Jason found this New Yorker article that could be pretty interesting to those trying to understand online role-playing games. I played Ultima online several years ago and I found it to be a groundbreaking game in a number of ways. For one, you could “make money” or “earn a living” in countless ways, not just going out and killing stuff. Groups and sub-societies quickly formed and drew like-minded people together. All in all, it did seem to mimic real life pretty well, except for the random killings all the time.
I just saw Pearl Harbor (all 3 hours of it) and I came away with three thoughts on the experience:
- Our nation’s youth are *so* not ready to fight in anything close to a war. I include myself in the non-war-ready ranks and hope that, in the event of another war, they can figure out a way to hook bombers and missile systems up to the Play Station 2 so that we can save the American way of life without leaving the comfort of our sofas.
- Every one of Alec Baldwin’s lines should have rewritten, stricken, or better yet sold on eBay
- I may not be disappointed with the Lord of the Rings movie coming out in December. Seeing the new preview for it was the highlight of this night at the theater.