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Posted: Aug 16th 2010 3:03PM jpkustra said

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Nice link. I was in the market for a new dirtbike.

Posted: Aug 16th 2010 3:04PM jpkustra said

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Or did Mr. Roper make his getaway on a motorcycle? I don't get it.

Posted: Aug 16th 2010 3:04PM Jef Reahard said

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Sorry about that, should work now.

Posted: Aug 16th 2010 3:07PM (Unverified) said

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I believe the old parable of rodents and a sinking ship is starting to seem app here.

Posted: Aug 17th 2010 1:51AM Altwolf said

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that would be "apt" not app.
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Posted: Aug 16th 2010 3:09PM (Unverified) said

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"Thank you all for both the support and the kicks in the ass that have pushed me to constantly evaluate and grow"

Translation - The vast amount of negative press, terrible reviews and general dissatisfaction from the subcribers has made me realise I should jump from this sinking ship before I drown.

Posted: Aug 16th 2010 3:45PM (Unverified) said

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I have to agree you are right... unless they forced him out.

PS. Other 'high-level' folks have left too in recent months, so it may be a quiet house cleaning a going ons around them there parts.
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Posted: Aug 16th 2010 3:12PM (Unverified) said

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Damn Books, you beat me to it >_

Posted: Aug 16th 2010 6:29PM (Unverified) said

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You need-a training. Now, Paint-ah fence.


Uuuup! Doooowwwwn!

Make fastah.
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Posted: Aug 16th 2010 3:20PM The Other Chris said

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I don't want to sound negative, but this may have been the best thing to happen to Cryptic in a few years.

Posted: Aug 16th 2010 5:28PM XOR said

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I don't want to sound too positive, but when a company wants to dump someone off to save face, they should just do it .....instead of transferring lamebrains like Roper around internally until he "departs."

IMO, best thing to happen to Cryptic would be to close the doors permanently. Anger is the first word I associate when I hear the word "Cryptic," since I feel like they ripped me off 2x with the same game (CO & STO).
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Posted: Aug 16th 2010 3:28PM Keen and Graev said

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it's quickly becoming clear that he is being over-credited for his work at Blizzard. Aside from the StarCraft, Warcraft, and Diablo notches on his belt, everything else he's touched has been crap.

Not impressed at all, really. Bouncing from one place to another, especially when the projects fail, is not a great way to earn the trust of players or colleagues in the industry.

Posted: Aug 16th 2010 4:02PM anduz said

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Blizzard are excel at making games which are easy to get into and very challenging to master, but it probably has a lot more to do with their corporation structure and management than the actual game developers.

I'll agree that mistah roper doesn't really seem to function outside Blizzard but I don't think that necessarily means he did bad work for them. I think it's fair to assume it's much easier to do good work as a game designer when everything business related in your company is handled by the master minds of Vivendi who even let you work with your design iterations for as long as it takes.

I mean I'm not too sure about CO but with hellgate he had to run a company, handle short deadlines, sweet talk investors while at the same time trying to make a Blizzard scale game. :p

But yeah, he's probably over hyped, at least in my eyes he's only really famous for leaving Blizzard. :p
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Posted: Aug 16th 2010 4:34PM ninjadan said

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Having worked with ex-Blizzard folk, I can say this: Roper was a marketing guy at Blizzard. He did a lot of nothing and gets credited for a lot more than that.
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Posted: Aug 16th 2010 7:50PM Itanius said

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Bill Roper got lucky on the Blizzard gig. He was just in the right place at the right time; he was surrounded by successful people and thus was successful by association.

His "success" post-Blizzard has proven that his name is pure hype.
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Posted: Aug 16th 2010 11:07PM JoolaPrime said

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I'm with you there. All that good stuff from Blizzard was a long time ago, and in a different genre of computer game.

I'd be wary of the next thing he's involved in.
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Posted: Aug 16th 2010 11:13PM Valdur said

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The real masterminds were Jeff Strain,Mike O'Brien and Patrick Wyatt who also left to form ArenaNet at that time.
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Posted: Aug 17th 2010 8:10PM ZenJitsu said

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@Goonja:

Indeed. With them attached to an upcoming zombie MMO, Guild Wars 2, and TERA Online, they at least have a history of good decision-making and management.
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Posted: Aug 16th 2010 3:30PM (Unverified) said

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I don't think blame for Cryptic's numerous problems can be laid solely at Roper's feet. The fact that they hired him in the first place shows that there were some poor decision-makers already in place long before he was on board.

It must be hard working for a studio with such a horrible reputation.

Posted: Aug 16th 2010 3:50PM Its Utakata stupid said

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I agree...

...as much I can't trust Roper as far as I can throw Derek Smart and Bobby Kotick at the same time, I don't think he was the only problem at Cryptic Studios. Him leaving isn't going to remove Retcons from the C Store or magically add 4 more character slot's to your CO account for example. But he was most certainly a part of the problem.

The only disappointing thing about it, is that visible face of all things bad with Cryptic is gone. And to parphrase another outgoing excutive with a dubious track record: "You won't have this crook to kick around anymore."
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