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

    
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“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.

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RichardBartle

Karl_Hungus Gawd, I hated that wallpaper…

BritoBruno
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BritoBruno

Mark Jacobs RichardBartle And this, my friends, is how people inside the industry should behave. With kindness and appreciation.
Imagine how awesome the games would be if the competition was healthy and the friendship, true.

Michael18
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Michael18

RichardBartle breetoplay orionite 
Thanks for the info! In this case I will definitely get it.

Mark Jacobs
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Mark Jacobs

RichardBartle Mark Jacobs Thanks Richard, much appreciated! You know how I feel about you, your accomplishments, and your importance to the industry (especially when only handfuls of people really gave a damn about online games). It’s why I always call out folks like you/Roy and Kesmai, because without you the online industry would not be where it is today. 

It’s been too long, we need to catch up sometime soon.

RichardBartle
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RichardBartle

breetoplay orionite In case you miss the post I’ve just made somewhere above: the price is wrong, it’s supposed to be $29.99 .

RichardBartle
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RichardBartle

SallyBowls1 Yes, I use those slides in a lot of my talks. I’d take out that line if Roy Trubshaw were in the audience, though!

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RichardBartle

Siphaed I asked the book’s editor about this. Here’s his reply:

“Thanks for reporting this to us, Richard. I’m not sure
why that’s happened – they should both be $29.99. I’ve asked for the data to be
changed on Amazon.”

Just as well you pointed it out – thanks!

Richard

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RichardBartle fangGWJ Not among Massively. MMOers here seem to be keenly aware that UO was a “world to live in” while WOW and its clones have been over simplified “games to play in”. It was a sad leap going from virtual worlds to lowly games. Hopefully games like Camelot Unchained can help push things back in the (in my opinion) right direction.

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Siphaed Veldan  In most industries, “normal”  = “a marketing scheme to increase profits.”

Long before digital, textbooks had new versions mostly as a way to hurt used book sales. But digital has its own issues.

“AspenLaw, wants students to pay $200 for a bound casebook, but at the end of class they have to give it back. ”

“Vital Source Technologies is now providing time-limited medical textbooks to universities. Password protected books as predicted in The Right To Read by Richard Stallman are finally becoming a reality.”

SallyBowls1
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RichardBartle Koshelkin I have linked before to your 
http://mud.co.uk/richard/CEEC.pdf

which goes through the SWTOR from WoW from EQ from DIKUMUD from AberMUD from MUD and ends with
“Mud wasn’t based on anything
– why i’m giving this talk and you’re not “