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4:06pm on Tuesday, 11th December, 2007:

Beaten to the Punch

Outburst

I received an email this morning which began as follows:

To celebrate the launch of Staffordshire University's new award 'Multiplayer Online Games Design', The Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Technology are hosting a 2 day conference on all aspects of the growing field of study that are MMOGs including industry, academic, technological and the individual perspective. The Conference will take place on the 5th and 6th of June, 2008 at the Beaconside Campus of Staffordshire University - Stafford, UK.

Damn!

Last year, I was on the point of launching just such a degree scheme myself. I'd be teaching the first year of it right now, if it hadn't been canned by know-nothing administrators. I was told that circumstances had changed, and if I wanted to have an online games degree I would have to prove that it would be successful. The only acceptable evidence for success would be the presence of an existing successful online games degree.

Way to sacrifice first-mover advantage, guys...

So, now the people at Staffordshire have taken up the mantle. They have a web site, but it's currently empty, so I can't tell who'll be teaching it. I don't know what experience of the industry they have, but I don't expect it to be all that extensive. Still, given that their main competitor seems to be the University of Coventry, it doesn't have to be.

I go abroad to conferences and people ask me for my autograph. In the UK, I'm not even a footnote. Weird.


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