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Up-coming MMORPG Based on Shakespeare's Works

Zonk posted more than 7 years ago | from the forsooth-you-shall-be-nerfed dept.

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Linnen writes "Edward Castronova has received a MacArthur Foundation grant to build a MMOG based on Shakespeare's plays." "Castronova said 'Arden' will launch — it's unclear when, as the game is still in the early design stage — built around the theme of 'Richard III.' That's because the play, set during the War of the Roses, offers historical context, as well as enough political intrigue, secret conniving, deal-making and war to delight any gamer, he said. 'It's a historical Shakespeare play, so that means it's really easy for us to take all the sort of fantasy stuff like knights in shining armor and peasants and woodworkers...and we can just really fit right into 'Richard III' right away.'"

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I can just imagine it (5, Funny)

beyowulf (1014741) | more than 7 years ago | (#16519489)

4rm h311's d4rk h34rt 1 st4b 47 th33!!

But.... (5, Funny)

LordEd (840443) | more than 7 years ago | (#16519549)

Will it be written in the original kingon?

Re:But.... (2, Informative)

goofyheadedpunk (807517) | more than 7 years ago | (#16520317)

ghobe'! Hab SoSlI' Quch!

Re:I can just imagine it (3, Funny)

Jarjarthejedi (996957) | more than 7 years ago | (#16519603)

Juliet1342 > Romeo Romeo, Wherefor art thou romeo? Romeotheman12 > Sorry bout that, lagged out, stupid server... Definatly an interesting concept, the key is going to be the players. If you get a bunch of RPers in the game who just want to have fun then it'll probably be a great time for all. If, on the other hand, you get a bunch of lamers (which, somehow, I honestly can't see the type of people I consider lamers playing anything with shakespeare in it, so maybe this won't happen) it'll just devolve into another MMO where people exploit and do lame things. I for one am hopefully optimistic, and if I was a bigger fan of shakespeare I'd probably watch this until it came out to see if I wanted it. Something tells me that basing a game around a historical figure like shakespeare will scare off all the people who normally make MMOs not so much fun...

Re:I can just imagine it (1)

shinma (106792) | more than 7 years ago | (#16528165)

Oh lord, deliver us from yet another "wherefore art thou" joke that ignores the meaning of the word "wherefore." ;P

Wherefore art thou, shinma? (1)

BancBoy (578080) | more than 7 years ago | (#16528445)

Why not some other name, like Anonymous Coward, that my family is more familiar with?

Listen up, Apollo 13! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16519653)

We are go for launch.

You are gay for lunch.

Bite my bite sized butt.

Run and hide, or I shall attack.

Starbucks, don't do, or die.

I am stuck in a rutt.

My roommate was once black.

To say that he is one is a lie.

Slashdot is gay.

Sir, have a good DAY!!!

Umm.... (3, Informative)

Kelson (129150) | more than 7 years ago | (#16519895)

4rm h311's d4rk h34rt 1 st4b 47 th33!!

Wouldn't that be for the Melville MMORPG [litquotes.com] ?

On the other hand, I can see that game devolving into one long Moby Dick joke.

Re:Umm.... (1)

steveo777 (183629) | more than 7 years ago | (#16520135)

Though both authors, William Shakespeare preceeded Hermen Melville by about 200 years and their literary stiles are quite different. Not sure if the orignal quote is actaully from Shakespeare's works, but I do know that it (or something very like it) does appear in Moby Dick.

But, no, the humor of the OP is not lost at me. I would have likely modded it funny as well.

Re:Umm.... (1)

beyowulf (1014741) | more than 7 years ago | (#16520249)

4rm h311's d4rk h34rt 1 st4b 47 th33!!
Wouldn't that be for the Melville MMORPG?
I think you might be right. I maybe mixing my literature quotes

Re:Umm.... (2, Funny)

illegalcortex (1007791) | more than 7 years ago | (#16520379)

Yes, but in getting the genres mixed up, I think you've hit upon a second major feature of a Shakes MMORPG....

