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Alganon (ALG)
Quest Online
MMORPG | Setting:Fantasy | Status:Cancelled  (est.rel 12/01/09)  | Pub:Quest Online
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N3rfed Blog: John Smedley's Never Been to New Orleans

Posted by Michael Bitton on May 12, 2010  | Comments

N3rfed Blog: John Smedley's Never Been to New Orleans -

We recently reported on an issue of potential plagiarism with regards to Quest Online's marketing for Alganon. The content in question was a press release issued to announce the re-launch of Alganon, which read quite similarly to a press release issued in 2008 for BioWare's Star Wars: The Old Republic, prompting Derek Smart to respond and provide his take on the situation. It appears, perhaps, that not everything adds up.

Derek's response made note that the controversial bit of the Alganon  press release was actually originally stated by John Smedley at the 2004 SOE Fan Faire in New Orleans. We've since attempted to verify this and have not been able to find much of anything, however, a blog post on the n3rfed blog claims to have contacted John Smedley regarding the aforementioned statement and received this in response:

Um. I've never been to New Orleans. That was the one year I missed it for family reasons ;)

I have no idea of [sic] I ever said that. But given that he's attributing it to me in new orleans I doubt it. Maybe I said it some other year.

As the blog points out, perhaps Smedley did, perhaps Smedley didn't, but the real point here is: where is Derek Smart's source?

Michael Bitton / Michael Bitton / Michael began his career at the WarCry Network in 2005 as the site manager for several different WarCry fansite portals. In 2008, Michael worked for the startup magazine Massive Gamer as a columnist and online news editor. In June of 2009, Michael joined as the site's Community Manager. Follow him on Twitter @eMikeB