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Fun With Wikipedia

Posted Apr 06, 2010 by Jon Wood

Fun With Wikipedia columnist Justin Webb writes this look at Wikipedia and discusses ways in which it may not be this industry's best means of recording its own history.

Recently, Eurogamer did a great interview with Dave Jones as part of their GDC APB coverage. Dave is one of the pioneers of the UK game industry. After reading the article, what really interested me was reading comment #6:

FTA "worked on the likes of Lemmings for Psygnosis before co-founding DMA Design, later Rockstar North, and co-creating Grand Theft Auto. "

Think EG need to have a look into the history of DMA/Rockstar...

Pedantry aside, this is a very interesting comment. To take issue with Eurogamer’s brief introduction of Dave Jones at the beginning of the article is one thing. To be so angry as to then leave a comment regarding the paraphrased biography of Dave Jones is another. But to then quote a Wikipedia entry as a matter of fact is the icing on the cake.

This got me thinking. Wikipedia is clearly a fantastic resource, but how accurate is it at documenting and recording the history of old(er) online games?

I decided to look up on Wikipedia some old games that I used to play, the first being my favorite MUD-like game: Terris.

Read Fun With Wikipedia.


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