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[Column] General: A Letter to Mr. Appleton

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  • IselinIselin Vancouver, BCPosts: 5,610Member Uncommon

    First, let me say that I have zero interest in Greedmonger and have very serious doubts about Mr. Appleton's ability to make it happen--same way I feel about the majority of KS MMO projects. Having said that...

    I had a front-row seat for some of the posts in the now-defunct Greedmonger forum here when a few weeks back I went there out of curiosity.

    I saw some outrageous personal attacks against Appleton that seemed to linger in the forum for days without mod edits. This was in sharp contrast to the ever-vigilant moderation that I see in all forums when 2 or more regular posters get into a pissing match... not to mention the fact that personal attacks directed at developers and their integrity is commonplace in all forums here.

    As far as I can tell personal attacks directed at developers that are not forum participants are OK. Those agains developers who participate in the forums a little less so. The only ones that seem to be an absolute no-no are the ones directed at other non-developer forum posters... curious.

    Another odd thing about this site is the timing of creating a forum to discuss something that resembles an MMO (there are a lot of forums for RPGs with online compnents that are hard to describe as MMOs...but that's a different story for anoher day.) On the one hand we have MMOs that are developed for 5 or 6 years before the developers decide it's time to reveal it to the public--this is the typical case with mainstream AAA MMOs. But it seems like a forum can be created to discuss something that is just someone's dream and nothing else.

    There are a few exceptions: Titan and EQ Next come to mind. But the track record of those two development teams are solid. There's no reason to doubt that they will get developed.

    So we have some forums here with people discussing what exists and is nearly finished and other forums where people discuss what might exist in a few years if all the stars align properly.

    A lot of the non-personal criticism I saw in the Greedmonger forum when I visited boiled down to" "You got nothing... show us." Well, duh. That is the nature of things that get announced when they go to KS with nothing more than some concept art, some ideas and, if we're lucky a very rough video.

    Appleton's mistakes? He participated in the forum here. He fought back. He doesn't do internet very well. Otherwise, his KS pipedream is no more nor less solid than the vast majority of other projects with their own little forums here. 

  • ArglebargleArglebargle Austin, TXPosts: 1,414Member Uncommon
    The Greedmonger saga is almost the definition of vainglory.....

    If you are holding out for the perfect game, the only game you play will be the waiting one.

  • MumboJumboMumboJumbo LondonPosts: 3,221Member

    Rule 1. with working with public: Put on the persona of charitable as a mask.

    Concerning games and comments and drama: It's a level up from youtube!

  • LeetheLeethe Posts: 876Member Uncommon
    He doen't know a guy maned Gary Whiting, does he?

    There is NO miracle patch.

    95% of what you see in beta won't change by launch.

    Hope is not a stategy.
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  • kamenriderkamenrider kapolei, HIPosts: 41Member
    Jason are you really 7 ft tall and 280lbs? You're a big dude! 
  • mackdawg19mackdawg19 Shiloh, ILPosts: 864Member
    I have no clue what Greed Monger is or was or will be, but I can easily tell someone needs to hire a PR person like Yesterday! And Jason, as a devoted MMA fan of both UFC and the old Strikeforce I have only heard your name a few times, and it was not in a good way. May want to stop saying that and just get your PR person now. You may have been a great salesman back in the day, but your an owner now, act like it please.
  • Slapshot1188Slapshot1188 Boca Raton, FLPosts: 4,502Member Uncommon

    What is funny is that this guy has threatened MULTIPLE people with lawsuits (go check out his kickstarters..) but as far as I can tell he is all talk.  If he has any credibility he would have actually had to follow through on his threats.  Thus, any damage to his credibility is self-inflicted....

     

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  • GinazGinaz Calgary, ABPosts: 1,731Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Slapshot1188

    What is funny is that this guy has threatened MULTIPLE people with lawsuits (go check out his kickstarters..) but as far as I can tell he is all talk.  If he has any credibility he would have actually had to follow through on his threats.  Thus, any damage to his credibility is self-inflicted....

