1. Good history. From the Turbine perspective, I’d add that one of the company’s founders had been an undergrad at MIT (so the connection is there); more directly, everyone who started Turbine was at Brown University when the company started. Boston’s gaming industry is very academically rooted, which is probably no surprise.

    Asheron’s Call was certainly groundbreaking — it was a race between AC and Everquest to see who’d have the first 3D environment on the market. AC also went for a relatively literary backstory. It was a big deal to the developers that AC didn’t use elves, dwarves, and so forth. In a fairly real sense, you could think of AC as the Jorune/Tekumel/Talislanta of MMORPGs.

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