Damion Schubert on why massive titles shouldn’t force grouping.


My favorite Jonathan Coulton song, “The Future Soon,” is now going to be on Rock Band. I couldn’t be happier. I say without a hint of irony that its four minutes and change are as good as the entirety of “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog.”

Plus, you know, Creative Commons. Enjoy the Spiffworld vid.

If I knew where to buy pox wholesale, i’d put some on a few houses.

Ferrel is our new king.

Syp is anxious for comments.

Riv is desperate for attention.

Ysharros started this mess.

Slurms is in a fightin’ mood.

Comments, ho! (join the League for Greater Comment Volume)

Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds

This is what happens when instance servers die in World of Warcraft. There are at least a hundred players hovering in front of the instance portal on their mounts. Was quite impressive.

Lum the Mad points out a delightfully effed-up Craigslist entry from someone offering lessons in how to win at Starcraft.

Money quote:

I’m 100% full blooded Korean, meaning I have been gifted with unparallel talent to master any video game[.]

Dynasty -- also a "deep continuity" story

Geeks have a tendency to embrace fictional worlds that reward obsessive attention with what I’ve heard called  “deep continuity.”

On TV, that means serialized shows set in expansive fictional universes, recurring characters and ever-more-Byzantine personal histories. I’m looking at you, Joss Whedon.

Part of the appeal of  “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” or “Battlestar Galactica” is their inaccessibility to outsiders. To fans accustomed to having been the outsider in the rest of life, being a master of impenetrable arcana offers a sense of power and safety, I guess.