     

    I wonder where he would get the money to hire a lawyer for a law suit?  Would he use the Kickstarter money?image

    Personally, I'd be more inclined to give money to Melisa Joan Hart's Kickstarter to make a crappy movie for her. 

    http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/318676760/darcis-walk-of-shame?ref=live

    http://jam.canoe.ca/Movies/2013/04/12/20734071-wenn-story.html

    Greedmonger looks like its either going to be vaporware or just plain hot garbage.  As for its creator, he is giving off a very strong internet tough guy/braggart vibe.  Is saying he is invloved in MMA supposed to make us go "Oh, shit son!  This guy sounds tough as f**k!"?  What was his "involvement" in MMA?  Did he manage the website for them?  Hand out flyers?  He should stop making thinly veiled threats to sue or get people fired as it just makes him look like a horrible person.

    BTW, all of the above was just my opinion and thoughts.  No need to call your lawyers, Mr.Appleton.image

     

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  • ElectricWizardElectricWizard Chicago, ILPosts: 47Member
    Originally posted by FromHell
    The whole Greed Monger project reminds me a lot of the Camelot Unchained project. Projects with lots of talk and almost nothing to show. Not my cup of tea, tbh

    apparently, there are lots of dummies in Hell.

  • FugglierFugglier Peck, MIPosts: 25Member
    I almost fell out of my chair laughing when i saw the phrase "open letter" coming form mmorpg. 

    "..........Lulz......try to IP ban me if you want, hasn't worked yet. I am still here. I have always been here.........."

  • QuizzicalQuizzical Posts: 14,779Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by bartoni33

    First off I am a backer of this ...game. I regret this now. This game will be vaporware for sure. Mr. Appleton is in over his head so much he will be crushed from the pressure. FFS he was nowhere near finished with this ...game and he had the nerve/gall/stupidity to start on another one (not funded but good try Appleton): http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/appleton/billy-bolts-my-fathers-keeper

    If I had known (my fault for not reading up I guess) that his previous gigs were MMA musclehead/whatever-the-hell-he-did-with-that-nonsense and a "male enhancement" snake oil salesman I would have stayed far away. So don't be surprised by his unprofessional attitude Mr. Advocate. And don't be surprised by any unprofessional comments he makes regarding this article either.

     

    Oh my.  You've got one kickstarter backed and are supposedly working on it but haven't yet delivered what you promised... so hurry out and start another one hoping people will pay you to spend your time on some other project, too?

  • IstrebiteIIstrebiteI SpbPosts: 266Member

    I'm sorry to say a blatant straight truth, but mr appleton is right. He did right to threaten a troll and if more people threaten (and execute their threats) trolls, we will have less trolls and a more positive community. No sense of responsibility is a very bad situation, and it needs to change. You throw around insults and unchecked information and ruin someone else's reputation online? Pay for it! That's good practice. Punishing trolls IS good practice.

     

    Guys, we're not seeing a disabled person being threatened. Not a black person being threatened. Not a minority. We are seing an evil person being stopped from commiting more evil. Do you hate those who threat murderers, rapists, drug dealers? No, we love them, we pay them money (taxes) and we hope they threat them even more so they stop doing their evil ways!

     

    Is it a problem that this game isn't liste on some website that is a pit of snakes really (I mean, open the topic that announces start of KS campaign for CU, first post in reply to "back this project now" - "NO", or open any thread about Mortal Online, etc).... Ehh, not so much. Again, if I'd be banned from a community of murderers, rapists and thieves, would I be missing that? No thank you. I never wanted to have anything to do with those people anyway. Mr appleton and his game was banned from MMORPG? The way community here is, that's good PR for mr appleton.

     

    Bottom line, if his game kicks ass and works out, he won't care wether or not mmorpg hosts his game in its insanely big list that includes games that arent mmorpgs at all (like LoL?). If his game sucks balls, again, it wouldn't matter wether or not his game is listed on mmorpg. Probably would even be good since less people would badmouth his failure. Win-win.

     

    PS: Trolls think they control the internet and have a right to troll. This has to stop. You have a right to troll - anyone has a right to punch you in that troll face of yours and break a few bones of yours. Then troll to your heart's content. Way to go, mr appleton.

     
  • Dreamo84Dreamo84 Niagara Falls, NYPosts: 3,437Member Uncommon
    Jason Appleton's feelings got hurt on the internet once...once.

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  • GreenHellGreenHell ludlow, MAPosts: 1,322Member Uncommon

    I really don't care about Greed Monger and had never even heard of it before this whole soap opera started. I will say though that his posts and the responses to them were amazing entertainment. I have never seen someone in his postion dig so deep of a hole for himself and then when told he wasn't making the situation any better he just kept going. It was a train wreck of pure enjoyment for me.

