‘Father of MMORPGs’ Richard Bartle is publishing new books on the genre


“Father of MMORPGs” Dr. Richard Bartle, author of the pioneering research that spawned the Bartle test, is publishing two new books about our imperiled genre.

MMOs from the Inside Out: The History, Design, Fun, and Art of Massively-multiplayer Online Role-playing Games, the longer of the pair, will focus on MMORPG design.

“[It] speaks to the designers and players of MMOs, taking it as axiomatic that such games are inspirational and boundless forces for good. The aim of this book is to enthuse an up-coming generation of designers, to inspire and educate players and designers-to-be, and to reinvigorate those already working in the field who might be wondering if it’s still all worthwhile.”

MMOs from the Outside In: The Massively-Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games of Psychology, Law, Government, and Real Life will examine MMO research and educate readers on “how the world can change MMOs,” both for good and bad.

Both books are made out of actual paper and are available for preorder on Amazon, with release dates in April 2016.

Massively OP’s writers and readers took an updated version of the Bartle test last year and compared results.

Previous articleChoose My Adventure: Trying on the Shroud of the Avatar
Next articlePlanetSide 2’s next major patch lets you gather and build

No posts to display

oldest most liked
Inline Feedback
View all comments