Re:Umm.... (1)

andphi (899406) | more than 7 years ago | (#16522585)

Those words could easily come out of the mouth of many characters in the Tragedies and Histories. I mistook it for Shakespeare, too.

Romeo to Tybalt
Tybalt to Mercutio and vice versa
MacDuff as he kills that Scotsman we don't talk about in theatres
Hamlet killing Claudius
Hamlet killing Polonius
Hamlet killing Laertes
Laertes Killing Hamlet
Whoever kills Richard III
I can't remember the primary Cause of Death in Lear or Othello, but there has to be at least one fatal, non-self-inflicted stabbing in each.

Then there's Titus Andronicus . . .

Re:Umm.... (1)

Guppy06 (410832) | more than 7 years ago | (#16524857)

"On the other hand, I can see that game devolving into one long Moby Dick joke."

Did you have to use the word "long?"

Re:I can just imagine it (1)

jnaujok (804613) | more than 7 years ago | (#16520411)

Hark, what hempen homespuns,
have we swaggering here?

Re:I can just imagine it (2, Funny)

andphi (899406) | more than 7 years ago | (#16521581)

|ri h4v0( & l33t sl1p teh d@wgz 0f w@rz!

Re:I can just imagine it (1)

queenb**ch (446380) | more than 7 years ago | (#16522491)

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QueenB.

The play's the thing! (2, Funny)

lawpoop (604919) | more than 7 years ago | (#16519503)

An MMORPG set in the world of Shakespeare, where all the world's a stage?

Can we have a play within a play, ala Hamlet, within an MMORPG? :D

The grind's the thing. (4, Insightful)

Tackhead (54550) | more than 7 years ago | (#16519647)

> An MMORPG set in the world of Shakespeare, where all the world's a stage?

...and all the players are idiots. Yep, that's about right.

"To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
To the last syllable of recorded time;
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Life's but a walking shadow; a poor player,
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,
And then is heard no more: it is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing."
- Macbeth (V, v, 19), shortly after his wife unsubscribed and his guild fell apart.

Pretty much sums up every MMORPG to which I've ever subjected myself.

Re:The grind's the thing. (3, Interesting)

AoT (107216) | more than 7 years ago | (#16519925)

It still amazes me how beautiful a language so ugly as english can be.

That english poets have had such crap to work wth and made such beauty is incredible, it's like you give some guy a shotgun and he carves the statue david.

Re:The grind's the thing. (2, Interesting)

andphi (899406) | more than 7 years ago | (#16521427)

Technically, Shakespeare invented some of his vocabulary. Other playwrights and poets of the time did likewise. Milton did it. I daresay Marlowe and Thomas Kidd did as well. Not to mention the Metaphysical and Cavalier poets. Those whose writings have survived were educated men, some had traveled, none were bound by any dictionary or even standardized spelling. They borrowed or made up the words they needed, then helped the players understand what they meant. If the language is beautiful and horrific (I can agree that it's both), it is partially The Bard's doing.

Re:The grind's the thing. (1)

hey! (33014) | more than 7 years ago | (#16527747)

Shakespeare is an immersive experience.

MMORPGs are, oddly enough not.

MMORPGs are not really about role playing. Although calling them "strategy games" would cause confusion, they are really about strategy. They aren't about believing the rules of the game, they are about exploting them.

It's interesting that we call what Shakespeare mostly produced a "play". There is an element of imaginative play in enjoying a drama. This element is one of make believe -- a different kind of game than a competitive game, which MMORPGs resemble. You no more enter into the imaginative world of an MMORPG than you enter into the imaginative world of a board game like "Clue". It's all just decoration.

Re:The play's the thing! (1)

BecomingLumberg (949374) | more than 7 years ago | (#16520035)

Yup. You actually get an EXP bonus if you can type in iambic pentameter.