    I really never thought anyone could alienate their (future) player base any more than SOE had. I was wrong. This guy doesn't even have a game to screw up yet and people hate him. I hope this thing makes it to launch. The entertainment value on these forums alone would be incredible.

    This guy is the poster child of what not to do if your developing a game.

  • Dreamo84Dreamo84 Niagara Falls, NYPosts: 3,437Member Uncommon
    We all just got sued...damn. We should start a Kickstarter to fund future law suits from Mr. Appleton.

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  • ScotScot UKPosts: 5,758Member Uncommon
    How much does it matter? Wait of for the game to be finished then decide if Mr Appleton and his company are worth your money. So the guy is not that clever when it comes to handling internet critics, lets wait till the game is out and see if it is any good.
  • KanylKanyl a cold placePosts: 246Member Uncommon
    The internet is not bad and most of the people are not that either. So many other developers got respect on the internet, for one reason: they are nice and mature. After reading the threat-letter, I can to 100% understand WHY everyone are so mad. That is something that just should not happend at all! It's like the bully in school, who wants a fight as soon someone go against him...
  • GinazGinaz Calgary, ABPosts: 1,731Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by IstrebiteI

    I'm sorry to say a blatant straight truth, but mr appleton is right. He did right to threaten a troll and if more people threaten (and execute their threats) trolls, we will have less trolls and a more positive community. No sense of responsibility is a very bad situation, and it needs to change. You throw around insults and unchecked information and ruin someone else's reputation online? Pay for it! That's good practice. Punishing trolls IS good practice.

     

    Guys, we're not seeing a disabled person being threatened. Not a black person being threatened. Not a minority. We are seing an evil person being stopped from commiting more evil. Do you hate those who threat murderers, rapists, drug dealers? No, we love them, we pay them money (taxes) and we hope they threat them even more so they stop doing their evil ways!

     

    Is it a problem that this game isn't liste on some website that is a pit of snakes really (I mean, open the topic that announces start of KS campaign for CU, first post in reply to "back this project now" - "NO", or open any thread about Mortal Online, etc).... Ehh, not so much. Again, if I'd be banned from a community of murderers, rapists and thieves, would I be missing that? No thank you. I never wanted to have anything to do with those people anyway. Mr appleton and his game was banned from MMORPG? The way community here is, that's good PR for mr appleton.

     

    Bottom line, if his game kicks ass and works out, he won't care wether or not mmorpg hosts his game in its insanely big list that includes games that arent mmorpgs at all (like LoL?). If his game sucks balls, again, it wouldn't matter wether or not his game is listed on mmorpg. Probably would even be good since less people would badmouth his failure. Win-win.

     

    PS: Trolls think they control the internet and have a right to troll. This has to stop. You have a right to troll - anyone has a right to punch you in that troll face of yours and break a few bones of yours. Then troll to your heart's content. Way to go, mr appleton.

     

    Wait.  You're equating trolls with rapists, murderers and drug dealers???  And that trolling is "evil"?  Good lord.

    Perspective.  You have none.

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  • FromHellFromHell NY, NYPosts: 1,311Member
    Originally posted by ElectricWizard
    Originally posted by FromHell
    The whole Greed Monger project reminds me a lot of the Camelot Unchained project. Projects with lots of talk and almost nothing to show. Not my cup of tea, tbh

    apparently, there are lots of dummies in Hell.

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  • zymurgeistzymurgeist Pittsville, VAPosts: 5,211Member Uncommon
    Schoolyard rules: When you resort to empty threats you've already lost the fight.

    "Strong and bitter words indicate a weak cause" ~Victor Hugo

  • wildtalentwildtalent Huntsville, ALPosts: 380Member
    Originally posted by IstrebiteI

    I'm sorry to say a blatant straight truth, but mr appleton is right. He did right to threaten a troll and if more people threaten (and execute their threats) trolls, we will have less trolls and a more positive community. No sense of responsibility is a very bad situation, and it needs to change. You throw around insults and unchecked information and ruin someone else's reputation online? Pay for it! That's good practice. Punishing trolls IS good practice.

     

    Guys, we're not seeing a disabled person being threatened. Not a black person being threatened. Not a minority. We are seing an evil person being stopped from commiting more evil. Do you hate those who threat murderers, rapists, drug dealers? No, we love them, we pay them money (taxes) and we hope they threat them even more so they stop doing their evil ways!

