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Crimes against content: is crowdsourcing to hamsters a bridge too far?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… My doubts began when I came across this article on a Chinese power-leveling site for popular MMOG RuneScape. The writer (or more likely the algorithm) has taken an original article about Microtask, sliced it up and loaded it with terms (“seers village”, “Port Khazard”, “dragon claw”) which boost their own SEO rankings. The result is a horrific, incomprehensible mash-up which is the reading equivalent of eating ice-cream full of shards of glass and shrapnel (I guess – my …

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Teaching kids to win

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… concepts, he uses the terminology, structure and reward systems of the World of Warcraft MMOG to motivate and grade them. The results include increased class participation and motivation.

It’s easy to dismiss this approach as only working because the students – wannabe game designers – are likely to be highly familiar with the quest-based teaching plan. Replicate it in a class full of Darrens and the results probably wouldn’t be as positive. But the idea of improving …

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Play the game of life

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… are booming. According to Geekologie, with 11m subscribers, there are more people playing the MMOG (massively multi-player online game) World of Warcraft than there are living in New York City. Together the 4.5m European and North American subscribers generate over $800m in revenue each year. The North Americans manage to spend on average 22 hours a week playing the game, only 13 hours short of the typical working week.

But just as in the history of the real world, the number of people …

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When worlds collide

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… – at least in gaming circles – EVE Online. Developed by CCP of Iceland, Eve Online is a MMOG (massively multi-player online game), with one of the most sophisticated and detailed sci-fi worlds (outside of those already established universes, such Star Wars or Star Trek, imported from galaxies far far away like Hollywood).

Although an incredible universe, its appeal was limited to all but the most enthusiastic science fiction fans due to its level of detail: EVE Online is also …

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Madmen join the game

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… likely to have developed strong political leanings. Also, the advertising was only targeted at the MMOG (massively multi-player online game) users in 10 swing states, that is, states where neither Republicans or Democrats had a clear margin. The implication here again is that the political views of the audience would be less polarized than say New York (Democrat) or Utah (Republican).

Like that? Then you’ll love this

The Obama ads’ focus on only those swing states also provides an …

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