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If you’ve followed any of the Richard Bartle controversy in the past months, I encourage you to read on.

In response to my post the other day and subsequent response to his comment, he stopped by today to share a little bit more of himself. I wanted to share it with everyone so we could all see him in this light. If you think about it, he’s doomed to be criticized for whatever opinion he shares and that’s really an unfortunate thing. His comments today earned him more respect from me and I’d imagine they’ll do the same for you. Check it out.

I wasn’t intending to be condescending, and apologise if I came across that way.

Actually, I kinda was intending to be condescending to art snobs who refuse to see what’s before their very eyes, but I wasn’t intending to be condescending to players. Players are what make MMOs what they are (that dedication in my book, “to the players”, is genuine).

Sadly for me, there’s a preconception among many MMO commentators that I’m somehow aloof to the general player population. I don’t know how that came about, but it’s there. It means that anything I say which gets out into the public domain is viewed first and foremost with this in mind. I’m deliberately massaging my own ego, or seeking legitimacy, or trying to recapture past glories, or lording it over people.

I don’t want to be in this position. I don’t want to be relevant. Other people should be way ahead now, so when I read their articles I think, “wow, why didn’t I think of that?”. Here’s the thing: they probably are there already, only we don’t hear about them. I only have to post on a blog read by fewer than 100 people and I’m torn to shreds. Other people are probably writing great stuff elsewhere, but they’re not noticed because there’s no “young gunslinger taking down old-timer” kudos in it.

I urge you, if you see something you like, that takes MMOs in a new direction, that says something that makes you think (you don’t have to agree with it – so long as it makes you think), then please give it publicity. Then, you’ll have people who genuinely deserve your praise, not someone who is merely where they are through an accident of history. I’d much rather potter away in the garden shed of my blog than have scorn poured on me every time I open my mouth on the subject of MMOs, I can assure you..!



Thanks again for stopping by Richard.

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