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The following is a list of all entries from the WoW category.

Happy birthday Mr. Smiley

27 years ago, Scott Fahlman used the smiley 🙂 for the first time in an electronic message board! But emoticons are in fact much older. It seems there existed a morse code for ‘love and kisses’ in the middle of the 19th century, and a smiling mouth, typed like \__/, followed by an exclamation mark, was used in satirical writings by the end of the same century.

Everyone knows the common emoticons like 🙂 and :-(, which have to be read by turning your face to the left, but there is also another style of smileys, commonly used in Asia, buy also in gaming, and although they usually take up more characters, they can be read normally. I have to admit that it took me awhile before realising that the ^_^ that sometimes appear in the chat messages of pick up groups in WoW, are kind of abbreviations of the Asian style smiling emoticon (^_^). Well, I guess that proves I’m a noob after all ;).


Big brother is watching WoW… and you!

Once again, World of Warcaft has proven to be useful beyond all expectations. After the recent articles about using the data from WoW servers to predict the spreading of diseases, there is now news about Blizzard helping the FBI to track terrorists. So be careful what you type in the chat channels ingame, cause big Blizzard seems to be watching every word you say.

This learned a teenager the hard way, after he allegedly wanted to test the claims that chatting about wanting to blow up a plane will allert the police, even in an online game like WoW.  His threats were monitored by Blizzard and reported to the local police authorities, who soon showed up on the young man’s doorstep to investigate his bold statements further. The investigation has even been turned over to the FBI, and the teenager faces federal charges.

So next time one of the npc’s wants you to perform a bombing mission over Hellfire Peninsula, do not brag to plainly in the channels about your victims and kills. Cause it can all be used against you 😉