[Side note, for a gen. ed. in college, i took beginning acting. The prof was old and a little senile, so he would often forget lines when performing. He could, however, freestyle in Shakespearian IP, so unless you actually knew the play by heart you probably wouldnt know.]

Re:The play's the thing! (1)

Nasarius (593729) | more than 7 years ago | (#16527555)

That's awesome. Nobody really performs Shakespeare line-for-line anyway, so improv Shakespeare sounds like a great idea. There are a thousand different stories you could tell just by cutting scenes and lines in A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Re:The play's the thing! (1)

Gnostic Ronin (980129) | more than 7 years ago | (#16522829)

I don't see why not, there's been the same in FFXI

Initial reaction (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16519507)

I don't know why but I burst out laughing uncontrollably when I read the title of this article...

Whyfore? (4, Funny)

Avatar8 (748465) | more than 7 years ago | (#16519525)

Methinks this be a failure from the start
For no person would care to play a tiny part
In what once was great literature that brought Bill great fame
But for a theater of the globe, as a game, dost sound lame.

I can hardly wait for... (1)

creimer (824291) | more than 7 years ago | (#16519551)

The online version of Rosencrantz & Guildenstern [wikipedia.org] .

Re:I can hardly wait for... (3, Funny)

CRCulver (715279) | more than 7 years ago | (#16519641)

Or the online version of Sartre's Huis Clos [amazon.com] ("No Exit"). There's no action, and once you connect, you can't ever log off, but are forced to spend eternity enduring the inane conversation of lame fellow online gamers.

Re:I can hardly wait for... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16520115)

They've already got that, it's called the Gamefaqs forums.

Re:I can hardly wait for... (4, Funny)

Dolly_Llama (267016) | more than 7 years ago | (#16520703)

#Godot has entered the channel

Finally!

Re:I can hardly wait for... (1)

HiVizDiver (640486) | more than 7 years ago | (#16523713)

I've been waiting for that guy. Here, hold my hat a second...

Re:I can hardly wait for... (2, Funny)

sammyo (166904) | more than 7 years ago | (#16521061)

Second Life?

ohhh no..... an emo invasion (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16519609)

I can hear it now...
"whaaaa that nasty mob doesnt like my skirt"

stupid EMOs

Midsummer's night dream (3, Funny)

techpawn (969834) | more than 7 years ago | (#16519615)

If there's no Oberon, I don't give a Puck *ducks*

In this game... (5, Funny)

brennanw (5761) | more than 7 years ago | (#16519625)

all female characters will have the ability to pose as young men.

Which means male players will be playing female characters playing male characters.

Re:In this game... (1)

E-Sabbath (42104) | more than 7 years ago | (#16519813)

And how is this different from the original Shakespeare? Oh, Viola...

Re:In this game... (1)

lawpoop (604919) | more than 7 years ago | (#16519955)

Sort of like Monty Python's Life of Brian, where male actors were playing women who were dressed as men so they could stone someone.

What a piece of work is a man (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16520101)

Weren't female parts played by men during that time on stage?

So it should be male gameplayers playing male toons who dress as females who has the ability to pretend to be male characters.

Re:What a piece of work is a man (1)

Brownstar (139242) | more than 7 years ago | (#16520475)

You sir are correct.

The parent poster must have recieved all of his knowledge about Shakespearian plays from the movie Shakespeare in Love.

Re:What a piece of work is a man (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16520635)

The grandparent was commenting on the fact that many of Shakespeare's plays contain female characters disguising themselves as men. The fact that these female characters were, in the playwright's lifetime, played by men, was not relevant to his or her comment.

Re:What a piece of work is a man (2, Insightful)

brennanw (5761) | more than 7 years ago | (#16523331)

Have you read ANY of Shakespeare's comedies?

Yep, and if you believe Shakespeare in Love... (1)

patio11 (857072) | more than 7 years ago | (#16534124)

... there were STILL more actual women playing men playing men playing women, then there are women playing female night elves.

