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Hot topic! Hot topic! Fresh outta the community oven! In a much-hyped announcement a while back, NCsoft proclaimed that drop rates in Aion were being significantly increased in the 2.1 patch. The company even employed a certain wide-eyed Shugo named Victor to outline his experiments and prove ...

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You know they are out there. You hear them -- sometimes whispered in reverence, sometimes shouted by a particularly spazzy groupmate. Whether treated as ancient wisdom or snickered at, they cannot be avoided. But how much do you believe in them? Superstitions. Superstitions (myths, legends,...

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Yesterday we had a look at an academic claim that MMO players are unwittingly using the scientific method. By carrying out experiments and recording results, they test out hypotheses about how the virtual world works. But there's another kind of behavior we encounter all too often in MMOs: superst...

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This installment of All the World's a Stage is the third in a series of roleplaying guides in which we find out all the background information you need to roleplay a particular race or class well, without embarrassing yourself. Trolls are based on the "wild savages" you've seen in the movies or on T...

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The sporting world is notorious for superstitious tendencies and odd behavior. Players always have the same meal preceding a game; they won't cut their hair until they lose; they'll wear the same jock str ... egh, never mind. The point is, despite overwhelming scientific evidence, people still conti...

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The Daedelus project recently posted an article dealing with MMORPGs and the superstitions we build as we play the games. Seeing as how we as people love to finding meaning in seemingly random events, World of Warcraft has its fair share of superstitious players. I might even go so far as to say we ...

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TerraNova examined superstitions and their impact on the MMOG space. They identified Star Wars Galaxies, in its original incarnation, as a great example of creating superstition in a community. When players were trying to become Jedi, every so often a system message would pop up telling them they we...

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