20 May 2006

User-generated future for gaming [BBC]

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User-generated games
“Gamers today, instead of being thrown into a universe created by teams of designers, can grow their own world, inhabited by any shape of creature they can imagine,” writes Tayfun King in a BBC News story that accompanies the Click Online TV programme.

In the article he quotes David Fleck from Linden Lab, the makers of Second Life, who says that “the future of software development is user-created content.”

“First and foremost,” Fleck continues, “it allows them to exploit their creative energies and display all the wonderful things that they’re good at doing, whether it’s manufacturing clothing or architecture.”

“In some cases the creations are so fantastic that we even label them as being vanity creations, where they’ve put all their energies into something that really represents who they are.”

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