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The Good Ole MUD Days. Daniel Ward Pharm.D. Candidate Wingate University School of Pharmacy November 1 st , 2006. 191. UNC in 1993. CAROLINE Libraries Computers Receiving an Email Address Internet? Telnet The “cool” people.

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The good ole mud days

The Good Ole MUD Days

Daniel Ward

Pharm.D. Candidate

Wingate University School of Pharmacy

November 1st , 2006


The good ole mud days

191


Unc in 1993

UNC in 1993

  • CAROLINE

  • Libraries

  • Computers

  • Receiving an Email Address

  • Internet?

  • Telnet

    • The “cool” people


The good ole mud days

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Unc in 19931

UNC in 1993

  • CAROLINE

  • Libraries

  • Receiving an Email Address

  • Internet?

  • Telnet

    • The “cool” people


Telnet in 1993 at unc

Telnet in 1993 at UNC

  • Email

  • ISCA– Iowa Student Computer Association telnet://whip.isca.uiowa.edu

  • Many MOOs and MUDs….(too many to name)

  • My favorite mud---starMUD

  • “Crack Cocaine”


About starmud

About starMUD

  • Based in Stockholm, Sweden

  • UNIX based

  • First server could only hold 40 connections at one time.

  • Created by local physician in Stockholm looking for a stress relief


About starmud cont

About starMUD cont.

  • 4 levels on starMUD (and many others)

    • GOD—he was the creator..owned the server in our case

    • LORD—they were in charge of a certain area of the MUD

    • WIZARD—(ME!)—they were the main coders (C++) for an area..were usually handpicked by a certain LORD

    • MORTAL—people allowed to play in each area to gain power and skills to one day become a Wizard (usually took 18-24 months of regular play)


About starmud cont1

About starMUD cont.

  • Could be many races (alien, human, Muppet, Vulcan, Smurf, etc)

  • Start by killing bumblebees, rabbits, etc. to gain experience before tackling bigger monsters…

    • The more experience points, the quicker you can become a Wizard

  • Couldn’t attack each other UNLESS BOTH players were “outlaws”. If one “outlaw” killed another, you can steal all their credits and weapons, but they kept their skills

  • Opportunity to know lots of people from all over the world


Graphical muds

Graphical MUDs

  • Not just UNIX based anymore…

  • Advantage—not as much typing!

  • Disadvantage—imagination factor (book/movie debate)

  • For example http://www.geocities.com/blessed_lands_web/


Newer addicting sites

Newer Addicting Sites

  • AIM/Yahoo IM/MSN Messenger

  • Myspace

  • Facebook

  • Poker

  • Sims

  • Everquest

    • “Evercrack”

    • 3-D version of DikuMUD

    • Selling of weapons on eBay


Newer addicting sites1

Newer Addicting Sites

  • World of Warcraft

    • 6 million subscribers

      • Up to 40% are addicted

      • June 2005—child died of neglect from WoW addicted parents

    • Selling characters on eBay

  • Second Life

    • 3-D world—very Sims-like

    • 1 million subscribers

      • Pay for the “good stuff”

      • Convert real dollars to “Linden dollars”

      • $400,000 in real money spent every 24 hours

      • Squatters springing up


My addiction

My Addiction

  • Why is it addicting?

    • You can escape reality

    • Can be any type person you want to be

    • Completely anonymous

    • Fun to get more and more powerful

    • Fun to kill stuff for prizes (credits, skills)

    • Ultimate goal---WIZARD!


My addiction cont

My Addiction cont.

  • Started in Fall 1993

  • Honor Court/Escape reality

  • Just 30 minutes a day, but..

  • Class…

  • Papers…

  • Labs….

  • My “Marriage”

  • Credit cards

  • Spring 1994 GPA….any guesses?


Mud friends at unc

MUD friends at UNC

  • 3 of us at UNC

  • Dennis—taught me to code C++ in Teague, ended up getting his masters in CS at University of Texas…just up his alley!

  • Ame—PRIME EXAMPLE of starMUD’s addicting power……

    • Class, Social Life, GPA


What made me quit

What made me quit?

  • Grades/Parents

    • Drugs?

  • Student Psychological Services

    • Internet Addiction


Let s visit starmud

Let’s visit starMUD

  • telnet://home.starmud.com:4000/

  • telnet://aus.stanford.edu:2010

  • http://www.achaea.com


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