The MMO Rant. This was the first one I’d actually attended, mainly because it’s been crowded and loud and crazy the past two years it’s been covered, and everyone else was covering it, so why should I? Well, this year, someone was paying me to. And once again, Gordon Walton proves that he is in fact the pimp of the MMO industry. Y’all bi***es ain’t sh**.
Finding the Funny. This was supposed to be the one with Al Rowe and Erik Wolpaw, but it was a diminished cast. I really ought to look up and play Destroy All Humans! and so should you.
Damion Schubert’s talk on Men In Tights. Yeah, I pretty much had to go to this one. The photo I took wasn’t that bad, either. Hopefully he’ll get his slideshow up soon.
SOE heads talk about overhauling SWG. What I didn’t point out in the story was that NGE was heralded by a load of rumors during last year’s AGC, in the vein of “SOE is doing a bunch of wacky changes to SWG (pronounced ’swig’) and a bunch of devs are going to quit.” Neither John Blakely (Edit: I’ve since heard that Blakely was there) nor Todd Fiala were working in Austin at the time this all went down, but were part of the crew sent from San Diego to shore up the shop. (Fiala was a programming lead at launch, but got moved some time after.)
So, more to come, including pictures and a little commentary from the Guitar Hero 2 semi-drunken-tourney at Beerland (!) and whatever else I feel like talking about here.