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