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Posted: Nov 10th 2011 12:52PM Misterlee said

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Well now we know what he spent all the NC Soft money on - a massive bag of coke which apparently he took all at once.

Posted: Nov 10th 2011 12:56PM EndDream said

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He definitely comes off as arrogant. However, UO was my favorite game ever and it would be amazing if he were at the help of a true sequel. Even if they left out FFA PvP this time around a truly interactive sandbox game made by him and his original team would likely be an amazing game.

Posted: Nov 10th 2011 1:00PM Mikx said

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This has more embarrassing confessions than a 13 year old girl's myspace post.

I mean, is there a reason for this part: "It is clear to me that I, Richard Garriott, am an essential ingredient of at least the Ultimate Ultima, if not more broadly the Ultimate RPG.... Richard Garriott is an essential ingredient in the Ultimate Ultima!"

Dear Richard, This would be bad if a character in an rpg said this. You're in real life now, and its much much worse.

Posted: Nov 10th 2011 1:24PM (Unverified) said

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Garriott crashed and burned at the height of his career, and I think he's now having to come to grips with it. I'm sure he could have remained with EA, but I have a strong feeling that his huge ego made it impossible.

I've met the guy (though that was 20 years ago) and he seemed a very nice and genuine sort, but the only way he can live up to these sorts of claims now is to get out there and do it.

He's got the money and the name, he's got to be able to draw some talent to him to get something produced, so he needs to get with it and stop wasting time on his current garbage.

Posted: Nov 10th 2011 2:58PM RandomArmsman said

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For all the snark he's getting, deserved or undeserved, he's absolutely right about one thing-

Ultima has gone to hell since he's been gone. Hell, it had been going to hell ever since EA started slowly taking control away from him until it got to be what it is now.

Ultima Online was a good idea in many ways, besides being one of the first MMO's, it's answered a big question for Ultima lore- What if there was never a coming of the Avatar? Would Sosaria be totally doomed, or would what heroes do come suffice as saviors?

Yeah, well Ultima Online now, you can barely tell what it originally was, but in the bad way, not like in other 'evolving' MMO's where things changed because of how the community shaped the world but because EA stopped caring about the Lore and the feelings of the people who made it

EA as of late has been trying to give the image that they are trying to clean up their act. I think they should publicly apologize to Garriott and Origin and offer Garriott and any of his former team a chance to make a true new Ultima, not another Online expansion or some HD Remake, but a truly new Ultima. Especially since as it is, EA has the Ultima branding while Garriott holds the rights to Lord British and several other Ultima signature characters.

Posted: Nov 10th 2011 2:09PM Nepentheia said

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Back in 2001, Salon had an interview with Garriott. His vision and intent for Tabula Rasa, at that time, was (at least philosophically) pretty interesting and cool (in theory, however--actualization is a whole other thing, especially when EA started getting involved with the process).

Its definitely worth the read to find out what kind of game he's really wanted to make:http://www.salon.com/2001/12/04/garriott/singleton/

And a quote from him which I've always appreciated:
“In the real world, people role-play all the time. If you think of kids out role playing in the sandbox, that’s how they learn the good and bad kinds of social interaction. They learn that when they push each other and they fall down it hurts, and that they cry, or how feelings can be hurt; they learn to not enjoy doing things which take away happiness from the people around them … And I believe that there is a danger in creating an artificial reality that does not have those social feedback mechanisms in it. Even if it’s not a moral imperative to put it in every role-playing game that exists, it is at least an opportunity missed not to.”

Posted: Nov 10th 2011 3:27PM pvpirl said

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Stand by for really shitty Facebook UltimaVille

Posted: Nov 10th 2011 3:41PM Russell Clarke said

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Garriott's post was clearly satirical.

...wasn't it?

Posted: Nov 10th 2011 3:42PM dasfunboy said

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You know, if I could only be half the jackass Garriot is, and still look at myself in the mirror...lol, well I guess I could anything. He is without a doubt a world class douche, but also kind of magnificent.

Posted: Nov 10th 2011 4:52PM psycros said

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@dasfunboy : Dark Angel reference?
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Posted: Nov 10th 2011 4:00PM DevilSei said

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"You will have customized Avatar homesteads and real roles to play in a deep, beautifully realized highly interactive virtual world. It will have virtues and the hero's journey reflected back to the player. It will have the best of synchronous and asynchronous features in use. Fiction will support your arrival from earth into this new world. I even hope to make maps, coins and other trinkets available to players of the game."

So, on top of feeling that he needed to state his own name in the 3rd person, he also felt he had to include one of the most vague generalizations for his ideal game? A generalization that would, quite literally, fit with any game being released? Then he even has the urge to say that the only way an RPG could ever be "the ultimate" is if he was attached?

God, don't accidentally prick yourself Lord British, you might take out half the planet with the raw energy of all the hot air you have within you.

