Massively OP’s Best of 2015 Awards: Biggest Disappointment of 2015

Massively OP’s end-of-the-year awards continue today with our award for the biggest MMO disappointment of 2015.

Last year, we gave this “award” to WildStar and ArcheAge in a split vote. Disappointments can be games, launches, patches, trends, stories, sunsets, all manner of topics. All of our writers were invited to cast a vote, but not all of them chose to do so for this category. Don’t forget to cast your own vote in the just-for-fun reader poll at the very end.

The Massively OP staff pick for the biggest MMO disappointment of 2015 is…

WoW’s setbacks

disappointment

Brendan Drain (@nyphur): Elite: Dangerous. Though it officially launched in December 2014, it was too early to tell by the end of the year whether the game would live up to the promise of a massive procedurally generated galaxy. The game at launch was best described as “a mile wide and an inch deep” and I recently delved back into it again in the hope that the past year of development had changed that fact. The power play update has certainly made the universe more dynamic and put a face on the various factions vying for power in the colonised corner of the galaxy, but the fundamental flaws that were in the game at launch still exist. Unidentified signals are still spawned right in front of your ship on a timer rather than being actually located somewhere within a star system, and everything from the mission board to NPCs in a star system still re-generate when you log out and in again or enter and exit supercruise. All the NPCs needed for your missions even spawn right on top of you when you enter supercruise, which is incredibly immersion-breaking (especially if you’re in deep space with nobody around for thousands of lightyears). I should clarify that I really do enjoy Elite’s moment-to-moment gameplay and it’s very addictive, but the fundamental lack of world persistence in Elite breaks the whole concept of an immersive sandbox and the fact that it hasn’t been addressed in a full year is a huge disappointment.

Brianna Royce (@nbrianna, blog): Man I hate voting for World of Warcraft here, but I think World of Warcraft’s staggering downward subscription slide, and Blizzard’s failure to mobilize to stop it, are the most disappointing things for me. And please realize I say this not because I dislike WoW but because I do like it and frankly expect better from it and Blizzard. I don’t like to see this happen to the frontrunner in our genre; it’s deeply troubling. My second choice would be the concerning silence on EverQuest Next, which went from Most Anticipated to Where Are They Now? in the span of a single year.

Eliot Lefebvre (@Eliot_Lefebvre, blog): World of Warcraft’s content drought. The truth is that I am super excited about the next WoW expansion. I think it might be really good, even if it’s holding on to some lingering bad ideas here and there. But Blizzard’s glacial pace (puns!) needs to stop unless they really want to lose the subscription status on this game because players are just getting more and more annoyed over time. It’s like they’re the one studio in the world that doesn’t work on anything more than what’s directly in front of them; I look at what other studios do and I know that the problems the studio suffers from are not requirements, just decisions made by the team.

Jef Reahard (@jefreahard): In a year full of MMO disappointments, The Repopulation’s out-of-left-field problems take my personal cake. The indie spiritual successor to Star Wars Galaxies was doing quite well for itself and was already pretty fun to play despite needing lots of polish and refinement. Now, though, problems with the underlying Hero Engine and some lawyerly license bullcrap has apparently put the brakes on the entire project? That makes no sense, and it’s extremely irritating on multiple levels.

Justin Olivetti (@Sypster, blog): Turbine. While LOTRO had a few OK updates, Turbine as a whole had a terrible year. Infinite Crisis’ failure rippled across all of the studio’s projects and caused layoffs, and we saw very little positive coming out of the studio for the entire year. I’m starting to worry that there might not be much of a future left for this once great indie MMO studio. Also WoW and Legion: Hopefully for World of Warcraft players, Legion will be a return to quality and greatness. But I do not have much hope. World of Warcraft saw a massive, massive drop in subscribers as Warlords of Draenor got a critical drubbing, and Legion wasn’t so much exciting as barely holding the status quo.

Larry Everett (@Shaddoe, blog): I know this is highly personal, and it will probably not get many votes. I was highly disappointed in Elder Scrolls Online when the game finally launched on console in June. I expected that the veteran ranks would disappear. Unfortunately, it’s the end of the year, and we still have not see the Veteran Ranks disappear even though it was promised to us shortly after the PC launch.

