Soar Above Sosaria

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So Richard Garriot, aka Lord British, creator and developer of the seminal Ultima series of crpgs (developing vast gamer goodwill in Ultimas I through VII and squandering it in VIII and IX) is going into space. This time, he doesn't need to type a three digit coordinate to find Planet X. Instead, he'll use some of his gamer-garnered wealth to become the sixth private citizen in space. Iolo and Shamino don't get to come.

Follow the link for Tom Chick's excellent interview. I did not know that Garriot's father is an astronaut — that's cool.

Last 5 posts by Ken White

5 Comments

5 Comments

  1. Andrew  •  Jul 30, 2008 @12:31 pm

    30 million dollars? Sheesh.

  2. Derrick  •  Jul 30, 2008 @2:22 pm

    Whatever, he's still the number 2 douchebag in all of gaming. NICE TRY DICK, BUT YOU NEED TO WORK HARDER TO BEAT OUT DEREK SMART.

  3. Patrick  •  Jul 30, 2008 @2:40 pm

    You're young Derrick, so I'll forgive you. Richard Garriott is the god of all games. I don't give a damn what Blizzard and id and all of their progeny have done since Origin Systems was the best company making pc games. Origin's output was so great, for its time and to be honest (I'm waiting for the expanded version of the Witcher to test the theory) so much greater than anything being released today that I forgive Garriott for selling his company to EA.

    Ultima V would be my favorite game, above even Alpha Centauri, were it not for Ultima IV.

  4. tgb  •  Jul 30, 2008 @8:02 pm

    Back in the Prehistory of our hobby, when people wore many hats and ethics were not so clear, and things were a lot more incestuous, I was not only the advertising director for Antic Magazine (look it up), I also wrote the occasional game review.

    At any rate, I had many conversations with not only Richard Garriot, but also his brother, Robert (they were, at that time, getting out of self-publishing, and promoting Ultima III, which Sierra had picked up), and I found them both charming, witty, intelligent, and completely devoted to making the best RPG's possible for the Atari 800.

    So there.

  5. Derrick  •  Jul 31, 2008 @7:16 am

    THE God? Admittingly, while all you old farts were playing Ultima V, I was rocking Number Munchers on my Apple II. When I wasn't harassing my mom for a NES. But putting him at the head of the pantheon is a bit of a stretch, esspecially considering that he can't make a game worth crap nowadecades. I don't have a candidate for THE God of all Gaming. Maybe Brian Reynolds if you pushed me. Or Ken Levine.

    Besides, I don't dispute that Mr. Garriott is a God o' Gaming, I'm just saying he's a douche. He's both a pioneer in gaming's potential and an insufferable douche (probably because of the former).