GDC China 2011 Reveals Paul Barnett Keynote

2011-10-20 21:43 1371

SHANGHAI, Oct. 24, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- Today, GDC China organizers announced that outspoken industry veteran and BioWare Mythic senior creative director Paul Barnett will host a keynote for the show's Online Game Development and Business track.

Barnett's keynote, dubbed "Global Reach and Local Limits - Paul's Personal Truths about Online Game Development," will examine now online play has affected game design, focusing particularly on geographic proximity, how culture matters, and "lessons from the old British Empire."

Barnett's experience working with online games extends back to the 1990s, when he helped create the AOL-based MUD Legends of Terris. He later moved to Mythic Entertainment (which eventually became BioWare Mythic) to help design EA's hardcore MMO Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning.

Three Years for His First Game Design

At the age of 24, Barnett started developing his first text-based game.

Three years later, he had completed the game, Legends of Terris. At the time, it was the largest text-based game in Europe.

After this, Barnett worked on other games, including Legends of Cosrin and Kingdom of Heroes. Legends of Terris was launched on AOL in the UK in 1995, and in the US in 1996.

AOL described the game as "[their] first real interactive game".

Paul's Most Representatives

Paul Barnett's representative games include Legends of Cosrin, Kingdom of Heroes, and MMORPG game Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning.

His most renowned one is Warhammer Fantasy Battle and Ultima Online.

GDC China will take place in just a few weeks, from November 12-14 at the Shanghai Exhibition Center, so make sure to register soon!

Over the last few weeks, GDC China has unveiled other exciting talks from some of the industry's top professionals, including talks from Canabalt's Adam Saltsman and mobile developer Booyah, sessions from Square Enix and Kabam, in-depth looks at Fruit Ninja and Doodle Jump, and much more.

For more details on the current lineup for the show, please check out GDC China's official website.

For more information on GDC China as the event takes shape, please visit the official GDC China website, or subscribe to updates from the new GDC Online-specific news page via Twitter, Facebook, or RSS. GDC China is owned and operated by UBM TechWeb.

Source: GDC China 2011