And now a little wrap-up after the silly Quaker MMORPG hoax I perpetuated over the couple of days. For those I fooled and are miffed about it, my apologies. It was only meant in good fun, I assure you. My intent was simply to riff on the announcement earlier this week of a new virtual world for Muslims, which was widely panned on the tech blogosphere.
Only one person saw fit to check my sources (which were made up) and comment on my blog about it. Another reporter IMed me to ask me straight out to ask me if it was a hoax, which I fessed up to immediately. At least one prominent tech news site editor was so put out he will no longer link to my posts. Oh well.
Most people took the posts at face value, despite how ludicrous I thought I made them sound. I guess it’s been awhile since I’ve done a hoax post ( “ICANN announces that it now controls the virtual world as well as the web“, “easyJet chief announces new low-cost, no-frills virtual world: easyLife” ), so it caught my readers unawares.
Some people got the joke and were riffing on it:
The Amish community was supposed to make an announcement today as
well… Is anyone going to be in PA so they can hear the spoken word announcement? Supposedly they’re working on a board game similar to mousetrap, strings and pegs all over the place, simulating everything from a barn-raising to churning milk. Should be exciting, they’ll also have barn babes at the Creams and Ewe Show held annually in the heart of the Village of Intercourse in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. That’s also known as the CES for those of us in the know, can’t wait!! I hear Eicher-Albrecht is going to be showing off a new butter churn this year…
A number of folks actually seemed enthused about a Quaker MMORPG, which surprised me the most. I think the idea of a MMOG that doesn’t rely on killing to advance has a certain appeal to parents and some gamers:
A post about Quakers? I guess I have to reply to this one. All I can say
is this is the first I have heard of this. I will of course have to check it out if it is released.