Article: March 2002 Archives

by Robert de los Reyes, Esq.

Welcome to the inaugural edition of the Monday Morning column. It is my intention to use this column to offer more depth in our news coverage as well as to discuss matters that may not rate as "news," but are nevertheless worth talking about. Sometimes, I suspect, this column may even be about nothing at all – they can't all be gems. Let me confess at the outset that I have no pretension that the Monday Morning column will appear every Monday morning. I do promise, however, that when this column appears, it will appear on a Monday morning (else why design such a smashing logo?).

In any event, today's column is a little heavier and a little longer than most will be, but the topic touches every gamer. Today I offer a (relatively) quick and dirty rundown of the U.S. law concerning those much-maligned End User License Agreements (EULAs). Don't worry, this isn't a law review article, and I'll keep the legalese to a bare minimum. Buckle up.

by Kyle Ackerman

Richard Garriott is a pioneer in the computer gaming industry, and creator of the Ultima series, a dynasty of games which has sold millions of copies over more than twenty years. The Ultima series began with Akalabeth and Ultima I, and has continued through Ultima IX and Ultima Online, which revolutionized multiplayer online gaming. Garriott is also the alter-ego of the legendary Lord British, ruler of Britannia, a kingdom located in the world of the Ultima games.

I had the opportunity to sit down with Richard Garriott at the D.I.C.E. summit (Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain) in Las Vegas on March 1st, a conference at which computer gaming professionals discussed their approach to creating games and pushing the boundaries of interactive entertainment. We discussed Mr. Garriott's beginnings, the evolution of the Ultima series; the concept of virtue; and its impact on villainy in online worlds. Richard "Lord British" Garriott talked about his alter-ego, his role in the game Lineage, and Lineage's expansion into North America. Finally, he revealed a bit about his life outside of gaming and his love for real-life adventure and exploration.

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