores to create potions and enhancements, swim underwater, fly through the air, even run a complete buy and sell business straight off the game’s auction house system. We can dance, we can flirt; why can’t we have carnal knowledge?

Ok, now back up, you pervs. I don’t mean actually turning the game into porn or some kind of rape-fest. That’s called the Internet. Try it sometime. What I’m talking about is a gameplay system that handles the wonderful intricacies of attraction, arousal, and *ahem* intimacy?

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The allure of video games

Like many in our short-attention-span instant-gratification world, I am a hardcore video/computer game enthusiast. Don’t dismiss the allure of video games. The fact that our youth is spending more and more time and money playing video games should tell you something. The fact is video games provide a very real need that the disgruntled, disenfranchised youth of today hunger for–a comprehensible path to success, and a fair shot at getting there through hard work and effort.

Games are all about growth and fairness. The in-game environment is probably the only place where all our proverbs and overused clichés actually work with any predictable regularity. Unlike in the real world, in games, you actually reap what you sow. Hard work *always* pays. He who works hardest and smartest becomes the best. And cheating only gets you scorn and humiliation. Unlike in the real world.

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