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VirginWorlds is a weekly news podcast covering Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games (MMORPGs) such as World of Warcraft, EverQuest, Guild Wars, City of Heroes, Eve Online, Vanguard, Lord of the Rings Online and many many more. The VirginWorlds MMORPG Podcast is the flagship podcast of the VirginWorlds MMO Podcast Collective found at http://www.virginworlds.com

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VirginWorlds Podcast #85 - Austin GDC 2007
Mon, 10 Sep 2007 07:29:00 GMT [download/play]



Austin GDC 2007 has come to close and Brent has all the details.  This two hour epic podcast includes details on the keynote speech from Mike Morhaime President of Blizzard Entertainment, David Perry CEO of Gameconsultants.com and his MMORPG projects, EVE Online's economy and voice communication technologies, White Wolf's World of Darkness, Icarus Studio's MMORPG development platform, a presentation on online gaming's biggest opportunities from industry leaders, a discussion on alternative game press and much more.  Enjoy.

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Episode 85 Discussion Thread

'Yes we did' by Dathmar
Submitted on 2007-09-10 06:04:58 CST
Nice to hear from you again.


'Welcome Back ' by brackishwater
Submitted on 2007-09-10 17:11:36 CST
I loved the economists outlook. The fact that he sees MMO worlds as alternate worlds rather than virtual just made me smile.

Think that guy from White Wolf is going to regret saying that they are looking for just about every level programmer? $10 says his mailbox is absolutely packed right now.

How did you guys feel when you heard that guy from Icarus?
Do you think that the availiablity if that toolset will dilute the quality and legitimacy of Virtual Worlds and MMOs?

About halfway through right now but sounds like you had a great time Brent. Good to have you back.



'great episode' by hallower
Submitted on 2007-09-10 17:13:30 CST
Some great interviews, and with folks I probably wouldn't have heard otherwise.

Haro stopped by my site to remind me that his name is "Sulka" and not "Sulake". Sulake is the name of the company. I'm glad you made the same mistake, 'cause now I don't feel so bad. ;) Luckily, it's easier to go back and edit a blog than a podcast.

I think we were both just tired.



'Back with a vengeance' by Bman
Submitted on 2007-09-11 10:47:39 CST
Great show for your return to podcasting! I was particularly impressed by David Perry, who gave a great interview and sounds much less out of his mind now. :) Hearing Mark Jacobs totally shut down Raph Koster was pretty awesome too; excellent choice of clips from that panel.

I hope you told the Colony Studios guy that their website still sucks.



'So big it needed two bites' by scytale2
Submitted on 2007-09-11 14:06:46 CST
An interesting and Epic podcast in many senses.

There clearly is an animosity between Raph and the boring guys that run the "traditional" MMOs, who just spout the same old predictable stuff, talking about revenue rather than playerbase. You can't tell me that there isn't a "free to play" revenue model that WoW could have used and exposed their game to many more people.

Having heard the whole podcast, it is worrying that people "fall" into running MMOs. It's no real surprise that we get little originality under these circumstances, so much so, that they have to "ask the audience" for a concept. It's hardly very hard to come up with a winning concept in this hugely open market there is out there at the moment.

It's a shame that there aren't more Raphs about teasing, cajoling, cheesing off, wheedling and, I hope, ultimately changing the face of the on-line multiparticipant experience.



'VOIP tech' by Talyn
Submitted on 2007-09-12 13:19:08 CST
One comment regarding Brent's comment regarding Vivox and licensing VOIP vs. creating proprietary: Brent said "I'm looking at you Blizzard, I'm looking at you Turbine" but should have replaced Turbine with NCSoft / Destination Games who created their own VOIP for Tabula Rasa. Turbine, on the other hand, licences their VOIP from Gamespy.



'Animosity?' by Raph
Submitted on 2007-09-13 15:58:49 CST
Nah, there's no animosity. In fact, Mark & I were having drinks together the first night of the show. We're all old friends.

Besides, I shut him down, not the other way around. ;)



'Raph is right' by Brent
Submitted on 2007-09-13 16:09:06 CST
It's true many of the seemingly heated exchanges that took place between Mark and Raph were as much for entertainment value as for good information. Mark even said this out in the hall after the show - they like to stir it up a little. I'll also back up Raph on this: he did a ton of 'shutting' people down on that panel, the man came prepared, that much was clear.

On the earler comment regarding voice technology being outsourced - I stand corrected - I spoke too quickly there. Thanks for the clarification.



'vox for podcasters' by QforQ
Submitted on 2007-09-14 01:04:24 CST
You mentioned how great VOX could be for podcasting but you didnt really get into if they plan on making it available to the public outside of video games. Are they going to make their own client, how can podcasters use it, and where can I get it? DETAILS PLZ


'Great conference and great podcast' by DamianoV
Submitted on 2007-09-16 12:09:32 CST
I just wanted to stop in and offer my thanks to you for making this year's AGDC an even better experience for me... much like you, having some people I knew and could hook up with made it an even more worthwhile event.

I do wish it was permitted to share more of the audio from the various sessions... some of it was absolutely great, both informative and entertaining. Much of it is available at the GDC organizers website, I suppose ($7.95 per session, tho... /sigh). Such is life, I guess.

On a final note, I'm really looking forward to seeing where you go with VirginWorlds over the next year (or was it four)...





'audio from the panel' by Brent
Submitted on 2007-09-18 02:42:09 CST
I guess they recorded it:
http://store.cmpgame.com/product.php?id=2494&cat=65

If you dare.