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Posted: Nov 2nd 2011 10:04AM Ulfgaar said

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I took nothing from this other than this Garriot moron sounds like a douchebag.

Posted: Nov 2nd 2011 10:20AM Furdinand said

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That's like saying BMW's biggest competitor is Kia.

Posted: Nov 2nd 2011 10:31AM Neryk said

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@Furdinand

YOU WIN ONE WHOLE INTERNETS
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Posted: Nov 2nd 2011 10:21AM Reservoir said

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Just two words. Pet Battles.

Posted: Nov 2nd 2011 10:46AM Sephirah said

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@Reservoir

That's not social, that's casual.
Unless every pair of clicks a popup appears "Invite your friends to play Pet Battles!" or "Need more pet moves today? Buy some cookie at the pet store!"
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Posted: Nov 2nd 2011 11:01AM Mystal said

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@Sephirah If only they had some sort of store where you could spend real life money to buy more pets... OH RIGHT THEY ALREADY DO.

Yea, it's actually not that big a stretch, at all. Blizzard has figured out a way to make the game intersect with the need to buy pets from the Blizzard store, without it having an impact on the rest of the game. From a financial standpoint, it's genius. From a "compelling gameplay" standpoint it's utter crap.
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Posted: Nov 2nd 2011 10:24AM Cyclone Jack said

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"he says that World of Warcraft's biggest challenger won't be from another AAA title, but from the "Zyngas of the world.""

Because it obviously wasn't from Tabula Rasa. How did that work out for you, Richard? Oh, that's right, you were too busy playing in space to give a crap about the millions of dollars you conned out of NCSoft to make an MMO...twice, then tried to push the blame of its utter failure onto others. What an ass. You and Bill Roper should join up, you both have a lot in common.

Posted: Nov 2nd 2011 11:04AM Mystal said

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@Cyclone Jack

I think you hit on Garriot's angle. Richard's got to blame his failure with TR on "the market" or "the investors" or "the business model." In RG's world, MMOs are dead because HIS MMO is dead and no one's going to let him put his hands on another AAA budget.

So, like Raph Koster (who is, by the way, 10x the designer that RG is) the answer is to create a hazy social gaming "hub" and hope against hope that he can simply capture dollars from the industry trend.
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Posted: Nov 2nd 2011 10:27AM Fabius Bile said

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dead Richard, you didnt go to social games because they are the future, you ended up in that shit hole because the MMO industry kicked you out due to extreme incompetence and well past due date

glad we have cleared this

Posted: Nov 2nd 2011 10:29AM (Unverified) said

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Thanks for my daily laugh.

Posted: Nov 2nd 2011 10:35AM Ilikesoup said

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Richard Garriott is an unflushed turd. the only reason he cares about social gaming and halfassed garbage like it is because he threw a tantrum and left EA and can't make a real Ultima game. NCsoft got sick of his prissy attitude so they fired him. Rather than be a man he sued them.

Posted: Nov 2nd 2011 10:37AM TheJackman said

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Lol Richard Garriott, dropping names to get the media. Blizzard not trying to make there ow Social net work with Battle.net at all.... they not trying to make the game more casual friendly at all right. Pally are "really" hard to play and raids are "really" hard. Blizzard NEVER will put a raid finder in there game that give address to a much more easy 25 man raid.... that will never happen....

Posted: Nov 2nd 2011 10:40AM smartstep said

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Not interested in social games, they are boring as hell.

They will exist and they will make money I am sure, but really not a product for me.

Posted: Nov 2nd 2011 10:45AM ShockLobster said

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Ooo, look at Richard, all emboldened now that he's won a huge lawsuit. Good thing he got that one out of the way before clamoring for relevance again.

Posted: Nov 2nd 2011 10:46AM KinseySS said

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And here i thought EA was making millions in the casual circuit, guess I was mistaken.

Posted: Nov 2nd 2011 10:57AM Mystal said

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Richard Garriott needs to exit the stage. His 15 minutes were up an hour ago.

1) Blizzard's biggest challengers are in fact AAA MMOs. Between RIFT, SWTOR and GW2, I'd be surprised if there's anything left of WoW a year from now.

2) Blizzard has an existing market segment (unlike Garriott) that they need to serve in order to stay relevant. Just because there is another segment to the gaming industry does not mean that Blizzard needs to be neck deep in it. First person shooters, platform jumpers, and deep single player RPGs are all very successful genres with a long history in the gaming industry, and Blizzard isn't involved with any of them.

3) I'm sure that just like every other trend seeking idiot in the gaming industry, Blizzard-Activision has their eyes on Facebook gaming, mobile gaming, etc as possible revenue streams, but they're more likely to buy up smaller studios who show promise than to develop those products under the existing Blizzard banner. This is just a basic concept of branding and marketing.

4) Facebook games are trendy crap. There's a lot of potential for them to get better and become "real" games that appeal to a mass market, but they're not there yet. Zynga and their ilk have a long way to go before they can translate the hype into a sustainable business model.

I realize that they already make a lot of money, but I just don't foresee people continuing to dump a lot of money into those games unless the quality level improves dramatically. At some point even the dullest person realizes how shallow and repetitive Farmville and its brethren really are.

The bottom line is that Garriott couldn't possibly be more wrong than he is. The only kernel of truth in what he has to say is that social gaming is currently trendy, and that Zynga has made an amazing amount of money from very simple and unsophisticated games.

Posted: Nov 2nd 2011 11:03AM Wilhelm2451 said

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Dear Richard,

Put up or shut up.

Hope all is well with the new wife!

Sincerely,

Wilhelm

Posted: Nov 2nd 2011 11:06AM levian86 said

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Yeah, Zyngas game are so social. Req click for that building, req for quest...

Posted: Nov 2nd 2011 11:07AM Boomzilla said

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It sounds like he wishes there were only two devs making games. The more the merrier as far as I can tell.

Posted: Nov 2nd 2011 11:09AM Valdur said

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It's amazing to see all those who once was in the limelight in AAA MMO companies and who have lost their wings since then are now praising casual social gaming...all hypocrites.

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