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Weisman: MS "Destroyed" FASA Dev Culture

FASA Interactive founder Jordan Weisman says "When Microsoft bought FASA Interactive and incorporated it into Microsoft... the two reasons they bought us was, one, they wanted the catalogue of intellectual properties and, two, they felt that we had developed a really good development culture. And the reality is that, pretty much from the day we moved to Redmond, that development culture was destroyed," according to a new report on GamesIndustry.biz. FASA was acquired in 1999 and closed in 2007, and Weisman says: "I don't think the studio ever really had a chance. It was destroyed right in the beginning." He also describes his efforts at warning MS against destroying Bungie in the same manner, saying, "We were much better able to defend Bungie's culture than we were FASA's culture." Looking forward he repeats his eagerness to work with Piranha Games on the recently revealed MechWarrior revival and just yesterday it was announced his new company Smith & Tinker has raised $29 million USD for development of Pokemon-style games.

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95. Re: MS Aug 28, 2009, 11:20 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Take your typical gamer. He's a guy, in his 20s. He owns a laptop which is good enough for work but not for gaming. He enjoys using it to surf the web while sitting in front of the TV. It really covers all his computing needs, but not his gaming needs. He wants to play Modern Warfare 2 and no way can his laptop touch that.

I think you're over-generalizing a bit here, as I've helped others build gaming PCs before (I guess I would be that PC gamer friend from the fantasy football league). I just tell them what to buy, and sometimes have helped put it together. Often they just need a better vid card and maybe some extra RAM. But all in all, I agree that it's easier to buy a console, assuming that's the kind of gaming you like.

PC gamers either buy a PC that can play games or they build one (perhaps with help), or they aren't PC gamers. It's pretty much that simple.

The main things that make me prefer PC games, aside from the fact that I like strategy games like Sins and SupCom, is the vast amount of mod support and fixes out there. Games like Oblivion and Fallout3 would have been a complete waste of money for me on a console, as they sucked out of the box, but can be made awesome with mods. Then there's all those smaller niche games that I love that would likely never see the light of day on a console.


Edit: fixed typo
Edit: added last paragraph

This comment was edited on Aug 28, 2009, 11:30.
 
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