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Evolution of MMORPG

I am interested in the positive opinions on the evolution of MMORPG’s, which get closer to drawing the person further into a more complete virtual existence. Second Life is a good indication of the ultimate direction of thse types of games. I welcome the concept of an effective virtual life and real life. Asides from obvious negative implications of this new way of life, I wanted to gather some opinions on the positives of this parallel living existence, or indeed a merging of the two.




QA Management on gaming projects

I have worked on online MMORPG gaming projects, in capacity of QA Manager. Though my focus was on international localization projects, I was able to apply more traditional QA processes successfully to the projects as a whole. Gaming projects, as a rule, rely on a more closed development environment, with testing limited to plain gameplay. While sufficient, I believe this approach restricts possibilities beyond the actual game. For the MMORPG developments I have seen, no real allowance was made for possible interest from external companies, or been prepared in a state for localization. In my QA capacity, these possibilites were obvious. I realise there are not too many QA managers out there with this kind of experience on gaming projects, but if there are, I would love to hear your experiences, especially if you managed to extend a game’s commerical viability using QA processes.




web 2.0 test automation

Does anyone know of some good open source web usability-focussed automated test tools? I have had some hit and miss experience with test tools, and on balance the open source test tools, with some additional work, usually do the job better and with more relevance.




Vodafone and Open Source

Vodafone have taken a major step forward, moving their software development into open source. In addition to making some of their own mobile application for download and review. This is a major step forward for mobile telecoms development.Â

Vodafone Betavine is a research and development space run by Vodafone Group R&D. We aim to encourage collaboration in the area of mobile and internet communications” – http://www.vodafonebetavine.net

Although mobile companies have been releasing code on open source for a while now, which has assisted their development streams, this is a more valuable effort which will have a wider reach. Open collaboration and discussion is the way forward for software development. Open source has come a long way, and has spawned new software development methodologies; from Extreme programming to Agile.Â

Efforts like this from Vodafone acknowledges the ways that technology companies can benefit from open source and web 2.0 ethics.




Website Content Labels

For a few years, searching on the web has become a time consuming task, and recent efforts have been made to address the issue in pragmatic way. Rather than previous ideas aimed at more control over the web, the idea is for a voluntary self-labelling of content and search engine filters, focussed on not closing in on the web freedom, but controlling it’s accessibility.Â

Self-labelling entails a site declaring it’s content using an a data file (usually RDF) and a HTML include reference in index page of the site. Additional verification from an independant body can increase your positioning in web2.0 filtered searches. Innvovations like this are bringing more democracy to the web, and more efficient use of the internet.Â

You can use a basic self-label service for your own site using http://www.icra.org.