Posts with the tag "Game"
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Wikipedia is helpful, interesting, and a gigantic time-waster. The online encyclopedia snaps back answers to questions and fills its users with facts and figures. But even the most focused searcher finds himself distracted by random unrelated articles. Searches for the major exports of Burma lead to hours spent reading articles on Henry Miller. A simple desire to learn where the mechanical pencil sharpener was invented ends with the user becoming a pseudo-expert on honey bee dancing. And no one remembers how they got from point A to point B. It seems all topics are related. The only question now is: How long will it take you to get from one topic to the next?
It seems Alex Clemesha is willing to keep track. The coder (and amateur surfer) has laid a simple game over the face of Wikipedia. The user is given an article to start with and then a destination article. The person has 150 seconds to get from the original article to the destination article zipping through Wikipedia’s pages, searching for some concept to unite the articles, and cursing page loading speeds. It can get addictive. The site even allows users to register so they can keep track of their searchings.
The only negative aspect of this DC Universe Online MMORG video is that it ends. But I guess that’s the point.
The video sets-up Brainiac as the nemesis of all humanity. Right now all the characters are labeled as hero or villain, but by establishing an outside threat the game’s developers might be opening the door for crossover match-ups. And with the huge list of characters announced this could really up the gameplay. You want to play as Wonder Woman, but your friend wants to play as Harley Quinn? If there’s a common enemy a team-up might not be out of the question.
The game is slated for a November 2010 release on the Playstation and PC.