Now, the Stargate MMORPG has a destination (1)

hcob$ (766699) | more than 7 years ago | (#16519639)

They can gate into the "alternate reality" with guns and staves blazing...

Ohh, take that Mr. I'm-All-Bright-And-Shiny-in-My-Formed-Metal-Armor! !!

Might make some of those stuck up archers think twice befor showing off their nice two fingers.

Re:Now, the Stargate MMORPG has a destination (1)

WilliamSChips (793741) | more than 7 years ago | (#16524605)

They can gate into the "alternate reality" with guns and staves blazing...
How dare you not mention the Zat'nik'tel! *gives you two Zat blasts*

Re:Now, the Stargate MMORPG has a destination (1)

hcob$ (766699) | more than 7 years ago | (#16538126)

Or 3... if you want to disintegrate your opponent/target.

The main wonder I have about the "stargate universe" MMORPG is how it will handle death (and if you can enlist Kawalski(sp?) to assist in some tough missions that require human shields). I'm hoping its more like UO then WoW.

Forget Shakespeare (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16519687)

How about a MMORPG set in the world of H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu mythos? Or even his Dream Cycle collection of works?

Even better; a Shakespeare-Lovecraft crossover (2, Funny)

arevos (659374) | more than 7 years ago | (#16520697)

Perhaps it would read something like this:

Stay you speaker of the Dread Cthulhu, tell me more:
By the Mad Arab's death, I know I am Thane of Innsmouth,
But how, of Arkham? the Thane of Arkham liues
A prosperous Gentleman: And to be King,
Stands not within the prospect of belief,
No more then to be Arkham. Say from whence
You held word with the Great Priest, or why
Upon this blasted Heath you stop our way
And tell of things meant not for mortal ears
Speak, I charge you.

Re:Even better; a Shakespeare-Lovecraft crossover (1)

SYSS Mouse (694626) | more than 7 years ago | (#16524375)

Thou hast committed a crime for not citing the source. The above passage is from Macbeth I, iii, 70-78

Re:Even better; a Shakespeare-Lovecraft crossover (1)

Criceratops (981909) | more than 7 years ago | (#16526925)

This is a bit off-topic, but if you think that's a neat idea, maybe you should read a cool compilation called Shadows Over Baker Street, a collection of Sherlock Holmes / Lovecraft mashups. Elementary, my dear Randolph Carter.

Not meaning to be/sound like an ad, but hey hearing about these things can take time.

/bite (5, Funny)

Wrexen (151642) | more than 7 years ago | (#16519717)

/bite
* You bite your thumb at A Montague

Re:/bite (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16520291)

*afraid of being zerged by Capulets. /exitstageleft

*Noobia has logged out.

You've ruined your own lands (3, Funny)

bunions (970377) | more than 7 years ago | (#16520367)

... you'll not ruin mine, A_Capulet935!

Re:/bite (3, Funny)

TempeTerra (83076) | more than 7 years ago | (#16520887)

ABRAHAM: Do you bite your thumb at us, sir?
* It is dark. You are likely to be eaten by a Montague

Re:/bite (1)

WilliamSChips (793741) | more than 7 years ago | (#16532309)

I think you mean a Montagrue

ob Bash.org quote (1)

Seraphim_72 (622457) | more than 7 years ago | (#16519855)

#592341 xpl0re3> fuck, i mean, it worked for romeo and juliet... they met at a party and were married the next fucking day beanphoner> you obviously didn't read the end of that play

Shak-who? (1, Insightful)

CAIMLAS (41445) | more than 7 years ago | (#16519897)

Shak-who? I imagine 50% of the population under 25 doesn't even remember why Shakespeare is significant.

And 49% don't think his work is relevant or even anything special - just boring romance novel/chic flick type pulp.

