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Posted: Mar 22nd 2010 11:19AM Mr Angry said

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I'm not sure I'm too interested.

After the very public airing of dirty laundry last week, well, that's kinda hurt my impression of this studio, it made them look very small and incapable. I really hope they can prove me wrong!

Posted: Apr 8th 2010 9:33AM (Unverified) said

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If Mr. David Allen would like representation for defamation from Mr. Smart, please contact me. Mr. Smart is making it easy for you.

Posted: Mar 22nd 2010 11:34AM Randomessa said

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You know, I just can't help but like the way this guy is handling things, a whole lot. That is, if he delivers, of course. There's a tiny part of me that agrees with those who say he's airing dirty laundry or being unprofessional, but frankly, after hearing so many interviews on other games that avoid taking on the real questions and concerns of players and observers, it's just so refreshing to hear someone actually involved with the project say something like "I'm sorry," admit that the results have been subpar so far, and try to make amends (full refunds of subscriptions? Really?).

Even in the Gamasutra flame war (which was popcorn-eating fun all around), I appreciated Smart's candor - right or wrong, I still didn't see anyone who was no longer with the company admitting to the game's flaws as openly and "honestly" (ymmv) as it seemed Smart was, or address the fact that the game was released in a buggy state, largely unfinished, etc. etc. It felt like they were too busy defending their professional pedigrees to admit there might have actually been something imperfect about the game itself, and that just rang so false with me.

I was a beta tester for Alganon, and I couldn't bring myself to test for long, not because I felt it was a WoW-clone (I'm not familiar enough with WoW to make a fair comparison there), but because I thought the graphics were so poorly optimized and the gameplay so clunky that I felt I was playing an alpha version, not a beta about to be released in a month. I had been following Alganon's progress for a year at that point, and beta thoroughly disappointed me from what I had been expecting from the feature list long-promised for the game.

As a result of Smart's arrival on-scene and his (many) subsequent comments, I have re-downloaded the game, am giving the trial another go (gritting my teeth, as I do not feel it is much-improved), and am keeping an eye on the April release date and beyond, fingers crossed.

Posted: Mar 22nd 2010 11:38AM (Unverified) said

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What an obnoxious, self-centred, egotistical and wholly unlikeable human being you are, Smart.

You do realise, do you not, that constantly blaming others and petting your ego, in public, doesn't come across as particularly endearing?

The game was an utter disaster prior to your arrival, and with your 'leadership' it can only be dragged down from there even more-so.

As others have mentioned, you appear to exist for sheer entertainment's sake only. Alganon, and anything else you touch I'd imagine, is doomed to fail by proxy.

Nobody will play the game. Just go away.

Posted: Mar 22nd 2010 11:55AM karnisov said

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I like the fact that Derek is direct. Something that is sorely lacking in most of the industry.

Posted: Mar 22nd 2010 10:44PM (Unverified) said

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You also like that his interviews are wholly contradictory and that he appears to have 3 or 4 alternate time lines for when everything took place? Do you also like the fact that he keeps talking about all his pre-March involvement and yet doesn't seem to have existed in the game at all or that he made no effort to improve it?
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Posted: Mar 22nd 2010 11:56AM (Unverified) said

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So after reading halfway into the second question I quit on the article. I think he mentions David Allen like 6 times in 3 paragraphs. Is this article about Smart or Allen?

I don't care how bad you think David Allen is, or how much better you think you are. I'm still not going to play your game or give one cent to either of you drama queens.

Posted: Mar 22nd 2010 12:08PM (Unverified) said

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I for one have returned to play Alganon purely because the idiot trying to clone Wow is gone. That was most definitely the stupidest idea in recent MMO history. They have a great team, some incredibly awesome tools and a good platform, to waste all that trying to beat the 11 million pound gorilla in the room is beyond stupid.

Right now there are an awful lot of WoW players who are only still playing play because nothing else interesting is out there. I think Alganon could be something interesting. So many recent games have made the mistake of rushing to market, with only the first 20 levels worth playing, missing content and full of bugs.

Pick a level cap, fill it to the TOP with good content, NEW content and you will find many people will play it as their "side" game, perhaps even making it their main game.

