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IMGDC: Celia Pearce and Mermaids

Posted Apr 19, 2007 by Jon Wood

IMGDC: Celia Pearce and Mermaids

Celia Pearce from the Emergent Game Group spoke at the Indie Game Developers Conference about her MMORPG project, Mermaids. Being based out of Georgia Tech gives Celia and co. an interesting perspective on making an MMORPG, and in her talk, she let us know what they were up to.

While attending the seminars at the Indie MMO Developers Conference, I attended a talk by Celia Pearce from the Emergent Game Group where she serves as the Faculty Director on their MMO in production, Mermaids. Yes, that's right, I said Faculty Director. The Emergent Game Group is based out of the Experimental Game Lab at Georgia Tech where they are working on Mermaids, a non-standard MMORPG.

A game being made by students and teachers at a college or university has its advantages. For one, they are able to think more outside the box than other companies because beyond having a finished, playable game at the end, they have no responsibility to investors, enormous loans to pay back, or anything of the sort. In short, the motivation for this game isn't money at all. Rather, according to their website, they "want to know what game rules and constraints account for twinking and other cultural developments in multiplayer games. Knowing how virtual culture emerges from game designs will help us understand how culture at large is affected by interactive media."

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