richard bartle

Dr. Richard Bartle is a respected academic and author on the subject of virtual worlds. The Bartle test is named for him. See: Bartle on Wikipedia

Massively OP’s 2016 gift guide for the MMORPG bookworm

Hey you! Yeah, the player who actually reads quest text and lore entries when all of the other hooting madmen are furiously clicking past...

Massively Overthinking: Are you suffering from MMORPG burnout?

In last week's Daily Grind about whether or not MMOs are better the second time you play them, the topic of burnout came up. "I...
Still unable to purchase a bra, though.

The Daily Grind: Should MMORPGs levels be used for gating content?

Massively OP reader Sally Bowls recently pointed us to a blog post by Dr Richard Bartle about the leveling mechanic in RPGs --...

The Game Archaeologist: The Island of Kesmai

It was the mid-'80s, and I was just a kid in love with his family's IBM PC. Not having a wealth of capital at...

Hyperspace Beacon: SWTOR’s mid-term report card scored by Bartle’s taxonomy

Well, BioWare, it’s half-way through the year. It’s time to look at how you’ve done with Star Wars: The Old Republic and...

The Game Archaeologist: 1988’s Monster

"You're in the middle of a vast hall stretching out of sight to the east and west. Strange shadows play across the high vaulted...

The Daily Grind: Are OARPGs the future of the MMORPG genre?

Toward the end of 2014, genre academics popularized the idea that the MMORPG genre was becoming "unbundled" -- that MMORPGs were splintering, "with...

The Game Archaeologist: Online gaming service providers of the ’80s and ’90s

As graphical MMOs took off in the 1990s with the advent of games like Neverwinter Nights, The Realm, and Ultima Online,...

‘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...

Tamriel Infinium: Elder Scrolls Online’s 2015 report card

I’ve never had a chance to do an annual "report card" like this for Elder Scrolls Online because I left the game by the time...

The Game Archaeologist: The PLATO MMOs

In tracing the history and pre-history of MMORPGs in this column, we've spent a lot of time outside of the 2000s and into the...

Exploring ‘The Video Game Debate’: Moral panic and online griefing

Welcome back to our ongoing exploration of Rachel Kowert and Thorsten Quandt’s book The Video Game Debate. As you can guess, the book itself...

Massively Overthinking: Let’s take the classic Bartle test

Here's something you probably didn't know: Online worlds researcher Dr. Richard Bartle didn't actually write the Bartle test. His original research explored, analyzed, and defined...

Extra Credits explains Bartle’s Taxonomy and its application

The generally excellent Extra Credits series occasionally touches on MMORPGs and their various systems has a pair of new videos out that might...

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