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Posted: Nov 11th 2009 1:52PM (Unverified) said

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God did this guy sound angry....

Posted: Nov 11th 2009 2:13PM yojibalinese said

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Do you blame him? Every other question was pestering this guy about being a wow clone. I wish everyone cloned wow's ui. Then I wouldn't spend the first week of a beta trying to figure out where everything is.
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Posted: Nov 11th 2009 3:20PM Dustystrike said

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Man this guy is full of so much bullshit..."we are being compared to the biggest game in the industry and that's a bad thing?" Dude your being compared to be a low budget rip off filled with bugs and a huge lack of content, the only reason your being compared to them is because your game ripped off there UI, graphics and many assets and no its isnt a good thing. He also says he's never seen someone call the game a wow ripoff? seriously? EVERY gaming forum has atleast one post calling the game a rip off i dno how he can be so ignorant. No rude, spiteful behavior in game or comparisons? People were complaining like hell on the official forums by all the people calling it a wow clone, does he ever visit the forums?. Ooh we have 2 years of planned content!!! Yeh that's stuff like pvp and instances that are supposed to be in game at release, what you really mean is that we're gonna take 2 extra years after releasing to complete the game.
I'm just amazed at how he turns every piece of criticism into a plus, just wow...

Posted: Nov 11th 2009 3:42PM (Unverified) said

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"I have yet to hear anyone who has played Alganon for any duration call it a "WoW ripoff", and I have yet to feel "looked down upon" by anyone that has experienced firsthand the amount of effort, talent, and determination it takes to make an MMOG."

Please read... he qualifies his statement by saying anyoen with actual firsthand experience doing what they are doing. He's obviously well aware of the random forum posts and trolling about the game.

Posted: Nov 11th 2009 3:50PM Dustystrike said

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You need to be in the beta to access the beta forums, so no there not just random posts its people who actually played the game.
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Posted: Nov 11th 2009 3:46PM pcgneurotic said

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Well I say good luck to 'em. I played the closed beta a bit, and it was pretty cool, but not great. But I'll definitely be checking it out in 6 months or so, though.

Posted: Nov 11th 2009 3:52PM (Unverified) said

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Actually he said "I have yet to hear anyone who has played Alganon for any duration call it a "WoW ripoff". That means, people who stick around for more than five minutes and play the game. Certainly, there are tons of people who can't see past the surface, but that's just the attitude of the gaming majority these days. I think the game shows promise, and the fact that they are up-front about what isn't going to be live and what is says a lot for how much they care about what the players, (people who are paying to play) think about the game and such. Writing the game off so soon shows a lack of understanding the market as a whole.

They own the software and hardware and they are a small team. They don't need 1 million or even 200,000 subscribers to get by.

They have a loyal fan base that likes the game and their input is appreciated by the devs.

As far as I'm concerned, this is a game to watch.

Posted: Nov 11th 2009 4:11PM Dustystrike said

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On the being upfront and caring about there players...The devs blandly ignore the fact that there games a rip off. Secondly They didn't even tell the players that all the advertised features on there website won't be in at launch and had pre orders up. Thirdly, they said the game wouldn't have an open beta and blah blah and out of nowhere they set an open beta date. I agree that support wise the devs are awesome but development and game wise there not. Also im not just a wow fanboy trolling im actually playing the game and have been for over 2 months, i acknowledge what there doing and think the game could be great but im just sick of them lying like this.
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Posted: Nov 11th 2009 4:00PM (Unverified) said

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I didn't see the spin in this. I'm sick of hearing all the bullshit answers by people looking to turn something awful into something shiny, and I didn't get that from this at all. I got the impression he's just trying to tell it how it is. I can't blame him, either - he's trying to make a game (that I've openly enjoy so far) that's being compared to something else on every front, though what's there isn't as clone-happy as people think.

Anyway. Good read.

Posted: Nov 11th 2009 4:07PM (Unverified) said

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The more I hear about this game, the more I can't wait to play. This interview pretty much sealed it for me because he seemed like a person instead just full of some company answers. I miss the old feel of many MMOs, so I hope the newer features in here can still keep that feeling.

I'll be signing up for the beta when I get home. Anyone up for checking this out with me?

