Courtesy of the GDC Vault is another free video from GDC 2012.
This year, Damion Schubert contributed to our popular "Classic Postmortem" series by discussing the making of the seminal Meridian 59, often considered the first true 3D MMORPG.
Session Name: Classic Game Postmortem: Meridian 59
Speaker(s): Damion Schubert
Company Name(s): Bioware Austin
Track / Format: Design
Overview: When 3D MMORPGs seemed like little more than a twinkle in gamers' eyes, and when the only kind of massively multiplayer games most people knew about were text-based, Archetype Interactive Meridian 59's promise of "the first ever internet-based 3D MUD" seemed unreal. It set the stage for MMORPGs as we know them today, making way for EverQuest, World of Warcraft, and thousands of other titles. Meridian 59's lead designer Damion Schubert, now at BioWare working on key systems for Star Wars: the Old Republic, will share how he and his team created a game that would directly and indirectly inspire decades-worth of massively multiplayer online RPGs.
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