Nov 16th 2009 5:48PM I use Cat, even though people always ask what I'm talking about when I say that...
However, I have seen it referred to as Cat in a blue post recently too. Makes me think it's called Cat in-house (Blizzard's offices) as the shorthand. Cata sounds unfinished though. Like you were gonna keep going and then forgot.
Mar 11th 2009 7:09PM A sort of time-line.
1978 - MUD
1986 - Air Warrior, first graphical MMOG
1991 - Neverwinter Nights, first 'truly' graphical MMORPG
Those three precede his 1997 (or 1995) by years.
And as far as 'virtual worlds' go:
The concept of virtual worlds predates computers and could be traced in some sense to Pliny. The mechanical-based 1962 Sensorama machine used the senses of vision, sound, balance, smells and touch (via wind) to simulate its world. Among the earliest virtual worlds to be implemented by computers were not games but generic virtual reality simulators, such as Ivan Sutherland's 1968 virtual reality device. This form of virtual reality is characterized by bulky headsets and other types of sensory input simulation.
Sorry Thom, sounds like you may owe others money. =)
Nov 14th 2008 7:24AM That's mine! I left it there! Thank you for bringing it back to me! ^_^
Nov 14th 2008 7:23AM Eek! A mouse! =O
Nov 14th 2008 7:23AM Swag bag snag!
Nov 14th 2008 7:22AM Game time please.
Nov 13th 2008 4:56AM Big bear ftw.
Nov 13th 2008 4:55AM Game time FTW.
Nov 13th 2008 4:54AM My mousepad is dying for about 2 years now. =(
Nov 12th 2008 3:23AM Mousers!