Re:Shak-who? (1, Interesting)

miyako (632510) | more than 7 years ago | (#16520451)

I'll count myself as one of the people who is not a big shakespeare fan.
I consider myself a moderately well read person, and I have read a lot of the classics. I've read a fair big of Shakespeare, and some of his stuff is good, a lot of it is crap. Even the best of it though is often melodramatic and basically reminds me of soap operas. Most of all, a lot of shakespears work, to me, just seems to be sub par when compared to Dante, Homer, or many other classic writers.
That, in and of itself, wouldn't really be bad. People have different tastes and I'm perfectly willing to say "oh, so and so likes shakespear better, but I like dante better" - but people have come up with this thing where Shakespeare is basically defined as the end-all-be-all poet and playwrite. The problem with this is that a lot of people are first exposed to the classics via shakespear, and are lead to beleive that all of the classics of literature are like shakespear and so they never try to read anything else.
I know that personally I was 20 before I ever went to see a play outside of what we shown in middle and high school, simply because all evidence that I had pointed to the fact that they were all shakespearian.
And the works of shakespeare themselves might appeal to more people if someone did a decent modern-english translation of them. In school everyone is exposed to the english of his era, and it is utterly incomprehencable to most people- adding to the layer of contempt for shakespear and most things that are not innately shakespearian- but which people are lead to beleive are (e.g. all plays, classic literature, and poetry).
Basically, I would say that William Shakespear - or at least zealots who preach in his name - have caused more damage to literacy and culture that most people ever realize.

Re:Shak-who? (1)

HiVizDiver (640486) | more than 7 years ago | (#16523757)

That's because Shakespeare isn't meant to be READ, it's meant to be PERFORMED. It's not really literature, it's theatre. You'll have to trust me on this one, I guess.

Mod Parent Up! (1)

Nasarius (593729) | more than 7 years ago | (#16527569)

Exactly. They're plays, not novels. Go see one, or better yet act in one. The Branagh films are okay if you have nothing else.

Re:Shak-who? (1)

CAIMLAS (41445) | more than 7 years ago | (#16526039)

The thing about Shakespeare is that, in order to "get it" you really need to be well versed in the culture of the time - or, at least, the cultural references in the plays - and the nuanced jokes throughout it. In other words, you've got to have the jokes explained to you.

People who say Shakespeare was a good writer and that bladabla - WHATEVER - are full of crap. Sure, he was a good, and significantly better than average writer. Even a revolutionary writer, as he is arguably the inventor of the sitcom. But that's about it.

His writing certainly has no merit in a high school classroom, particularly with the literacy levels of kids these days. Want to turn a teenager off to reading? Don't give him engaging reading material, but make him read Shakespeare.

Re:Shak-who? (1)

Shambhu (198415) | more than 7 years ago | (#16526105)

And the works of shakespeare themselves might appeal to more people if someone did a decent modern-english translation of them.

Shakespeare didn't write in prose, he wrote in (mostly) blank verse. The words are everything. Translating them into modern English would leave you with some decent stories with good character development (if translated well) but that is all. Most people have at least as much difficulty, at first, with the sheer flexibility and volume of metaphor and imagery of his language as they do with its antiquity. Of course, they tend to both add up together. The reason I mention this is that a little time spent with a well-annotated play will get most people into the swing of things enough to enjoy the plays more than suffer from them. From that point, the ratio will improve rapidly. By the second play, or so, it's all good.

imagery (1)

Nasarius (593729) | more than 7 years ago | (#16527617)

TITANIA. Set your heart at rest;
The fairy land buys not the child of me.
His mother was a vot'ress of my order;
And, in the spiced Indian air, by night,
Full often hath she gossip'd by my side;
And sat with me on Neptune's yellow sands,
Marking th' embarked traders on the flood;
When we have laugh'd to see the sails conceive,
And grow big-bellied with the wanton wind;
Which she, with pretty and with swimming gait
Following - her womb then rich with my young squire -
Would imitate, and sail upon the land,
To fetch me trifles, and return again,
As from a voyage, rich with merchandise.
But she, being mortal, of that boy did die;
And for her sake do I rear up her boy;
And for her sake I will not part with him.
Yeah...suggesting a "modern English translation" of Shakespeare suggests to me that the GP has never taken the time to actually read and understand what was written. Of course the stories are trite by now; Shakespeare was copying others, and he's been copied a million times more. If he were alive today, he'd probably be writing in Hollywood. But the language is beautiful, it is genius. And if you understand the humor (use footnotes for background, etc.), it's often pretty damn hilarious.

