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Epic Assisting Big Huge Games

An update from Dr. Michael Capps on the Epic Games Website explains how Epic Games is stepping up to the aide of Big Huge Games, the developer of Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning that was closed by the recent demise of 38 Studios. The post outlines plans to launch a new studio in Baltimore centered around the former BHG staff, and in the meantime Epic is bringing in some of them to do contract work. Here's a bit:

It’ll take a while to find space, set up desks and PCs, purchase sufficient Nerf weaponry and Dr. Pepper, etc. But some of these folks have been going too long without a paycheck to wait for that. So, as soon as we can, we’re going to try to get people working down here at Epic headquarters in Cary, NC as contractors.

There’s a million things to work out. How many of the team can we hire? What will it be called? What will they be working on? We don’t know all the answers yet. Please give us some time to figure it out; we hope to have more to share soon.

The way we see it, there’s been a big storm in Baltimore, and we’re taking in a few of the refugees — as are the awesome folks at Zynga East, Zenimax Online, and other southeastern studios. Epic’s in a situation where we can do this, and it very clearly fits with our company values, so we’re going to give it a whirl.

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51. Re: Epic Assisting Big Huge Games Jun 6, 2012, 09:51 Beamer
RollinThundr wrote on Jun 6, 2012, 00:29:

Problem with that is Beamer, alot of the "social responsibility" as you call it, is what created the whole entitlement garbage in the first place.

It's to the point where kids never learn a damn thing because they're coddled to the point of thinking the real world is sunshine and roses. Every kid gets a trophy for showing up, schools are so focused on making sure little billy doesn't get bullied that actual important things like reading and writing and math are put on the back burner. Hell words like retard are pretty much swear words at this point.

The whole Political Correctness batshittery has turned this country into a bunch of entitled spoiled brats who wouldn't know a day of hard work if it ran up and kicked them in the face. Good job liberals!

That's really your problem right there in a nutshell. Not the big bad evil rich people, and small business owners who you know.. create jobs. But hey, lets go after the rich people, and when they ship all the jobs to China and move out of the US when they're taxed to death we'll have even less jobs to cry about.

Why not do the logical thing instead, eliminate all the tax loopholes for corporations, and cut out all the ridiculous spending we do?

Oh man, you couldn't be more wrong.

1) "Entitlement" is a red herring. NO ONE WANTS TO LIVE ON WELFARE! These are people who have either failed or the system has failed. What the fuck do you want, to let them starve? Most of them have no skills and no job prospects. You think they're happy like this! Note that that isn't a question, people like you honestly think there's some kind of welfare queen sitting around super happy that she's a slug with no abilities that contributes nothing. Jesus, that's insanity!

2) You misunderstand taxation. Why are jobs going to China? To avoid taxes in many cases, true. In more cases it's to get a giant bonus. How do you avoid this? Tax the fuck out of personal income above a certain threshold. Suddenly there's less money going into the pockets of the super rich and, since it's still being earned, it needs to go somewhere. Where would it go? Growth. Would it go to China? More likely not, as the savings of sending to China are no longer all that necessary.

3) Wait, you think taxation on people is bad but companies is good? Again, Jesus, man! Jobs go to China to avoid CORPORATE taxes, not personal taxes. Don't "eliminate tax loopholes for corporations," just eliminate taxes on corporations. Get that money from individuals, who will NOT move themselves to China, rather than companies, who will move where they do business in China.

4) "Small business owner" is another red herring. Most small business owners are middle class. Most are being pushed out of business by large businesses with larger scale and global work forces managing to cut prices.

It's like you're seeing everything but looking at it backwards. It's kind of weird. I'm assuming that, since you post here, you make less than $700k/year. You realize your proportionate spending power diminishes each year while your proportionate debt grows, right? You're literally being pushed into having zero spending ability.
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