official welcome

Just three hours after my musing on AlanWAKEnet becoming the official fansite and the developers’ attitude towards the fanhood, ↑MikaRMD announced AlanWAKEnet to be the game’s official fansite: It also gives me a great pleasure that we can announce ↑www.alanwake.net as official fan site. The site is still owned and run by our long time fan, ADoomedMarine. By calling it an official fan site, I hope that we (our guys at Remedy) can make alanwake.net forums our interactive “home” on the internet. The official home pages at ↑www.alanwake.com will, of course, be the place to get the latest official news … Continue reading

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road to wake

 At ↑Remedy‘s official ↑Alan Wake website a ↑read the buzz section has been added, being a link-collection to press-comments on the presentation of ↵Alan Wake at ↑E3. Furthermore a link to the ↑AlanWAKE.Net Forums has been prominently placed—the developer-company has linked itself officially to the emerging community. At the latter forums there now are world exclusive ↑screencaps of the E3 tech demo to be seen. Naturally they are quite blurry, but are giving a little more impression of Pride Falls’ universe. Call it marketing-strategy or what you like—I sense it to be something more, an integral part of the online-culture … Continue reading

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mphq again

Just some minutes ago I discovered that ↑Max Payne Headquarters (MPHQ), the once blooming, thriving, and buzzing core of my community has once again gone online—maybe since 12 May 2005. A new chapter in its changeful and sometimes fateful history. Which gives me the chance for a little roundup of the community sites. The most reliable and sustainable sites—apart from the official ↑3DR-forums—of the MP-community have been the German ones: ↑Max Payne Area and ↑Max Payne Zone. And those still are quite active, but ↑Max Payne Source, once the hopeful substitute for then vanished MPHQ, idles. ↑Payne Reactor at the … Continue reading

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alan wake zone

The wake spreads—on 18 May 2005 ↑Max Payne Zone has launched its offspring ↑Alan Wake Zone. ADoomedMarine from ↑AlanWAKE.net commented: “Let me just say it’s good to see everyone from the Max Payne community jumping ship and supporting Remedy like that. Agree?” It seems like ↵I was right with ‘Max Payne is dead—long live Alan Wake.’ This ↑comment suports it, too: “We’ll wait and see but we are gonna enjoy this game as a fanatic Remedy hailing community, that’s for sure.”—↑Froz. … Continue reading

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in the wake

With ↵Alan Wake a new, albeit concealed door to the anthropological understanding of online-communities appeared for me. Striding through this portal hopefully will allow me to shed light on the ↵issues my project is concerned with, by swimming in the wake of a new community. There is the chance to ‘be there’ from the very beginning, to follow every phase of community-building, appropriation, change, and so on. I dropped into the original Max-Payne community quite early, but never was a first-hour member. With Alan Wake I dare say I am. And now the situation is different, because meanwhile—after struggling to … Continue reading

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deciphering blogs

Some days ago a colleague of mine came to my office and said thank you for my forwarding to her a call for papers, which fell right into the category of her research. “You’re welcome,” I said, “I knew that you are not reading the ↑ethno::log on a regular basis. So I thought direct forwarding would be best.” She replied: “You know what? When I was a kid my mother did not allow me to read comics. I guess that’s the cause why I do not get along with blogs, websites, and the like.” … Continue reading

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wandering astray

on boundaries, fieldwork, and tags in letters It is sunday and I am at home. That means going online is only possible on 56k—a slight difference to the 100Mbit/s at the office; I shy away from going online so slow and am working offline. Working means reviewing and sorting the fieldnotes, -downloads, and logs of the last days into their appropriate daily folders. Apart from this I try to finish the begun weblog-entries, and try to bring them into an online-publishable format. By format I do not mean technicalities like inserting html-tags, but the texts themselves. Writing for immediate publication, … Continue reading

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new snake

taming of peripheral computer hardware revisited Today I bought a Razer Diamondback, the follow-up of the legendary Razer Boomslang. It glides over the pad seemingly almost without any friction. Its 1600dpi suit me very well, as meanwhile I am used to my Boomslang’s 2100. The ‘magma-glow’ looks nice, although I do not think it is necessary. The mouse really feels good, but despite of the glow does not radiate the mythical atmosphere of its predecessor. There simply is neither the same kind of history nor tradition yet — at least to me. And I indeed feel something like a traitor, … Continue reading

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blogging and mapping

The last week was pretty much filled with two major tasks: Finally setting up this weblog and working on the map I am contributing to the Max-Payne-2 modification “Rogue-Ops”. Unfortunately I can’t show off any screenshots of my map yet, as looks and contents of it still are secrets to be kept inside the team. [Screenshots of my contributions to the mods Lightsaber 4.0, 5.0, the first chain map project, and the real world can be seen at the exhibition-section of maxmod, my project’s website.] To get an idea of Rogue-Ops visit the website and its media-section. The mod progresses … Continue reading

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most immersive moment in a computergame

The day before yesterday I got Half Life 2 (HL2) and installed it in the afternoon. Although Steam is kind of embarassing it worked fine. Then, still being in the office, I started to play it. And I have to say it is absolutely amazing, stunning, and whatnot. In the evening I continued to play until 2AM yesterday. I do not yet know how to make screenshots ingame, but I definitely have to work that out. There was one scene/incident in a concrete water-reservoir, diving in the water, a corpse of a killed combine-policeman floating above me, and the bubble … Continue reading

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