Matt Daniel (@Matt_DanielMVOP): I’m probably alone in this one, but I’m gonna hafta go with the abysmal performance of Pathfinder Online. Maybe I’m the only one who didn’t see the proverbial writing on the wall, but I was at least cautiously optimistic about Pathfinder Online. Maybe it’s because of my frankly unhealthy obsession with playing assassin roles in MMORPGs, but I was especially excited that PFO had mechanics in place to allow assassins to take contracts, get paid, and even to perform assassinations while concealing their identities. Alas, it seems like my hopes are going to be dashed once again.

MJ Guthrie (@MJ_Guthrie, blog): Honestly for me the biggest disappointment was the loss of SOE Live. No convention that I have ever been to has compared to that experience, and not having it really left a hole in my year. Oh, and I know this is stating the obvious, but also tied for biggest disappointment: NO NEW EQN NEWS!

Tina Lauro (@purpletinabeans): This is a hard one… it was a relatively quiet year if nothing glaringly obvious is springing to mind, I suppose, so maybe that’s disappointing in itself? Seriously though, I had a good MMO year!

WoW’s setbacks won our vote for Biggest Disappointment of 2015. What’s your pick?

What was the biggest MMO disappointment of 2015?

  • World of Warcraft's content drought & sub losses (24%, 466 Votes)
  • Elite: Dangerous lack of world persistence (4%, 81 Votes)
  • EverQuest Next's silence (50%, 949 Votes)
  • The Repopulation's delay (4%, 69 Votes)
  • Turbine's apparent scaleback (4%, 69 Votes)
  • Elder Scrolls Online's veteran ranks (5%, 89 Votes)
  • Pathfinder Online's meltdown (2%, 38 Votes)
  • The loss of SOE Live (4%, 73 Votes)
  • Something else -- let us know in the comments. (4%, 73 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,907

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Gavin_Lafferty
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Gavin_Lafferty

spoilofthelamb I expect content droughts as well and use them to finish off goals and then play other games. 

What was unforgivable was just how bad WOD is though. I expect much more from Blizzard.

StClair
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StClair

palejens So, WildStar, then?

mysecretid
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mysecretid

For me, it was the vanishment of EverQuest Next. When they cut ties with the Storybricks people (and the innovative AI ideas they were bringing to EQN) I knew the writing was on the wall.

We’ll probably see something called EverQuest Next eventually, but I’m no longer expecting anything ground-breaking.

Necromonger
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Necromonger

Trino pls….

spoilofthelamb
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spoilofthelamb

I’ve come to expect long periods of no content in WoW – it’s my favorite time to play, actually. As someone who enjoys playing twinks and multiple alts, it’s nice to have endgame barriers get stripped so I can play all of these other well designed classes or find people in the queue for level 70 capped bgs. Since twinks have their own BGs now, everyone has Best in Slot gear, so it’s pvp without gear differences. But that’s only populated when people are bored with endgame.

For me, Turbine’s layoffs and lack of news on other projects was my biggest disappointment. I really don’t want that studio to die – DDO is amazing, and LOTRO’s still fun. We don’t need another closure. :3

Valkyriez
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Valkyriez

I’m the opposite, Witcher 3 is the best game released in the RPG genre of the last 5 years.

LordSolarMacharius
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LordSolarMacharius

Detton Few subscribers means fewer people to group with if you want to do any group content. Some servers are no virtual ghost towns. Seeing as Blizzard charges a ridiculous amount of money for server transfers and offers no bulk transfer option (for people with lots of alts), the lack of players will actually chase even more players away from the game as they get fed up with long queues and an empty world.

Adri Cortesia
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Adri Cortesia

This is just a personal pick from the fan base / players. Yes of course .. sometimes devs can be useless and they do useless sh*t and have no idea what they want or the players. But sometimes the dev team is struggeling with something in particular. The best way is to communicate with the player. anyway .. disappointment is a quishy definition. 

