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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

unc in 1993
UNC in 1993
  • CAROLINE
  • Libraries
  • Computers
  • Receiving an Email Address
  • Internet?
  • Telnet
    • The “cool” people
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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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