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This article has a good summary of Randy Farmer's work and recognition received: [] Items of note:
- Lucasfilm's habitat was pioneering: "the first virtual world"
- The paper, "The Lessons of Lucasfilm's Habitat" has been widely sited
- Farmer later consulted on several incarnations of Habitat over the years: "Club Caribe in 1989, and later in Japan as Fujitsu Habitat in 1990. In 1995, CompuServe’s WorldsAway also used the Habitat technology"
- Moved on to AMiX, "the “world's first (pre-Internet) online information marketplace”, as well as the “world's first email-based consulting system”."
- Cofounder of electric communities, later known as communities.com, which, developed the E programming language and ran The Palace for a few years, among other things
- Live Producer for The Sims Online at Maxis
- Community Design Consultant on Second Life
- "Nowadays, both Morningstar and Farmer work at Yahoo!, developing online communities.". Article on current work here: []
- Farmer and Morningstar received first "First Penguin" award at the 2001 Game Developers Choice Awards. Press release here [] and blurb here []
By way of notability, Raph Koster sites many Habitat related resources [] -- I'd say this indicates the notability of the project to the field, as viewed by one of the industry's most well-known players.
If someone wants to work some of this into the article, this is probably a good start. I don't edit frequently (and don't bother to log in half the time when I do), but I may wander back here and try to do so myself sometime. Merreborn 23:37, 8 May 2007 (UTC)
The blurb for Randy Farmer on areae.net is pretty flattering:
- Randy Farmer co-created: one of the first forums, the first Trek MUD, the first graphical MMOG with the first avatars, the first virtual information marketplace, the first fully distributed virtual world platform, the first no-plugin web session platform, Yahoo’s 360 project, and more. He’s currently working on other far-reaching social computing projects for Yahoo! as the Community Strategic Analyst.
220.127.116.11 04:17, 9 September 2007 (UTC)