Can’t vote for the games up there cause I’m not interested in them.

purewitz
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purewitz

JimGriffiths As much as I like SWTOR, I do agree with you. I would love another Galactic Civil War era MMO like SWG (But maybe not so sandboxy this time around), a fully realized Clone Wars era MMO(and not the crap that SOE made for kids, even kids deserve a better MMO than SOE gave them with Clone Wars Adventures.), or I’d even be OK with a MMO set during the new Trilogy, maybe set just after the events of The Force Awakens.

wolfyseyes
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wolfyseyes

Man, can I pick two? But I went with Repopulation’s silence mostly because I touched on EQN’s dead air when I was discussing SOE going the way of the dodo.
As far as Repop is concerned, that one really kills, and I’m not even a fan of the thing despite throwing some funding its way. It ain’t my bag, but I know it appeals to many others, and nothing sucks harder than seeing potential waste on the vine. Especially when that waste isn’t really due to the developers.

TR3LON1ST
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TR3LON1ST

EQN’s silence being TOP1 actually speaks for the concept and the idea of EQN. Since it’s still in development, I don’t really see the big deal. Picture them being silent and no one caring about that… THAT would have been a disaster.

molleafauss
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molleafauss

Skyforge. The game has so many paying gateways cropping up every time, that ruin all the fun.
Also, the progression system is interesting, but in the end doesn’t help to make long-lasting teams as everyine has its own goals and look for different rewards.

MinionDave
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MinionDave

I voted “something else” , I would have to say the entire industry is a disappointment , the games and companys seem to be all clones of each other greedy money grabbing clones , nothing new nothing that hasn’t been done before .
I’m still looking for our second generation games but at this rate I could pass away before they happen :P
cheers .

Hurbster
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Hurbster

ArcheAge still wins it for another year.

ArbsX
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ArbsX

Karl_Hungus Karl & is gifs always make me smile.

Zulika_Mi_Nam
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Zulika_Mi_Nam

For me, hands down EQN….W…T…Actual…F  
The continuation of one of the original and iconic IPs that built this genre was moved from a position of the “front runner of interest” to “does it even exist now” in a matter of months -and no one outside of DNB could have seen it coming.  
It actually takes a concerted effort to stop the amount of hype inherited due to the sheer momentum built up by years of good will, nostalgia, and contagious enthusiasm of team members that have since been sent packing.
Everyone that had been involved with EQ in the past, devs and players alike, deserved better than what they received in 2015.

blackcat7k
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blackcat7k

The biggest disappointment year after year are we the players that continue to feed the shoddy workmanship and lack professionalism that many of these studios display day in and day out. Every year the advances in MMOs are more along the lines of the latest nonsense that developers somehow got players to pay for and still keep their companies afloat.

We talk about how we’re sorry that studios close but when these developers put out content and develop products in such a manner… What’s going to be the eventual outcome? It’s surely not going to be accolades and praise. How many more times do we really need to give developers the benefit of the doubt? 
It’s absolutely amazing. They have our number and they’re playing us like a fiddle. We’re at the point where we are spending money in the hope that some developer resurrects past gameplay because what’s being presented today is so damned insipid. I really wonder how much longer we’re going to reward developers for doing less.

Bannex19
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Bannex19

As far as the new poll is concerned I’d say EQN. U really really liked what I saw and was hoping it would be my new gaming staple but the silence saddens me

Kalamari
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Kalamari

Quincha Kalamari where did you say something about epic? you just wrote “new open world bosses”. and which one were epic before HoT?

Bannex19
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Bannex19

I know…

Zulika_Mi_Nam
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Zulika_Mi_Nam
GeneMartin2
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GeneMartin2

MetaDune Fair point, but I didn’t have much to look forward to this year. Catacylsm was some time ago now and I left the World of Warcraft on the wave out that caused. ESO was a disappointment in its beta period when they showed the themepark direction it was going, the pre-order BS that came with it. Wildstar disappointed me last year when they kept going yo-yo on class balance and world pvp was broken as hell.
ArcheAge was the only thing I thought would maybe improve this year after all the backlash they got, but nope. 2015 was just a lost year for me in hype. Final Fantasy XIV was pretty fun though, so least they didn’t disappoint.

MetaDune
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MetaDune

GeneMartin2 Eh that was last year and it’s still the same so what’s there be disappointed about when its been that bad for over a yr?

