We have all heard of the controversy surrounding Alganon
. Essentially, it breaks down into a few basic points: it is a "WoW
clone," and it is being run by Derek Smart
, a say-it-like-you-mean-it development bad-boy. Many claim he looks for negative attention and enjoys arguing with players. To be blunt, I don't care what people think about Derek Smart. I have said it before: I actually believe that he reacts to negative attention the way other developers wish
they could. I don't keep track of his battles, though; I keep track of what he has done in gaming. All I know is that before he was with Alganon
, I did not enjoy the game. After
he became involved, the game got better.
Concerning the "WoW-clone"
issue: If I had a gold piece for every time I've heard that, I could afford that incredible level 50 mount! (*snort*) If I took a moment to break down all games that have similarities to WoW
, this article would be much, much longer than it needs to be. WoW
was successful, and the industry takes cues from success. WoW
took its own cues from other games before that. Still, does Alganon
take more from WoW
than, say, Lord of the Rings Online
Read on, and let's discuss it.