The Ninth Circle #3: The World Cyber Games

The World Cyber Games

“In an unsurprising upset, Korean champion Lim Yo-hwan wears the crown of Greatest Starcraft Player On Earth 2002. The American Starcraft Team was unavailable for comment as they stopped playing Starcraft about four years ago. Also, no word yet on where Korea placed in the Zaxxon competition.”

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Flux’s Decahedron #4: The Ten Worst Areas in D2X

The Ten Worst Areas in D2X

Having played the game as much as we all have by now, everyone knows there are good areas to play and level up in, and bad ones you want to just skip through as quickly as possible.  This is not a list of those areas. As I learned from column #3, it helps to make it clear when you are and are not joking.

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Bone Appetit #6: Bigots and Racists and Homophobes, Oh My!

Bigots and Racists and Homophobes, Oh My!

“Fag.” That’s what started my little game nearly two weeks back. That word, tossed out with casual derision, and piled on top of an already impressive list of slurs and slanders. The speaker seemed both unaware and unconcerned with the immensity of his vulgarity. I strove to correct that. My name is Courtesy Man. Here is my story.

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Bone Appetit #6: Bigots and Racists and Homophobes, Oh My!

Bigots and Racists and Homophobes, Oh My!

“Fag.” That’s what started my little game nearly two weeks back. That word, tossed out with casual derision, and piled on top of an already impressive list of slurs and slanders. The speaker seemed both unaware and unconcerned with the immensity of his vulgarity. I strove to correct that. My name is Courtesy Man. Here is my story.

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Flux’s Decahedron #3: The Ten Best and Worst Characters

The Ten Best and Worst Characters

As you’ve already noticed, assuming your counting skills have progressed beyond using one hand to help, this list would appear to be slightly problematic, being as there are only, um, seven characters. Foolish mortal!  How dare you interrupt! This list is actually two lists, a Best Five and Worst Five list.  This seemed a better option than having a Top 10 where 6-10 served as a sort of inverted Worst Five list.

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Salem’s Fire #3: Open Source Fiction

Open Source Fiction?

One of the more striking phenomena of the Internet is the growth and success of the open source movement. Nearly every computer now in use has on it something that is drawn from the world of open source, such as the Mozilla web browser, or sections of the code that enable computers to network. Even the largest of computer companies, both hardware and software, are, with various degrees of willingness, adopting this movement in some form or another. Linux, perhaps the most widely known of all open source applications, is now generally available as an operating system from virtually every major computer manufacturer out there. Not bad for a movement the powers-that-be were once trying to squish. Certainly this remarkable success is a credit to those who have worked on the code, willing to have their efforts shared and criticized by a large audience, and yet receiving little or no credit for their efforts.

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Salem’s Fire #3: Open Source Fiction

Open Source Fiction?

One of the more striking phenomena of the Internet is the growth and success of the open source movement. Nearly every computer now in use has on it something that is drawn from the world of open source, such as the Mozilla web browser, or sections of the code that enable computers to network. Even the largest of computer companies, both hardware and software, are, with various degrees of willingness, adopting this movement in some form or another. Linux, perhaps the most widely known of all open source applications, is now generally available as an operating system from virtually every major computer manufacturer out there. Not bad for a movement the powers-that-be were once trying to squish. Certainly this remarkable success is a credit to those who have worked on the code, willing to have their efforts shared and criticized by a large audience, and yet receiving little or no credit for their efforts.

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Bone Appetit #5: Just discovered: Removed NPC Comments

Just Discovered: Removed NPC Comments

Recently a group of seriously addicted and underemployed Diablo II aficionados were invited to visit Blizzard headquarters and receive unprecedented access to the original program development files and various beta versions. I wasn?t in this group, but I have access to the internet, and I read all this stuff there, so it must be legit. Anyway, a great deal has already been written about the ?nearly was? aspects of the D2 official release; things originally in the game code but removed at some point during development or testing. A great deal having been said rarely keeps me from adding some more, so how about this: numerous idiosyncrasies and traits of the townsfolk NPCs were lost to the cutting room floor before D2?s grand premier! And I have them here for you to read! Gogo useless trivia!

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