Re:Shak-who? (1)

PaulMorel (962396) | more than 7 years ago | (#16520471)

Well, since far less than %1 of the population actually plays MMOs, it would be great to even get %1 (speaking globally, of course).

This will never come to fruition though. MacArthur grants come with no caveats, as far as I understand them.

But, good luck to him. I would buy it!

remember? (1)

slashmojo (818930) | more than 7 years ago | (#16521773)

Shak-who? I imagine 50% of the population under 25 doesn't even remember why Shakespeare is significant.

I'd be surprised if 50% of the population ever actually knew anything about the bard, never mind remember..

Re:Shak-who? (1)

dircha (893383) | more than 7 years ago | (#16524725)

Shak-who? I imagine 50% of the population under 25 doesn't even remember why Shakespeare is significant. And 49% don't think his work is relevant or even anything special - just boring romance novel/chic flick type pulp.

Under 25, eh? That's an interesting take. I would have guessed, if anything, that most people over - not under - 25 are the ones who pay his works no attention.

Honestly, what percentage of the post-highschool, post-college population do you think encounters or even seeks out Shakespeare, muchless ponders his cultural significance - sitting on the sofa in front of the tele with two beers down and a third in hand? Certainly no offense to you, but I have a difficult time imagining what social circumstances you find yourself in that you should consider such an estimation plausible.

Re:Shak-who? (1)

Guppy06 (410832) | more than 7 years ago | (#16524881)

"Shak-who?"

Because you didn't include the E, I now find myself having visions of an MMORPG based on Shaq-Fu.

How this will play out... (3, Funny)

Gorm the DBA (581373) | more than 7 years ago | (#16519901)

"LFG: Juliet's Balcony, have Tank and Healer, need DPS, full on Bards"

Re:How this will play out... (1)

Bieeanda (961632) | more than 7 years ago | (#16520867)

Endgame Prospero here. Got Staff of Calibashing, still need accolades from earlier tales.

The only good thing about this might be... (2, Interesting)

le0p (932717) | more than 7 years ago | (#16520011)

that there's nothing a 16 year old gamer wants to do less than think about Shakespeare. A boring^H^H^H^H^H^Hmature concept like classic literature might actually keep the user base tolerable.

Re:The only good thing about this might be... (1)

WilliamSChips (793741) | more than 7 years ago | (#16522081)

Have you actually read Shakespeare? It's pretty much on the same maturity level as the stereotypical 16-year-old gamer.

Goobye /spit... (1)

PhoenixFire213 (839961) | more than 7 years ago | (#16520093)

...hello /bitethumb

Save the drama... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16520161)

Just imagine the guild drama in this one.

A million monkeys (2, Funny)

krell (896769) | more than 7 years ago | (#16520213)

Let me guess: your player character will be in the guise of one of a million monkeys with a million typewriters [wikipedia.org] .

Re:A million monkeys (1)

jizziknight (976750) | more than 7 years ago | (#16520329)

No, that's who they're using to write the code for the game.

This game sucks! (2, Funny)

Rob T Firefly (844560) | more than 7 years ago | (#16520237)

Every time I try to get a raiding party together, a bunch of them log off right after my pre-raid pep-talk!

Re:This game sucks! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16520705)

Nice one, think anyone'll get it?

