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#304417 - 01/07/10 18:35 MMOG "Utopia" - the true story
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As promised, we've now uploaded our blog about the development of the large scale MMOG "Utopia" - the project that we started last year, contracted by a client who didn't want his identity revealed.

I have to make two confessions. At first, I haven't told the full truth about this project here. The spiritual focus was just a cover story. As I'm not bound by oath anymore, I've now disclosed the real purpose of the project in the blog, as well as the identity of the client, the Swiss organization "Embassy Flight and Ground Service".

Second, the development is finished - sort of - much sooner than expected. Due to the increasingly bizarre circumstances surrounding the project, we had no choice but to pull the brakes. So the blog is in fact a postmortem. We're not working any longer for Embassy Flight and Ground Service, and Utopia won't go online.

The project was not only a strange experience for us, it also had many bizarre and funny aspects. For anyone interested, here's the full and true story:

http://www.republic-of-utopia.com/mystery.htm

Please be aware that the story is not suited for minors. If you're below 18, please DO NOT CLICK on that link. Thank you.

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#304420 - 01/07/10 19:04 Re: MMOG "Utopia" - the true story [Re: jcl]
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Registered: 01/07/04
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This is a real bad thing and not the kind of postmortem stories you can find at gamasutra.com

Just out of curiosity - Is Conitec in charge for paying the motion captures in Poland and all the ordered assets? It's unclear if you just made the connection between the studios and your client or if you made the contracts - which would be very expensive for your company.

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#304421 - 01/07/10 19:08 Re: MMOG "Utopia" - the true story [Re: slacer]
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Mystery solved: you got fired because you didn't give the right camera angles.. tongue I guess the truth really is stranger than fiction...

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#304423 - 01/07/10 19:27 Re: MMOG "Utopia" - the true story [Re: NITRO777]
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EPIC FAIL! ..... Sorry, just wanted to say that tongue.
And that's bad. So, did you changed the date of A8 release on November?

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#304428 - 01/07/10 19:41 Re: MMOG "Utopia" - the true story [Re: Cowabanga]
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Registered: 02/27/09
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Ohhhh, I see al those big numbers with a money simbol at the end...

uhh, that hurts!

but why the heck somebody needs a 3500 second long sex scene????
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#304430 - 01/07/10 19:45 Re: MMOG "Utopia" - the true story [Re: Rei_Ayanami]
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This is actually a very funny story! grin

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#304440 - 01/07/10 20:20 Re: MMOG "Utopia" - the true story [Re: Petra]
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Registered: 09/10/03
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Was the president by accident "Mathias Nievergelt"?

Seems like the company was recently deleted from certain tradeholding websites.
A new case for Mike Morbius I guess...

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#304441 - 01/07/10 20:30 Re: MMOG "Utopia" - the true story [Re: Firoball]
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Edited by Joozey (01/07/10 20:30)
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#304442 - 01/07/10 20:40 Re: MMOG "Utopia" - the true story [Re: Joozey]
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Crazy story! Just googled "Mathias Nievergelt" and got the same address (the one with the ghost house on Google Maps)
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#304443 - 01/07/10 20:44 Re: MMOG "Utopia" - the true story [Re: cartoon_baboon]
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Try his telephone number; a dozen results of strange websites pretending to be various different businesses. And he has actually a one-man company according to this swissguide site.


Edited by Joozey (01/07/10 20:46)
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