Originally Posted by RoflKnife
The SAO anime is pretty bad, but I don't see how you can possibly think it's a rip off if you know anything about the .hack series. The only similarity is the MMO setting. I guess if you really want to stretch it, the getting stuck in it part.
Not to mention they both came out in 2002. Meaning SAO would have been in the works since 2001 at the earliest. But you know how butthurt fans can be, something always has to be a ripoff of something else if there's any similarity.