Quake II as an MMOG

alphaWorks OptimalGrid Overview has middleware code to operate Quake II as an MMOG, the latest fruits of efforts at IBM to facilitate games, in this case Quake II, on a grid of servers (story). Here's what they sent along about this:
OptimalGrid is a self-contained middleware designed for developers to create grid-enabled parallel applications without themselves becoming experts in grid or high-performance computing (article). The Linux compatible middleware now includes automatic distribution and provisioning on to Grid nodes. See how the first release of Quake II was made massively multi-player by running on a Grid. Get modified Quake II from Sourceforge to run with OptimalGrid and let the massive Grid games begin.
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Ah yes!

But we aren't pronouncing anything here -- it's all written word, and in written English, MMOG is still an acronym which stands there in place of Massively Multiplayer Online Game.

Regardless of how common it might be to pronounce the collection of letters as "an em-em-oh-gee" in order to avoid taking the time to speak each individual word, it does not change the meaning of those letters - which remains "a massively multiplayer online game".

Without knowing before hand that I'm not going to come along and read each letter as an individual word, the author really has no choice but to properly construct the sentence according to the full meaning of the acronym.

In spoken English you can get away with all sorts of things people won't take the time to notice, and it would be correct to precede an "em" sound with the word "an".. however it would also be incorrect to proceed a "muh" sound (as in 'massively') by the word 'an' (I couldn't even manage it in that sentence for example).

And since we're dealing in written comm's here, I still maintain that since you can't know how people are going to come along and decide to read your acronym, you are obligated to construct the sentence as if you had written it out completely in the first place..




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