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Dec. 6th, 2006 | 12:38 am
|Shawn Fanning, creator of Napster, plans to launch Rupture, a virtual social community for online gamers. The service will consist of an add-on that automatically creates individual player profiles and allows gamers to chat online with one another and download various game content. Rupture will initially work with the World of Warcraft, the most popular multiplayer onlinegame with 7.5 million subscribers, of which Fanning is an avidplayer. |
See aslo Shawn Fanning To Launch Rupture, an Online Gaming Community
As of 12pm Dec 6 here, I am still unable to log into a freshly patched WoW, where one of the new features is exactly that, an easier and more sophisticated communication between the players. Most likely, it will not be comparable with what Fanning has been working on, but the trend is indicative: the army of virtual explorers does need and - I hope - will appreciate new tools/mediums to interact with each other.
PS: As of Jan 6, of 2007, I should admit that the rumors about "easier and more sophisticated communication between the players" have bees hugely exaggerated. Perhaps, the Burning Crusade, an extension of the existing WoW, will be offering something in this direction, but newly-patched version does not provide any new features. In fact, the new version made communication between the players seeking to team-up with each other more difficult, compare to the earlier version.