Where there’s one plagiarised source…

… there’s often two, or more. My undergraduates have taught me that time and again.

This fact holds true for the Alganon debacle as well. Let’s put aside the fact that the press release in question excerpted an earlier press release from BioWare, that the PR representative involved admitted a mistake was made, and that various internet folks think that BioWare might have stole the quote in question from a source that’s not on the internet.

Biogerm, a poster over at MMORPG.com, deserves to be recognized for uncovering even more plagiarism: it seems that the bulleted list at the end of Alganon’s press release is a pretty blatant rip of World of Warcraft‘s Feature’s page, which is nicely summarized in a lot of different places. A direct comparison after the jump.

From World of Warcraft’s listed features, copied off of Direct2Drive:

World of Warcraft Download Features

  • Adventure together with thousands of other players simultaneously.
  • Explore an expansive world with miles of forests, deserts, snow-blown mountains, and other exotic lands.
  • Choose from four realm types and find the one best suited for your own playing style: Normal, Player versus Player, Role-playing, and Role-playing Player versus Player.
  • Join the Horde or the Alliance as one of 8 playable races.
  • Select from 9 classes, including holy Paladins, shape-shifting Druids, powerful Warriors and Mages, demon-summoning Warlocks, and more.
  • Encounter many familiar and new Warcraft characters and monsters.
  • Learn the continuing story of Azeroth by completing a wide variety of challenging quests.
  • Journey through an epic world filled with dungeons of different styles and depths.
  • Explore 6 huge capital cities, which serve as major hubs for the races inhabiting them.
  • Practice various professions to help locate reagents, make and enhance custom items, acquire wealth through trade with other players, and more.
  • Purchase tickets for travel along a number of air routes flown by creatures such as Gryphons and Wyverns. For global transportation, travel by Boat or Goblin Zeppelin.
  • Once a certain level has been achieved, players can choose to purchase permanent personal mounts.
  • Establish a guild, purchase a custom guild tabard, and promote or demote recruits to different ranks within the guild.
  • Mail gold, items, or messages to other players, or send them to your own characters for easy muling.
  • Sell your items or search for items for sale via the automated auction house.
  • Locate and engage other players with easy-to-use features and tools, including chat channels, friends lists, and animated and audible character expressions.
  • Customize the game’s interface via XML.

From Alganon’s April 28th press release (italics for suspiciously-similar claims):

Game Features:

  • Adventure together with thousands of other players simultaneously.
  • Journey through an epic world filled with dungeons of different styles and depths.
  • Explore two massive continents and their huge capital cities, which serve as major hubs for the races inhabiting them.
  • Choose from two races and several classes – with more to come.
  • Encounter hundreds of interactive characters and monsters.
  • Learn the continuing story of Alganon by completing a wide variety of challenging quests.
  • Practice various trade skills to help locate reagents, make and enhance custom items, acquire wealth through trade with other players, and more.
  • A robust guild system with extensive management ability for community managers to establish rewards and ranks to suit their own tastes.
  • Enjoy hundreds of hours of gameplay with new quests, items, and adventures in static and instance areas.
  • Buy items, beef up your character etc using the Tribute micro-transaction system.
  • Enjoy hundreds of hours of gameplay with new quests, items, and adventures every month.
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4 thoughts on “Where there’s one plagiarised source…

  1. Well, I mean, if you’re copying WoW in the first place it gets pretty tough to make a list of features that don’t sound remarkably similar to the game you’ve copied. I suppose you could work hard trying to differentiate your material from WoW. Or you could just copy their feature list, edit a bit, and call it a day.

    It is interesting to see what they didn’t copy as much as what they did I suppose.

    • That’s a good point.

      I’m sort of disappointed for them – I thought the whole thing behind this relaunch was to distance themselves from the idea of being a WoW-clone.

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