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The Free Zone: A Little MMOG Trivia Quiz

Columns By Richard Aihoshi on April 19, 2010

A Little MMOG Trivia Quiz

For a fair part of last week, I had fun engaging in a little MMOG trivia duel. It wasn't anything formal, or even planned. Instead, it just happened. What started out with a question asking for an opinion somehow morphed into a contest to see how well each of us could stump the other with bits of information buried in the dusty corners of our brains.

By mutual agreement, we couldn't look up questions or answers. We didn't do this face to face, so it would have been pretty easy to cheat, but judging by the relatively low proportion we got correct, it seems pretty likely we played fair in this regard. I know I did. And to tell the truth, neither of us even kept score after a while. We just kept going because it was fun. Had we counted, I'd guess the result would have been close to a draw. Both of us have been involved with the category for quite a while, and thus have a lot of not necessarily useful knowledge stashed away.


In any case, that's what inspired this week's column. So, I hope you have some fun testing yourself to see how much you know. I left out any questions I figured almost nobody would get without looking up the answers. However, I've also omitted those I thought most experienced, knowledgeable MMO fans do know. So, my guess is that no one who reads this column with any regularity will lay a complete goose egg. However, I don't imagine many people will ace them all, at least not from memory.

The questions are in no particular order. Some but not all are related to free to play. The answers are at the bottom. Enjoy.

1. Who was the Lead Designer and Producer during most of the development period for Funcom's first MMOG, Anarchy Online? Bonus question: Who took over the former position from him?


2. What were the first two MMOGs to become major hits in Korea, for which companies, and who led both the development teams? Hint: Both are still running; in fact, the second one is still a pretty major title there.


3. What are the seven schools of magic in Wizard101? Bonus question: Who is the game's Lead Designer?


4. Counting MMOG revenue only, which four publishers ranked after Blizzard last year in global dollar volume?


5. Who led the writing team on the original Middle-earth Online. Hint: He went on to achieve success as the principal behind one of the first prominent and popular web-based MMOGs.


6. Which MMO gamer was featured in her own Playboy pictorial feature a couple of years ago, and since she was selected due to being in the public eye for another reason, what was it? Hint: The answer isn't Stevie "KillCreek" Case.


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Richard Aihoshi has been writing about MMOGs since the mid-1990s, always with a global perspective. As a result, he has observed the emergence and growth of the free to play business model from its early days in both hemispheres.

He is the former Editor of RPG Vault and his column, focusing on free to play MMOs, appears on every Monday.
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