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By Brad King

Input the quiet dwelling rooms and cacophonous gaming environs of gaming kingpins like Richard Garriott and John Carmack, who invented video games akin to Quake and DOOM. know about avid gamers who make their dwelling by way of profitable gaming tournaments, and secrets and techniques of dedicated players who essentially reside at LAN events and gaming conventions.

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The two talked more abstractly about SCA-related issues and medieval co~bat than about computer game theory, but it was helpful. Jackson was mterested in the computer games, but he was so focused on his own projects that he never dug deeply into the world that Richard was helping create. "I have always been very interested in the computer ga~e w~r~,d, but through bad decisions, bad luck, or both, I never got very far mto It, Jackson said years later. Meanwhile, CalifOrnia Pacific, mired in financial trouble, pestered Richard for his latest game for nearly a year.

All of this gender-swapping was expected. ts of their nature in ways they might not otherwise feel comfortable doing. One of his own first characters, used to test and debug the game, was named Polly. The persona was used in part to test the ability of the database to handle female characters after being created with solely male personas, but he said it was also used to encourage other people to explore other characters. MUD's fame quickly sparked successors and imitators. While Bartle tended the first MUD, and then created a company that would operate its II 57 successor, others followed his lead.

Sterling, the Game Master, would spend his week weaving an intricate tale, creating maps and long story arcs. When the players arrived, they'd gather in his living room, around the dining room table or floor, and Sterling would open up the game, describing the scene. However, in Austin, as elsewhere, the game nights were starting to get cluttered with video games. The group, largely technophiles who wanted a first crack at emerging technology, would boot up computers, home consoles, and anything else that they could use to play games.

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