GDC Feature -The Future of MMOs Panel

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Every year at GDC the Future of MMOs panel draws a huge crowd of developers. The experts in the genre give a great talk about the industry and where online game play is going. This year some of the usuals where not able to make it, we hope all is well Mark, still the panel went on nonetheless. Jon Wood hosted a panel containing Jack Emmert from Cryptic Studios, Matt Miller from City of Heroes, Min Kim from Nexon, Ray Muzyka from Bioware, and the lightening rod of everyone's bolts Rob Pardo of Blizzard. Needless to say this was one group who has seen in all in online game design.

The panel was next asked if the MMO market would be moving over to consoles. Jack Emmert was quick to say that the future will hold one box that does everything. Games, TV, music, it will all be a one stop box that will handle everything. Cryptic is designing Champions Online for the PC and Console market. Ray from Bioware mentioned that the PC remains the most beneficial systems for online games. Rob Pardo from Blizzard weighed in that for the types of games Blizzard makes the PC remains the best platform. Though console sales are high, Rob said that everyone owns a computer and that is where Blizzard is targeting their market.

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