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Star Wars Galaxies to Shut

June 27, 2011


For the definitive word on the end of SWGs eight year run look no further than the blog of Raph Koster, Creative Director on Star Wars Galaxies. Star Wars Galaxies was a bold vision, a sandbox mmo with huge variety it what the player could do. In particular it took bold strides in establishing non-combat […]

Chapter Published

December 9, 2010


I failed to mention that a book I contributed to was eventually published a few months ago. “Virtual Worlds: Controversies at the Frontiers of Education” looks at the challenges that arise when virtual worlds are used for learning and teaching. My involvement dates back to my extensive work with Second Life and the Schome project, […]

Return to Middle Earth

December 8, 2010


With the free-to-play version of Lord of the Rings Online finally hitting Europe I’ve launched myself back in to the land of Middle Earth.  LotRO is a game I know well, having first played during closed beta and then for many months once it was fully live.  This new release sees Turbine re-launch it in the footsteps […]

Several Stories Catching My Eye

March 28, 2008


The Council of Stellar Management A new era of community/developer interaction opens with the announcement that a democratically elected council of players is to be established in EVE Online.  A total of 14 players will be elected from the quarter of a million strong community in May, forming a conduit between community and EVE Online […]

Journeys into Virtual Worlds conference

February 22, 2008


On February 19th I presented a session “Virtual Worlds – The Bigger Picture” at a regional JISC event titled “Journeys into Virtual Worlds”.  My main aim with the session was to compare a number of exemplar virtual worlds (Lord of the Rings Online, Second Life and Croquet) and contrast the strengths and weaknesses of each with […]

Q&A at CalState

February 21, 2008


In the early hours of Wednesday morning I attended a Q&A session at the invite of Penny Semrau from California State University, Los Angeles.  The hour long session on the ISTE Island in Second Life was attended by students from the Instructional Technology MA program, most of whom are K-12 teachers by day.  (As a side […]

Linden Labs introduce new Second Life interface

February 20, 2008


Linden Labs are releasing a new First Look client branch by the name of Dazzle.  Featuring an improved user interface it doesn’t look like anything more than a cosmetic change at this stage, not that a cosmetic change is at all unwelcome.  However Linden Labs appear to be suggesting this viewer branch will also tidy […]