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 >>
The school is banking big on computer games as an emerging discipline
Flickr user markhillaryBlack Friday is just around the corner and it's a perfect opportunity to stock up on discounted video games for your family, friends, and--if there's any money remaining in your budget--yourself. However, with so many different stores offering so many different deals, how w ... More >>
Christopher Victorio/OC WeeklyMeow.The Fifth Annual BlizzCon took place this last Friday through Saturday at the Anaheim Convention Center. 20,000 fans of titles like World of Warcraft, Diablo and StarCraft convened, while nearly a million viewers watched from home. The first day of BlizzCon feat ... More >>
Christopher Victorio/OC WeeklyWhat'd you miss this weekend? Halloween got off to an early start: First we went to BlizzCon at the Anaheim Convention Center and ogled all the awesome/nerdy costumes. Then that night, we headed over to the "What the Eff R U Wearing??" party at Club M in Laguna Beach ... More >>
Luke Holwerda/Phoenix New TimesJimmy BuffettHere's what we didn't write about this week in Orange County music news. Aside from perhaps Dusty Rhodes, much of the leftover news this week is about old guys. Enjoy!
These guys take 'casual' games very seriously
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 >>
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.
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 >>
Oh, hello there. So what'd you miss this weekend this time?Well, first off: It was the annual nuuuurd pilgrimage to Anaheim Convention Center on Friday through Saturday--that's right, BlizzCon!The official gathering for all things Blizzard (you know, that giant video game company based in Irvine ... More >>
Chris VictorioWhew, 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 >>
Yep, I'm OC Weekly's man at BlizzCon, the annual two-day convention for Irvine-based computer gaming giant Blizzard Entertainment. It's at the Anaheim Convention Center. I've got some lovely memories of Blizzard's real-time strategy games, but you'll hear more of that with the coverage. For now, I ... More >>
Apparently Ozzy Osbourne really liked doing this World of Warcraft commercial. He's going to be closing out this year's massively sold out BlizzCon '09, with a concert in Anaheim on August 22.
This year's BlizzCon is August 21 and 22 at the Anaheim Convention Center, where every installment of the Blizzard Entertainment hullabaloo has been held. It's a celebration of the Irvine-based computer game company's three major, incredibly popular franchises--Warcraft, Starcraft and Diablo--and ... More >>
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 >>
The online Bad Idea Magazine points us to a 49-page report by U.S. Senator Tom Coburn (R-Oklahoma) titled "2008: Worst Waste of the Year--A look back through some of the year's most outrageous federal spending." Included is this:Studying American and Chinese Video Game Habits - California ($100,000) ... More >>
BlizzCon 2008, October 10, 10:00 a.m. Irvine-based Blizzard Entertainment has enjoyed great success with its World of Warcraft series, dominating the online, multiplayer, role-playing game industry and thoroughly permeating pop culture. This weekend, Blizzard is hosting its annual BlizzCon at the An ... More >>
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas around here, what with all the DVDs I get in the mail every day for awards voting. But this isn't a post about them. It's about another very big box that arrived without warning, bearing a large "World of Warcraft" logo. Now, I am the imagined target audi ... More >>
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