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Posted: Jun 21st 2010 10:08AM Thac0 said

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Brad McQuaid returns to make his very own Farmville clone! LOL

Posted: Jun 21st 2010 10:15AM Dblade said

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Raph Koster, Richard Garriot, Sid Meier, Brad McQuaid. It's becoming a trend.
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Posted: Jun 21st 2010 12:46PM Anatidae said

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They want the money. Can't blame them I suppose
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Posted: Jun 21st 2010 2:01PM (Unverified) said

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@Dblade

Sid Meier never went anywhere and is still making some of the best games out there. Civ 4 was one of the best games i have played in the last 5 years and Civ 5 is right around the corner.
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Posted: Jun 21st 2010 7:05PM Dblade said

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@Rawr

I meant "name" designers embracing the social gaming model, not so much that they neglect other games for it. I don't really like the new Civ, for me Civ2 was my favorite.
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Posted: Jun 21st 2010 10:29AM Valdamar said

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No publisher is going to trust him with MMO size budgets anymore, so like Raph Koster I suppose social gaming was his only way back in to the gaming industry.

I bet his new minions will be trembling in anticipation of being invited outside to the car park...

Posted: Jun 21st 2010 10:31AM Pewpdaddy said

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In McQuaid's version if none of your animals escape for seven days your accounts reset and you're given a "consolation prize".

Posted: Jun 21st 2010 10:46AM Darkstryke said

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Who would ever give this man any venture capital after the disaster he made out of Sigil and Vanguard.

I love the aradune@hotmail.com for recruiting address too, classy.

Posted: Jun 21st 2010 10:37AM (Unverified) said

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Sid Meier never left and still releases AAA titles I enjoy though...

Posted: Jun 21st 2010 10:45AM (Unverified) said

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Is this where the industry is seriously going, or is this crap just a fad? I understand the genre is growing, and that players want MMO options other than a hardcore high fantasy experience, but it's starting to feel like these big name MMO designers are jumping ship to go where the money is instead of focusing on making amazing worlds within their games.

Who knows, maybe the people investing money into the Raph Kosters/Richard Garriots/Brad McQuaids of the world are no longer interested in funding their oldschool MMOs but are instead looking to cash in on the casual cash cow.

Posted: Jun 21st 2010 10:52AM Cendres said

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It's the new hawt thing baby ! No I don't think this is ALL the mmo development we'll be seeing, but since they are smaller projects with a good potential of income we'll be seeing a lot of them for sure.

It's just a new avenue, not the entire MMO future I believe.

Honestly I wish him luck and hope he's got a personal assistant to kick his butt into gear or something. ;)
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Posted: Jun 21st 2010 10:57AM Thac0 said

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People go into business to make money. If these Facebook games are the market to make money in then thats where game development will run. Its naive to think otherwise, developers and publishers want $$ first and foremost.
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Posted: Jun 21st 2010 11:03AM Distaste said

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No it's mostly because they failed horribly with games that cost a ton of money to make. So now they have to take the easier route that takes a lot less money because no one will fund them. Other MMO developers go the safe route because again, it costs a TON of a money to make an MMO.

Unfortunately the games that are deep and use the easy to learn hard to master formula are hard to make and expensive. Even when made they are hit and miss. So from a financial point of view they are far too big of a risk to take.
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Posted: Jun 21st 2010 10:54AM Seth78 said

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Go away Brad.

Posted: Jun 21st 2010 11:02AM ultimateq said

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What an elegant way to put it.
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Posted: Jun 21st 2010 11:18AM Kamokazi said

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This is a great fit for him. Developing games appropriate to his own personal attention span. I wish him nothing but the best in staying the hell away from any title I would consider playing.

Sincerely,

A former Vanguard beta tester + player

Posted: Jun 21st 2010 11:49AM (Unverified) said

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I could not have said it better myself.
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Posted: Jun 21st 2010 11:18AM Lateris said

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There is a really good article on Vanguard over at MMORPG.com. I wish I had the venture capitol to buy it and relaunch that puppy.

Posted: Jun 21st 2010 12:57PM (Unverified) said

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Too bad SOE let Vanguard wither on the vine because it competed with one of their former flagship games, EQ2. As long as EQ2 is around I strongly doubt that SOE would even consider selling -- or investing in -- Vanguard. Sadly, the direction EQ2 has taken (=easymode) could have been a nice complement to Vanguard's intended level of difficulty.
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Posted: Jun 22nd 2010 10:23AM (Unverified) said

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My two week trial of Vanguard just ended. I really like the game and I would subscribe, but not at $14.99 with the way that it is being 'supported'.
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