Word of mouth,
this is what everyone is talking about.
So you can tell somebody
to tell somebody
that the next big thing
is the same old thing.
— John Reuben, "Word of Mouth"
"I invented the first-person shooter, you know. Wish I hadn't bothered now. Have you seen how many of the things there are? I expect there's even a space marine in this game somewhere."
— The Lord of Games, Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts
"The creators of the "grim and gritty" comics that followed in Watchmen's wake are like 1960s musicians who declared, "The Beatles have revolutionized popular music! We must copy their haircuts!"
— Adam Cadre
Hamilton: We're Hamilton's Hamster Helpers! We help those in trouble!
Monterey Jack: How original!
"I have all these people trying to hop aboard the Arpa express hoping that they become cool like me or earn my approval which will magically make their M.U.G.E.N video career somehow. That contest I originally held for the lulz might become the mental death of me..."
"In super happy video game land some things are about as sure as the sun coming up. One is, if a game is successful there will be a sequel, the other is if a game is successful, it will be copied."
— Bajo, Good Game 23rd November 2009 Episode
"The success of Marvels showed the Big Two that there was a market for stories set in the past starring characters that the audience had grown up with. That (Kurt) Busiek is a fantastic writer who can push characters into the future even while tying everything into older continuity (as he did in Avengers Forever) was largely ignored. All the Big Two saw were dollar signs in stories about the past. Naturally, they went too far in one direction, and now we're inundated with these kinds of comics. It's not Busiek's fault (hence the "unwittingly" in the title), but he definitely pointed the way."
— Greg Burgas, "How Kurt Busiek (unwittingly) ruined Marvel and DC superhero comics!"
"Look, I'm not gonna say you can't manufacture a guaranteed hit movie based on a mathematical formula. If you apply metrics and stastical analysis to human behavior well enough to assemble a winning baseball team out of otherwise-middling players, or correctly predict election results in defiance of once-ironclad political logic, I'm sure you can use it to make a movie.
It's just that the actual solid models for that don't actually exist yet, so Hollywood opts to use stupid models to try to achieve the same results.
For instance, if Johnny Depp clowning around in makeup and/or some kind of a stupid hat was the main shared element of three big-budget effects-driven movies based on well-known but questionably-viable nostalgia properties, then clearly this big-budget movie based on a well-known but questionably-viable nostalgia property also requires Johnny Depp and a stupid hat!"
The original Alex's face was pinned over the machinery, a human face stretched over the corporate machine to make it more acceptable. The new face looks like someone wearing a face-forming helmet, because Iron Man really made a lot of money and Hollywood really is that blatant.
"Imposter! Copycat! Your powers can't compare with mine!"
"A guy walks up to me and asks 'What's Punk?' So I kick over a garbage can and say 'That's punk!' So he kicks over a garbage can and says 'That's Punk?', and I say 'No that's trendy.'"
All The Little Mermaid did was put that godforsaken Disney musical 90s formula in place.
Something that jumps up from the crowd — only to hit its head on the ceiling — is always better in my eyes than
"Imitation is the sincerest form of television."
"Don't send in the clones—they're already here."
— Alan Chapman, "Everybody Wants To Be Sondheim"
"I know they copy WoW, and I know they do it because they hope THIS time they will take a slice of WoW market and maybe make everybody there rich.
[...] I also know with so many MMORPGs doing the same thing, they will be luck[y] if instead of a slice, they get even some crumbles."
"Find a fish tougher and more terrible than the great white."
"...most of the time, imitations can't come anywhere near the quality of that which they're attempting to capture the magic of. That's when you get The Monkees and the New Monkees trying to cash in on the success of The Beatles."
— Taylor Cocke of Joystiq, reviewing Quantum Theory
"That's how culture spreads. When someone has a new idea, it's immediately copied. It's only natural for this to happen. Your job as the original is to publish magazines that are of a higher quality."