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Posted: Nov 21st 2011 7:07PM EuchridEucrow said

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Let the Garriott hate fest begin.

Posted: Nov 21st 2011 10:45PM Anatidae said

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@EuchridEucrow It isn't that I hate volcanic steam vents - but I know that the fumes coming out of them are toxic and deadly.

The hot air coming from Garriott is no less toxic to the game industry. This will be one production that I hope if viewers watch they have downloaded a pirated copy.

Because really, why are we giving this guy attention and money?

Of course, the day he produces/directs/whatever a new innovative fun-to-play game, then I'll gladly give him props. And I give him credit for the early Ultima games - nice work. And although I know that most of the brilliant work into Ultima Online came from his very talented staff, I'll even give him props for assembling a solid team.

Since then, however, I have seen only failure from Garriott. Eliot must only be writing this as a story to:
a. Torture us with more sadistic stories about Garriott.
b. Increase revenue on ads - since we love to tear this guy down.
c. He actually loves Garriott and follows his every move and by running stories hopes to befriend him one day.

So, what it is Eliot?
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Posted: Nov 22nd 2011 1:54AM Vandal said

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@Anatidae - Very well said.

Individuals like Shigeru Miyamoto are gaming developer legends. RG is not. He's a PR-parasite, this is just another effort to get his face in the news.

@hansh0tfirst - Agreed. Even the vaunted Ultima series went down the tubes. And really, the only reason it was popular in the first place was that there was no real competition for it way back then.

RG may deserve credit for doing things first, but never for doing them well.
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Posted: Nov 21st 2011 7:18PM EuchridEucrow said

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He wore a raaaaspberry beret.
The kind you'd find in a second hand store.
Raaaaspberry beret,
And if is was warm he wouldn't wear much more.

Posted: Nov 21st 2011 7:22PM Raikulxox said

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I don't get the hate on Garriott. His actions are quirky, yes. But what he done for the MMORPG space did nothing but help it. I and many others play UO still to this day.

Posted: Nov 21st 2011 7:48PM Tovrin said

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@Raikulxox I don't get it either. But I guess with Bill Roper keeping a low profile, the haters have got to hate someone; it's just in their nature.
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Posted: Nov 22nd 2011 8:37AM (Unverified) said

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@Raikulxox

It's like the guy who invented the Keytar 20 years old still demanding respect, and criticizing todays artists.

He's holding onto his claim to fame, even though he has done nothing but demand respect since.
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Posted: Nov 22nd 2011 10:55AM Raikulxox said

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@(Unverified) Like I said below, Tabula Rasa was a great game. That and Ultima Online alone gives him enough credit.
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Posted: Nov 22nd 2011 12:58PM (Unverified) said

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@Raikulxox

There's difference between getting credit and being a smug arrogant asshole telling other people what to do.
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Posted: Nov 21st 2011 7:27PM Ripper McGee said

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My daughter and I were at that event pictured - launch party for Tabula Rasa and dev meet-and-greet for the other NCSoft titles.

Posted: Nov 21st 2011 8:35PM Gryphmon said

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@Ripper McGee

I was wondering why ghost widow was standing next to a tabla rasa due.
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Posted: Nov 21st 2011 7:31PM Wilhelm2451 said

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Oh FFS, the one time you have a legit reason to use a picture of Richard Garriott in a space suit and that is the picture you choose?

@Raikulxox - Subscribe to his twitter feed... you will hate him eventually... or at least unfollow him in mild annoyance.

Posted: Nov 21st 2011 8:11PM Raikulxox said

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@Wilhelm2451 What? I've looked over his twitter feed, and he's (IMO) one of the more restrained users. Any reason why you say that?
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Posted: Nov 22nd 2011 12:04PM Wilhelm2451 said

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@Raikulxox He is restrained. I will give you that. However, his most common tweet is something along the lines of:

"I just finished a 3.00 mi run with a time of 39:45 with Nike+ GPS"

Because that is what I want to know about the creator of the Ultima series.

Plus, looking at that time, I could almost walk 3 miles at a brisk pace and keep up with him, so I am not even impressed with that data.
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Posted: Nov 21st 2011 7:39PM Lucidus said

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Can his ego get any bigger? Watch the movie to find out!

Posted: Nov 21st 2011 8:12PM hansh0tfirst said

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Don't get the hate for Garriott?

Apparently you never played Ultima VIII, or beta tested Tabula Rasa.

Posted: Nov 21st 2011 10:15PM brianshapiro said

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@hansh0tfirst I've played all of the Ultima games; Ultima VIII had its annoyances such as the Super Mario jumping, but it was still better than most games out there in terms of atmosphere and story, and the climbing and jumping was a good idea poorly implemented. The game was also less finished than they wanted it, they had to cut some stuff to meet the deadlines as well as to fit it on a CD.
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Posted: Nov 22nd 2011 10:48AM (Unverified) said

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@hansh0tfirst

I was in closed beat for Tabula Rasa. The game had lots of potential but it got old once I was up around lvl 40. I gave lots of feedback to NCSoft, they did nothing about improving the playability. So I didn't buy on release.
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Posted: Nov 21st 2011 9:55PM Fabius Bile said

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the documentary should stop at 1997. thats the year when RG stopped being important in the MMO industry , but he doesnt seem to have noticed it yet.

Posted: Nov 21st 2011 11:01PM Raikulxox said

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@Fabius Bile Tabula Rasa would like a word with you. The game was too good to be shut down, IMO.
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