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Posted: Nov 4th 2010 12:18PM The Minn said

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College students were unable to apply this semester do to this lone. Roads are crap because no money to pave them. I mean really now....so much money is being pumped into a MMO that might not succeed and the money could be spent on fixing up things in the state, oi vai...

Posted: Nov 4th 2010 12:45PM (Unverified) said

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Please learn to English.

do ==> due
lone ==> loan
oi vai ==> oy vey
a MMO ==> an MMO

It makes you look uneducated and quite diminishes the impact of your message.
Are you perhaps one of the folks unable to get an education because of this?
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Posted: Nov 4th 2010 1:46PM Scin said

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Disregarding the previous two comments, loans to companies aren't the same as grants for schooling/road work. The state will eventually make money off of this load AND hopefully boost the local economy by adding jobs. Grants for schools/road work while important may be financially un-doable and also handled by a different organization/branch than loans to companies.
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Posted: Nov 4th 2010 2:23PM (Unverified) said

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There's one thing worse than people on the internet correcting other people's spelling mistakes.
That's people complaining about people correcting other people's spelling mistakes.
Which no doubt makes this post even worse, so please be the better person and stick to downgrading it, no further comments on the issue are needed.

That said, you can take the corrections as a help, or you can take them as an insult. Even irregardless of how they're formulated!

That said: The "learn to english" was obvious sarcasm, and even a complete gentile like myself who's second language is english, knows how to spell "oy vey". It doesn't matter that it's yiddish, it's used in the american language, and through the cultural influence of said language even in other languages as well.

And it really is "an mmo", because of the fact that it's an abbreviation. Therefore, just as it's "an M", it is also "an MMO".

Let the downrating commence.

As for the story, it seems like a huge gamble to commit that much money to an MMO-project considering the recent happenings in the market. But I hope they manage to create a success here. The talent involved is rather impressive, and what we've seen so far is promising.
At the very least, I want to have a thorough look at the result.
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Posted: Nov 4th 2010 2:39PM The Minn said

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The fact that people still comment like this is absurd. I know how to type, use grammar. I type very fast, I don't double check my work, and it is a forum. I am not looking for typos nor will I ever. I went to college, I know the English language and how to write but when it comes to forums. No thanks. Have a good day.
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Posted: Nov 4th 2010 2:46PM (Unverified) said

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Thank you Ripper the White Knight for attempting to rescue the OP from mean 'ol me. You've taken the troll bait in record time and I am appropriately amused. ^_^ Before I return to work I will say this:

My point is that good ideas communicated poorly are not taken seriously. This dovetails nicely into my real comment about this story. Rhode Island is spending money already earmarked for this type investment. These funds are not coming from unrelated public works projects. With the Fed holding interest rates at .25% which is basically zero, Rhode Island stands to make a better return on this loan than if it held Treasuries, and with this increased return comes increased risk. I think it is a smart play which will pay dividends by providing much needed high tech jobs and a decent return on invested capital.
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Posted: Nov 4th 2010 3:20PM ColRoofles said

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The fact that MMO is an acronym has nothing to do with what indefinite article you use with it. MMO is pronounced "em-em-oh", so because it starts with a vowel sound, you put "an" in front of it. BBQ is an acronym and the correct form is "a BBQ" because of its pronunciation.

As far as "a/an historic" goes, I believe both forms are correct. "An historic" sounds kind of clumsy to me, but that may be because English is my second language. The important thing to remember is that you should always put "an" before a word that starts with an "h" but the "h" is not pronounced (i.e. hour, honest).

You're all welcome.
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Posted: Nov 4th 2010 5:20PM Skyydragonn said

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Actually he was correct in saying "a MMO..."

as in "A Massively Multiplayer Online Role playing game."

instead of "An Massively Online Role playing game."

Soo many times i've tried to correct people on this over the years. -.-
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Posted: Nov 4th 2010 6:14PM (Unverified) said

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@Kosmo before slamming someone else you might want to grasp simple grammar concepts yourself big guy.
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Posted: Nov 4th 2010 12:32PM Unshra said

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Well seeing everything appears to already signed I will just just have to wish them the best more so for the state that for the company.

I still do not know what to make of their current project (let alone the MMO) and I have not been impressed by what little information has been released. Though I admit to being a huge rpg fan and my standards are high when it comes to a single player rpg.

