Plenty of panels at GDC are recorded and uploaded to the internet weeks after the event. It’s not quite the same as being there, as you miss a few things. For example, this year’s Ultima Online Post-Mortem panel was packed. It was international. It was fun, gross, nostalgiac, and sometimes groan-inducing. And I’d hate to just summarize the talk, especially since some of you vets have heard these stories before, but since ya’ll couldn’t make it, I’ll do it. For you. But for this particular panel, not only will I try to summarize what was said before the panel will be viewable online in a few weeks, but I’ll dish out on the after-panel chat with Richard Garriott, Starr Long, Raph Koster, and Rich Vogel, including comments from the team on bad bans, kingslaying, VR, and the state of the MMORPG. Doom desires Let’s set the stage for a moment here. As the UO team pointed out, our current setups are significantly better than … [Read more...] about GDC 2018: Ultima Online post-mortem with Richard Garriott, Starr Long, Raph Koster, and Rich Vogel
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Over the last couple of years, we’ve redoubled our efforts on our science-related articles, as you may have noticed from our roundups in 2016 and 2015. Last year, we even hired on a staff writer specifically to cover gaming science, especially as it relates to MMORPGs, and we’ve been collecting all of his work along with our other science posts in their very own category. Read on for a recap of our best science-related MMO articles from 2017, from EVE Online’s real-life hunt for exoplanets and the economics of MMO monetization to how lockboxes use psychology to manipulate us and the math behind the gamblebox phenom. Dr Richard Bartle even announced a new gamer matrix this year. Don’t worry; there won’t be a quiz at the end! Academics weigh in on ‘gaming addiction’ claims - We've previously discussed that according to the Manual of Mental Disorders and the industry standard Diagnostic and Statistical Manual … [Read more...] about A look back at the MMO and gaming science topics of 2017
It’s never been easier to successfully create, market, and sell a profitable product or service: Interested in writing a novel? You can create an entire eBook from the comfort of your living room, upload it to Amazon, and then start selling it to your readers in a matter of minutes. Looking to teach a course? Websites like Skillshare and Udemy provide all the tools you need to design and create entire online courses. How about offering one-on-one consulting services? Tools like Google Hangouts and Skype allow for real-time audio and video chat, effortless sharing of documents, and so on. Plus, the widespread availability of other affordable and effective business tools makes the entire process of launching a business today far easier than in the past. Despite these facts, many people continue to suffer from the inability and/or unwillingness to go beyond mere ideas by actually executing a business plan or strategy. As entrepreneur and investor Chris Sacca once famously said: … [Read more...] about 6 Books Guaranteed to Help You Execute Your Business Idea
It’s that time of the year again! While on one end congratulates are being over poured, on the other end lies a dark mystery of the unknown future of life ahead of college. Its Graduation time! Who doesn’t love the graduation/convocation day attire with that dark rayon academic gown, a mortar board hat on top and with a degree in hand, set to face real life for the first time. Real life might not be as easy as shown in movies for most of the people. And for that very reason, colleges arrange for commencement speakers on the graduation day of students to provide them insights about real life from the experienced lot! Commencement speeches are basically a revealing of harsh truth in a pleasant and inspirational manner for students to give a hint of what’s coming ahead. Commencement speeches have become a collegiate tradition in graduation schools worldwide and now are beginning to take place in Indian graduation schools also. We have made this wonderful list of the top … [Read more...] about Inspiration For Students: Top 15 Commencement Speeches Ever!