Dave McClure on Social Networking and Web 2.0
– Dave McClure outlines some of the advantages of
De-Analysing Blizzard's Add-On Policy
– Blizzard Entertainment's new add-on policy has been discussed by everyone from Lum to Slashdot. The number of developers directly affected by the change is small, since only a few add-ons are popular enough to be considered commercial ventures. The policy is more significant because it changes a lot of established conventions, and goes to the heart of how Blizzard embraces (or increasingly, shuns) ...
De-Analysing Blizzard's Starcraft 2 Marketplace
– Earlier in 2009, Blizzard announced a non-commercial World of Warcraft add-on policy, which caused much discussion. Today at BlizzCon, Rob Pardo (illustrated) introduced the Starcraft 2 Marketplace: A future (after the game's launch) system that would allow independent development teams to create custom "premium maps" for the game, and make money from them. That's precisely what World of Warcraft ...
Do You Fish in Real Life?
– Analyses the transfer of fishing activity between the physical and virtual worlds.
El's Extreme Anglin' - 2007 Retrospective - Part II
– Analyses trends in usage during 2007 for El's Extreme Anglin'.
Favorite Fishing Places
– Analyses the favourite fishing locations of World of Warcraft anglers. Both where and why.
Iterative Video Development
– The internet allows products and services to be rapidly improved based on user feedback. So rapid, that iterative design should become the primary method of designing internet-based services. Not just as an Agile-like method of working, but as a method of specifying the product itself. Partly it isn't because creators haven't adjusted their methods to match the new technology - we're still wedded t...
Learn2Play, the new Real Money Trading?
– Learn2Play is the market for teaching players to play online games via commercial game guides and books. The article explores the history and trends in this market, using World of Warcraft as an example.
Mike Masnick on Techdirt, Information and Consultancy
– Mike Masnick outlined the company's history and philosophy - use what's abundant to solve what's scarce - and outlined an interesting approach to the delivery of expert/consultancy business services.
Nation of Adoration
– World of Warcraft's seasonal holiday events temporarily reduce player interest in fishing. It's always been the case, but the decline in fishing seems to be becoming more extreme over time: The graph's y-axis is the percentage decline in page views at El's Extreme Anglin' from the 7 days before each event, to the first 7 days of the event. Pageviews are a good proxy for overall angler interest. El ...
– As I write, the United Kingdom is in the midst of a national election campaign. A month during which politicians vie to confuse the electorate with big numbers. Politics is suddenly ravaged by intangibility, because the national economy is unable to sustain the usual tangible proxies for a better life - "more schools and hospitals" - and because the tangible results of fixing that economy tend to b...
Paul Saffo on The Revolution After Electronics
– Paul Saffo on the art of predicting the future. Specifically predicting which technology will come to dominate the next decade.
Railways for Prosperity
– In the dying years of Margaret Thatcher's premiership, the United Kingdom government launched a policy document called "Roads for Prosperity". £23 billion ($35 billion) would fund a network of highway improvements. Schemes that eased capacity constraints on the strategic (primary routes) road network. It was a response to rising car use, and the belief that not providing sufficient highway capacit...
Scottish Tram Financing
– Introduces the concept of risk in tram (and similarly large public transportation and infrastructure) projects, chronicles the decisions that lead the City of Edinburgh Council to need to find hundreds of millions of pounds to support a single light rail project, and explores the implications for future policy-making, especially in the context of a more devolved Scotland.
Social Reconstruction of Public Transportation Information
– Outlines why the social web/tech-entrepreneur sector may wish to stop trying to use official sources of public transport data, and instead apply the technology it understands best: People.
Systems of Curse and ZAM
– The World of Warcraft ecosystem saw the final "big fansite" acquisition this week, with MMO-Champion bought by Curse Inc. Big meaning something that attracts millions of users each month. Curse have been using some of their $11 million of venture capital to buy up a variety of gaming fansites, including many popular WoW sites. But MMO-Champion is significant for 3 other reasons: Corporate deal, not...
Where We Fish
– Analyses where players fish in the game World of Warcraft. It reveals the role of daily quests in shaping our fishing habits, demonstrates just how popular city-fishing is, and starts to reveal why we fish.