How to Have Fun Browsing the Web

PMOG is a passively multiplayer online game I’ve been playing for a few months. It’s less of a game in and of itself and more of a game of using the internet. You earn 2 DP (data points) for every domain you visit. You can place mines on sites so another PMOGger’s browser shakes all around for a few seconds when they hit it. You can create and take missions, which are collections of web sites that have short annotations describing them. Creating missions is another way to earn DP too.

You get assigned three associations, kind of like clans in MUDs, based on what tools you use. I’ve chosen benefactor (my preferred association) which means you give out DP and other items in crates.

There also badges you can earn. Some are based on visiting sites for a certain period of time, others are based on using a certain number of tools.

It’s a fun, casual game and nearly all the folks I’ve interacted with have been friendly and helpful. In some cases you don’t even remember you’re playing until you smack into a mine. Then you can get the guy (or gal) back with a St. Nick, keeping them from deploying their next mine.

PMOG comes in the form of a Firefox extension that shows your status, DP and items. It’s gotten some press recently which has increased the number of players.

If you join, let me know and I’ll hook you up with some DP and answer any questions you may have.

Update: PMOG changed its name to The Nethernet. It’s the same game with some new tools and interactions.


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  1. I joined as etoile, now what?

    Comment by Meredith on October 26, 2008 @ 9:43 am
  2. Install the Firefox extension and browse as you would normally. As you do, you’ll come across mines, portals, and missions. Or you can go to the missions page to find ones that look interesting.

    Comment by Dan on October 27, 2008 @ 9:23 am

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