Roberta Williams: The mother of computer video games
Laine Nooney, a doctoral candidate at Stony Brook University, has been looking at the contributions of Roberta Williams, who in the early 1980s co-founded one of the early video game companies, Sierra Online.
“[Williams] was actually the designer of the first home computer adventure game with graphics,” says Nooney. The game was called Mystery House and was a murder mystery set in an abandoned Victorian house.
Rather sensationalist title, never the less, Roberta Williams is awesome.
If you keep tabs on the world of gaming, you’re probably aware that the League of Legends community has a reputation for being a bit…let’s say caustic. This isn’t terribly surprising, considering that LoL is a MOBA, a genre that is all too often associated with vicious trash talk (not that I mean you, dear reader, I know you’re well behaved). But LoL developer Riot Games has a kinder, gentler future in mind for their players. Since October 1, Riot’s been conducting a fascinating social experiment through LoL’s new Honor system — an attempt to curb toxic behavior not through punishment, but positive reinforcement. And the awesome thing is, it seems to be working.
This is an excellent follow up to my previous post. Look people, we can all be civilized. This sort of positive reinforcement for being at least polite and helpful is ingenious. All game makers pay attention.
I came out of my WoW battle pets daze last night to play some coop-multiplayer Civilization 5 with my buddy. We’ve had this standing Civ 5 date for a while now and I must admit it has been really entertaining, much more so then I expected, considering it is a turn based game. Then again I hardly ever find myself waiting due to my being the slowest of the participants. We also chat on vent, which makes coordinating and checking in easier.
But last night, after my buddy saved and left the game at a very reasonable hour, I decided to stick around and play a bit more. See my neighbor had just decided to attack me and I simply wanted to figure out if everything would be okay before I went to bed. Big mistake!
I ended up playing ‘just one more turn’ for another FOUR HOURS. Yup, I played seven hours of Civ 5 last night and finally went to bed at 3am. I’m shocked that I’m putting words together that form proper sentences. Its going to be an interesting day. =)
On the bright side, my empire is awesome! After the first attacker ran away and cowered behind a peace treaty, my other neighbor attacked me and I wiped them out, well took over their cities anyway. Then proceeded to expand as much as I could via settlers. Of course a great prophet showed up and I had to find out how far and wide I could spread my religion. In retrospect I’m shocked I managed to pull myself away at 3am.