Virtual Worlds

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2013

    Songhammer's New Music Video is So Damn Epic

    Songhammer is a band that makes epic music for epic people. Inspired by the fantasy and mallet-wielding glory of World of Warcraft, their shredding, melodic metal and love for the PC game franchise have united metalheads and nerds alike. This year, the band is gunning for a second round of awards at ... More >>

  • Calendar

    July 11, 2013

    Pacific Symphony: Video Games Live

    Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2012

    Top Five Super Nintendo Multiplayer Games

    When it comes to writing about video games, specifically Nintendo, it's always fun, because it's a console drenched in memories and nostalgia.  Going through old SNES video games, I came across so many forgotten images and sounds that brought back not only virtual worlds and cheat codes but pla ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 29, 2012

    Blizzard To Lay Off 600 Employees

    ​Blizzard Entertainment, maker of the mammoth online game "World of Warcraft," is laying off about 600 workers from its global operation. About ninety percent of the jobs being cut are not related to game development, and the "World of Warcraft" development team will not be impacted. (And hopefull ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2012

    Adult Entertainment Virtual Convention: Inside the World of Wank-Craft

    Most conventions are pants-mandatory kinds of affairs -- even those of the adult nature. For the world's first virtual porn convention, however, I'm not wearing any (relax...I'm in my PJs). This past weekend, XBiz and Red Light Center hosted the Adult Entertainment Virtual Convention, porn's first ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2012

    Katy Perry, Now On a Sims Game

    ​ Electronic Arts today announced its collaboration with Katy Perry for The Sims. The life-simulation game will feature Perry-themed content and virtual goods such as clothing, hairstyles, props and furniture. The Collector's Edition expansion pack for The Sims 3 Showtime will be out in March.Ste ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2011

    5 Video Games That Help Put Me to Sleep

    ​If you are like me or any of the 60 million Americans out there, then you have trouble falling asleep at night. As a gamer, I find it especially difficult to catch some shut-eye at night, since most games out there are meant to be thrilling and get your heart pumping.However, I've been a gamer lo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2011

    BlizzCon 2011 Highlights

    Christopher Victorio/OC Weekly​BlizzCon 2011 took place in the Anaheim Convention Center over the weekend. As a celebration of some of gaming's most popular franchises, Blizzard used this opportunity to make many announcements of release of new content for their WarCraft, StarCraft, and Diablo gam ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2011

    Six People We Met at BlizzCon

    Christopher Victorio/OC Weekly​More than 26,000 people united AFK (away from keyboard) at the Anaheim Convention Center last weekend for the geekstravaganza that was BlizzCon 2011. We had a chance to meet some of the devout Internet gamers, who traveled from 50 states and 49 countri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2011

    Songhammer Wants to Create a Big Bang at BlizzCon

    ​We don't know why the guys in this photo look like they're members of Tool, but we do know that Songhammer is what happened when buddies Ben Stewart and Dustin Miller one day decided to write music for the people who like World of Warcraft. And we mean, really like World of Warcraft, as members ... More >>

  • Culture

    October 13, 2011

    WINNER'S CIRCLE: Tom Chilton, Chris Robinson and J. Allen Brack

    [BEST OF 2011: GAME ON!] World of Warcrafters from Blizzard Entertainment

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2010

    U.S. Senator Names UCI's World of Warcraft Research One of the Worst Wastes of Taxpayer Dollars in 2010

    ​In Tom Coburn's just-released "Wastebook 2010," an 85-page tirade on what the U.S. senator believes are the year's 100 most outrageous uses of tax dollars, UC Irvine's $3 million research of World of Warcraft and other games comes in at No. 6. "Most people have to work for a l ... More >>

  • Culture

    December 9, 2010

    UC Irvine's New Computer-Games Major Gets Its Game On

    The school is banking big on computer games as an emerging discipline

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2010

    'Til Game Over Do Us Part: Quirky Video Game Weddings

    Valentine's Day may have just passed, and people across the globe were given the chance to express their love for those around them, whether it be lover, family, pet or friend. A couple's wedding is possibly one of the most important events of their lives. This celebration of their union is supposed ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2010

    This Just In: Not All World of Warcraft Players Are Deadbeats

    ​You there, sitting on the couch in your parent's basement, next to the Doritos, playing World of Warcraft for hours on end. Yes, YOU! What have you done to better mankind lately? More than 200,000 of your kind just donated $1.11 million to charity.

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2009

    Gestures Gamers Come Up With Are Focus of UCI Gathering

    UCI Center for Computer Games & Virtual WorldsSenior research scientist Walt Scacchi of the UCI Institute for Software Research​Walt Scacchi, the director of research with UC Irvine's Center for Computer Games and Virtual Worlds, seeks live bodies rather than virtual ones for a lecture he's sp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2009

    Coburn Ready to Blow Over UCI Computer Games Center?

    Coburn: Ready to blow?With UC Irvine's announcement of the establishment of the Center for Computer Games & Virtual Worlds, you've got to wonder if U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn's head is going to explode. At least his virtual noggin must be staining a carpet in some sims world somewhere. The Okla ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 24, 2009

    Our Deep Thoughts On BlizzCon

    Chris Victorio​Whew, that was interesting. We're back from two days at BlizzCon 2009, and are only a little geekily ashamed to admit that it was a good time. You wanna see pictures? Here's our slideshow, and here's our post with many, many overflow pictures.This just in (two days ago) from Twitter ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2009

    Is Latest UCI Virtual World Study Grant 'Waste' or Boon for Business?

    Here we go again. The 49-page report "2008: Worst Waste of the Year," which U.S. Senator Tom Coburn (R-Oklahoma) compiled to expose examples of "outrageous federal spending," included the National Science Foundation (NSF) having given UC Irvine a $100,000 grant t ... More >>