I’m Feeling SnarkyJune 21, 2008
Richard Bartle, the designer of the first MUD and also the Bartle test I talked about last week, spent some time talking about World of Warcraft (which he grudgingly plays) over at Massively. He also had this profound statement about WAR:
“I’ve already played Warhammer. It was called World of Warcraft.”
Now, I don’t know the guy personally, but that’s like ten kinds of stupidity in two sentences from a guy who is one of the ancestors of the modern MMO scene. You’ve already played Warhammer? So, you’re in the beta? No? Oh! Sorry, my mistake! You simply played another game and made a gross assumption that the gameplay, visuals and features of one title are virtually identical to another!
So, by that logic, I’ve already met you, Mr. Bartle, because I’ve met the guy living next door to me. You both have the same basic features and underlying mechanics, right? Same-same.
Sheesh. You think that a Ph.D. would think before he passed gross judgment like that.
Update: Mr. Bartle responded in the comments section to clear up the context behind the remark.