Gaming World still leaking into Real World

The Real Warthog

A series of images & videos I’ve been watching from all over the Internet seem to affirm the notion that that the gaming world has “leaked” into the real:

  • A Shanghai online game player stabbed to death a competitor who sold his cyber-sword, the China Daily said yesterday, creating a dilemma in China where no law exists for the ownership of virtual weapons. Qiu Chengwei, 41, stabbed competitor Zhu Caoyuan repeatedly in the chest after he was told Zhu had sold his “dragon sabre”, used in the popular online game Legend of Mir 3, the newspaper said a Shanghai court was told on Tuesday. According to the BBC article, eBay’s internet games section saw more than $9m in trades in 2003 alone. Furthermore, an increasing number of gamers are settling virtual property disputes in courts.
  • Wanna drive a real-life Warthog from HALO (see photo above)? Peugeot have taken our wildest fantasies one stage closer to reality with the Hoggar – a concept dune buggy. Although the press release fails to mention how the suspension copes with running over Covenant Elite, there’s no doubt that someone in the French car maker’s design offices owns an Xbox. Wish I could own one!
  • Derren Brown, a popular TV hypnotist, builds a “zombie killing” arcade machine which flashes light into some poor gamer’s eyes until he goes into a sleep trance. He then take this person into a creepy place where “real zombies” roam. Worse than watching lab monkeys… (via Wonderland)
  • Here is an award-winning 2003 video reenactment of Grand Theft Auto. Includes three complete GTA scenarios, with car-chases, major arsenals, bullet-time video effects and lots more. It’s funny, but if you’ve play’d GTA, you’d think this is quite surreal. (via BoingBoing)
  • Counter-Strike players in battle-dress running around with fake guns, pretending to be Counter-Strike characters — they fall over and their legs continue to run, their guns are fixed at shoulder height and move with them, etc. Best of all is the game audio, which they badly lip-synch to. (via BoingBoing)