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[Kotaku]Titan Lead-Designer laid off?

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MMO specialist website Massively claims that, according to a "tipster", Blizzard's John Staats has been laid off. Who is John Staats? Only the senior level designer of the company's next big MMO, the successor to World of Warcraft.
Source - http://kotaku.com/5857311/senior-des...t-mmo-laid-off

Thoughts?
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He was either on the side of making a nearly 100% Wow clone or on making a 100% new kind of mmo game, and which ever it was, it was the opposite of what management wanted. Wait, Titan.........isn't that the rumored FPS MMO?
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Thoughts?

Some guy got fired from the design of a game I've seen nothing of.
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Thoughts?

Some guy got fired from the design of a game I've seen nothing of.
Or your thoughts on what impact it might have, why he got laid off?

You know, those thoughts, those that you have but have too much pride to post? Yeah those.
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Thoughts?

Some guy got fired from the design of a game I've seen nothing of.
You haven't heard that Blizzard is developing another MMO to compete with the largest MMO to-date, which they also created?

Seriously?
 
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Or your thoughts on what impact it might have, why he got laid off?

You know, those thoughts, those that you have but have too much pride to post? Yeah those.
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Pride, noun:
  1. A feeling or deep pleasure or satisfaction derived from one's own achievements, the achievements of those with whom one is closely associated, or from qualities or possessions that are widely admired
  2. The consciousness of one's own dignity
Are you saying that I derived too much deep pleasure and satisfaction from my achievement of not having any other thoughts on the matter, or that I am too consciousness of my own dignity to post further thoughts?


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Thoughts?

Some guy got fired from the design of a game I've seen nothing of.
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You haven't heard that Blizzard is developing another MMO to compete with the largest MMO to-date, which they also created?

Seriously?
I see what you did there.
post #7 of 15
Personality or ideaology clash. My bet is ideaology. He either wanted a difficult game to draw out the hardcores and give birth to a game with challenge, where even maxing your level was difficult (which would of course have a low, but dedicated population) and the brass disagreed, or he wanted another cheesy, easy, casual game where you can buy vanity crap all day long and the brass wanted a good game. Guess which is more likely....
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It's an interesting turn to say the least. I wonder if he will spill any info as to what the MMO is about, or what it might even be called? (inb4 the "IT'S TITAN YOU FAG") Titan is the code name, not the product name.
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It's an interesting turn to say the least. I wonder if he will spill any info as to what the MMO is about, or what it might even be called? (inb4 the "IT'S TITAN YOU FAG") Titan is the code name, not the product name.
He's probably had to sign a watertight NDA or something simular drawn up by CraptivisionBlizzard's army of lawyers.

They wouldn't just rashly fire a guy if there was a chance of their biggest kept secret getting out.
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Maybe he outlived his usefulness to them... He's super rich already anyways so. Imagine his unemployment checks, wow (oh look, a pun).
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