Category Archives: Game Industry

Don’t Make an MMO

Bill Roper is known for work on Blizzard titles from 1994 to 2003. Since then, he admits that he’s met with less success, for whatever reasons. After his experiences on the sort-of MMO Hellgate, and Cryptic’s two recent releases, Roper expressed concern that the funding model of MMO development is broken, especially when it comes […]

First to Market Not as Valuable Anymore

In a typical race, a head start is pretty valuable. And in a new mediumĀ it used to be damn valuable to be first. Being first attracted players that bore with them their own gravity, their own social weight to draw on yet more players. This has been especially true for multiplayer games of any kind. […]

No Bioshock MMO? No Kidding!

In order to explain why Take Two won’t be making a Bioshock MMO, Chairman Scott Zelnick does what CEOs do best, he spouts some popular wisdom: “How many MMOs have worked in US market? WOW and Everquest.” Scott is right. Take Two shouldn’t make a Bioshock MMO. But he’s all wrong as to the reasons […]

Supreme Deliberation

Every once in a while, a politician turns his or her attention to video games. And we respond with giving them attention, whether it’s Hillary, Tipper, or Lieberman. The latest crusade, led by Schwarzenegger (fate is indeed not without a sense of humor), has led to the Supreme Court’s involvement. Neither my study of political […]