Turbine founder Johnny Monsarrat reminisces about the early days of MMO development

    
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It’s good now and again to take a look back at how things used to be to really appreciate where we are now, and nowhere is that more true than in the journey of video game and MMO development. A bit of that context is provided in an interview that YouTUber Andang had with Turbine founder Johnny Monsarrat.

Monsarrat provided a candid look back at the lifespan of the company, from its humble life as 12 guys in his mom’s house to a full-blown development studio. It covers nearly the entire gamut of the company’s experience, from its first panicked tech demo to its big financial break with Microsoft. Monsarrat also talks at length about his new company and its Pokemon GO-like augmented reality mobile title.

The video itself is a meaty hour’s worth of interview, but if you’d like a bit more context on just how MMORPGs first came to be, it’s certainly worth the time.

source: YouTube, with thanks to Andang for the link to his video!
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Melissa McDonald

they made LOTRO… they have my undying love

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NecroFox4

I remember talking to Mr. Monsarrat about the early days of Turbine and AC not too long ago, while I was working with a bunch of folks to try and “save” AC from being shut down by WB. He’s a pretty interesting guy with one hell of a story.

I’m not really into his new idea, but I still wish him and Monsarrat Inc the very best.

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Dankey Kang

Grandpa voice: “Back in mah day, we didn’t have your fancy high speed internet connections and your advanced 3d graphics; no siree.”

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Schmidt.Capela

Given your avatar I would say you lost a great chance to use a meme ;-)

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K38FishTacos

Like a pendulum, when people get tired of the vapidity of go-go-go someone will innovate and things will come around again and old ways will be re-explored, new things will come with that. Always pros and cons, if I’ve learned anything about life by now.

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Wakkander

Pity how the story ended

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Vaeris

Turbine gave me my first go at beta testing with Asheron’s Call back when it was, ya know, actual testing. Man I miss those days as a MMORPG gamer. So much to get excited about. The thought of what these online worlds “could” be.

So much let down.

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NecroFox4

I’d really love to experience that kind of excitement again one day. But I highly doubt I’ll ever get as excited about an MMO now as I was about Asheron’s Call back in 99.