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Social software

Just reading “Best software writing I” by Joel Spolsky.Just about 2/3 of the way through and it talks of people interacting socially via the Internet. You look at forums, mailing lists, weblogs and sites like youtube and livejournal and you see they are all about the human interaction.Places like friendsreunited.co.uk must have a nightmare time trying to get users to come back. Its not normal for you to think “I wonder where Kevin is now?” more than once a year and if you do find out thats it, curiosity killed. The site must have a limited appeal, it constantly needs new users.Youtube is really just a beta website at the moment. Its small videos really make it hard to watch anything thats longer than a minute or two. The bandwidth and video phones just are not there yet. It has provided a good platform for proving what can be done as many videos have shown some of the sadder aspects of our humanity, things that would never make the 10 o’clock news.The book also talks about reputations…

Warcraft and runescape not for the casual gamer

Hi,I for my sins played Runescape for about 18month ending December 2006, now I am playing World of warcraft (thanks to a birthday present). One thing that bugged me about Runescape and it applies to warcraft as well is the levelling system. As a dad I don’t get a lot of time to play games like I used to, so levelling takes time, it gets even harder as the experience required is exponential. Meaning that it might only take 10mins to get from level 1 to 2 but 4 hours from 27 to 28.Thinking ahead it means that I can expect to take about 100 hours to get from 59 to 60. When I only get about 10-20 hours per month gaming time it means that it will take me between 5 to 10 month to get just one level, not counting the fact that it will probably take about 5 years to get to 59 anyway!I don’t even want to consider the Burning crusade addon which you can only see the good stuff at level 58+I’ll get bored and cancel within a year I bet. Casual gamers are not considered in these games and really …