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Posted: Nov 12th 2010 7:12PM Joshua Przygocki said

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Hell yea Trion Worlds!

Posted: Nov 12th 2010 7:16PM Graill440 said

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During a WOW investor call some years back a question was asked by an investor, this is still on youtube, the investor asked...."what is an MMO?" the speaker asked with a show of hands if anyone in audience knew what it was, a smattering of hands raised. A small example of people not caring what they invest in as long as the company they are giving money to shows a profit.

Only one company can, in my eyes, show any reliable long or short term gain, and thats the big ape.

Now with the greedy media turning its sluggish gaze to a new target and the celebs both sport and entertainment, eager to make money in their waning carreers, all want to jump on that quick money maker. Or so they think.

It is my fondest wish that insane people and countries invest in MMO's in hopes of making fast....or slow cash, and these same types of folks lose everything to the fraud we read and listen to everyday in the MMO industry.

Only laughing thoughts here. It was said in a movie best, very bluntly. "There can be only one". And its viable time has not yet passed, as much as i hate to admit.

Posted: Nov 12th 2010 11:46PM Space Cobra said

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I can see the prospect of increasing stock-holder's gains will dilute or cheapen many MMO games. Being independent is better. There is a way to balance things and some companies have, in other markets, but that is rare.

While it means more cashflow, it also means more restrictions on freedom of making games that focus on small niches that tend to be blockbuster hits.

I see good and bad from this, but mostly bad.

Posted: Nov 13th 2010 12:42AM Liltawen said

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Sounds like the sort of craziness that killed Stargate.
Have they even launched anything yet?

Posted: Nov 13th 2010 8:26AM KvanCetre said

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Dang, I was hoping to bring up Stargate. From the research I did into it (Which was about 10 minutes while at work a year and a half ago...) It turned out to be some multi-level marketing scheme that got lawsuit crazy.
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Posted: Nov 13th 2010 4:58AM Aetrix said

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MMOs have been mainstream for quite a while now, and most of the long-time MMOers are actually getting bored and tired of them.

My gut feeling is that the MMO industry has hit its peak, and will be in decline soon if it isn't already...

Posted: Nov 13th 2010 9:14AM Joshua Przygocki said

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Not really, though the old people are moving out, we have a whole new generation of MMOers coming in. I plan on staying, but I have noticed an increasing amount of 13/14 year old kids in the past year and a half, while it seems more mature players are becoming harder to find.
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Posted: Nov 13th 2010 5:52AM Pan1 said

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Leave it up to corp's to suck everything dry.

We all knew this was coming and most people were begging for it.

You reap what you sow.

In idiot terms: This is bad.

Posted: Nov 13th 2010 6:59AM Henthor said

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The ring Frodo, the ring... hide! they are coming to take Middle Earth, ahh the precious. here goes my hopes for the future..."There can be only one".

Posted: Nov 13th 2010 7:08AM Solp said

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This will end well.

:S

Posted: Nov 15th 2010 2:13PM J Brad Hicks said

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Did he tell them that only about 1 out of every 10 MMOs ever breaks even on their development costs?
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Posted: Nov 13th 2010 7:33AM (Unverified) said

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Can't believe you all missed the simple fact that here we have a CEO of a game developer that not only knows the finanical side of the business but also knows what the gaming industry is and how it works.

Every developer works on investment, the much lauded Turbine before they were purchased by Warner, used other people's money to make their games.

There is no such thing as a self-financed MMO developer, they all use someone elses money to some degree.

Posted: Nov 14th 2010 1:07AM SwobyJ said

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"Can't believe you all missed the simple fact that here we have a CEO of a game developer that not only knows the finanical side of the business but also knows what the gaming industry is and how it works."

Yup, in all the doomy comments, here's what matters imo.

I was one of the guests at Trion's Gamer Day, so I got to have dinner with the devs/press/other guests, visit the studio, play a few hours of Rift, and attend the Gamer Day party/game demo with 40-60 others.

These people don't just do the PR thing and general BS - they love the game they're developing and constantly discussing ways to make it better, and more fun. I didn't meet Lars (I did meet Scott Hartsman, etc), but I'm sure he's as itching to play the game on launch as any fan. You can see it pretty clearly 4:10 in the video and onwards.

I have the feeling that there's some networking of wealthy MMO players behind the scenes, and that makes me grin.
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Posted: Nov 13th 2010 11:42AM Dblade said

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I don't think they are here to stay. I think we are going to see a crash soon and then a market consolidation, with a lot of games and studios either being snapped up or folding till the market contracts.

When the majority of games released charge nothing and hope people pay in add-on sales, that's not a good investment to me. It means the market is saturated and ripe for a crash. I don't see people investing much in flash games, and the console market MMOs remind me more of fighting games or music games: genres that were popular for a brief time based on a few titles, but now are more or less dead.

Posted: Nov 14th 2010 11:22AM Pingles said

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It's easy to overestimate the staying power of any game type.

Remember when Counter Strike was hot? How big is the PC FPS market now? Probably actually smaller than it was back then.

Has ANY MMO come CLOSE to WoWs popularity?

Is it the MMO that is popular...or just WoW?

Don't get me wrong, the MMO market has a lot of potential. But it's not certain enough for me to invest in it long term.

Except maybe in Blizzard stock. :)

Posted: Nov 15th 2010 2:40AM (Unverified) said

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Are you living in a cave? Black ops is smashing records left and right, records set by MW2 like 6 months ago...
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