World Joyland

Well folks, it looks like China has gone beyond the hijacking of simple electronics and software copyrights and decided to head right for the big time.  They’ve taken their disregard for patents to a new level in the form of an entire theme park based on Blizzard’s World of Warcraft.  Naturally, Blizzard had no say in the matter and will be receiving no compensation, but that’s what ripping someone off is all about, right?

The 150-acre park, dubbed World Joyland, is located in Changzhou, Jiangsu Province.  Costing nearly $50 million U.S., the park goes the extra mile in that it doesn’t just rip off WoW, but Starcraft as well.  In order to avoid the obvious copyright issues, they’ve named the Warcraft section ‘Terrain of Magic’ and the Starcraft section ‘Universe of Starship.’

And here are some pretty pictures of the park:


Thanks to blastr for the heads-up.

For the majority of the year, the most serious nerds among us are shut away in dark rooms or basements in front of computer screens and games of Dungeons and Dragons. But every once in a while, the mothership seems to call them all home, at least for the length of a convention or other kind of meet-up. You’ll see Star Wars characters and gamers in a trance, flocking to event sites. Now, we’re not going to delve into the differences between geek and nerd culture. If you want to argue about it, we can probably assume that you fall into one of those two categories and will find a gathering you’ll love below.