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NY Times on 38 Studios

NYTimes.com offers "Curt Schilling, Rhode Island and the Fall of 38 Studios," a very lengthy and detailed look at the startup studio that ended up costing baseball star Curt Schilling and the state of Rhode Island a lot of money. Nobody comes out looking too good after all this, as the article details the na´vetÚ of game development neophyte Schilling taking on the most ambitious type of game in undertaking an MMORPG, and the sketchy history of politics in Rhode Island ("Rhode Islanders are used to being played by their politicians. What makes them cringe is the suspicion that virtually all their elected leaders might have been played by someone else."). They touch on an interstate rivalry with Massachusetts which played a part in Rhode Island's overreach here, and the behind-the-scenes machinations to facilitate the state's hefty loan to the company, which prompted the one dissenting voter to say: "Scandal finds money." The article is filled with detail on problems inherent in this situation, such as 38 Studios needing to control costs at the same time they were trying to live up to the pumped-up promise that they would bring new jobs to the state and how former 38 Studios CEO Brett Close urged releasing Amalur in smaller phases, rather than "trying to build the skyscraper horizontally and then standing it up." They sum up the current legal proceedings between Rhode Island and Schilling, and offer this interesting take: "At bottom, 38 Studios may be that rare political scandal that grew not from any lies that anyone told the public, but from the stories that desperate politicians told themselves." Thanks nin via Kotaku.

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24. Re: NY Times on 38 Studios Apr 22, 2013, 11:35 Creston
 
Beamer wrote on Apr 22, 2013, 11:26:
If only the cost for a family of four to see a game was a standard benchmark of baseball franchises.

Are you even capable of comprehending what I'm saying? The metric you provided is an AVERAGE cost, which means they literally take every single seat in the stadium, and average out the price. I've never said you CAN'T spend that.

I said if you don't feel like spending that, then don't spend it, and buy a fucking family pack. (which has admittedly gone up in price since last I was at the Rangers' ballpark, but it now also includes mandatory kids' zone tickets, which, for the Rangers at least, it never used to.)

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