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  • MMOs in China
    Joystiq interviews Hoyt Ma of The9 talking about bringing the MMORPG World of Warcraft to the massive Chinese audience: "Korean-style games were dominating in China before WoW -- games with 2D graphics that require a lot of clicking like Diablo. WoW is one of the first western-style MMORPG games with 3D graphics, so there was that 2D mindset to overcome. But there were other barriers. WoW requires middle to high-end PC configurations, as well as a broadband Internet connection, and cost is a major barrier to Chinese gamers. Another issue was the perceived complexity with the interface input - Chinese gamers were used to the Korean games where you just click the mouse. However, during game testing, we discovered that newbies could pick up WoW within 5-10 minutes, so user friendliness was a very important consideration."
  • Red Cross
    Shacknews' Q&A with David Pratt of the Canadian Red Cross discusses the stink they are raising over the illegal use of the Red Cross logo in games. "Yeah, we're in touch with certainly the American Red Cross and others. Hoewver [sic], I want to emphasize this as strongly as possible, this involves people in the pdocution [sic] of toy kits, people in the medical profession, doctors and dentists who are appropriating the symbol for their own prupose [sic], people who repair computers who use the red cross as their symbol. There are literally countless examples. Any any given time within the Canadian Red Cross, we're dealing with over 100 cases. It doesn't involve just the games industry, it is cross-cutting, and even actually some governmental and non governmental organizations. "

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10. Red Cross Feb 12, 2006, 20:52 UnderLord
 
I thought maybe the logo was derived from the cross of St George, so I googled: "history of the red cross".
The first hit is a bit of an eye opener about the U.S version!
http://www.counterpunch.org/allen10202005.html
The founder of the original Red Cross would doubtless be rather displeased by the modern time wasters.
http://www.icrc.org/Web/Eng/siteeng0.nsf/iwpList288/E4986214B3F2CF1DC1256B66005B0ED2
They are also known elsewhere as Red Crescent and Red Lion (Sun was dropped in 1980) Good luck changing the name of hundreds of pubs in England!
The flag question is andsweed here:-
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_Cross_%28symbol%29
It's a reverse Swedish flag, to symbolise neutrality, what a good concept, they should try it!


 
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