Lincoln Games Lab

University of Lincoln


Announcement: Research seminars, Richard Bartle, and MMOs

It is with great pleasure to announce that Professor Richard Bartle, best known for being one of the pioneers of the massively online game industry, is coming to the University of Lincoln to give a talk about his recent video-games related work. His talk is entitled “How to Cheat at MMOs without Cheating“. Richard Bartle summarises the talk as following:

“Player Type theory has a long history of use in MMO design, and is accepted as a standard model of player behaviour. In this talk, I explain how different player types view what a virtual world “is”, and how this affects their opinion of whether an activity is or is not cheating”.

The talk will be given on Wednesday, 14th March 2012 between 15:00 – 16:00  in the Cargill Lecture Theatre, which is situated in the Main Building of the campus. No registration is required, just pop to the lecture theatre on time. We hope to see you all there!

Update! For those of you who have missed the talk, Bartle uploaded his lecture slides on here. In his blog, Richard describes his talk as follows:

“For the rest of you, the basic premise is that different types of player have different ideas as to what an MMO is “about”, and play to an unwritten set of rules consistent with those ideas. Anything that breaks those rules, they regard as cheating (or at least with great disapproval). Players of different types don’t have any conception of these unwritten rules, though, and therefore have no concerns about breaking them.”


  1. David

    Theres such a thing as cheating in MMOs?

  2. Olivier Szymanezyk

    Hey, feel free to attend to the talk to find out what Bartle thinks about it :)

  3. Fahad

    If I may ask, If the presentation been recorded, can we have access to it or if not and you know similar lecture which been posted, would you please provide its link. most appreciated .

    I am interested in MMO field and I just notice about it here in the university.

  4. Olivier Szymanezyk

    Hello Fahad. Unfortunately, the talk has not been recorded. However, you may access his lecture slides on

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