Right now Alganon reminds me of when I first started playing EQ2, and if it can manage to stay alive long enough refine itself out of the "WoW Clone" business, it might just be a good fun game to play.

I think far too many of you simple minded people are focused on Smart and not the game. Who cares who he is, or what he has done, it's not important.

Posted: Mar 22nd 2010 12:08PM Harley Dude said

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I'm surprised Mr. Smart still finds employment in the gaming industry, given his past.

Posted: Mar 22nd 2010 12:23PM (Unverified) said

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Well this interview was far more candid than I would have expected based on all the things I have read about Mr. Smart lately. I hope they are able to do what he says, I played the game during beta and he is spot on in everything he said. I might poke my head back in the game come April to see how things are going.

Posted: Mar 22nd 2010 12:31PM (Unverified) said

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I'm surprised Mr. Smart still finds employment in the gaming industry, given his past.

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I used to work in game development and it's staggering/disheartening/unbelievable how many people manage to royally screw-up everything they put their hands on yet STILL manage to keep their jobs.

I've seen projects run into the ground and ''saved'' by the very person responsible for the game's destruction, who is then promoted or given a bonus.

I've seen the most creative of people have every spark of genius hammered out of them by uncreative, unimaginative spreadsheet-wranglers, the same managers who then wonder why their game - upon release - receives terrible reviews and is slated as being unoriginal.

I've seen managers who lack the imagination to be able to envisage how a concept sketch for something as simple as a Health Meter will translate into the game and so require each concept to be completed to in-game standard before slating each and demanding something else, with the helpful feedback of ''do something that's not crap.''

I've seen cash wasted on the most trivial of things while the employees are informed that their pay checks have been delayed and they'll be paid ''when there's money to do it.''

I've seen favored employees given pay checks when there's no money, pay rises when others have gone without and promotions when their contribution to a project has consisted of doing nothing but massaging egos.

It's an utterly shit industry to work in.

Posted: Mar 22nd 2010 1:42PM Russell Clarke said

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Believe me, what you have described is not limited to the games development industry.

Some folks just shouldn't be allowed near computers. Even more folks just should not be allowed near other people.
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Posted: Mar 22nd 2010 2:11PM (Unverified) said

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I bought alganon because i was in beta and truly believed the game would deliver. After the release and the inability to log in, the complete absence of distinct races, and the chugging and ruberbanding in a game uglier than wow i gave up. Now that the wow clone avocate left im going back to try the game, i will try to support because i believe the game someday will deliver.

Posted: Mar 22nd 2010 1:26PM (Unverified) said

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make the battle hamsters naked

mmmm free naked battle hamsters

Posted: Mar 22nd 2010 2:04PM (Unverified) said

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After reading last weeks flame fest. I see Mr Smart as more Kotick then Riccitiello. That is a game I don't want to touch.

Posted: Mar 22nd 2010 2:48PM Deadalon said

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How on earth could this guy come up with the idea that ppl should pay for the client and skip the sub ? ....

The client is at this point worth ZERO !! He said it himself. The game launched as crap and the only thing that will make it worth actually playing in CURRENT form is to hope it will improve.

THis is a free to play game at best. And after the last week's fiasco... I doubt alot of ppl will touch it - even if they would get payed for it. Im one of those.

Posted: Mar 22nd 2010 5:02PM Russell Clarke said

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Hear, hear.

Posted: Mar 22nd 2010 5:21PM Its Utakata stupid said

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To add to your last paragraph, Darzin...I suspect he's using it also that cover the fact that his specifics from trying to fix Alagon is rather vague and illusive - other than the fact he doesn't want it to be a WoW clone. As you begged the question, how is going to do that when he's keeping the core elements of this game intact? It seems his nasty bark is giving others the illusion that he's being "direct."

Posted: Mar 23rd 2010 12:17AM Its Utakata stupid said

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That's weird...something ate Darzin's comment. :(
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Posted: Mar 23rd 2010 3:28AM (Unverified) said

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It's called Derek Smart threatening Massively. I guess he can air all the dirty, unprofessional laundry he wants but don't talk about his because that would be bad. He is a big boy after all...
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