The man many call 'the Father of Videogames' -- as he is responsible for founding Atari
and creating Pong
-- Nolan Bushnell
was recently interviewed
at this year's GDC. The piece reads along smoothly enough, with Bushnell offering up his opinion on the marginalization of game arcades
since the 80s, how to monetize casual games, and the importance of socialization.
On this line of questioning, GameSpot asks 'Do you have anything in massively multiplayer games?' After a long pause, Bushnell confirms he does with a single 'yes', but reveals no further details, saying intriguingly ' ... as compelling as World of Warcraft
is, it too shall find that there are other ways to play a game.'
It's a given that he knows a lot about the industry, but that's not necessarily a quality guaranteed to create a fun game. However, he does know quite a bit about creating social spaces
, which could be a big advantage in designing an MMO. What do you think, could something interesting come from Nolan Bushnell?