Slashdot discovers that The Saga of Ryzom's makers have gone into bankruptcy proceedings, not, it seems, because the game is bad, but because of some unknown business proceedings that aren't reported at this point. In response, a group of passionate fans and Ryzom employees have banded together to buy out The Saga of Ryzom, aiming to turn it into a Free Software project: an open source, democratically managed MMOG.
I think that's possibly a first, although if there are precedents theywere probably in the MUD and MOO scene...
As open source, free software Ryzom would be available to all and everyone to develop upon. What an amazing idea this is!
MapleStory is a global, mass-market phenomenon,
having attracted 50 million registered users worldwide through its
ease-of-use, award-winning game play, robust community and the ability
to personalize game characters in endless whimsical combinations.
.. gasps the press release in my inbox. The PR also sums up MTV's rather massive moves in the online games business recently: when tied together, it's quite the package:
Beginning in early 2007, marketing campaigns for MapleStory
will run across a portfolio of MTVN television and online brands
including MTV, MTV2, mtvU, Comedy Central, The-N, Neopets.com,
Shockwave.com, Addictinggames.com, Gametrailers.com and Xfire.
I wasn't actively aware that MTV had bought both Neopets and Xfire. Pretty impressive, eh? It'll be interesting to see how this takes off in the US: no-subscription, micropayment based gaming is massive in Asia, as is the classically kawaii look & feel of the game. Will it translate across?
The Fifth Edition of the Electronic Sports World Cup
(ESWC) Grand Final will take place Thursday, July 5, 2007 to Sunday,
July 8, 2007 at the Expo Park of Paris, France. The major international
event ESWC 2007 will gather the 1,000 best video games players of the
world in the largest gaming show ever produced worldwide with more than
50,000 visitors expected live at the event.
2007 will be designed for the most anticipated “e-sports” spectator
experience with 3 main areas over 12,000 m², in the newest hall of the
congress Expo Park of Paris – Hall 5 Porte de Versailles.
That's a pretty big hall! Expect it to look something like this:
November 27: CBS is looking for talent for its broadband-video channel
innertube and has signed on Michael Cera of Arrested Development to develop a short-form series.
Innertube is just such a great name. Innernet plus the tube... brilliant. Genius. Arrested Development too is pretty hip over here. They're taking this internet thing seriously, it seems, which is noteworthy in a town that is spectacularly twitchy about taking risks.