Koster on Star Wars Galaxies’ dynamic world

    
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I don't like this, but hey, someone did.

Raph Koster isn’t done talking about Star Wars Galaxies yet, and that’s good news for fans, aspiring designers, or really anyone who realizes that MMORPGs can do more.

Koster’s latest blog post focuses on Galaxies‘ dynamic world, which he describes as ahead of its time given its detail, complexity, and the fact that DVD drives weren’t widespread when the title shipped in 2003. “A huge part of the ‘living world’ quality of Galaxies came down to the idea that we shouldn’t necessarily know what was in our world,” Koster writes. “That it should be surprising us, as well as the players.”

In a nutshell, Koster and the rest of SOE’s design team opted for a system that was sorta like “marrying Photoshop layers with procedural generation.” It’s far more complex, of course, and you can read all the details at Koster’s blog.

[Source: SWG’s dynamic world]

Check out our past posts on Koster’s SWG restrospectives:

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m3mnoch
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raphkoster Perfect Hero heh.  pishaw.  you’re far too nice and genuine to get cranky at folks like him, so people who actually know you will always voice their displeasure when someone starts spewing disrespect.

besides, i don’t need a reason to dogpile on ignorant people, man.  you know that.  it’s like a hobby of mine!  duty calls!  https://xkcd.com/386/

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Perfect Hero raphkoster I didn’t mean to start people dogpiling on you, I apologize.

m3mnoch
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Kalogrenant i find this comment fairly funny and completely ignorant of how business actually works.

let’s say you were a really, really large company, right?  and let’s say you wanted to get as much bang-for-the-buck as you can for all of your games.  personally, if it were me, i would acquire a guy who was boots-on-the-ground amazing as a designer and world builder and spread him around to every game we’re launching as an embedded, internal consultant.  i would put him on the greenlight committee.  eventually, after being part of a couple good games and one really, really big game, i might even let him design a new, amazing game from the ground up.  then, 2/3 the way through the development, i might force him to ruin it because it wasn’t enough like all of those other social games out there. (really?!?!?)  and then, i would totally kill the budget and shut the project down because it didn’t test well because it was too much like those other social games that were now starting to fail.

dude, if that were me?  i’d totally go somewhere else and maybe do some consulting for a while.  get clear of any obligations i might have had for that company.  then, maybe make a kickstarter game or something.

i dunno.  i’m just spit-balling here.

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Perfect Hero breetoplay “Anyone can write on a blog”

so very true.  in fact, you should do that.  and get people to pay attention to you.  and have game developers pay you obscene money for your advice.

yeah, if it’s easy and anyone can do it, you should totally do that.  that way, you wouldn’t have to live with your mom anymore.  besides, she packs you awful lunches — if you were a famous game designer, you could totally eat whatever you wanted.

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Perfect Hero raphkoster If you have to look up Eric Clapton, then your opinions on culture relevance in general are completely suspect at best.

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raphkoster Perfect Hero weird.  i’m pretty sure i was sitting across the room from you when you were working on disney infinity.  if fact, after you left, we had to come get and repurpose your dev kit because they were in short supply.

so, is Perfect Hero joking?   or just stupid?

tho, i guess if he doesn’t know who eric clapton is, i suspect it’s just the latter.  otherwise, he would of course realize that during his “what have you done for me lately” timeframe, you were making games for disney — you know, where they don’t really promote all of the people who are working on what project.  right, gordon?  right starr?  right warren?

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melissamcdon cald
This is from one of the mods on the SWGemu page.
http://s7.directupload.net/images/130507/xxeothyu.jpg
This is from another site mod the galaxy that and the mod seems to be about creating a new client with lots of new effects and so on, this one show off the lighting.

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DPandaren Yeah, I’ve noted my confusion above. My memory focused on the drive itself which to me looks the same. Also, I had a DVD drive in 2003 on a laptop and a desktop but only really used it for movies I bet, now that I think about it. So yeah… my original comment is dumb.

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Perfect Hero breetoplay Sure, anyone can write on a blog. Not everyone can write anything worth reading or heeding.

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raphkoster Why take seriously someone who has to Google Clapton? I had a similar moment of clarity a few months ago on Massively-that-was when a commenter said something to the effect of “Richard Bartle who?” and then doubled-down by suggesting Bartle’s ideas had no relevance in 2015. I mean, if that’s not trolling, it’s certainly so ignorant as to be unworthy of rebuttal.
I apologize for this poster’s incredible rudeness.