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Posted: Mar 12th 2010 8:17AM archipelagos said

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I try not to as it's just a constant reminder of the ways that gaming has changed over the years, and how the focus has moved away from the actual games to other aspects of this rapidly evolving industry.

Posted: Mar 12th 2010 8:46AM Gaugamela said

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Well, i will look to a game that would probably fall of my radar if someone that was involved in a game that i loved is working in it.
Or if that someone did something that i loved in another media (McFarlane working on Copernicus turned my eye to that game).

There are some personalities that worthy of being followed in the gaming industry because they managed to make amazing games:
Shigeru Miyamoto (although i don't play Nintendo games anymore), Sid Meier (i love the civilization series), Peter Molineux (Dungeon Keeper, Populous and Black and White were great games, never played Fable).

In the MMO industry there still hasn't appeared a personality that managed to launch two successive hits. Garriot failed, Mcquaid failed, Mark Jacobs failed. So i don't follow anyone in the MMO industry and i dislike when a new game is marketed by saying they have people that worked in "successful game X" developing their game. Although it is an effective way of marketing.

Posted: Mar 12th 2010 8:48AM (Unverified) said

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I don't follow anyone. I do, however, avoid Bill Roper like the plague.

Posted: Mar 12th 2010 9:10AM J Brad Hicks said

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I follow them in one regard: I treat the existence of a "celebrity MMO designer" on a new MMO's staff as a warning sign. It's not an absolute veto, but just as higher-paid CEOs correlate negatively with company earnings in general, the more money an MMO company wastes on recruiting a celebrity MMO, the less money they have available for product development.

And besides, what Fred Brooks said back in the mid 1970s in /The Mythical Man-Month/ about "The Second-System Effect" remains true to this day: the last thing on earth you want to do is use a piece of software designed by someone with exactly one successful product behind him. Why not? Because out of hubris he will try to cram into it every single feature he had to triage out to get the first product to ship, /and that never works./

Posted: Mar 12th 2010 9:57AM Macabre 13 said

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This.

Too true.

It really doesn't help when certain individuals seem to jump at every chance to get under the spotlight... and then one wonders why they're blamed for everything when things go south.
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Posted: Mar 12th 2010 9:26AM (Unverified) said

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Maybe if there was a series of posts telling us who the heavy hitters were... you could even have printable TGC cards we could collect.

Posted: Mar 12th 2010 9:50AM Macabre 13 said

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Ha, classic!

I totally lol'd.
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Posted: Mar 12th 2010 9:30AM shipwreck said

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It's a lot like the 'celebrity chef' thing that has swept the Western world (or, at least, the U.S. and U.K.). It stinks. At the end of the day it's about the food; who gives a s*** about who cooked it?

Now that's not to say that certain chefs and food personalities aren't interesting and fun to watch (Anthony Bourdain comes to mind), but when that person edges even a bit ahead of their cooking/restaurant, things have gone too far.

The same holds true for games, especially MMOGs. It's interesting to say, "Oh, cool. That's the guy who worked on Blahblahblah Online", but that's about it. If the game is good or bad it really doesn't matter what big Name is behind it.

I agree with Brad's comment. Names are more a red flag than anything else because it probably means the game is banking on people caring about said name and not as much about the game.

Posted: Mar 12th 2010 9:49AM Dread said

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I do tag anything that mentions Scott Jennings under - Moron.

But other than that....

Posted: Mar 12th 2010 10:40AM (Unverified) said

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Harsh. I actually think that Jennings has a great deal of intelligent things to say about what is wrong (or indeed right) with the MMO industry at the moment. He has a few insights that as a designer of console games, I find pretty interesting.

As a mild pice of flaming I will now tag any posts from Dead as - Moron.

Just kidding, Dread - everyone's entitled to an opinion, no matter how short-sighted and bigoted :)
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Posted: Mar 13th 2010 9:57PM (Unverified) said

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@ BadgerFiend

He says... stuff... I haven't read all too many of what he has writen but the few articles I have gone through haven't been more overly intellegent then your average MMORPG blogger. And while states his OPINION (note that, since you said it like he tells the truth about what is wrong and what is right rather then just his limited opinion), yet at the same time much of what he is stating is wrong is what may very well be wrong with his current game he is working on. Actually from what I read from him he totally ignores the problems with the game he is working on.

There is serious fault that being a blogger with opinions about games WHILE being a developer. Because they have to restrict themselves majorly, espically when and if they don't have very much creative control over what they can do within the game. He has a contract with [whatever] he cannot bad mouth them and his opinion may very well be deluded because he is working on X.

Indy developers are a bit different, someone like Jonathan Blow can bad mouth Xbox Live (blow, get it?!). But someone like Jennings has no freedom to do that and hence his opinion is near-useless because it is totally warped.

And don't worry short-sighted bigot, everyone's entitled to their opinion. Amazing how you defend someone else getting called a moron and personal insult the person right back... If that's not a hypocrite I don't know what is.
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Posted: Mar 12th 2010 10:00AM bjooks said

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Ahhhhh.... you speak of Jack Emmert, the "Rob Liefield of MMOs."

Posted: Mar 12th 2010 10:29AM Valdur said

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I have only two names flagged,Mark Jacobs and Paul Barnett

Posted: Mar 12th 2010 10:47AM Samael said

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I have learned my lesson and from now on will avoid anything with Bill Roper like it was the bubonic itself.

Posted: Mar 12th 2010 11:05AM Anatidae said

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Some designers are very talented and I follow the projects they are working on. Some designers really seem to kill projects - especially the ones who have huge egos and big reputations yet seem to produce crap.

For instance, as good a the C-64 Ultima games were for their time, Richard has not impressed me at all in the last decade. Even Ultima Online felt more than the development team was responsible for the great ideas in there, not Richard himself. So I tend to follow what Ralph is up to and avoid games directed by Richard.

Posted: Mar 12th 2010 12:03PM Saker said

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"Personalities", what these people want to be like Hollywood "celebrities"? Ridiculous! Some of the people in question obviously do have bloated severely unbalanced psyches, these mental aberrations should NOT be encouraged. I definitely don't "follow" any of these people. I certainly see some people who do seem to follow them like some kind of speaking-in-tongues-snake-handling cult leaders, but really what would you expect from snake-handlers?

Posted: Mar 12th 2010 12:09PM (Unverified) said

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I am fairly certain I am not the most famous "Intarweb personality" in MMOs! Why is my picture here? *shakes fist*

Posted: Mar 12th 2010 12:40PM Nottom said

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Yeah, I thought that was a bit odd.

I would point out that Tigole (AKA Jeff Kaplan, God of WoW) is a much higher profile example of someone that started out commenting on a game and was given the chance to put his money where his mouth is.
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Posted: Mar 12th 2010 12:11PM wjowski said

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Not really. The ones I hear the most about are loudmouthed piss-bags that I couldn't care less about.

Posted: Mar 12th 2010 1:26PM Angelworks said

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Unlike you right?
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