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Old 12-23-2010, 12:41 PM   #1
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I’m happy to announce some very exciting news today: Rod Humble is Linden Lab’s new CEO. Our press release is here. You’ll hear from Rod himself after he starts in mid-January, but in the meantime, we wanted to share a brief introduction.

Rod has an impressive depth of experience in developing and leading fun, immersive entertainment experiences that have been great successes. As a 20-year veteran of game development, he’s worked on more than 200 games, and last year, the gaming magazine Edge named him #2 on their annual list of Hot 100 Game Developers. Rod is coming to Linden Lab from Electronic Arts, where he was Executive Vice President and led EA Play, including the best-selling PC game franchise of all time, The Sims. Prior to EA, he was a VP of Product Development at Sony Online Entertainment, where he led the EverQuest Studio.

Rod has a deep appreciation for what makes Second Life special. He’s already been exploring and experimenting inworld to familiarize himself with the pluses and minuses of our product and the successes and challenges faced by our Residents. He’ll officially start at the Lab in mid-January, and I’m excited for us to begin 2011 with fresh perspective, renewed energy, and creativity.

To give you a sense for Rod’s creativity, personality, and perspective, here are few links to his personal creations and a couple of press interviews he’s given:

Art games Rod has created in his ‘spare’ time:


Press interviews with Rod:


Happy holidays to you all from Linden Lab! We wish everyone a very happy and prosperous new year -- it’s going to be a great one for Second Life!

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Rod Humble is Chief Executive Officer at Linden Lab, and he leads the company’s strategy and the development of Second Life. Humble’s 20-year career in the game development industry has included work on more than 200 games. He joined Linden Lab from Electronic Arts, where, in his role as Executive Vice President, he led the EA Play label, which includes the best-selling PC game franchise of all time, The Sims. In 2009, he was ranked #2 on the annual list of the Hot 100 Game Developers from gaming publication Edge. Prior to his work at Electronic Arts, Humble served as Vice President of Product Development at Sony Online Entertainment for the massively multiplayer online game (MMOG) EverQuest.





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Old 12-23-2010, 12:42 PM   #2
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Old 12-23-2010, 02:55 PM   #5
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I think I'd prefer someone who thinks of it as The Sims to someone who thinks of it as Facebook...
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Great, Zindra shall now be known as "The Land of WooHoo", and voice will now come with a voice changer option to turn your words into Simlish.

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...voice will now come with a voice changer option to turn your words into Simlish.

I thought it already did. (O.o)
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Seems like he's a much better fit than M, in any case. Plus, how can you not love all the levels of a name like, Humble Linden?!? (PLEASE PLEASE PUH LEEZE let that be his Linden name!!! )

The fact that he worked on The Sims would be good, but dicey, on it's own; but the addition of having worked on Everquest goes a bit longer in the "Yaydage" (Yardage + yay!). Then you add in his involvement with "Create" and we're seeing a bigger, and better, picture.

And check this out! Seriously. Read the page and follow the rules about playing the game first, then reading past the break.

That page alone gives me great hope for the future of LL.
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Pressing the agree button was not enough, I fully agree with Kick here: Check out that page. Even if you do not want to play the game. It shows the way he thinks, and the creativity he possesses, both good things for SL.
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