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Welcome! I am teaching law at St. Petersburg State University and engaged in legal practice with the international law firm Dentons. Major part of my research is connected to virtual worlds and massive multiplayer online games (a broad field which includes Internet law, video game law, virtual law and game studies). My legal practice is focused on providing support to computer game companies. This interest derives from my passion for computer games which I consider as one of the most important cultural artifacts ever created. Please note that this blog conveys my private opinion which is not necessarily shared by any organisations I am associated with. For more formal and detailed introduction please visit my website arkhipov.info which serves more as a 'business card'.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Don't Miss: Cthulhu Saves The World

Howard Phillips Lovecraft was a talented man with uneasy personal life. He definitely succeeded in affecting modern popular culture with what may be called 'cosmic horror', the central line of his novels. 

Lovecraft's works may be considered too pessimistic, too gloomy, and probably this is the point why Cthulhu - inhuman cosmic entity - firstly became an internet meme, and then, due to the efforts of Zeboyd Games, a hero of a parody game. Fear is what Lovecraftian Cthulhu Mythos evokes, and laughter is a good way to overcome it. 

In Cthulhu Saves The World, available at Steam, the protagonist is firstly defeated and deprived of his (its?) cosmic powers. To regain them so that he can destroy the world he must become a true hero - save people, do other good things and so on. His first plan is to destroy the world after becoming a hero, but is this possible? No spoilers, I stop here.

The game has great oldschool 16-bit graphics and is a little bit less than overdozed with subtle humour. One of the strongest point is epic music which alone can make the game worth buying. 


Sunday, June 9, 2013

MOOCs: Massive Open Online Courses

Further to my brief Coursera post, Allison Morris kindly offered me to share a nice chart focused on MOOCs or Massive Open Online Courses. 

Here is the link to the chart at Online Courses blog where it is published with resolution best for reading. Click 'READ MORE' to see some of my prima facie thoughts on the matter.

Why Virtual Property Is Better Than Real Property?

Because it does not burn.

Below is a picture of a kitchen corner in my apartment where a fire started three weeks ago, burning a plastic water pipe under pressure which led to property damage with smoke and water (and this explains why I was away from this blog). 

All appliances were in order and switched off, and there is no reason to believe that it was an arson. That is why I wonder now whether it was a kind reminder from above that the real world also deserves some attention? Or quite the opposite?

In any case, right now the consequences are mitigated, the repairs done, and life goes on. Do not forget to think about an insurance for such kind of situations, if insurance is not mandatory in your jurisdiction.