Clone or Stepping Stone
In a recently published article on a prominent MMOG site, being a "clone" of World of Warcraft was equated to the reason why the game failed. Cody "Micajah" Bye takes a stand against this myopic view of the MMOG marketplace and gives his reasons why certain MMOG standards are needed within current massively multiplayer games.
In the real world, a foundation of knowledge needs to be established before any innovations can ever be made. Sir Isaac Newton was particularly eloquent when he made reference to standing on the shoulders of giants to gain greater vision, and by doing so he was able to create his theories on physics and mathematics. If every game developer was forced to think of gameplay elements that were completely new, they would be facing a monstrous task that would swallow them whole.
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