World of Warcraft

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    Stephen Gillett

    Mar 3, 2014 11:17am | by Julie Giles

    “I hired to my weaknesses. I looked for complementary skills to my own.” — Stephen Gillett Stephen Gillett is highly regarded for his creativity, innovation and commitment to developing unparalleled customer experiences as a technology and business leader. He rose to become a CIO-plus at Starbucks, in addition to being the executive vice president of […]

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    Valentine’s Day Is A Few Days Away: Love Stories In WoW

    Feb 12, 2014 1:24pm | by admin

    Tinder has taken over. You’re hot or you’re not, and with that, your romantic fate has been sealed. Algorithms are playing an ever active role in sorting, matching, and maybe even filtering out your future love. Technology has taken away the mystery of romance, the anticipation of getting to know the object of your affection, clue […]

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    Life is the Ultimate Choose Your Own Adventure

    Jan 30, 2014 4:37pm | by admin

    “Sometimes we find what we need in the most unlikely places.” It’s sort of become a tagline for Avatar Secrets. Maybe that’s why I am so drawn to the notion that the Internet can foster serendipity —  that you can go out looking for one thing, and end up discovering something else, something you didn’t […]

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    Serendipity And The Virtual World

    Jan 23, 2014 4:10pm | by Ramona Pringle

    Sometimes in life, things happen that can only be explained as being magic. Or, at least that’s how it feels. Call it fate, destiny, a happy accident or a fortunate surprise, it’s serendipitous: the perfect thing you didn’t know you needed. Serendipity is the magic sparkle dust that twinkles over our lives, every once in […]

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    Modern Cities and the Quest for Community

    Dec 11, 2013 5:04pm | by Marie Alcober

    When the Internet was invented, everyone assumed people would move out to the country. After all, given the choice to communicate remotely and do business from anywhere, who wouldn’t want to live in the countryside with acres of rolling hills and babbling brooks? In its infancy, the Internet posed a threat to community. The thinking […]

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    Creating an Online Avatar: The How and Why

    Dec 4, 2013 3:56pm | by Marie Alcober

    The moment of creating an online avatar is a pivotal one in the virtual world. It is the act that sets the foundation for everything that will come next in the journey. The avatar you create will shape your experience of the world. And the traits, skills and characteristics you choose will impact how you […]

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    Why We Do Things That Are Difficult

    Nov 28, 2013 10:00am | by Ramona Pringle

    “At the end of the day, I feel like I have accomplished something.” I remember the line as if it were yesterday, though in fact it was over four years ago. I was fascinated and conflicted when I heard it then, and even though I have tossed the sentence around in my head for all […]

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    The Cosmopolitan World of World of Warcraft

    Nov 25, 2013 9:52am | by Marie Alcober

    Everyone thinks of World of Warcraft (WoW) as a virtual fantasy world. But it’s more than that. It’s also a cosmopolitan world, with a massive number of unique characters interacting with each other. How virtual worlds like this foster and shape our interactions, online and in real life, is the focus of the narrative exploration […]

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    Virtual Worlds: Online and in Real Life

    Nov 21, 2013 3:40pm | by admin

      World of Warcraft, Second Life, Minecraft. The image that comes to mind when most of us hear the term ‘virtual worlds’ is something post ‘VR’ – but pre – Google Glass, pixelated digital environments populated by low-fi renderings of humanoid avatars. Something needs an update. Maybe it’s the way we think of these digital […]

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    What Is An Avatar?

    Nov 18, 2013 9:31am | by Marie Alcober

    In Hinduism, an avatar is the incarnation of a deity. These days, the word “avatar” mostly comes up in conversations surrounding virtual games, social networks, and online forums.