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Host: Brent
VirginWorlds is a weekly news podcast covering Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games (MMORPGs) such as World of Warcraft, EverQuest, Guild Wars, City of Heroes, Eve Online, Vanguard, Lord of the Rings Online and many many more. The VirginWorlds MMORPG Podcast is the flagship podcast of the VirginWorlds MMO Podcast Collective found at http://www.virginworlds.com

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VirginWorlds Podcast #142 - GDC 2009
Tue, 7 Apr 2009 14:55:00 GMT [download/play]



Finally, the audio portion of GDC 2009 coverage from your intrepid (but slow producing) podcast team: Brent and Darren. This one is rather dense.  Enjoy.

Line Up:

- Intro with Shawn from Massively
- Worlds in Motion Kick off from Raph Koster
- Habbo Hotel Games Mechanics in a Social World
- MMO Metrics from Daniel James at Three Rings
- Wizard 101 with Kings Isle Entertainment
- File Catalyst data transfer
- NetDog MMO Server Technology
- Player Retention in Game Design with SOE
- Directed Gameplay in WOW with Jeff Kaplan
- Attributes of Game Designers with Gordon Walton from Bioware


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Episode 142 Discussion Thread

'I Like It' by Jmo
Submitted on 2009-04-09 01:08:05 CST
Thank Brent and Darren for the coverage of the event. It was very informative. Always great to hear the stuff coming out of GDC and other gaming conferences.


'Very interesting stuff!' by Akely
Submitted on 2009-04-19 11:24:54 CST
I really enjoy these techy shows. I'm a nerd, I admit it.

There's to much goodness to talk about it all, I think what really grabbed me was two things:

File Catalyst:
This seems like an interesting idea. I had a hunch I've heard about UDP transfers before. And sure enough, Google shows that there are other technologies that do just that. UFTP is just one of them. What I think might make the difference for File Ctaalyst is that they seem to market their solution more than others.

General realization:
Many of those big-shots talking seem to state the obvious. Yet when they do say their stuff I (and others I suppose) go "yeah, of course. I know that!". But I (we) never thought of it. Perhaps that is the call-sign of a true MMO genius. The ability to put into words the basic functions of stuff. Just a thought.



'Money and Habbo' by Stargher
Submitted on 2009-05-28 15:04:52 CST
Hi and thanks for an interesting episode!

I work as a researcher in Finland and thought you would like to know some statistics about RMT in Habbo and other virtual worlds. These numbers apply to finnish children and young people.

About 20% of Finnish chlidren (between the ages of 10 and 18) spend money on virtual commodities. The money spent for virtual commodities is 1,7 € (2,4 $) per month per child (including those who don't buy virtual commodities). Interestingly enough 25% of the boys in the same agegroup actually make money selling virtual commodities.

So if Habbo has about 10 million monthly users and they reflect an average (Finnish) teen Sulake Corporation makes easily about 25 million dollars per month (probably more since Habbo users are more into RMT than average children).