Archive for the 'Gaming' Category

Where Did Scrabulous Go?

Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

ScrabulousScrabulous, which originally debuted on the web and later gained popularity on Facebook, was a blatant ripoff of Scrabble®. It became very popular, to the point where the folks at Scrabble noticed and took legal action. First Scrabulous was removed from Facebook and replaced by an official Scrabble app. Then went under. But fear not, intrepid Scrabble-ites! It has resurfaced at a new site under the name of Lexulous. Note that when the site went down, I was unable to find an official, free, online version of Scrabble other than the Facebook application. So back to Lexulous it is.


Who Needs Craigslist Anyway…

Monday, October 22nd, 2007

Game ControllerGCHQ, the surveillance arm of British intelligence, is trying to recruit computer-savvy employees by putting advertisements in the virtual worlds of video games. Reminds me of this post.

(via Kim Komando)

Second Life Is Losing Real-Life Companies

Monday, July 16th, 2007

InternetRegular Chad’s News readers will recall previous posts about Second Life, especially regarding how real-world companies are setting up “stores” in the virtual world. Turns out that many of them aren’t profitable enough to maintain, and the companies are closing up shop.

(via digg)

World Of Warcraft On a Resume?

Monday, May 7th, 2007

Game ControllerFrom the article: “I’ve seen more than a few interesting resume bullets in my time. The top candidate … has to be when someone put on their resume that they were the leader of a 6,000 member clan (guild?) on World of Warcraft.”

(via Consumerist)

Just Who Is Leeroy Jenkins?

Wednesday, March 21st, 2007

GamingA man named Ben Schulz has become famous due to the actions of his online World of Warcraft character, Leeroy Jenkins. During a WoW campaign, he single-handedly killed his entire party by charging the enemy (NSFW language) without any preparation. The video of the event became a viral hit, with Leeroy’s fame going far enough to include him in a Jeopardy question.

(via digg)

Sharpening Your Typing Skills

Friday, December 22nd, 2006


Here’s a fun way to enhance your typing skills. It’s a free game called Word Shoot, where you shoot enemies by typing short words.

(via Lifehacker)

Making Real Money In A Virtual World

Monday, December 4th, 2006

MoneySecond Life, a popular MMORPG, allows one to exchange virtual money (Linden dollars) for real money at a varying rate. Now a player claims to be the first person to reach an online net worth that could be cashed in for $1 million. Anshe Chung managed to do this via virtual real-estate transactions over a 2½-year period. This raises some interesting tax questions, which Chad’s News has covered previously.

(via Neatorama)

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Motion-Sensing Game Controllers

Monday, November 20th, 2006

Game ControllerThis article explains how the new Wii and PS3 motion-sensing game controllers work. The hardware can pick up spring deflections measured in tens of hydrogen atoms.

(via Slashdot)

PlayStation 3 Insanity

Saturday, November 18th, 2006

Game ControllerSony released its much-anticipated PS3 game console on Friday. They only manufactured a limited number and did not even come close to satisfying the demand. Experts predict the PS3 will be difficult to obtain until next March. With this in mind, gamers starting lining up 11 days early. Enterprising criminals robbed entire lines. Some wackos desperate for attention bought one and smashed it with a sledgehammer. And, of course, the consoles are going on eBay for absurd prices. What I found most interesting, however, is that Sony is selling the consoles for a significant loss.


Reuters Goes Virtual

Thursday, October 19th, 2006

InternetThe Reuters news agency is opening a virtual news bureau in the online world of Second Life. The bureau will provide real-world news.……

Hacking Online Games To Make Real Money

Sunday, August 20th, 2006

Computer Security

Hackers are using their skills to steal login information for online role-playing games. They subsequently sell the players’ items/gold for real money.…
(thanks to Josh)

Top Video Gamers Make Serious Money

Thursday, June 22nd, 2006


In an update to this post, the professional video gaming association, Major League Gaming, has signed a Halo 2 team for $1 million and a top gaming individual for $250,000. Obviously, getting a computer degree was a bad move on my part—I should’ve been playing games all those years.…
(via Digg)