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Forget passwords: the FBI wants to crack your internet slang. Thanks to a FOI (freedom of information) request published over at Muckrock, we now know that the Bureau is TCOB (taking care of business) when monitoring the nation's social media use. Bypassing UrbanDictionary or the odd Wikipedia def...

June 18th 2014 at 12:07pm 0 Comments
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When I was a kid, I read a post-Vietnam fantasy novel called Doomfarers of Coramonde that should have ruined crossover fiction for me forever. I just couldn't take seriously an Army hero whisked away by magic and plunked into a world of dragons and castles and sorceresses. MMO crossovers can lik...

November 16th 2012 at 8:00am 0 Comments
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Everyone knows that a good mascot can make a difference between a video game's death and rabid popularity. Mario, Master Chief, Duke Nuke 'Em, Pac-Man, Samus Aran, Pyramid Head -- each one of these mascots isn't merely an aspect of the game, they are the virtual spokesperson (or spokesthing) whic...

July 28th 2011 at 6:00pm 0 Comments
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Because we are true geeks, last weekend my wife and I went to see X-Men: First Class. Afterward, we got into a discussion about what mutant power we'd pick for ourselves if we had the choice. I was torn between teleportation and quick healing, while my wife wanted to be able to turn into cash to...

June 16th 2011 at 2:00pm 0 Comments
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Due to what could be considered a lack of hard info on everyone's favorite Star Wars archetype, BioWare has had many fans crying out in terror. Today, said fans were suddenly silenced, though not because something terrible has happened. On the contrary, the traditional Star Wars: The Old Republic...

March 25th 2011 at 11:15am 0 Comments
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I have a confession to make: Returning to Anarchy Online was the driving force behind starting The Game Archaeologist. Oh sure, I pretended to be all business-like when I approached my boss and said, "You know, Señor Schuster, we are doing a disservice to some of the older MMOs and their fan...

September 28th 2010 at 6:00pm 0 Comments
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"The future in your hands," Funcom promised gamers in the early days of the new decade. As the MMORPG genre slowly took shape and grew in popularity, game studios were still babes in the woods, feeling out this brave and complex new world without a standard handbook to guide them to success. EverQu...

September 7th 2010 at 11:00am 0 Comments
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A young girl brings her boyfriend home to meet the parents, to disastrous results. Yes, it's a tale as old as time, a song as old as rhyme. However, in this case, the girl's parents are the "L33ts," an upper-class and tech-savvy family with a penchant for FiOS and fine gaming. Unleashing a hail of...

August 11th 2009 at 10:30pm 0 Comments
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We've featured Backward Compatible here on Comic Watch before, and the hits just keep on comin'. This episode is particularly timely, concerning itself with the recent speculation over the SciFi/Trion project.We have to admit, an episode of any television show spoken entirely in l33t would be diffic...

June 7th 2008 at 3:00pm 0 Comments
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Wreck from Addicted to WoW sent us his interesting opinion on the Season 3 gear required ratings. Why, he asks, didn't Blizzard put rating requirements on all the gear? When season 3 starts, the season 3 shoulders and weapons will require a high Arena rating to own (2000 and 1850), and Wreck wants t...

October 23rd 2007 at 1:28pm 0 Comments
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Does leet speak reduce your WoW playing enjoyment? Do caps lock and abbreviations set your teeth on edge? If so, Xkhan agrees with you and attributes it possibly to age. His list of pet peeves incites an interesting forum thread discussing in-game annoyances along with the etymological origins of so...

July 17th 2007 at 8:00pm 0 Comments
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First the bees and now our ability to write -- mobile phones are destroying us all. Ireland's State Examination Commission says that texting terse messages keeps kids from learning to spell, causing the world to go all Idiocracy on us.While our gaming habits may not be destroying the planet, unless...

April 26th 2007 at 4:32pm 0 Comments