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1   POSTED: 16 Jun 2011 16:55

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In what I’m hoping is a baffling joke, Fox has unveiled plans to launch a massively multiplayer online game based on animated sitcom Family Guy.

In case you’ve somehow avoided the show for the last decade, Family Guy is an animated pastiche of sitcom cliches, obscure references to the 1980s and cast members from other, now-defunct Fox programs.

So far, almost nothing is known of Family Guy Online. In truth, the game’s existence as of now is contained entirely within the newly-launched Family Guy Online website.

The site asks fans to register for a chance to join an upcoming beta test of the game, though offers no dates for when this beta test will take place. Likewise, the closest the site gets to throwing fans a release date is the nebulous “coming soon.”

By contrast, the game’s Facebook site claims Family Guy Online will appear in “Fall 2011,” so that’s something at least.

Family Guy aficionados may recall that this is not the first time Fox’s most recent attempt to recreate the success of The Simpsons has entered the virtual world. In 2006, a game based on the series was released for the PlayStation 2, original Xbox and PSP. The Xbox iteration, which is apparently the best version of the game, currently commands a 53/100 rating among professional gaming critics on Metacritic.

“Maybe those poor scores are the result of a bad developer,” I hear the Internet shouting. That’s entirely possible. Developer High Voltage Software has never created a game that one might consider a “classic.” So who is handling development on Family Guy Online?

I wish I had an answer for you, but that’s a mystery. Nowhere does Fox reveal this information. If they handed the property to an established development studio you’d think they’d mention that somewhere, wouldn’t you?

I’ll admit, my cultural elitism biases me against anything Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane is even remotely involved with. The man has the hubris to remake The Flintstones , for Dino’s sake!

Still, forgetting my own personal proclivity toward wit, this entire MMO project smacks of cheap cash-in. I’m withholding official judgment until release (or, at the very least, until we get some screenshots and gameplay details), but until then my sense of superiority will be set at maximum smugness.

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2   POSTED: 16 Jun 2011 17:04

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I hope this is a horribly, horrible joke…

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4   POSTED: 16 Jun 2011 17:08

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About the only logical way this can be conceived is a similar basic type game set up in an exonauts from CN fashion

The original game illustrated how this doesnt work well. especially when you play it and reallize your doing a lot of nonsensical garbage that has little or nothing to do with the world its supposed to be set in.

Dear fox… you can only milk so much of of Seth Mcfarlane, no matter how much he begs for more punishment.

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5   POSTED: 16 Jun 2011 17:08

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So… collect x amount of penis jokes? I don’t even know how that would work.

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8   POSTED: 16 Jun 2011 17:10

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if this is a joke, it’s about as funny as the show

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9   POSTED: 16 Jun 2011 17:11

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…Really Fox?

A Family Guy MMO?

How does that even make sense?

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13   POSTED: 16 Jun 2011 17:13

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Whoever came up with this seriously needs to fired.
Along with the person who gave it a green light.
I mean… this cannot end up in another way than disaster, it just can’t.

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15   POSTED: 16 Jun 2011 17:14

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Hey Brian, remember that time when we all decided to build a Family Guy game?
I don’t seem to be able to, for some reason.
Make sure it stays that way.

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17   POSTED: 16 Jun 2011 17:21

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While I hope this is a joke, I’m also curious as to how are they gonna squeeze any gameplay from that show. Perhaps I’m better off not knowing.

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19   POSTED: 16 Jun 2011 17:22

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No. No no no no no no no. Just… no.

Please, let this be a joke. Family Guy is awful, and ubiquitous enough as it is; I don’t think I could handle an MMO of it. Please… kill it with fire.

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21   POSTED: 16 Jun 2011 17:27

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So… The network whose news channel continually trashes and belittles video games, on the basis that they are violent, pointless and damaging, is proceeding to create an MMO, based on a vulgar, violent and crude television show?

Hypocrisy, Thy name is…

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23   POSTED: 16 Jun 2011 17:30

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I don’t see any gameplay.

at all.

so yea, bad idea Fox, go back to creating sensationalist nonsense.
Or don’t. That’d be good too

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26   POSTED: 16 Jun 2011 17:47

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I’m so going to roll a giant chicken.

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28   POSTED: 16 Jun 2011 17:56

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… a huh…

Some time ago, on these very forums, in reference to a discussion about whether or not to make a Half-Life MMO I said something to the effect of “I can’t imagine an established IP that could be less suited for an MMO.”

So thanks, Fox, for showing me that no matter how low your expectations someone, somehow, can always do worse .

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30   POSTED: 16 Jun 2011 18:03

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Woudn’t it be great if after a few months after launch FOX releases a story about how Family Guy Online corrupts kids?

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32   POSTED: 16 Jun 2011 18:14

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Whoever came up with this seriously needs to fired.
Along with the person who gave it a green light.
I mean… this cannot end up in another way than disaster, it just can’t.

if it’s targeting the LCD then there will be no problem with it having success.

we’re talking about the same people who make Transformers 2, Pirates movies, Cash-In of Duty, and Twilight successful.

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34   POSTED: 16 Jun 2011 18:23

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I also hope this is a joke…

…but nonetheless I already registered for Beta.

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