Randy Farmer

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Randy Farmer
Randy Farmer.jpg
Randy Farmer, 2008
Born 16 October 1961
New Jersey
Residence Palo Alto, California
Other names F. Randall Farmer
Occupation Social Software Innovator, Author, CEO
Known for Habitat, Yahoo! 360°, Social Media Consultant
Spouse(s) Pamela Farmer
Website
http://habitatchronicles.com/

F. Randall "Randy" Farmer (born 1961) is an American game developer, co-creator with Chip Morningstar of one of the first graphical online games, 1985's Habitat.[1] In 2001 he and Morningstar were the first recipients of the Pioneer Award (at the time called the "First Penguin Award") by the International Game Developers Association. Farmer was involved with the creation of Yahoo! 360 and Communities.com, and has published several works on web and game development, social media, and online communities.

Biography[edit]

Farmer was born in New Jersey to Frank and Kathleen Farmer, and grew up in Michigan. His interest in computers began as a teenager in 1974, as his Junior High School had access to a teletype. He played an early Star Trek game, Mike Mayfield's STTR1, and learned that he could add modifications to it. He began writing his own games at Henry Ford II High School in 1976, and then COMUNI, an early Bulletin board system.[2]

In 1984, Farmer began working at Lucasfilm Games, on an Apple II version of Koronis Rift. It was at Lucasfilm that he met Chip Morningstar, who was beginning design on the Habitat project, a groundbreaking graphical multiplayer adventure game. When the project received funding, Morningstar hired Farmer for the team, along with others such as Aric Wilmunder, Janet Hunter, Noah Falstein and Ron Gilbert.[2][3]

After Lucasfilm, Farmer went on to found Communities.com, where he remained from 1993–2001. In 2003 he served as Community Strategy Analyst for Yahoo!, co-designing Yahoo! 360°. From 2009–2011 he was involved with Social Media Strategy Consulting for Answers.com, and in 2011 he founded his own company, Suddenly Social, to provide platform services for social and mobile games. In 2013 he began co-hosting the Social Media Clarity Podcast with Scott Moore and Marc Smith.[4] As of 2014, he is a Social Media consultant for Rosenfeld Media.[5]

Awards[edit]

In March 2001, Farmer and Morningstar were awarded the inaugural "First Penguin Award" (later renamed to Pioneer Award) by the International Game Developers Association for their work on Habitat.[6] In 1995, they were named as Tomorrow Makers by NetGuide magazine.[7]

Selected works[edit]

Articles
Blogs
Book chapters
  • Farmer, Randall (2012). "Web Reputations and the Real World". In Hassan Masum & Mark Tovey. The Reputation Society: How Online Opinions Are Reshaping the Offline World. The MIT Press. ISBN 978-0-262-01664-3. 
Book

References[edit]

  1. ^ Howarth, Brad (December 18, 2008). "Getting over that flat feeling". The Guardian. 
  2. ^ a b Wallis, Alistair (October 12, 2006). "Playing Catch Up: Habitat's Chip Morningstar and Randy Farmer". Gamasutra. Retrieved March 2, 2014. 
  3. ^ Shannon, Victoria (June 2, 1996). "Chat rooms come to life in 3-D metaverse". Washington Post. 
  4. ^ "Social Media Clarity podcast". Retrieved March 2, 2013. 
  5. ^ Farmer, Randall. "Randy Farmer page at LinkedIn". LinkedIn. Retrieved March 2, 2014. 
  6. ^ "First Penguin Archive". Game Developers Choice Awards. Retrieved March 8, 2014. 
  7. ^ Fjermedal, Grant (1995). The Tomorrow Makers: NetGuide. January, p. 56.

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