Richard Bartle on Beginnings

Exploring Virtual Worlds with a True Pioneer

If you’ve ever played a MMORPG, then much of what you experienced has its roots in the work of Richard Bartle. The co-creator of MUD – Multi-User Dungeon – in the late 1970s, Bartle has influenced designers of virtual worlds since then and is the go-to resource for academic insight in that field. Many have found Dr Bartle through his ideas on Player Types, which show us not only that there are many different motivations to play but that those reasons can shift for a player during extended play, like MMORPGs. Join us as we explore the past, present and potential futures of virtual worlds.

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Antonis creates engaging learning experiences or meaningful games as his day job. He then volunteers for unconditional basic income, does a lot of climate activism, and in general, comes up with a multitude of creative ways to bring change.
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