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Posts tagged “Richard Garriott”

Ultima’s Lord British Returns, Without Ultima

You can take the Lord British out of Ultima, but you can't take the Ultima out of Lord British. Does that make sense? Probably not, but it sounded good, which is essentially the story of my career.EA still jealously guards the Ultima license, despite not doing a whole lot with it outside of an only tangentially related free to play strategy game. However, it appears…

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Garriott Says We’ve Not Mastered Storytelling

Interviewed in the latest episode of Game Theory with Scott Steinberg (below), Lord Richard Garriott of Britain explains that as far as game narratives may have come, be believes they're still falling far short of those in books and films. He says,"I don't think we've yet mastered the techniques of true interactive storytelling."You can see the full interview, along with contributions from Charles Cecil, Jane…

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Richard Garriott Plans “Ultima-Esque” Games

It seems worth noting what Mr Richard Garriott has been up to since his trip to outsidespace. Back in January Alec noted that the deposed Lord British would still very much like to work within the Ultima license. Since then he's announced his involvement with Portalarium - an online gaming doodah that intends to create social media type stuff. (Hard-hitting analysis.) Which is to say,…

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Richard Garriot Still Loves His Ultima

Just a quickie about GameDaily's fairly candid interview with Lord British hisself. The sometime space voyager mostly shares about his thoughts on the upcoming Tabula Rasa closure. He seems saddened but not devastated; perhaps that's because the old boy's seen plenty of his games suffer in the past, or perhaps it's endemic of how TR was never what it should have been. The bombshell, such…

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Tabula Rasa Cleans Its Slate

(And isn't that joke getting annoying now? I aim to displease...)With WAR, WOW and LOTRO managing a high-fantasy chokehold on the MMO market at the moment, one might forget that Tabula Rasa's still out there offering something a little different. There've been various reports that the Richard Garriott-figureheaded sci-fi onliner isn't doing so well of late, but perhaps an apparent renewed offensive could lure back…

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Project: Origin (No, Not That One)

Gaming archaeology: now there's an idea. It can only be better than Bonekickers, anyway. Upon hearing that EA Mythic had received several crateloads full of Origin Systems (the long-dead studio behind the Wing Commander and Ultima games, plus System Shock, and once home to the power duo of Warren Spector and Richard Garriot) archive materials, a group of fans arranged to catalogue the treasure trove.…

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Operation Immortality – DNA In Spaaaaaace

Need your DNA in space? Yeah, we thought so. Thankfully Richard Garriott is here to help. Well, if you're in the US anyway. (Apparently EU law prevents it taking place - any lawyers out there know why?) "What," you ask incredulously, "are you on about?"Well, it seems that in a deeply peculiar promotion for the middling NCSoft MMO, Tabula Rasa, players are being offered the…

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Korean Times claims Tabula Rasa Blanks Out

Cho Jin-seo of the Korean Times has started internet grumblings with his latest piece where he reports that Tabula Rasa, "has proven to be a financial disaster". With information taken from an investor conference call, he claims that it's only seen 5 million in revenue when TR was believed to cost 100 billion. It also claims that Garriott started the project more than twice, the…

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The Making Of: Harvey Smith

[At this point in these postmortem features, I decided to mix it up a little for PC Format. Since they were integrated into the mod-section of the magazine - with the subtext that they were inspirational things for readers thinking about becoming games developers - I thought a look at how a designer got to be a designer could be fun. Luckily, Harvey, who's previously…

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Tabula Rasa: Not Slated

The lovely chaps over at C&VG have placed my Gamer review of Tabula Rasa on an info-podium for the assembled hordes of the electric internet to gawk at. Join them! In it, I find myself surprised to find myself saying things like... Open betas are awesome things; you get to play a game for free. Open betas are terrible things; the game you get to…

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