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Video games, culture wars and the death of community

We live in a world of reality bubbles, media enclaves and echo chambers in which people share and receive the opinions they already hold. For game-makers, this poses a problem. In all human...

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As Richard Garriott's new RPG approaches $6M, he eyes a 2015 full release and book trilogy [correction]

With nearly $6 million raised and 50,000 people spending an average of $115 each on Richard Garriott's still-in-development role-playing game, Shroud of the Avatar looks like it will get its full...

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How World of Warcraft came to rule the world

Much is being written this week to celebrate the tenth anniversary of World of Warcraft, but few insights are as illuminating as this post by Raph Koster. Koster knows as much about multiplayer...

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Ultima Online and Dark Age of Camelot listed on Steam Greenlight

Ultima Online and Dark Age of Camelot, two MMORPGs both with tenures longer than a dozen years, both have appeared on Steam Greenlight, about a month after Broadsword Online Games assumed control...

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Former Ultima Online developers working on MMO that offers 'unparalleled freedom'

Citadel Studios, a game company founded by three former Ultima Online developers, is currently working on a multiplayer role-playing game called Shards Online, which focuses on giving players power...

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Ouya CEO and Ultima Online developer to speak at GDC Next

The inaugural GDC Next, a conference that will be held in Los Angeles from Nov. 5-7, will include speakers like Ouya CEO Julie Uhrman, Ultima Online designer Raph Koster and former Magic: The...

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Lord British and the Oklahoma Land Rush

"There's going to be a land rush. There will be a land grab. Without a doubt." These are the words of Shroud of the Avatar backer Tina Swafford (aka Fireangel). She was talking about the decision...

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Ultima Forever now out on iOS

Ultima Forever: Quest of the Avatar, a free-to-play spiritual successor to Ultima 4, is now out on iOS. The game was first announced in February with little clue to its launch date beyond a...

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Ultima Online developer dispels rumors, introduces new features for the year

In an open letter by producer Bonnie Armstrong on Ultima Online's official site, developer Mythic Entertainment worked to dispel rumors amongst the community that "the sky is falling" in its...