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Posted: Oct 27th 2011 9:43PM Lucidus said

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Robots fueled by the blood and livelihood of 2% of NCsoft's workforce. WTG Lord British.

Posted: Oct 27th 2011 9:59PM (Unverified) said

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@Lucidus Honestly it's way to go NCsoft for making a horrible business decision. Even if Garriott blew at his role.
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Posted: Oct 28th 2011 12:33PM Vandal said

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@(Unverified) You've posted the same BS line before in the other article. Yet you provide zero proof or evidence for your claims that NCSoft 'ruined' TR and forced Garriott to change his brilliant vision.

Bottom line - Garriott was the lead developer of TR. If NCSoft was forcing the game away from his vision then he should LEFT THE COMPANY (and pocketed the **millions** NCSoft had already paid him BTW) rather than releasing a shoddy game with HIS NAME on it.

Perhaps you just don't remember that earlier in TR's development the Korean developers like Jake Song of Lineage-fame did exactly that when they found the direction of Tabula Rasa was not going in the direction they wanted.

They walked. Garriott stayed so he could keep his stock options and keep cashing NCSoft checks.

And instead of sticking around and fixing his game, Garriott goes off and plays spaceman. Talk about dedication of a developer to his vision

How many months of preparation did that space trip take? How much of Garriott's attention was sidetracked while TR was floundering even if your claims are true of NCSoft taking over the direction?

Since you don't provide any evidence for your claims, I'll provide some proof of mine. NCsoft paid Garriott flipping **$17 million** just to bring him into the company back in 2001.

http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/biz/biz_view.asp?newsIdx=10753&categoryCode=123

I don't agree with NCSoft's attempt to take back the stock options they were stupid enough to give him but that doesn't change the bottom line that Garriott was still responsible for HIS game. TR might be a lesson to anyone considering giving this hack more millions.
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Posted: Oct 28th 2011 1:46PM Space Cobra said

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@Vandal

"Since you don't provide any evidence for your claims, I'll provide some proof of mine. NCsoft paid Garriott flipping **$17 million** just to bring him into the company back in 2001.

I don't agree with NCSoft's attempt to take back the stock options they were stupid enough to give him but that doesn't change the bottom line that Garriott was still responsible for HIS game. TR might be a lesson to anyone considering giving this hack more millions. "

I could probably google some proof to counter that, but busy at work atm. I'll just say this : Regardless if you think Garriott was at fault or not, it was NCSoft that was so desperate and willing to SPEND that money (and stock options) to get Garriott in the FIRST place! I remember the stories that they wanted him involved in Lineage 2 and all that and finally they got TR rolling.

Really, if you feel Garriott was worthless, NCSoft STILL bent over backwards to get him. NCSoft MADE a mistake and like all responsible adults, THEY need to face up to it and just pay the man, as per contract, and not use him again if they felt he was bad. This is business and law, not personal-weasling out of a contract.

Whatever you think about Garriott, NCSoft did not live up to its contractual obligations.
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Posted: Oct 29th 2011 12:12AM Vandal said

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@Space Cobra - Please note that I said in my post that I do **NOT** agree with NCSoft's attempt to avoid paying those stock options to Garriott.

I agree completely that NCSoft should PAY dearly for being stupid enough to hire Garriott (and his brother). You are absolutely right, NCSoft actively courted him and they were idiotic enough to give him millions while not having any contractual clauses that based on the performance of 'Richard Garriott's Tabula Rasa''.

If NCSoft had possessed the brains to include such clauses they wouldn't have tried to weasel their way out out of their mistake like a little child trying to avoid taking the blame.

I don't want to see NCSoft ruined since I'm looking forward to Guild Wars 2, but the kind of slimey corporate garbage their CEO and his underlings pulled should not be tolerated.

Now the courts will make them suffer the consequences. Maybe they're learn something about giving millions to someone like Garriott and that will be enough of an example that no one else will EVER be stupid enough to give him that kind of investment ever again.
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Posted: Oct 27th 2011 9:50PM tooright said

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leave it to Tricky Dick Fail-iot to make robots suck

Posted: Oct 27th 2011 10:13PM Softserve said

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For the price the thing really should have a bigger screen than it does. Seeing a picture of it next to a person really drives home how tiny the screen is, you'd practically have to be on top of it.

Posted: Oct 27th 2011 10:45PM Space Cobra said

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Will he send this into space and pilot it virtually as well? :P

At least it's not a Panda-bot, then there'd be a riot at the offices!

http://infinitylabs.net/2006/06/17/giant-robotic-pandas-solution-to-extinction/

Posted: Oct 27th 2011 10:51PM Anatidae said

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Pardon my language but...

Jesus f'kn christ - is this guy serious? What lazy a-- developer can't get out of bet to actually go to work and then shells out $12k for a lame duck "robot".

To anyone working at Portalarium - when you boss feels that the definition of attending work is a remote controlled "robot" - and let's use this term loosely as there ins't much difference between this thing and a RC car with a iPhone running iChat strapped to it - you should seriously seek better employment.

I smell another TR stickfest coming here.

Posted: Oct 27th 2011 10:54PM mmogaddict said

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@Anatidae

I imagine it's cheaper than weekly flights back and forth between New York and Austin.

Not to meantion on the amount of travel time it would eliminate.

He'll you could even probably get a tax deduction for greenhouse gas savings.
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Posted: Oct 27th 2011 10:55PM Anatidae said

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Sorry if I seem harsh. I guess the idea of all that money going to crazyness like this instead of all the unknown game developers out there with brilliant ideas.

It is like the film industry now where your name - even if you have a bad current history of rotten films - will still get you money before someone talented and unknown.
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Posted: Oct 28th 2011 2:01AM Space Cobra said

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@Anatidae

Well, the article does say he had *already bought* the robot so his mother could virtually attend his wedding in France, so it was probably just sitting around in his closet not doing much of anything.

Now, it is a gainfully employed robot once again!
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Posted: Oct 28th 2011 6:49AM mattwo said

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@Anatidae That happens in the music industry too *coughbeiberrebbecablackcough*
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Posted: Oct 28th 2011 12:39PM Vandal said

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@Anatidae Unfortunately you are right. Investors are very shy of untried talent. It also helps when they are able to capitalize on the past and make others disregard more current failures.
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Posted: Oct 27th 2011 10:54PM Juicer said

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Even in real life he bots...

Posted: Oct 28th 2011 6:49AM mattwo said

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@Juicer Oh burn!
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Posted: Oct 28th 2011 12:03AM Tizmah said

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You know your boss cares when he comes to work as a robot.

Posted: Oct 28th 2011 12:38AM Dread said

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Sheldon did it first AND he did it better. Nice try Dick, 2nd place - again.

Posted: Oct 28th 2011 6:52AM mattwo said

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@Dread No, I'm pretty sure that guy who did it on his wedding in that one movie did it ages before sheldon...

It's probably the only time he's gotten beaten to the punch I'm sure.

*Looks to sheldon and does his lil pat thing* there there sheldon, there there.

*Gets hit in the eyes with poorly aimed sanitizer spray*
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Posted: Oct 28th 2011 6:10AM dudes said

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"No. 5 is alive!"

"Is not."

"Is too, Steve, it's me Jerry, your boss. From my trip in Euroland."

"Eek."

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