The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0933  Monday, 23 October 2006

From: 		Brad Berens <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date: 		Sunday, 22 Oct 2006 07:53:14 -0700
Subject: 	This just in, Shakespeare the massively multiplayer online 

Hi everybody,

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  |  Comments

Filed under: PC, MMO

[] 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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