Posted: Nov 10th 2011 4:12PM jakofascalon said

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So pompous! Get over yourself Lordie!

Posted: Nov 10th 2011 4:51PM psycros said

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This *has* to be partly in fun..HAS to be. Even Lord British isn't that over-the-top full of himself. I think he's just saying that "this is my baby, its always been my vision, and without me involved its not truly Ultima." In fact, if he'd actually said THAT instead of trying to be cute I think he would've gotten a lot of respect. Garriot has always overreached the current limits of technology, always dreamed big in the RPG space, and has been at least as influential as anyone else. He's OG - Original Gamester. His weakness has always been pursuing his vision at the expense of practical (and market) realities..something he shares with CCP, I might add. Hmmm...they could definately use some new blood right about now...do I sense a natural union here??

Posted: Nov 10th 2011 4:59PM PacketBurner said

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I went and had a read, man he really does post in the third person, like he is a "brand", creepy!

He seems to be getting plenty of positive feedback on his page... does that mean we are a cinical bunch at massively? I'm with you guys...

although i would like to mention i think all the RG stories at massively is just a smoke scene for shawn to mention TR on the podcast and get GW2 pushed back another week :(

Posted: Nov 10th 2011 5:00PM mysecretid said

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That picture!!! He looks like a twelve-year-old boy who stuck on a prop mustache for his fake ID, in the hopes he could get into bars and meet girls!

Am I the only one who finds that photo hilarious /and/ slightly creepy? Anyone? Bueller?

Posted: Nov 10th 2011 11:06PM JuliusSeizure said

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@mysecretid

I'm quite sure that he is, in fact, a border terrier.
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Posted: Nov 10th 2011 5:07PM Ilikesoup said

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Rolling 2d20 to see who gives a fuck.

Posted: Nov 10th 2011 6:08PM Space Cobra said

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You know, I don't think Garriott is all that bad, but there are limits and this is one.

It's weird that he's feeling sour-grapes now (either for just this minute or its been in the background) at EA. Hell, wasn't HE the one that SOLD to EA? Sure, they probably needed a publisher, but I never liked that they sold out. Whether he trusted EA or not, this is the result and he should live with it. The only reason I see him talking about remaking UO is, IMO, a bit of a veil over his own need/concerns for gaining capital/money. He is either keeping options open, but he should be focusing on his own company. Maybe he hopes EA will help him with his social venture, which, at best, will make him look like a two-faced-snake-in-the-grass-talking-out-the-side-of-his-mouth!

And really, Garriott, while I shake my fist at you from behind my monitor, while your ideas are noble, they are naive and some of us told you that when you made UO in regards to Free-for-All combat. Sure, you laughed how some guy in Aquaman-shorts took you down, but you and your team closed the game to protect your little image as you didn't want to suffer like the rest of us. We warned you of ganking and the like and you ignored us. While you still have lofty goals that aren't all bad, they NEED to be GROUNDED in the REALITY of Player behavior and communities!!! I am surprised you still haven't acknowledged your mistake to keep to your vision/plan.

Garriott may have some nice ideas, but his all-encompassing vision and where his singular ideas fit into it seems to be STILL woefully naive.

From this speech, it doesn't seem like he really has a strong unified vision beyond certain ideas. And while I admit I probably don't, either, I at least take these ideas and other folk's input more than you do to guide my own vision!

EA may take you back, Garriott, but put your damn money where your mouth is and show us! While some praise UO, I and others, and I KNOW YOU consider it a failure with what you intended (which was NOT FFA-PVP/Ganking) and YOU should ALWAYS ponder over THAT and your other failures when you made the game and not "what could have been". You were in charge of most of the development. Your company mailed out those Beta Disks. YOU are to blame just as much, or moreso, as EA was for YOUR decisions.

Posted: Nov 10th 2011 9:02PM Yukon Sam said

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I actually spoke to Richard as Lord British in UO a couple times, when he came to see Golden Brew Players productions. They weren't in-depth conversations, but he seemed like a very pleasant, engaged and friendly guy.

Frankly, I'd like to see Ultima revitalized. The world and background he created are remarkable, even before the work the esteemed Raph Koster and company did in rendering it into an MMO. The old girl is the oldest still running, and deserves a new lease on life.

Unless EA already has plans for the license they haven't told us about, they could do worse than invite Richard over for coffee. Never hurts to talk, right?

Posted: Nov 10th 2011 9:30PM (Unverified) said

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You guys are too hard on RG. Ultima Online was his baby and EA forced him out. Then he gets to see the game turn to crap after he left and he couldn't do anything about it. Tabula Rasa was sort of a failure on his part but it also NCSoft's as well since they forced the game to launch in a broken state.

After losing two MMO's, I think RG wanted a break from the gaming world.

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