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|Session Name:||Classic Game Postmortem: Meridian 59|
|Company Name(s):||Bioware Austin|
|Track / Format:||Design|
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|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.|