Essex: the birthplace of the MMORPG

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Essex: the UK county I call home. Sadly it tends to be associated with fake tan, too-much-makeup and horrible accents thanks to a certain television program but it’s not all like that. For example, I recently found out something about the place which may change many gamers’ views on it and hopefully do something to repair its unwarranted reputation.

After watching Dr Pete Etchells take part in a discussion about The psychology of gaming addiction at EGX Rezzed in April, I purchased his latest book. Unfortunately I don’t have a lot of time for reading and so haven’t yet finished it yet, but what I’ve read of Lost in a Good Game so far have been very interesting. I’ve learnt a lot about psychology, the problem with classifying gaming addiction and gaming in general, and that the first multiplayer online RPG was made at the University of Essex.

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