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Apparently, the first Jedi initiate has emerged in the online game Star Wars Galaxies. The game is set up to require people to play for a long time before they get enough skill to evolve into Jedi-dom. Though it took months, and thousands of players whacking away at it, a player named “Monika T’Sarn” finally figured out the secret to “unlock her Force Sensitive Slot.”

Of course, I have no idea why the game designers decided it was a good idea to name this trick “unlocking your Force Sensitive Slot.” These are the same people who wonder why intelligent adults and women aren’t interested in video games. God almighty.

(Thanks to Slashdot for finding this one!)

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I'm Clive Thompson, the author of Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better (Penguin Press). You can order the book now at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powells, Indiebound, or through your local bookstore! I'm also a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and a columnist for Wired magazine. Email is here or ping me via the antiquated form of AOL IM (pomeranian99).

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