Posted: Nov 11th 2009 4:15PM (Unverified) said

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lol, hit me up. I'm interested too, been waiting for the open beta
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Posted: Nov 11th 2009 4:16PM (Unverified) said

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I was looking forward to this game for quite some time, then I got into beta a couple of weeks ago and I really like it. What he says about the community is so true. Everyone is nice, helpful, and mature. I continue to have faith in these guys after experiencing the beta first hand. I understand there are some problems in beta, but that's what it's for and I understand that. The amount of improvement made with each patch is amazing!

Anyways, this interview and how truthful and real he was with his answers has definitely raised my confidence in this game even more. I can't wait for launch, but for now...back to beta testing!

Posted: Nov 11th 2009 4:17PM Dustystrike said

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On the being upfront and caring about there players...The devs blandly ignore the fact that there games a rip off. Secondly They didn't even tell the players that all the advertised features on there website won't be in at launch and had pre orders up. Thirdly, they said the game wouldn't have an open beta and blah blah and out of nowhere they set an open beta date. I agree that support wise the devs are awesome but development and game wise there not. Also im not just a wow fanboy trolling im actually playing the game and have been for over 2 months, i acknowledge what there doing and think the game could be great but im just sick of them lying like this.

Posted: Nov 11th 2009 4:29PM (Unverified) said

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At this point maybe people should just agree to disagree on whether or not it's a ripoff. Personally, I find the game to be similar yet still enough different that it's quite enjoyable. Obviously you do not. :)

The forums had several posts in them as to which features were making it and which were not. I will agree that the web team was slow in updating the features section of the Alganon website. However, as can be seen now, they are clearly differentiating between future and release features.

I suspect that, in regards to open beta, they needed to drum up more visibility for the game. They pushed the release back by a month so I'm assuming they figured why not just open the last two weeks up to gain more visibility in the marketplace. I'm not sure that I see a problem with deciding to let more people in.
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Posted: Nov 11th 2009 4:22PM (Unverified) said

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I have to say when I saw these interview questions come across my desk I was surprised by the raw honesty and directness of the questions. To be honest I wasn't quite sure what David would think. To his credit I think David answered these questions as only David could. He's a straight shooter if nothing else. I think if you follow Alganon or Quest Online for any length of time you will start to see that this is pretty much how we all are. We're making the game we want to play and we think gamers want to play. We don't have time to deal with bull.... well you get my point. :) -Tork, Alganon Community Manager and Evangelist

Posted: Nov 11th 2009 4:50PM (Unverified) said

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How exactly does Alganon's Library differ from LOTRO's Lorebook? Just because it was copied from something other than WoW doesn't make it a new and unique feature..

Posted: Nov 11th 2009 5:30PM Dustystrike said

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well the study system was taken from EVE aswell but they mark it as a unique feature.
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Posted: Nov 11th 2009 5:40PM Dread said

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Hay Dave, I have downloaded and played your Beta, I wanted to poke my eyeballs out after three hours but I struggled on to make it 5 hours just to torture myself and see if any actual original systems or content sprung up - I admire the gall you have to say its not a WOW Clone. In retrospect I do agree with you, the bits you cloned from Eve are nothing like the 95% of your game you cloned from WoW.

I've seen more originality in pickup lines in bars.

Whats worse, its not even a good clone. You'd think you could at least improve it given the 5 years worth of tech improvements you've got on the project you are ripping off. All you've done is tacked on the Eve offline skill-up system to your poor mans WoW. I've seen plenty of other MMO's over the years called WoW clones but Alganon is the very first I have ever seen that is just a blatant ripoff across the whole game and in virtually every single facet of the game. I am surprised Blizzard have let you get away with it to be honest.

There's a question Massively - what has Blizzard got to say about this game shamelessly ripping them off? Not just taking their idea and reshaping it and adding in a few unique quirks like other MMO's - but a complete and shameless ripoff of all their bases systems, gameplay, styling, etc Surely, and anyone who has played both games for any length of time will attest, there are some blatant copyright issues here?

It begs the question as to whats the goal here? Get in quick to make a few bucks before reverting to a F2P model before the nubs realize they are being ripped off? Then move onto something else?

Posted: Nov 11th 2009 7:10PM Faryon said

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To be fair: WoWs systems are mostly ripoffs from older MMOs, but I agree with you that the gameplay of this game is pure filth.
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Posted: Nov 12th 2009 1:37AM wjowski said

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Which were furthermore ripped off by said older MMOs from text-based MUDs.
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