Re:This game sucks! (1)

DeeSnider (899643) | more than 7 years ago | (#16522629)

King-Halll: No, my fair cousin; If we are mark'd to die, we are enow To do our country loss; and if to live, The fewer men, the greater share of honour.....

Bed4d: Dood, u r lame, stop talking like that. Lol, u r RPer? rofl!!

King-Halll:...I pray thee, wish not one man more. By Jove, I am not covetous for gold...

Bed4d has left the game.

Gloucester69: What? You said there'd be phat lewt?!?!?!?11!!

King-Halll:....We few, we happy few, we band of brothers; For he to-day that sheds his blood with me Shall be my brother...

Ex3ter: u suck!

Talbot420: This guild suxxx!1!!1

Gloucester69: This is lame. /qtd

Gloucester69 has left the game.

Talbot420 has left the game.

Ex3ter has left the game.

I worry, (2, Insightful)

joe 155 (937621) | more than 7 years ago | (#16520267)

it mentions that because it's classed as one of Shakepeare's history plays they're taking the events in it as historical "fact", I hope that they include a note to say that pretty much none of it is "fact", maybe at the start in the form of a warning...

Waring: This play was written as propaganda against Richard III, the true king of England, by a man who was close to Elizabeth I and was too afraid to tell the truth which would cast doubt on the right (or otherwise) of the Tudors to the crown.

Sorry of you don't care, but it's important that people know the facts (or as close as we can get the them anyway)

RTFA (1)

MMaestro (585010) | more than 7 years ago | (#16521965)

If you RTFA, you'll realize that they never claim that the play was historical fact but BASED on historical facts.

Copyright issues? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16520345)

Wait a second. Don't they have to secure a copyright license from the writer or his estate first? The licensing fees for Shakespeare are outrageously expensive. There's no way this is going to fly for a game, financially-speaking.

[This post sent from the year 2012, after the passing of the "Indefinite Copyright Retro-extension Act" of 2008]

You think Jack Thompson was mad before... (1)

harks (534599) | more than 7 years ago | (#16520441)

This is going to be the most violent video game EVER!

sounds worse than (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16520633)

Hello Kitty Island Adventure

Song of Ice and Fire (1)

paladinwannabe2 (889776) | more than 7 years ago | (#16520841)

The best fantasy series I've read in years has been A Song of Ice and Fire [wikipedia.org] , written by George R. R. Martin [wikipedia.org] , which is also based off the Wars of the Roses. I would encourage you people on /. who like such things to check it out. [wikipedia.org]

Disclaimer: I am in no way associated with the author or publisher, I just like the novels.

Should have hit 'Preview' (1)

paladinwannabe2 (889776) | more than 7 years ago | (#16520853)

That's what happens if you forget the / in the tag.

If they add Romeo and Juliet (1)

jbrader (697703) | more than 7 years ago | (#16520847)

I get dibs on Mercutio, that guy was the man. Best death scene ever.

It worked for EQ (1)

Clever7Devil (985356) | more than 7 years ago | (#16521069)

The potential for expansions on this game far outweighs how long it could remain relevant.

I'm holding out for the Titus Andronicus expansion. Rated AO for rape, cannibalism, and murder.

Concept/Execution (2, Funny)

RomSteady (533144) | more than 7 years ago | (#16521179)

I like the concept of this MMORPG, but it would be difficult to make someone's death a tragedy when they can just respawn two meters away.

A horse! A horse! (2, Funny)

NJVil (154697) | more than 7 years ago | (#16521351)

My Kingdom (Hearts 2) for a horse!

Re:A horse! A horse! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16522121)

WTT Kingdom x999 4 Steed.

Romeo and Juliet (1)

Doomstalk (629173) | more than 7 years ago | (#16521511)

I could actually see a pretty awesome game made out of Romeo & Juliet's vision of Verona (not the DiCaprio movie version). A city divided up into factions loyal to one side or the other. Rather than battling in your typical MMO's generic fields, you could have street fights and turf wars. It'd definitely have to be a PVP oriented, but it could be really cool.

