Why do so many people have the gall to compare new products and services to existing ones you could buy instead?
We were trying a new coffee bar recently, and for some reason my friend kept comparing it to Starbucks. I mean, hello, they are trying to do something entirely different with coffee here. They have some new flavors, and the logo on the cups is not the same at all. It’s not like Starbucks invented ground beans or was the first company to use those little insulating sleeves. If Starbucks is so much better, why are you still drinking your coffee?
So I changed the subject to books. My wife has me reading this teen fantasy series, and here he goes again with, “That sounds like Harry Potter.” Yes, a boy discovers he is a wizard who is supposed to save the world, and he heads off to wizard school where antics ensue, but it is so not Harry Potter. Yes, he has a comedic sidekick and a brainy friend, and with very little help from his cryptic mentor he struggles and overcomes the enemy in its dark lair, but that is just the standard Campbellian heroic story. J. K. Rowling is not the end-all and be-all of writing; it is not even terribly innovative, just a well-polished version of things you can find in a dozen previous works.
Jeez, it’s like if there is one dominant market leader, it suddenly becomes okay to use it as the basis of comparison for competing brands. Hey, Microsoft stole that OS design from Apple, so you should be talking about how similar Windows is to the Mac, not vice versa!
With apologies to our friends who have interesting versions of the argument that I heard way too many times this weekend. Do you think I heard it in or with respect to Vanguard (live), The Lord of the Rings Online™: Shadows of Angmar™ (beta), the alpha for a game still under NDA, or all three and then on the General Discussion board for every single game I play or ever have played dear god are you the same people everywhere let it go?