The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0933 Monday, 23 October 2006
Date: Sunday, 22 Oct 2006 07:53:14 -0700
Subject: This just in, Shakespeare the massively multiplayer online
This just in from the media world, a new massively multiplayer online game
(MMOG) about Shakespeare, particularly the world of Richard III, has just
received a nearly quarter million dollar grant. Opinions? I can give
background about MMOGs if needed, although I doubt it.
Brad Berens, Ph.D.
From: Alexander Sliwinski
Posted At: Friday, October 20, 2006 11:23 AM
Posted To: Gaming
Conversation: Shakespeare: The MMOG
Subject: Shakespeare: The MMOG
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 As Civilization is to history, Arden: The World of Shakespeare will be
to the Bard of Avon. CNET reports that Associate Professor of
Telecommunications at Indiana University, Edward Castranova, is receiving
a $240,000 grant to develop an MMOG around Shakespeare's plays.
Unlike World of Warcraft or EverQuest, the academic Arden will be
not-for-profit. No word yet on how the ambitious project will sustain
itself financially beyond the grant.
The game will be built around the play Richard III, because of all the
conflict during the 16th century War of the Roses. There is no real
explanation on how all the other plays will be incorporated into the
world. If they can figure how to make one cohesive Shakespearean world,
the game might be worth a try and a great educational tool. As long as
there is a translator into modern language for those who avoided
Shakespeare because of his pesky "smrt" 16th century English.
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