GeneMartin2
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GeneMartin2

ArcheAge. Honestly, I don’t think I need to say why.

ausj3w3l
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ausj3w3l

Black Deserts slow slip into themepark territory – I hope it will be good but it’s hitting all the some points that archeage did on the way down

Bingin
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Bingin

WoW deserves it pretty handily. You don’t even need to look at the rest of the genre to see how devs can do things right, the first year of Mists of Pandaria is one of the most impressive times for WoW in terms of content output and that was just back in 2013. 4 beefy patches in less than one year that came out at such a pace I always had a ton of stuff I was excited to log on and do. I went into Warlords hoping for that same quality but instead we got a single kinda alright patch (the best parts of the patch being recycled content). I am a bit more hopeful for Legion though, at blizzcon they outright admitted their patching process for Warlords was really bad (especially compared to the first year of MoP) so hopefully that won’t happen again.

Nordavind
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Nordavind

TSW going P2W.

Loopstah
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Loopstah

Siphaed Is it disappointment if you’re expecting failure? :)

peyo01
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peyo01

ArcheAge was probably my biggest disappointment this year. It was a promising game, but Trion dropped the ball on this one and seriously.
My biggest issue is the no man’s land that was their customer service. And for a game with so man issues and unsatisfied customers, it’s unforgivable.
But at least I learnt my lesson this time (I meant I should have learnt before not to trust Trion, with their lies and disrespect to their players when they disguised server merges in Rift into trial servers openings): Trion you will not get my money, not anymore.

direpath
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direpath

Definitely WoW content drought because THEY DID IT AGAIN!. Seriously…WoD was a flash in the pan after that drought, inundating us with the equivalent of facebook games as content?! Ugh. I’m still holding off on ordering Legion. WoD was my first WoW expansion pre-order since Wrath and my first ever deluxe edition purchase. With Legion, I’m going to wait until it comes out. Will I still buy it? Of course because I am a Blizzard fan boy through and through. I think they are costing themselves dearly in the loyalty department though as many people will turn away completely after this second go around of the content drought. At least last time we had more content patches before the long wait…

deekay_zero
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Kalamari deekay_zero NebHatesYou such a thing is already blatant in mmo design since the beginning.
gw2 takes it to a whole new level. and is naked about it. tho they are also habitual about saying the sky is purple on a clear summer day, as are their fans. 
case and point. 
this was already the case with gw2 before the expack. with the expack anet and their fandom outdoes themselves with all of this in hilarious fashion. 

but sure let’s pretend that no one buys gems for gold to buy items they want becuase obtaining items you want through gameplay is rather unlikely to happen. no one buys any gems at all, because they all play casually while earning enough gold to buy all the cash shop items and other stuff, and hot has no extra vertical power progression unless you’re qqing that it doesn’t in which case it does! 

so the meme parade goes. 

XD

dolan pls

Captain Crash
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Captain Crash

Bannex19 Not sure they’re MMOs man

BryanCo
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BryanCo

I wasn’t terribly disappointed with anything this year since last year ArcheAge disappointed me so much that for a long while I refused to get too interested in upcoming games.

Bannex19
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Bannex19

Can we put fallout 4 and the Witcher 3 on there? Both games have a 1 dimensional experience in an oddly limiting open world setting.
Don’t get me wrong I think the Witcher 3 had a great world and the combat is ok but after the 400th go here find clues kill this mission I’ve had enough.
Fallout 4 is basically fallout 3 with better graphics. Snoozefest galore, Bethesda struck major gold with skyrim but I think the format is now showing its age

Detton
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Detton

Why bundle the content drought with the sub loss for World of Warcraft’s point?  Why would it disappoint a person that they are losing subscribers?  You either play the game because you enjoy it or you don’t play it because you do not.  The fact that other people, unrelated to you, unknown to you, unseen to you, may not be playing – is not an issue at all.  

The content drought, though, yeah – that sucks.  They still have time to pull around a good turnaround time on Legion, but MOP has always been pessimistic about Blizzard in that, so it’s not a topic i’m going into here.  Although the fact that WoW rates so highly on the scale (but not #1, i’m shocked) means that there’s a lot of people who will be coming back as soon as Legion is shipped. (I don’t mean that cynically – it means you are interested and care obviously.)

wjowski
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wjowski

Michael18 
 It’s richly deserved.

