Round up #3: War of the Worlds recognized, Star Wars got game

Round up #3: War of the Worlds recognized, Star Wars got game

Darth Gamer

Watch out, WoW!

World of Warcraft may have a serious challenger on its hands.

Star Wars: The Old Republic

is an MMORPG…a Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game. Some people might also call them a “black hole for your life”. 😉

In this new one, you play in the Star Wars universe. Unlike a typical videogame you might play, many of the characters with whom you interact are other actual people playing the game.


Daily Mail article

has some interesting stats.

The game was officially released on December 20. Since then, there have been 810,000 Jedi created…and 850,000 Sith.

Of course, at one point, in England, you could tick a box to mark your religion as Jedi in an official census, as I recall. 🙂

There have been millions of hours already played…and according to the article, billions of enemies killed.

I’m going to recommend that you read the article. In addition to nice screenshots, they have some good speculation about where the MMORPG world is going.

War of the World Selected for the 2011 National Film Registry

Librarian of Congress James H. Billington today announced the movies selected to enter the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress for 2011.

George Pal’s 1953 version of H.G. Wells’ novel War of the Worlds is classic science fiction. I think the effects still hold up and its smart and thrilling at the same time.

It’s also a clever adaptation…differing significantly from the book (and from Orson Welles’ 1938 radio broadcast).

Among the 25 inductees were Disney’s Bambi and Forrest Gump.

You can nominate movies for next year

Note that the winners aren’t just given a statue, but are selected for preservation by the government.

Good-bye, Cheetah

Honestly, this one makes me sad.

There’s been a campaign for some time to get Cheetah (‘Tarzan’s chimpanzee friend in the movie) a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Cheetah wouldn’t be the first animal, but one of the things would have been that one of the apes who played Cheetah could have actually attended the ceremony.

Cheetah reportedly died Saturday (Christmas Eve) at age 80. He had continued to be in the news…and was supposed to be enjoying life. He watched TV, listened to music, and was still entertaining people he met.

You can donate to the foundation where he lived…they are trying to raise funds to build a medical building in his honor:

Giving us the Yeti finger

Loren Coleman, a writer in the field of cryptozoology and Forteana whom i particularly enjoy, has written this

report in Cryptomundo

about a recent DNA analysis of the Pangboche Yeti finger. Coleman does a good job of recounting the story, and it may be familiar to some of you. It’s a fascinating tale, but I’ll just sum it up by saying that a supposed part of a Yeti hand was smuggled out of Tibet in the late 1950s. I don’t want to take too much away from Loren, so I’m going to leave you with that and recommend you read the article.

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle blog.


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