| Mail |
You might also like: WoW Insider, Joystiq, and more

Reader Comments (27)

Posted: Feb 14th 2011 11:04AM dcy123 said

  • 2 hearts
  • Report
I really want another RPG from this guy.

Posted: Feb 14th 2011 11:06AM Lateris said

  • 2 hearts
  • Report
Go get them Richard!

Posted: Feb 14th 2011 11:19AM BigAndShiny said

  • 3 hearts
  • Report
Yeah but the junk is selling.
Unlike TR buddy.

Posted: Feb 14th 2011 12:04PM Rindon said

  • 3 hearts
  • Report
@BigAndShiny

The problem with Tabula Rasa was that he kept getting his game changed over and over. Everything he wanted in the game was changed. That is why he stepped away towards the end and all the legal crap started up.
Reply

Posted: Feb 14th 2011 4:37PM Psychotic Storm said

  • 2 hearts
  • Report
@BigAndShiny

Yes but TR demise was corporate politics and backstabbing, not product failure.
Reply

Posted: Feb 14th 2011 11:19AM Space Cobra said

  • 2.5 hearts
  • Report
I really don't know if he still has the "chops" and creativity he used to have.

It'd be great if something truly original and ground-breaking came out of this. I'll let him slide on his first two facebook attempts, because they can be chalked up to "learning curves" and "gaining revenue".

It's just too bad he sold off his Ultima rights to EA.

Posted: Feb 14th 2011 11:33AM SSXKJ said

  • 2 hearts
  • Report
@Space Cobra I agree, seeing him call a lot of stuff junk and then creating two very basic games that require very little creativity just so that he can get the capital he needs to do what he like is just self-righteous. Also proves it is subjective, since to me as a person who doesn't like gambling his games are junk. They also seem to lack the overall facebook experience that we see Zynga using heavily. Instead relying on playing with friends as being the key to the facebook experience.

I look forward to seeing what he does ultimately come up with. There is always that chance for greatness as he has demonstrated in the past.

As a side note, it is nice to see the GarageGames engine branding so prominent.
Reply

Posted: Feb 14th 2011 11:26AM Pingles said

  • 3 hearts
  • Report
The competition is producing junk!

Our two products are Poker and Blackjack.

Hmmmm...

Posted: Feb 14th 2011 11:37AM Psychotic Storm said

  • 2 hearts
  • Report
Just make another TR already.

Posted: Feb 14th 2011 11:54AM Pewpdaddy said

  • 2 hearts
  • Report
The guy is like a bad penny, always squawking about this or that. I can't deny UO or TR for that matter, but Lord Brittish can eat my shorts. I liked TR but he ran it into the ground. How is he even valid anymore? Go away until you have something useful Garriott.

Posted: Feb 14th 2011 2:53PM ed511df3 said

  • 3 hearts
  • Report
@Pewpdaddy

Lord British did not run TR into the ground exactly. His vision for the game changed midway through development, but he managed to release that new vision. What happened afterwards was mostly out of his hands.

Frankly, NCSoft has a bad habit, if a game doesn't respond to a quick and dirty change in a short amount of time, they drop it like a hot rock. The premise of TR was decent, but it still needed work, and NCSoft wasn't in it for the long haul.

Now I realize that he can be a bit of a douche at times, I still think he can put out a quality game given the time and the right backing. His track record is still heavily weighted towards the success side.
Reply

Posted: Feb 14th 2011 11:55AM Kualtek said

  • 2 hearts
  • Report
Interview with increasingly irrelevant man saying he will change everything. So....hard....to...click....link.

Posted: Feb 14th 2011 4:38PM Tom in VA said

  • 2 hearts
  • Report
@Kualtek

"Interview with increasingly irrelevant man saying he will change everything."

Now this was an apt summation. Thanks. :-)
Reply

Posted: Feb 14th 2011 11:59AM (Unverified) said

  • 2 hearts
  • Report
If he says so...
Last time he produced something decent was 1997 and since then, as he said, he only created literally, junk... Stuff that people aren't playing that much and if you play it it's not much fun (Tabula Rasa)...

Posted: Feb 14th 2011 12:07PM Seldra said

  • 2 hearts
  • Report
Ok, my personal dislike of this guy notwithstanding, he is the grandfather and if he goes back to his roots I'm sure a lot of his fans will be cheering him on and the game would probably be a success.

Posted: Feb 14th 2011 12:21PM (Unverified) said

  • 2 hearts
  • Report
Tabula Rasa was brilliant. If only he could bring it back.

Posted: Feb 14th 2011 1:04PM Shirogetsune said

  • 2 hearts
  • Report
"And I think it's gonna be a long long time
Till touch down brings me round again to find
I'm not the man they think I am at home
Oh no no no I'm a rocket man
Rocket man burning out his fuse up here alone"

Until I see something... noteworthy... of this decade, or the last, this guy is a burnout to me. A has been. His head in the clouds, hell, would rather be deep in space... far removed from the reality of today's gaming world. Facebook games are a market, sure. They arn't THE market.

Posted: Feb 14th 2011 1:40PM (Unverified) said

  • 2.5 hearts
  • Report
@Shirogetsune Actually there are more Facebook users then there are MMO gamers and PC gamers in general. So to say they are not THE market is just plain stupid.

Some facebook games are racking in more money per month then established heavy hitters like World of Warcraft. So go and tell me there is no market there for quality games to bring in big buckets. Just do it, I dare you to!
Reply

Posted: Feb 14th 2011 1:52PM Shirogetsune said

  • 2 hearts
  • Report
@(Unverified)

I didn't say there wasn't a market. And I didn't say people didn't play these games. What I was saying was people aren't paying for these games the same way they are in the PC and console markets. It's like the F2P genre... a small proportion of spenders are supporting a large proportion of free loaders. Earlier enterprises may have made a killing, but each day, there is simply more and more bloatware for Facebook users to add. Eventually, they throw their hands up and remove all apps from their profile.

What I am saying is I haven't seen a good product from this guy in damn near 20 years. I don't count Tabula Rasa. (City of Heroes is still going with a small population from the same publisher, it makes you wonder how far TR's numbers had fallen.) For him to put all his chips in a saturated market, calling out people with more or less the same products... Do I really have to say more? Yeah. Ok.

John Romero and Daikatana. Richard Garriot and his casual social games.
Reply

Posted: Feb 14th 2011 1:41PM SiML said

  • 2 hearts
  • Report
Last I heard, didn't NCSoft purposely leave Mr Garriot stranded on the moon or something?.

Featured Stories

Engadget

Engadget

Joystiq

Joystiq

WoW Insider

WoW

TUAW

TUAW