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Oct 16, 2003



Back when Butterfly was first announced, I commented that as an unproven platform, it was a non-starter as a server infrastructure choice. If Turbine couldn't sell their proven system, nobody was going to bet millions on a prototype so they could be the lab rat, no matter how high it's theoretical cost-efficiency was supposed to be. Butterfly will inevitably need a lot of shakedown before it's really ready to run a commercial game.

Looks like they're trying to get out of that chicken-and-egg situation with this, an "academic research" game would have many of the same needs, which will let them work out the kinks, while not having anything committed but post-grad coding time. Should be a good deal for all concerned. Lord knows it would be convenient to pull a server off the shelf the same way we can buy a graphics engine.


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