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Video: Raph Koster on how games and social media are converging

"Games are social media," Ultimate Online designer Raph Koster proclaims. "From their inceptions, they have been tools for the transmission of wisdom. They're how we talk to each other, in forms of play."

November 8, 2013

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"Design is about constraining people... Games are interesting, because they're only partly in control -- because they're about teaching you how to think."

In this free GDC Vault video from GDC Online 2011, Ultima Online lead designer and Star Wars Galaxies: An Empire Divided creative director Raph Koster shares how developers can take control of social media and avoid it taking control of them in the talk 'It's All Games Now! How Games and Social Media are Converging.' For more with Koster, he discusses further blending games with social media in this follow-up interview. Additionally, GDC Vault has made free a postmortem on Ultima Online featuring Koster alongside Starr Long and Rich Vogel.

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