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Posted: May 18th 2010 12:14PM Innocentte said

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Why give this guy a further platform?
I for one wish he would have stayed in space.

He has never recovered from the 'Bridge Ganking' he got from his 'Loyal UO Fans', and it is unlikely he ever will.

Never again will I subscribe to any hype regarding any project he is associated with. He is one of those 'Stay Away From, Stay Far Away From' set of developers.

Posted: May 18th 2010 12:15PM (Unverified) said

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Tho I didn't read the article. This guy is the biggest d*ck head. You put on TR, than walk away from the game leaving it to die because you had to live a childhood fantasy of being an astronaut. I dn't mean to be mean cause I do respect what work he did do to bring MMOs to where they are,

however in the series of events that took place when TR launch pissing me off. He threw his name on the box and game, took peoples money than said PEACE PEOPLE! I got enough money to do what i always wanted. What? frak the game, I'm in space. than you come back and say oh I got a new game in the works. NO ONE should buy anything off this highway robber in a suit

Posted: May 18th 2010 12:25PM Duulin said

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Bring back Tabula Rasa or give me back my $60 for the collectors edition sitting on my shelf and all is forgiven, until such time...

Posted: May 18th 2010 12:46PM benfolds said

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Derek Smart sans the PHD.

Posted: May 18th 2010 1:07PM (Unverified) said

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Forgive me if I buck the trend of the other comments, or at least 1 & 2.

(As an aside, yes, I wish TR had not gone out the way it did, and I feel Lord British gave TR the short end of the stick. AND I expect if he got to do it all again, he'd do the same thing.)

However, despite what he did (or is attributed to him that he did NOT do), he is STILL the Lord British through which Ultima came to us at all. He WAS a person that made things CHANGE in the game world. His accomplishments and contributions to the MMO and RPG and MMORPG worlds can not be denied. (Argued about and disagreed about, but not denied.)

Thank you, Justin, for getting this interview done. And thank you, Lord British for taking the time to answer. No matter what you (Lord British) are today, you were once one of the more worthy persons to look up to in computer gaming of the era. Thank you for being there, and for being someone, at that time, to look up to.

Posted: May 18th 2010 1:08PM Tom in VA said

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Richard Garriott articles do seem to keep sprouting, just like dandelions.

And I keep thinking maybe this time he'll have something new or worthwhile to say, so I read them.

Silly me. I should know better by now.

Posted: May 18th 2010 1:18PM (Unverified) said

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The virtual ecology was real! I always thought it was just a marketing ploy, like just about every mmo since. It's a pity it had to be removed, I'd love to have seen it in action.

And honestly, the lack of respect for someone who has influenced just about every western mmo you've ever played is a little pathetic. I grew up with Ultima, from Exodus on a C64 onwards. Right from the point I stepped into Britannia, foolishly agreed to cast someone's 'armour potion' on them, and promptly got beaten up and robbed, I knew I it was going to be special. *raises a glass to Mr Garriot*

Posted: May 18th 2010 1:45PM mandarin said

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Seriously stop putting articles about this guy. UO is done. Tabula Rasa is a fail.

Posted: May 18th 2010 1:49PM Innocentte said

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I think it would be educational if all you RG Fan-Boyz would go back and read the man's comments on the PK incident.

They truly reveal what a jerk he is. Running around with a no-kill buff, which he forgets to refresh, then looking to actually punish the player that nuked him. For doing what he set up to happen to every other player in the game.

Man is a tool, no mistake.

His Ultima series were, indeed, masterpieces. Expecially Ultima IV. But, he should have stopped there. His arrogance has betrayed him, in the end.

Posted: May 18th 2010 2:13PM karnisov said

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its human nature to seek retribution. if you had a roleplay persona that you had spent many years wearing while playing the pen and paper games with your friends, and building the original ultima series, would not you have reacted the same way? i would have.
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Posted: May 18th 2010 2:07PM (Unverified) said

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I lOVE Richard and if he made another mmorpg today ALL of you would buy it, do not lie to yourselfs...not healthy. Richard at least TRYS to do things differently and he's one of us, not some suit.

