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Posted: Nov 2nd 2011 9:31AM Kayonesoft said

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WoW is anything but anti-casual.

Posted: Nov 2nd 2011 11:45AM That One Guy said

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@Kayonesoft
Seriously... My MOM plays WOW and Frontierville.

The same mother who limited my game playing time growing up and thought it was a stupid hobby till a year and a half ago.
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Posted: Nov 2nd 2011 9:35AM relgoth said

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Richard, your advice on making good mmos died with tabula rasa. All i ever see you doing now is "LOOK AT ME IM SO IMPORTANT AND IM SUPER SMART BECAUSE I WORK ON SOCIAL GAMES LULZ"

Get over yourself, your days of influencing the mmo world in any popular way are over.

Posted: Nov 2nd 2011 9:54AM (Unverified) said

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@relgoth

TR was NOT good. It died for a reason. It was fun for all of a day, then it was terribly boring.

This guy is the Mr. Irrelevant of the MMO industry. He hasn't done anything worth while since UO.
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Posted: Nov 2nd 2011 9:39AM MMOaddict said

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What a wackjob.

Posted: Nov 2nd 2011 9:48AM Yellowdancer said

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@MMOaddict

+1
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Posted: Nov 2nd 2011 9:59AM Equillian said

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@MMOaddict

I was going to reply, then I saw this.

+1
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Posted: Nov 2nd 2011 10:54AM ShadowXIII said

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@MMOaddict

The title of the article alone is comedy gold.
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Posted: Nov 2nd 2011 9:44AM kalmis said

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He's lost it. Fuck social games

Posted: Nov 2nd 2011 9:45AM real65rcncom said

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I don't use Facebook, MySpace, Linkedin, or any social mediums like that. I don't spy to keep track on what my 'friends' are doing and playing. If they want to tell me, call me on the phone.

I probably will never play WoW ever again (not that it was bad, just time to move on) but you know.. I'd get TWO subs to WoW before I ever thought about doing those social games.

There are a lot of people who do considering the moneymills those games are, but that's how little I personally think of that stuff.

Posted: Nov 2nd 2011 9:52AM theBeast said

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I get turned off when they start chest thumping about who will make the most money. I want a good game

Posted: Nov 2nd 2011 9:52AM sammo21 said

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That's funny because I blame Richard Garriot for making shiity overrated games.

Posted: Nov 2nd 2011 9:52AM Neryk said

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I respect Garriott a lot for what he has done for our prefered gaming genre. I can recall my days in primary school playing with my friend on his brother's UO account and screwing about.

With respect to Garriott's achievements i feel that perhaps this is an attempt to lash out at a failed deal to pick up his indie/casual genre model. Last i checked his "Portalarium" website i was surprised that with such a large name backing that all they had released were three casino games.

One wonders if Garriott is attempting to salvage his new venture or receive piece meal advertisement.

Posted: Nov 2nd 2011 11:48AM Lucidus said

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@Neryk The front page of the website is all about his ego it looks like.
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Posted: Nov 2nd 2011 9:53AM oxfordfishsalon said

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He sort of has a point, but I think for the foreseeable future Zynga and WOW will occupy distinctly different markets that aren't competing too much with one another.

I think he's right that in the future the dominant gaming model will be something more similar to Zynga's, but I don't see Zynga's experience making crappy games will give them any sort of head start there, and companies like Blizzard will have no trouble adapting as the landscape shifts.

Posted: Nov 2nd 2011 9:54AM Gaugamela said

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Well, integration of MMOs with social networks is coming.
Rift is the biggest example of this. However saying that WoW isn't for casuals is just plain stupid.

Just because the browser based games and Facebook games are highly profitable doesn't means that there isn't space for more traditional games.

Posted: Nov 2nd 2011 10:02AM Lenn said

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@Gaugamela "Well, integration of MMOs with social networks is coming."

And going just as fast, I hope. I am a firm opponent of facebookification.
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Posted: Nov 2nd 2011 10:06AM Gaugamela said

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@Lenn

AS long as its turned off by default but the option is there I don't see any problem with it.
And it can lead to some useful and interesting features if done right.
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Posted: Nov 2nd 2011 9:58AM Cendres said

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My distaste for Garriott only rises.

Posted: Nov 2nd 2011 10:00AM Lenn said

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"Garriott's Portalarium is currently working on an upcoming project that is "much more like Ultima Online than people might expect."

Ultima Poker? Ultima Craps? Ultima Snooker? Ultima Yahtzee?

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