Can anyone say high school english? (1)

tomd123 (1007793) | more than 7 years ago | (#16521971)

Just to bring some "nostalgia" back, do you remember your high school years reading Shakespeare's books, they obviously forgot because I just had Shakespeare and believe me, I would never play something that involved Shakespeare.

OMG Richard III (1)

porcupine8 (816071) | more than 7 years ago | (#16522407)

*drools*

If I can play as Margaret, I may have to actually install a game on my computer.

(Explanation: I consider myself to have enough distractions on my computer via the web, and only play games on consoles.)

Times scenes are played.... (2, Interesting)

kinglink (195330) | more than 7 years ago | (#16522623)

Fight scene between romeo and tybalt = 1000
Macbeth's sollique = 1 time (your college professor likely had an account).
Out out damm spot = 10000 (Lady macbeth in a slip?)

The problem I forsee is while Shakesphere is a bit baudy, and very clever, he's a writer. His characters move a lot and act out scenes. Will we be watching plays? Will we be part of the excellent fight scenes? or will everything be fighting?

I forsee this having problems but if it's faithful it could be fun... if it's free :)

I was browsing headlines... (2, Insightful)

kabocox (199019) | more than 7 years ago | (#16522631)

I was just skiming headlines. I think a Paris Hilton MMORPG would be more successful. Heck, why limit yourself with her? Go after the entire porn industry. Try digitizing all those porn stars and ameutars for the MMORPG of Porn Land. The place you go to flirt and find random characters to have sex with. Forget WOW or Second Life, I think this idea could really be the next big thing. We just need Rock Star to develop it.

bah (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16527729)

Who wants to have sex in a video game? Go learn MM [mysterymethod.com] (see BitTorrent if you're a cheapskate) and get real sex.

Just what I've been looking for (1)

Dachannien (617929) | more than 7 years ago | (#16523797)

Finally, a game where all you non-roleplaying lamers will get banned for not speaking in iambic pentameter!

Based on Shakespeare? (1)

jesdynf (42915) | more than 7 years ago | (#16525853)

So is it Gargoyles or Star Trek VI?

Ha! Circular! (1)

SCPulp (977648) | more than 7 years ago | (#16526531)

And once again, all the roles will be played by men. ;)

Gamers: I have wasted time, now time doth waste me (1)

Bushido Hacks (788211) | more than 7 years ago | (#16533584)

While I am looking forward to checking out this game based on The Bard's work, making it into an MMORPG would make one wonder what would a gamer think after he has wasted his life playing as King Richard III as much as a WOW player with no life.
I have wasted time, now time doth waste me.

A Game Design Perspective... (1)

TheSwink (720021) | more than 7 years ago | (#16554274)

I wrote a brief post examing the game design challenges of such subject matter, if anyone's interested:

http://www.steveswink.com/posts/a-shakespearian-mm o/ [steveswink.com]

"He seems to be thinking - granted, at this early stage - of simply shoehorning Shakespeare into World of Warcraft, using it as a powerup. The question they should be asking themselves is 'what do we want people to learn?' and, most particularly, 'how?' Judging by the statement "We'd like to allow our players to learn something valuable, so that's why it's about Shakespeare", I'd say the underlying goal is, in addition to the 'social science Petri dish' concept he's espousing, to teach random internet people about Shakespeare. So, what do you want to teach them? I'm assuming, because Castronova is a college professor, that he's interested in teaching Shakespeare in the academic sense, which is to say first and foremost simply understanding what's happening (parsing Elizabethan English.) From there, appreciating Shakespeare's genius would be nice, understanding narrative structure and so on. Then, it's always interesting to understand the context in which Shakespeare's plays existed, the world they came from, and to examine why they, of all works (being very much the pop culture of 17th century England) have endured over five centuries of scrutiny and continue to be held in the highest regard today."
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