Posted: May 19th 2010 12:50AM mitchgant said

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It is great to hear from THE MAN himself. I guess there are a couple of haters out there.

I too have GREAT memories playing the early to mid Ultima titles, and got to learn early on about MMOs and all their pitfalls with the release of Ultima Online. I remember the lag on the servers back in the early days would get HORRIBLE!! And there were lots of things that seemed to catch the devs off guard (PKing and housing stick in my mind). I had a great deal of fun in that game though, and will always remember it as the start of this crazy MMO thing and the last great game in the Ultima series.

It was a truly groundbreaking title that set the stage for all that followed. Without that game, who knows where the world of MMOs would be today.

I implore Lord British to regain control of the Ultima IP and give us some new Brittania goodness. A new single player RPG from that series would be great, or at least I would look forward to it being great.

Posted: May 18th 2010 2:10PM Argo747 said

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A Wing Commander MMO... hmmm that sounds like fun actually.

Posted: May 18th 2010 2:13PM karnisov said

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i'd be all over that. Privateer flavor preferably.
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Posted: May 18th 2010 2:23PM ultimateq said

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I came to this article because I wanted to see the bubble of hate being generated by the comments.

Posted: May 18th 2010 2:27PM karnisov said

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great interview and I like the fact he is candid about what did and didn't work. the attempt at virtual ecology was interesting. i'm curious how much it would cost him to buy the Wing Commander ip back from EA. we don't have a decent twitch space mmo with an immersive setting at the moment, and Wing Commander Online would be a standout in an ocean of everquest clones.

Posted: May 18th 2010 3:03PM mifuneseven said

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Love him or hate him, he was one of the great pioneers of the genre of games that we love. Personally, I greatly enjoyed the article and reading about his experiences. Thanks Massively.

Posted: May 18th 2010 3:10PM Grizz said

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As a founding UO player I enjoyed the article. Some things were half truths though, but that's OK, the whole story would take too long.

UO still has a level of immersion that rarely will a MMO ever come close to. Everything was real. You could eat, drink, then steal the cup. I still seek this in games today, and only SWG delivered.

Like Bill Gates, Richard Garriott had a lot of great ideas, but some of his best moves is seeing talent and good ideas.

A lot of people complain he "sold out" but I doubt I would do any differently in his shoes. Its basic economics, you build up a IP, sell it for profit, and try again.

And P.S. he was forced out of Tabula Rasa by NCSoft, so cry about TR elsewhere.

Posted: May 18th 2010 3:14PM Grizz said

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Half-truth is a bad choice of word, scratch that. ;-]
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Posted: May 18th 2010 4:15PM (Unverified) said

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It really gets under my Skin the amount of Malcontent towards this man. I'm not a Garriot fan boy; hell, I didn't even know who he was till Tabula Rasa began it's development. Now, I loved TR, and the manner in which it was killed off was insulting, not only to the Devs, writers, and coders who spent years putting the game together, but also to the players that dedicated thier time and money to exploring this Sci-Fi Universe.

I love you, Sarah Morrison!

That aside, from reading all the Articles and Legal clap-trap that abounded at the time TR had it's plug pulled, I know the blame for the game's cancelation can not be laid at the feet of RG. This man *wanted* the game to be a success, and towards the end he saw the new ideas that weren't really working and wanted to make the changes needed to open the game up more, NCsoft however were not keen to that idea, and when pressed gave Garriot the boot. They then proceded to drive the game into the ground as quickly as possible. Hell, this is a company that didn't even want to allow the fan-base to open up a stand-alone fan supported server that would allow TR followers to the play the game; for the record, Garriot supported the fan-run server.

I think, for alot of people, Garriot falls into the same viegn as Peter Molenux (Fable's Creator) who promised the world, but through no fault of thier own was not able to deliver. So, people feel cheated and want someone to blame, whether it be for Ultima's decline or TR's closing; who else better than the 'Face' of both these titles. Garriot's an eccentric, but he's also a fellow Gamer/Geek who's managed to do well for himself and bring to life new ideas; wish I could have achieved what he has. So stop hating on a guy just because either A) You have some false belief that he owes you something, or B) You hate him because he's managed to do the things we Gamer/Geeks only dream about doing.

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