In my mind, Mike deserves credits at the level of a Bartle for his role as lead design in the first 3D graphical MUD, Meridian 59 (which lives on under the direction of frequent commenter Brian Green). Consistent with that start, Mike went on to found and direct a number of projects in the industry, and has to be counted among the elite when it comes to both theoretical and hands-on understanding of the strange thing we're all studying. His most recent work on believable AI is likely IMHO to create yet another singularity in this space; the immersive quality made a discontinuous leap when 3D came about, and it will do so again when NPCs begin to acquire credible social and emotive behaviors. Mike's also got a crafting focus in interfaces, and has degrees in cognitive science as well as AI.
We're very lucky to have people like Mr. Sellers, people with actual talent and experience, continue to join our happy band. I increasingly feel that Greg, Dan, Julian and I are playing the role of stone to the fine soup that's being brewed here. Welcome Mike!
And so as not to miss out on Richard's "Which TNer" quiz, we might ask everyone to guess which of the following things Mike Sellers has NOT done:
Mike Sellers never did which of the following:
- ridden an elephant
- body-surfed in a typhoon
- played an extra in "Apocalypse Now"
- had six kids (and several family members in the games industry)
- eaten dog and deep-fried beetle
- been a circus roustabout (for one long stinking day)
- defended others against real pirates
- created a practical joke that culminated in catapulting a sheep's brain at someone
- terminated a romantic relationship with a roundhouse kick to the head, a la Chuck Norris, whose #1 export is pain