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All things Local, Social, Mobile. Innovation in VAST Media: Virtual, Augmented, Simulations, Technology Media. Mobile Augmented Reality, Virtual Worlds, Geospatial, Wireless, Social Media and Networking, Cybersociology, MMORPGs, AI, ALife, and a host of other things.

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The Power of Names

Names can build up or destroy. They can inspire and be a cause of pride, or they can wound deeper than any physical attack or be a cause of incredible fear and shame.

Names have the power to shape perceptions, set expectations, or exert subtle control over something.

Names are also the very basis of how we communicate. Everything in our world has a name. A name can capture the essence of something because of the meaning, or even how it sounds. Names (and labels) are also extraordinarily powerful and have the ability to literally change the world…particularly in religion, politics, marketing, and public opinion.

Names are important. As individuals, they help define our identity. Our surnames (“last names”) signify our familial and cultural identity. Titles, as an extension of names, determine how we relate to others, both in conversation and in situations.

Why then, are names treated in a trivial manner by writers and designers in MMORPGs, and why

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Wake Tech Guest Speaker: Game Design Class

I had the opportunity to speak to the Students in the Game Design/Development degree program at Wake Tech here in North Carolina. I wanted to thank Walter Rotenberry and Wake Tech for the invitation and the opportunity to speak to the students. They asked a lot of very good questions at the end of the class, and I enjoyed chatting with a half dozen or so of them in their new development lab later in the day.


Guest Speaker: Indie MMO Game Development Conference

I will be attending the 2007 Indie MMO Game Development Conference in Minneapolis Minnesota this April over the 14th and the 15th as a guest speaker.

I will be giving a class on fundraising to aspiring game designers and developers that want to start their own company or studio and need to find funds to make it happen…

Fundraising: An Entrepreneur’s Perspective

The class will cover a variety of topics including how to find potential sources for funding, creatively structuring deals, choosing between debt and equity, handling investor relations, angels and venture funds, preparing business plans, common mistakes and pitfalls, when to walk away from a deal, deal points entrepreneurs should look for, and why a good attorney is an entrepreneur’s best friend.

and I will be moderating an open roundtable discussion:

In-Game Advertising: Gold Mine or Fool’s Gold

In-game advertising is getting a lot of attention as a primary or secondary source of revenue for online games. The roundtable will discuss the advantages and disadvantages to in-game advertising, as well as debate its controversial nature.

I will also be signing autographs for anyone that has bought my book, MMO Evolution.

Stop by and say hello!


MMO Evolution on Blogspot

The new blog “MMO Evolution” over at blogspot, is not me, nor is it affiliated with me or my book in any way.

I have read over most of the recent posts made there by “wearfannypacks”, and it seems that they have a good perspective and clear writing style. So, it gets my vote as something to check out. Hop on over there and take a look around.

I do most of my blogging here, or over at KillTenRats.com


Goldsboro Gaming Expo: Seminar and Book signing

I will be attending the 2007 Goldsboro Gaming Expo on Saturday January 27th and giving a seminar at noon titled “Revolution and Evolution: MMORPGs”. I will be signing copies of my book, MMO Evolution, throughout the afternoon, as well as selling a few copies.
Come check it out and say hello!

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