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Uploaded on May 6, 2011
https://www.facebook.com/TheRPGFanatic This interview was taken at the Game Developers Conference (GDC Online) in Austin, Texas 2010. It was meant to be part of a documentary on the MMORPG industry but that project is currently on hold while I focus on other projects.
Dr. Richard Bartle is the author of the book, Designing Virtual Worlds. He is the co-creator of MUD1, the first Multi-User Dungeon. He has been heavily involved in the MMORPG industry and written a variety of essays on MMORPG / virtual world design. He holds a Ph.D. in Artificial Intelligence. The 'Bartle Test' (which categorizes gamer personality and playstyles) is named after him and based upon his work.
I've decided to release the interview in a mostly unedited format because I believe the information he conveys is very useful to game design students. This is the first part of the video.