     

    Is it a problem that this game isn't liste on some website that is a pit of snakes really (I mean, open the topic that announces start of KS campaign for CU, first post in reply to "back this project now" - "NO", or open any thread about Mortal Online, etc).... Ehh, not so much. Again, if I'd be banned from a community of murderers, rapists and thieves, would I be missing that? No thank you. I never wanted to have anything to do with those people anyway. Mr appleton and his game was banned from MMORPG? The way community here is, that's good PR for mr appleton.

     

    Bottom line, if his game kicks ass and works out, he won't care wether or not mmorpg hosts his game in its insanely big list that includes games that arent mmorpgs at all (like LoL?). If his game sucks balls, again, it wouldn't matter wether or not his game is listed on mmorpg. Probably would even be good since less people would badmouth his failure. Win-win.

     

    PS: Trolls think they control the internet and have a right to troll. This has to stop. You have a right to troll - anyone has a right to punch you in that troll face of yours and break a few bones of yours. Then troll to your heart's content. Way to go, mr appleton.

     

    Couple of things here.  1.  The internet is the last true bastion of freedom for whtat it's worth good or bad...so yeah, Trolls do have the right to Troll.  2.  What Mr. Appleton did was called being unprofessional.  He wasn't just baning troll's (which again he shouldn't) he was banning anyone who had the guts to say, hey your game has a few issues that need to be addressed.   That my friend comes off like a spoiled child and I know what that sounds like, I have one.   Bill and the gang here at MMORPG dropped him because he threatened to sue them if he didn't remove any negative comments about his game.  Any negative comment.  That means someone could have said the game's color pallette was too bland and it would have meant a lawsuit for MMORPG.com if they didn't remove it, which BTW is called CENSORSHIP.  I don't know about you but I believe people like the forum trolls here and yourself have the right to say any ignorant thing that they want to.

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  • wildtalentwildtalent Huntsville, ALPosts: 380Member
    Originally posted by Sovrath
    Originally posted by Mogus

     

    The internet is a very different place where people in the position of development are expected to be flamed, trolled, lied about and the like while simply bowing and saying thank you, otherwise, they are branded as bad business men, arrogant and any other derogatory title. I simply don't agree with this and I can't pretend to for the sake of my "reputation".

    It takes absolutely no effort to put on the "professional face" and say "I appreciate your opinion X and we will continualy work on Greedmonger so that in the end it proves itself to be the game everyone expected and wanted."

    or, just not say anything at all.

    And as I've mentioned in another post, the best way to silence naysayers is to just "be great". By showing a professional face, by being timely with updates, by putting out a great product, you let your work speak for itself.

     

     

    Again, I find myself in complete agreement with Sovrath.

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  • nerovipus32nerovipus32 dublinPosts: 2,735Member
    Originally posted by FromHell
    The whole Greed Monger project reminds me a lot of the Camelot Unchained project. Projects with lots of talk and almost nothing to show. Not my cup of tea, tbh

    Except mark jacobs has over 20 years experience in the gaming industry whereas this appleton guy is just chancing his arm. Keep hating though.

  • nerovipus32nerovipus32 dublinPosts: 2,735Member
    Originally posted by Amana

    Guys, plain calling out fellow members of this community, even if they are the subject of the editorial, is not cool. What is fine is disagreeing or expressing opinions about details, but personally flaming others is against the rules here and will be removed. If you have an opinion on the situation or the editorial, go right ahead. 

    Your website called him out though and we are responding to your call out. Did you really think that this article wouldn't end up in a flame war?

  • JacxolopeJacxolope Jackson, MIPosts: 924Member

    Is Appleton at it again?

    I saw he has a NEW KICKSTARTER (wanting nearly$100,000 on this one if my memory is correct- If not I will edit this once I have time to look) EDIT: I misread, it said he has MADE $92.00 and I mistakenly thought it had said he was asking for $92,000 - Dont sue me bro....Goal is $1000 and artwork is well done IMHO /edit off :and is already threatening one commenter with (you guessed it) a lawsuit with his veiled threat sort of way.

     

    [mod edit]  the fallout over this will be EPIC unless he really does produce something playable- Which I doubt. he got 2-3 rimes the money he said he needed, changed everything around (including game engines) hasnt produced a playable Alpha and is already pimping a new kickstarter game- My spider sense is tingling.

     

    [mod edit]

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