Next-Gen visited the offices of NCsoft Austin, with the dust from Tabula RasaÂs launch settling, to meet the people who maintain online worlds. The administrative hub of several massively-multiplayer online worlds, they were able to observe the daily operations.
The GMs sit in parallel rows that cut diagonally across a large open-plan space, each with their own specialized role. ÂSteven over there tests missions and knows how things should work in insane detail, itÂs hard to get him to look up sometimes Â we call him the machine; he calls himself a slacker,Â continues Leverett. ÂHere, JimmyÂs just working through a few tickets, this next guyÂs more familiar with Chinese IP addresses than heÂd like to be, and so on.Â