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5-21-2008 @ 3:18PM
What do you mean, he's the guy who "dreamed it". WoW is a great game, nice execution, etc etc. but none of this is even remotely original content. They basically ripped off Tolkien, D&D, previous MMOs, you name it.Please don't mythologize these people. Talented, but not gods. LOL
5-21-2008 @ 3:35PM
Not really. He made it enough to be different. Orcs that are actually complex instead of one-dimensional and evil? Elves that are as far from the normal fantasy elves as possible?Blue sci-fi space-goats mixing along with traditional fantasy themes?
5-21-2008 @ 3:21PM
Though much of WoW's content is fairly original, I'm still inclined to agree with you, Tim. Much of the fantasy genre these days is largely derivative.
5-21-2008 @ 3:23PM
I have to agree - this stuff has been around for years upon years. Nothing new here.
5-21-2008 @ 3:33PM
I agree - it would be like talking to the chef who made the best version of a chocolate cake currently on the market. He didn't "dream up" eggs, flour, or even cake. But, Blizzard has done a fine job of making a tasty treat out of common elements.
5-21-2008 @ 3:42PM
Originally, Warcraft was to be a Warhammer game, but the licensing fell through.
5-21-2008 @ 4:04PM
Please read the interview before you flame the OP . . . Metzen credits his influences and just seems really passionate about this stuff. It was interesting to see how his impetus was not what people tend to assume/flame about (Tolkien), but rather D&D, comic books and Star Wars. Great read.
5-21-2008 @ 4:49PM
Saying that there is nothing new here is similar to saying that nothing anyone ever says is original. As the great George Carlin points out, there is no such thing as "in your own words;" we all use the same words as everyone else. He took pre-existing fantasy elements and created a story and a world to give them a new life.
5-21-2008 @ 5:53PM
What, nobody has done the appropriate Penny Arcade Strip?http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2006/4/10/(read the news post behind the strip if you don't get it)
5-22-2008 @ 1:34PM
What I came to post.
5-21-2008 @ 7:01PM
now that you mention it.. God created man in the likeness of himself. where's the originality in that?
5-21-2008 @ 8:24PM
Still always amazed at some of the comments that get vote down. Warcraft was going to be a warhammer game originally. Why would you vote that down?
5-21-2008 @ 10:47PM
5-22-2008 @ 8:39AM
Most of the stuff in WoW can be traced way back to Norse mythology, Greek mythology, Hindu mythology, etc. etc..Pretty much everything in the sci-fi and fantasy genres are derivative of their predecessors.
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