Happy Birthday Wizard101!
This month, Wizard101
celebrates six years being live. It's
a great milestone for
, it's a great milestone for me.
It brings me back to my early days at
; before I was the Quality
Assurance Manager, before I understood what an online community could
Six years ago, I sat at my desk with a few months of tech
support behind me. My boss (sounds so formal), the CEO of CodeWeavers, came to
the ninja pit full of excitement. He was starry-eyed over a new game,
Wizard101. He wanted to know if
could run it and wanted to know if
one of us would be willing to take a look... to test it.
I raised my hand.
1.0 had just released and CrossOver had just
updated to Wine 1.0. As a result, many Windows applications were beginning to
work better on Mac and Linux, with CrossOver but not reliably. The possibility that Wizard101 would work was
slim. Despite the odds, Wizard101 installed, it patched, and it launched.
I was elated.
People in the office gathered around my desk to see. I was
in game, I was ready to play... and I was invisible. My wizard was unseen. She
was a ninja, like me-but I was left deflated. We moved along and so did Wine,
so did CrossOver.
Every release of Wine brought CrossOver leaps and bounds
forward. Every release, every update, I tried Wizard101. I watched pieces of
the game begin to work. I began to play the game and talk about it. I even sought
spare time to play the game.
In a year's time, we started handing out instructions on how
to run Wizard101 on Mac and Linux systems. Another year went by and we launched
. This automated the installation of applications and
simplified everything and Wizard101 was a prime candidate. In June of 2010 the
first automatic installation of Wizard101 for Mac and Linux went online. Its popularity
soared, it became our number one download.
We contacted the team at KingsIsle and CodeWeavers became the solution
they recommended to Mac and Linux users. Eventually, we became their official Mac solution. Today,
Wizard101 can not only be enjoyed on Windows, but thanks to CodeWeavers
CrossOver technology it can be played on Mac and on Linux
Wizard101’s success demonstrates tangible improvements in
Wine and CrossOver. We saw it install with problems, we watched it get better
and we used the game as a measure for improving graphics. Wizard101 now runs
extremely well on Linux and Mac systems because of the last year of Wine development.
Happy Birthday, Wizard101! May there be many more to come!
About Caron Wills
Caron has been working in the computer software industry for over 10 years. She joined
CodeWeavers in 2008 and became the Quality Assurance Manager for CodeWeavers in 2009. Contact Caron at email@example.com and learn more about her professional accomplishments on LinkedIn.
Founded in 1996 as a general software consultancy,
CodeWeavers focuses on the development of
Wine – the core technology found
in all of its CrossOver products. The
company's goal is to bring expanded market opportunities for Windows software developers by making it easier, faster
and more painless to port Windows software to Mac and Linux. CodeWeavers is recognized as a leader in open-source
Windows porting technology, and maintains development offices in Minnesota, the United Kingdom and elsewhere around
the world. The company is privately held.
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