S*** just got REAL!

Sony’s response and resolve for the hacked systems was swift and unrelenting in the past few days. Aside from their legal offensive on Hotz, Sony has succeeded in locking out any and all Playstation 3s from the Playstation Network that managed to hack their systems. This in essence means that anyone using a hacked system or account will be permanently banned from the online system that allows the PS3 to go online. Essentially, nearly all of its online functions will be deemed useless. Ever since Hotz’s unlocking of the PS3, Sony has been on an unstoppable offensive to oversee the situation. It has sued one of the main parties responsible for the hack, relentlessly hunted down the other parties responsible and now this. Needless to say, they’re on a warpath to make sure that this incident doesn’t repeat itself.

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In my last travelogue, I knew that I wanted to write about journal-based role-play games, but I wasn’t entirely sure where I wanted to go with it. Right now, I think I’m decided on writing about why people role-play at all, since many of you seemed interested in that aspect. For those of you who still have no idea what I’m talking about when I say “journal-based role-playing,” here’s a refresher: Read the rest of this entry »

I am a role player. There, I admitted it. The term role player brings with it a lot of negative connotations: nerdy, acne-infested teenage boys, sexual fetishes, Dungeons & Dragons, the socially awkward. The type of role playing that I, along with thousands of other people, participate in is completely different though—well, maybe except for the socially awkward part. I’m talking about journal-based role playing games (RPGs). No fancy platforms with 3D graphics or CD-ROMs that will set you back thirty bucks, just journaling websites like the ever-popular Livejournal, the one million strong InsaneJournal, and new-comer Scribbld. On each of these websites, you can find an RPG community journal that will connect you to all sorts of games—from Las Vegas-based to college-centered. This type of role playing is more commonly referred to as played-by (PB). PB is like casting for a great script you wrote—you come up with this great, original character, then pick a “face” (usually a celebrity) that would best portray the character. The game relies heavily on creative writing, and many of the players take their characters seriously by doing research, much as a writer would do upon penning a novel. For a more in-depth explanation, read this recently published article about how role play communities are established.
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