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Professor Richard Bartle FRSA (part-time)

Staff positionSenior Lecturer & Honorary Professor
Telephone01206 874246
Office hoursPart time, so it's hit and miss - best to email first!

Dr Richard A. Bartle is Senior Lecturer and Honorary Professor of Computer Game Design at the University of Essex, UK. He is best known for having co-written in 1978 the first virtual world, MUD, and for his 1996 Player Types model which has seen widespread adoption by the MMO industry. His 2003 book, "Designing Virtual Worlds", is the standard text on the subject, and he is an influential writer on all aspects of MMO design and development. In 2010, he was the first recipient of the prestigious GDC "Online Game Legend" award.


 BSc Hons (1st class) Computer Science, Essex University, 1981.

PhD Artificial Intelligence, Essex University, 1988.

Research interests
  •  Virtual worlds (game worlds, social worlds): all aspects of these.
  • Computer Game design.
  • Computer Games design as an art form.
  • Computer Games and society, especially governance, the law and human rights.
Teaching responsibilities

 CE217: Game Design.

CE317: Virtual Worlds. 


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