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Posted: Feb 17th 2010 3:26PM ployer said

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I'm not saying the guy is good or bad, but he sure does look like a goober in that picture.

Posted: Feb 17th 2010 3:37PM Russell Clarke said

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That'll be the questionable facial hair, which seems so prevalent in the industry.
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Posted: Feb 17th 2010 3:51PM Valentina said

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...lol....>_>

Posted: Feb 17th 2010 3:54PM MrGutts said

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That is one of those pictures that you have a camera crew taking pictures and you are grinding your teeth wanting them to hurry the hell up.

Posted: Feb 17th 2010 4:11PM (Unverified) said

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When I have a mental image of an astronaut, it often includes a rat-tail.

Posted: Feb 17th 2010 4:12PM (Unverified) said

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Or two.
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Posted: Feb 17th 2010 4:33PM TheJackman said

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Noting about what this news is really about Richard Garriott giving up on massively multiplayer games! Portalarium will make browser base social Facebook games!!!!

OMG how far can you fall sorry Richard Garriott but this is a real bad move!

I known that Facebook social games are easy cash in right now but really man do you really can call this game design?

Posted: Feb 17th 2010 4:40PM (Unverified) said

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I am sorry to hear that Garriott is turning away from MMO's. I enjoyed TR a lot and Ultima Online was the first MMO I ever played. Facebook games are not the way to go.

Posted: Feb 17th 2010 4:51PM (Unverified) said

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If we assume that potential revenue is the only important factor then facebook games may indeed be the way to go.
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Posted: Feb 17th 2010 5:19PM (Unverified) said

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Great. More facebook spam.

Posted: Feb 17th 2010 5:22PM (Unverified) said

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I wish he would turn back to single-player games. He was good at that for years.

Posted: Feb 17th 2010 5:34PM wjowski said

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Facebook is popular so it's not cool to talk about it.

Posted: Feb 17th 2010 6:18PM karnisov said

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portalarium sounds like a fancy portapotty.

Posted: Feb 17th 2010 6:44PM Dblade said

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First Raph Koster, and now Richard Garriott. All these visionaries just lining up to make the next farmville or maybe free realms. I understand the need to keep the bills paid, but its the equivalent of making Bratz games or Minigame collections for the Wii to me.

Posted: Feb 17th 2010 7:41PM (Unverified) said

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I'm more interested in the juicy details of the $24 million dollar lawsuit against Garriott by NCSoft.

Posted: Feb 17th 2010 7:49PM Anatidae said

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I can't even count the ways I hate farmville and, more, the people behind it.

If Garriott's plan is to join the ranks of slimeball multi-level-marketers + unwanted spammers then I say he has sunk to a whole new low.

To think for a while we actually got him off the earth. Who's bright idea was it to let him back in?

Posted: Feb 17th 2010 7:54PM Anatidae said

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Ok. Maybe I am being too harsh. Someone should have just made him a deal - You can come back to Earth but no more creating crappy games, which means no more games.

I wouldn't be so hard on the guy if he didn't have such a huge ego and went boasting about TR for years only to release a game that lacked... well, everything. And whomever is "really" to blame with that major failure, Richard kept his name on the box. By that huge ego action, I say if you are going to put your name on a product, then you take responsibility for it.
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Posted: Feb 17th 2010 9:22PM (Unverified) said

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Um, Garriott has made more good games than bad ones. You may be too young to have played them, but they exist.

He marketed TR because, well, it was his game. What the hell else would he do, try to dissuade people from playing it? TR did not lack *everything* by any stretch. It wasn't a breakout hit, but it had a sustainable population. It was certainly doing better than some games on the market today. NC Soft had a vendetta, and that is that. I enjoyed it, and I know plenty of other people that did as well. Was it as revolutionary as UO? No. But it was still a fun game to play.

Also, how exactly are you wanting him to "take responsibility"? Yes, he put his name on the box. Some people would say that in itself is taking responsibility. What do you want? A personal apology because you didn't like his game? Gimme a break.

I'm pretty sure that all the Garriott hating is really just nerdrage fueled jealousy.
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Posted: Feb 17th 2010 10:04PM Machinator said

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Don't care unless it's Ultima Online 2.

Posted: Feb 17th 2010 11:34PM Ripper McGee said

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Personally, I'm excited about Portalarium. They're definitely not talking about "normal" Facebook games like Farmville or Mafia Wars. As a company, they've got the vision, drive and talent to pull off something really cool. Let's see what they can do.

~Ripper

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