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Session Name: Classic Game Postmortem: 'Star Wars Galaxies'
Speaker(s): Raph Koster, Richard Vogel
Company Name(s): Playable Worlds, Certain Affinity
Track / Format: Design
Overview: Twenty years ago, development began on the first Star Wars MMO. It would go on to have a famously troubled existence, with a patch so controversial that it made the New York Times. Star Wars Galaxies went from an MIT case study in how best to manage a community, to a byword for how to damage a customer relationship. And yet, to this day players and designers talk about its crafting systems, social design, and procedural technology. In this classic game postmortem we'll talk about the ways in which the game reached for the stars, from the nitty-gritty of its player-driven economy design, to the dancing Wookiees -- and also the wars it left behind.

Game Developers Conference 2021

Raph Koster

Playable Worlds

Richard Vogel

Certain Affinity

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