Posted: Nov 4th 2010 12:35PM Tom in VA said

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All I ever hear about this game/studio is regarding this loan and the move to RI.

I don't blame people for being nervous and critical; it seems like a pretty huge gamble (with taxpayer money) to me.

The game website is ... intriguing ... but actual game details (even there) are awfully thin. A quick google didn't come up with much more info. regarding the -- you know -- actual game.

Posted: Nov 4th 2010 1:08PM (Unverified) said

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There won't be much more new information regarding Reckoning prior to Jan 2011, if history is any teacher.

And the MMO won't see any hard info until this time next year, if all other MMO development cycles are any indication.

What IS nice, though, is the development milestones & release dates are now public information, as part of this deal. That's kind of refreshing.

Posted: Nov 4th 2010 1:10PM Rihahn said

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I have to agree - all we've heard/seen for years now regarding 38 and the MMO they're working on is snippets from financial disclosures; Curt has spent X millions on this, Curt has spent X millions on that, 38 spent X millions on another company, Maynard has made X millions off 38, RI is spending X millions on 38...

So far, from what we've seen, 38's IP is some kind of 1:1 scale monopoly game based in New England that uses huge piles of money as board tokens.

Posted: Nov 4th 2010 1:37PM Javajunky said

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As a Curt Schilling fan in a Red Sox uniform, the one thing you have to take into account here is that he's fanatical about is passions. Curt has always been a huge fan of the MMO's. I'm going to be very hard pressed to believe that we're not going to see a solid product emerge for players to enjoy. If he's approaching gaming even remotely close to they way he pursued his endeavors on the diamond, we're all going to be happy with what's to come. I only hope that 38 Studio's isn't viewing the WoW model as the single path to success, homogenization and e-z mode was great for the WoW subscriber growth, but I'm hardpressed to believe it's the path to breaking into the business.

If you ask me, we're seeing sound business decisions that afford 38 studios the most advantageous operational structure for ongoiong product development. In a state covered from top to bottom with union and political corruption, the jobs in the future will greatly outperform for the RI economy than any road construction project mentioned by whackanewbie in the first comment.

Posted: Nov 4th 2010 1:51PM Kalex716 said

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Problem is...

As passionate as I am about being a fan of pitching and baseball, I won't ever be able to stand on a mound in the bigs and throw a fast ball.

Developing video games, and MMO's for that matter may be similar? They don't call it "Triple A games" for no reason.

Just because you really really love them, and know what a good MMO looks like, doesn't mean you have the skill set to manage and execute on the production floor.Shipping a multimillion dollar, big budget project like an MMO is a completely different skill set, passions aside.

I wish them luck though, lord knows we need new life in the genre! Maybe its going to take someone from out of no where to see through on a vision that's going to be a huge hit.
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Posted: Nov 4th 2010 1:39PM Budukahn said

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I've got to admit, if my regional authority was pumping money into something like this, I'd be pretty annoyed too. I can only presume that Rhode Island is some sort of American utopia that lacks for allowing it to have $70 million to gamble on an industry that is well known for high profile flops.

Why do I have a feeling that the pitch by 38 studios to this EDC went "World of Warcraft makes hundreds of millions of dollars. Wouldn't you like to do the same?".

Posted: Nov 4th 2010 1:50PM dudes said

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Cash flow is vital for any business. I hope the money lasts until the games are released, people are paid off and the titles of the future are secured for future finance.

Posted: Nov 4th 2010 2:17PM MrGutts said

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I have to agree with Rihahn above.

So very risky for RI to loan them cash. The game is vaporware to us. The player base has not seen one damn THING on it, not even a real name of this supposed game. This game will have less than 1 week to snag our attention and yet we are still in the dark about it.

Massively, until you find a real game to talk about here. I wouldn't give them the time of day on these stories.

Posted: Nov 4th 2010 2:56PM pcgneurotic said

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Why have four people in this thread. Suddenly and prematurely ended. Their sentences?

You're also all wrong about article usage with 'MMO'. :P

Posted: Nov 4th 2010 3:01PM (Unverified) said

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"Just because you really really love them, and know what a good MMO looks like, doesn't mean you have the skill set to manage and execute on the production floor.Shipping a multimillion dollar, big budget project like an MMO is a completely different skill set, passions aside."

All true. Maybe that's why the company hired professionals to do things.


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