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I just remembered few years ago an interesting lesson by the ex General Manager of Bioware Austin and daddy of SWTOR, Gordon Walton.
He was giving a lesson on how to build the post WOW MMOs and indirectly describing how Bioware future MMO (SWTOR) should look like in order to be a successful game.
Incidentally, by reading it, I was thinking to myself, "This guy hasn't got a clue", but he was the professional, so I gave him the benefit of the doubt.
Looking at how SWTOR turned out, I must say my first gut instinct was right after all.
I am mentioning this guy because, recently I came across another person that sounds a lot like Gordon Walton and gave me the same unconfortable feelings.
This guy is non other than Zenimax Online studio director Matt Firor.
The way he talks and what he says reminded me a lot about Gordon Walton and his pompous lessons on how to make a successful MMO.
Reading and watching Matt interviews describing what TESO is going to look like, I often went "WTF" or "What is he talking about", and came to the conclusion tha Mr. Firor lost touch with the MMO community and doesn't know how to make a MMO anymore (He was one of DAOC creator together with Mark Jacobs who then developed Warhammer Online)
I am really worried that Matt Firor could follow Gordon Walton and his theory, and screws the TES IP, like Walton screwed KOTOR Online.
Anyway if you want to learn how to make a succcessfull MMORPG like SWTOR here is a link with the useful lesson (/sarcasm):
>>> Gordon Walton MMO lesson - Sept 2007
Enjoy yourselves............and please take notes