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Win a Razer Nostromo game keypad from WoW Insider {WoW}

Apr 26th 2011 3:55PM yes, I have an older one - would love to get the latest and blaze away at 4.1

Earth Day 2011 giveaway from TUAW {TUAW.com}

Apr 24th 2011 12:32AM walking.

TUAW Giveaway: Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare for Mac {TUAW.com}

Apr 12th 2011 1:05AM Most excellent - Beta tested the PC version, now I can play on my MBP :)

TUAW Giveaway: Scrivener 2.0 {TUAW.com}

Apr 7th 2011 9:52PM I would love a copy.

All the World's a Stage: When roleplayers quit {WoW}

Apr 3rd 2011 8:16PM On the more grim side of this tale is one that happened with my brother. He was very much into his characters, in particular in SWG. He was an entertainer and they performed for events in game. He was very popular and it was literally a daily occupation for him.

then he suddenly died of a heart attack. bang, one night he is in game, the next morning he's dead.

I tracked down the group he was involved with (I left SWG a LONG time ago) and got in touch with one of the GMs. He invited me to their website with a temporary membership to pass on the information about my brother. It was heartwrenching, let me tell you. These people were his dearest friends and they grieved like my family. They were stunned, and had gone through many evolutions of what may have happened to a guy that was ingame literally for years, disappearing suddenly. They wondered all the guilt things - did we piss him off, was he bored, what happened. I was so sorry for them - they lost a member of their crew and had no idea what had happened. the responsed they wrote to me made me cry they were so emotional and powerful.

I also had to attend his funeral where the relatives (who were NOT gamers in any form of the concept) wondered who all these strangers were that sent mass quantities of wreathes and condolances. They just did not understand the concept that an ingame relationship is, very often, much more involved and meaningful than RL relationships - not a replacement, but the social interactions ingame are the same as RL, if only a bit less constrained.

it was an eye opener for me. I try very hard to keep my mates informed (when I travel and will be sporadic in appearance), and hopefully will not cause the grief and angst that these folks suffered.

Win two copies of myPhoneDesktop {TUAW.com}

Feb 11th 2011 2:17PM this looks very nice

Noteshelf wants to give 10 TUAW readers a free license {TUAW.com}

Jan 22nd 2011 10:22AM I want to be able to nail a thought immediately. While I dearly love my moleskines and my fountain pens for beautiful notes, there are times I just need to peg a thought, scribble a time, shuffle expectations without digging in my backpack that I probably left in the car - I would love to have this to be available for those moments. Even to grow into a steady use (sorry moleskine)?

/john

12 Days of Winter Veil Giveaway Day 7: Gigabyte GTX 470 graphics card {WoW}

Dec 28th 2010 10:54AM yes indeed - a new video card. poifect