Gaming My Way

30 Apr

Gaming My Way Blog Carnival, April 2010

Welcome to the April 2010 edition of the Gaming My Way Blog Carnival. My apologies for the late post, it’s been a busy day for me. Let’s see what’s in store for this month, shall we?

First up, we have Casey Markee with her post 15 Warning Signs You’re Addicted to World of Warcraft | Troubled Teens Wizard at Troubled Teens Wizard Blog, saying, “Who knew World of Warcraft could be so addictive? If you or your loved ones exhibit any of these 15 warnings signs seek help immediately…the life you save may be your own!” While gaming addiction is a real problem, I think it is usually overstated a bit by blogs like this. However, there are the occasional people who exhibit extreme symptoms who really do need to reevaluate things, and most of the things written in this post truly are things to worry about if you see them in yourself. Still, let’s remember this is a game, and the people who experience this kind of addiction are an extreme minority. I want to stress, most of us gamers are perfectly normal (aside from being a tad eccentric) and there’s nothing wrong with the hobby. Still, check it out, and engage in civil debate or support if you feel the need.

Mat Growcott has an Interview with Visceral Games for us at NonsenseGamer, saying, “A great interview we just managed to score with Visceral Games. It’s a fun read for any fans of Dead Space/Dante’s Inferno.” I remember the piece being a good one, but as of the time of this carnival the site is going through some reorganization and the post is unavailable. I’m placing the link here anyway so people can see it when the page goes back up.

Next, you should check out Meg’s post Passionfruit Hutong over at Simpson’s Paradox. Lucky girl got herself a chance to beta test Tiger Eye: Curse of the Riddle Box from Passionfruit Games. Since she’s been playing it for a bit, she figured it’d be good to give us a preview of what it’s like so far and where she thinks it’s going. While she can’t say too much, what she does have to say ought to get people who like this kind of game interested in giving it a whirl when it hits stores.

Finally, Natasha Rucker has kindly pointed out an issue some MMO communities suffer from in her piece I Swear I’m a Girl! at The Girlie Geek Blog. I haven’t played in the raids of any MMO, so I have no personal experience with observing this behavior (and being a guy, I also might not notice as much anyway), but my women friends who game online seem to have this issue as well. So, I find myself in agreement with Natasha, and bewildered that we can’t just treat the women who game online the same as the men. At home, we don’t have a problem with this in our local gaming circles, but it seems to be a big issue online.

That concludes this edition of the Gaming My Way Blog Carnival. You can use the carnival submission form to submit posts for next month’s carnival, to be hosted on May 27, 2010. Be sure to check out some of the posts of other submitters and perhaps leave a friendly comment or two if you like their work.

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