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Forumwarz has been reviewed on the Onion’s A.V. Club! It will also be featured in the print version of the paper:
At first glance, ForumWarz is just a fantastically offensive satire of the Internet. The interface fits right inside your browser to give you a new browser, crammed with dummied-up Google apps, message boards filled with gibbering morons, and fly-by parodies of technorati like BoingBoing’s Cory Doctorow or supergamer Fatal1ty. It’s an elaborate piss-take on the Web. But ForumWarz’s real accomplishment is in threading an actual story through all the fetishes and so-three-minutes-ago memes.
All in all a very solid review! It would be nice if they review could actually link to our game though :)
We were featured on the 82nd episode of NoobToob!
If you want to hear about Forumwarz, skip to around the 15 minute mark. The review is very flattering!
All of the core Forumwarz team live in Toronto, and we’re all pretty proud of that fact.
Toronto has two major weekly newspapers, and we were lucky enough to be featured in this week’s issue of NOW! magazine:
Because the game was designed by Torontonians, some Hogtown references pepper the game.
For instance, a character named Doctor O. is based on Cory Doctorow, a famous Toronto-born blogger, tech writer and NOW cover boy, and one animated sequence for the Emo Kid avatar features a TTC bus stop sign. As Drach explains, a game like Forumwarz could only have come from Toronto.
“The combination of snarky, self-deprecating, sometimes absurdist wit with a relatively measured business outlook probably wouldn’t materialize elsewhere. It’s too irreverent for Silicon Valley and too edgy for Wall Street.”
Since the majority of our players come from the United States, I suspect that many of you reading this won’t have heard of this magazine, but locally it’s seems to be somewhat of a litmus test of coolness! It’s highly flattering to be featured in this way :)
It’s quite long and goes into huge amount of depth about Forumwarz, its development process, our team and everything else under the sun. It was the first time I’ve done an interview with someone who had actually completed the game, and I think it really shows through in the quality of the discussion.
Here’s a snippet of me talking about the introduction to the game:
When I first came up with the idea, Jalapeno and I spent a little time looking at other web RPGs. And I couldn’t believe how obtuse some of them were. There was one, I honestly forget which one, that said “The best way to get started is to read our wiki.” And I thought that was ridiculous, as if someone is going to sit down and read through a wiki before playing.
A week ago, someone added an article to wikipedia about our game, and we were delighted because it was fairly detailed. We were sad to see though, that by morning it was deleted.
Someone started a thread on our flamebate forums asking about it, and we bounced around various ideas for making a new article that wouldn’t be rejected.
Then, this morning, out of left field, I was delighted to find out that the article had been brought back! Apparently one of our users is an admin on wikipedia, and brought it back and made the necessary changes to prevent it from being deleted again. It helps to have users in high places!
Yesterday, waxy.org, a.k.a Andy Baio called our game “supremely brilliant” in his link blog.
Today, Wired’s Blog picked up the story from Waxy, and wrote up a fantastic article about us. Here’s an excerpt:
Definitely not a site for the easily offended (in fact you have to type the sentence “I am not easily offended” to enter the site) or those with any sensitivity really, but pretty funny for the rest of us. At least until you head over to YouTube, read some comments and realize that the fictitious world of Forumwarz is all too parallel to the real web.
Of course, our server is starting to feel the strain of all these incoming users. We’ve put in an order to get some more RAM which should hopefully improve performance!
We got a nice write in Digital Journal about Forumwarz.
Here’s a snippet:
Developed by Toronto-based Crotch Zombie Productions, this online game about online culture is a needle in a haystack of role-playing games about the same-old themes. But Forumwarz differentiates itself by mocking stereotypical comment hounds, giving a satirical twist to inserting quick phrases into threads. And a warning to anyone easily offended: This site is designed for a mature audience and it holds nothing back.