Author: Locke Hilderbrand

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The Battle of Online Currency

There’s been several battles on this topic from account bannings to players in some games taking matters into their own hands. Going on gold farmer raids, putting them on hit lists and hunting them down. But now, a more interesting approach is being taken by Blizzard, the makers of World of Warcraft.

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Vikings, Pirates and Ninjas, Oh My

In the summer of 2007, two major genres of the pop subculture came to a close. It was the last installment of Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean as well as the release of the final Harry Potter book. And even though “Talk Like a Pirate Day” is still around and we’re still having fun with the concept of plundering the seven seas, the love of all things pirate has all but vanished.

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Culture of Upgrade

One thing we can’t deny about our culture is that we are technological nomads. Once we discover something, we use it until we’ve tapped out our interest and then promptly move on to something else. However, it’s not always a quick transition. Blu-Ray is taking a while. I believe this is because people don’t feel there is enough of a difference to justify the cost versus DVD.

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Pop Goes the Subculture

We all know Twilight is making some serious cash, and that everyone else is cashing in on the vampire craze too. But, what made it a craze, what came before it, and what’s coming up to battle the vampire out for box office and teen obsessive glory; when subculture and cult classics get re-spun into modern characters, anything can become a pop-subculture smash. Welcome to part one of a three-part look at the world of subculture pop culture.

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The Endless Metabo Battle

One thing I was always fascinated with while living in Japan was the fight against your aging metabolism, or “metabo” for short. See, a couple of years ago the Japanese Ministry of Health started to popularize the fears of metabolic syndrome, and became a product innovation platform of its own.