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Posted: Jun 10th 2011 7:13PM VIVIsectVI said

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Ultima 10 please.

Posted: Jun 10th 2011 7:26PM Fabius Bile said

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so thats where the MMO dinosaurs go to die now...

dont worry Richard, since 10 years ago you couldnt design a good game to save your life, but you are amply qualified to milk the unwashed masses at social networks...

Posted: Jun 10th 2011 8:19PM Noviere said

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Some of my earliest/fondest gaming memories can be credited to Garriott. All the best to him, but I have zero interest in crap "social games."

Posted: Jun 10th 2011 8:29PM Ryukan said

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Thus begins the social gaming ae of Ultima.

Posted: Jun 10th 2011 8:29PM Ryukan said

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@Ryukan

meant age, not ae.
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Posted: Jun 10th 2011 8:31PM Figure said

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How the mighty have fallen.

Posted: Jun 14th 2011 2:25AM Kinau said

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@Figure

Couldn't agree more.
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Posted: Jun 10th 2011 8:53PM jslim419 said

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Hi.. i'm Richard Garriott. I have an over-inflated view of myself. Also... I am a spaceman!

Posted: Jun 10th 2011 9:11PM ThorHal said

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Is that an Antonov? I mean, the way of fixing the broken turbine (right side of picture) seems russian.

Posted: Jun 11th 2011 1:28AM crazypoker said

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@ThorHal

LOL
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Posted: Jun 11th 2011 8:23AM Space Cobra said

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@ThorHal

Probably an Antonov and in Russia, since Garriott did buy a ticket and got flown to space via Russia.
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Posted: Jun 10th 2011 9:25PM socialenemy2007 said

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Ultima 10, invite 10 friends to upgrade your farm, errr, wait... screw it.

Posted: Jun 10th 2011 9:58PM real65rcncom said

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Scary thing is you wonder if this is how he felt while he was actually making Tabula.

People usually don't develop this kind of attitude over a short period of time so makes me wonder if his heart wasn't really in it.

If so, it would go a long way to explain things if he was the lead. Subordinates pick up on whether the boss cares about this/that and will eventually work according to that personality.

If he doesn't/didnt care... wonder how much of that came through and people just started looking for work on the side.

Posted: Jun 11th 2011 8:29AM Space Cobra said

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@real65rcncom

See, that's another interesting thing: NCSoft went to *him* and asked for his involvement, not the other way around.

I think he even did something in Lineage 2 or was supposed to host/play as someone famous there and NCSoft gave him an MMO.

Like you said, his heart really didn't seem into it. TR was "alright" in my book and I understand/respect the fans, but he didn't seem to be really chasing any game ventures at the time; the spark he had after he sold off Origin simply has diminished. Even though his new venture is slightly game-related, it still seems like far and away from what he used to be like and how he pursued things. At least, from an outside perspective.
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Posted: Jun 11th 2011 7:55PM hami83 said

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@real65rcncom He wasn't there making Tabula Rasa day one. He came in after the big wigs figured out this game was a train wreck and thought he could salvage it.
They paid him big bucks to fix it and slapped his name on it to hopefully have some star power.

Whether he did good or not, the game was still a train wreck ( Which sucks) and it shut down.

So maybe he did feel this way when working on the game, but the game itself isn't entirely his fault.
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Posted: Jun 10th 2011 10:09PM Borick said

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He's been a space cadet since his own beloved subjects murdered his Lord British avatar. I think the rejection of his utopian MMO ideals may have arrested his development. He hates us now, Precious.

Posted: Jun 10th 2011 10:59PM Space Cobra said

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" According to him, "Even the kinds of games that you might think I would make, I don't generally play, because they're often just too much of a hassle to get into them."

That's an *interesting* comment for him to make, since I've lightly followed him through his life (but not recent years).

He used to be fully immersed in games, not just computer and his philosophy centered on such.

Maybe I am not understanding the full context of the comment, but it would rather indicate, IMO, that' he's gone fully "corporate" and hasn't got the time to bother with games. When I view that with this perspective, I can see why he's only made games about poker and is mostly going into social media. That is too bad, there was a chance to really see something different in social media from Garriott. Maybe there still is, IF I read that quote wrong, but if not, his social media venture is doomed.

Posted: Jun 11th 2011 12:53PM Khalus said

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@Space Cobra

Here SC, watch this interview with Richard Garriot from Good Game. It was from early this year, an hr long and after discussing his life in the gaming industry he delves into his future social gaming plans a bit, and if he can pull it off, it'll be great. He does mention a social game in the scope and size of Ultima.

http://www.abc.net.au/tv/goodgame/webexclusives/

Its the second video down, center of the page, and you can stream the whole thing or DL it, but do watch it and you'll better understand where he's going with that quote.
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Posted: Jun 12th 2011 2:52AM Protoavis said

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@Khalus

Just watched, It's around (starts just before) the 25 minute mark and agree that the quote without the context is pretty misleading.
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Posted: Jun 12th 2011 6:14PM Space Cobra said

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@Khalus

Thanks for the link. Pretty informative all around!
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