Scarecrowe
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Scarecrowe

“Lack of new good MMOs releasing” would be my choice for 2015’s biggest disappointments.

lastoffirst
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lastoffirst

Star Citizen continuous false advertising.

Superbrak
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Superbrak

I am numb to Blizzard’s ridiculous development cycle by this point. The EQ Next mystery really, really sucks though.

JimGriffiths
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JimGriffiths

A lack of Star Wars. We need another Star Wars MMO not set in the Old Republic. It needs to be during the Clone wars era, the Rebellion, or sometime in the EU. More along the lines of SWG as well.

breetoplay
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breetoplay

Tandor Shadewalker SallyBowls1 agemyth Wratts Yeah, H1Z1 is still getting active development and that big tourney last month. It’s a Daybreak success story, the biggest one for them this year. EQN is in R&D mode and technically losing money unless they can get preorders up.
I don’t think CN would have wasted time buying SOE just to let it trickle down on the existing games. Waste of effort for very little return compared to the rest of their investments. Those guys bought DB for EQN. It’s just frustratingly slow.

Tandor Shadewalker
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Tandor Shadewalker

SallyBowls1 agemyth Wratts I certainly think that the whole gaming and business philosophy behind originally SOE and latterly DBG has changed substantially in recent years. EQ, EQ2 and even VG represented where they were at just a few years ago, while H1Z1 represents where they are at today. The problem, of course, is that Landmark and EQN as we know them doesn’t fit into either category, and it’s primarily for that reason that I believe that one is in maintenance mode while the other is vaporware.

Then again, has there been any significant advance recently with H1Z1? I don’t recall the last time I saw an article or substantial announcement here about that title? I say “title” because I’m not too sure how many of these paid-for early access “titles” actually qualify yet as “games”. Is H1Z1 a fully-fledged game yet, or is the only difference between that title and EQN that H1Z1 has a playable demo while EQN doesn’t even have screenshots?

Tandor Shadewalker
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Tandor Shadewalker

rioinsignia “Daybreak Games:   Holy crap, how the mighty have fallen.  I can’t work out whether Smedley walked because he saw that Daybreak was dragging it’s feet.   Or that Daybreak’s issues are a result of Smedley leaving.”

I don’t agree with certain aspects of the rest of your post, especially in respect of Bioware and Zenimax, but that part specifically mirrors my views on the whole DBG/EQN debacle exactly.

purewitz
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purewitz

Biggest disappointment of the year for me is Skyforge. I thought finally we’d have a quality free to play sci-fi MMO with an original story. Plus how could it suck with Obsidian’s name on it, but in the end it turned out to be one of the biggest turds of the year.

paragonlostinspace
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paragonlostinspace

alexjwillis paragonlostinspace  Oh ok, I getcha. Yeah I think the issue was that so many took D-Smart earnestly and ended up in the mud and mire with him trying to debate with him and then things got ugly. So yeah in the end we all lost, now I getcha. :)

SallyBowls1
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SallyBowls1

MikedotFoster Many new folks … in the West.  China is the largest gaming market in the world now and Bliz/TenCent seem to be situated pretty well there.

palejens
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palejens

WoW at launch was a mess.
This is a patch closer to TBC. Great fun and all (well most) bugs ironed out.
Just did The Missing Diplomat quest and I am currently working on getting my felhunter. Funfun.

alexjwillis
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alexjwillis

paragonlostinspace alexjwillis Right, but my disappointment isn’t with Smart, who is a “known commodity”. I’m just sad that the community went along with his pied piper tune. I kind of wanted there to be a collective declaration of “This is Tinfoil BS”, or something to the effect of “We should not be giving attention to one man’s axe-grinding.”
I got caught up in it like everyone else (for the early stages at least).

MikedotFoster
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MikedotFoster

SallyBowls1 This is one reason Blizz is on the right path not reporting sub numbers. Haters don’t believe them (or celebrate), actual fans don’t care, and it just creates a bunch of weird speculation for people who are bad at math and/or predicting.

paragonlostinspace
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paragonlostinspace

alexjwillis Shouldn’t be a surprise since D-Smart as you called him has long been known for his douchebaggery. :(

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