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News Comments > Bethesda Buys Fallout MMOG Rights
4. Re: Bethesda Buys Fallout MMOG Rights Jan 9, 2012, 19:58 Parallax Abstraction
 
Cutter wrote on Jan 9, 2012, 19:53:
Hah! Called it! I knew it was going to be less than 5 mil. I reckoned somewhere around the 2-3 million mark. So Herve and his bro get a mil each and can now fuckoff die and never darken gaming's doorway again.

That's probably exactly what will happen. None of that money will go into paying off the numerous creditors that Interplay has or actually attempting to develop anything, the Caen crooks will take it out as "bonuses" or "reimbursement" and like they've been doing for years, they'll keep drawing a salary out of Interplay until it runs out of cash, put it in Chapter 7, take a cut of the remaining assets and go retire back in France somewhere. Meanwhile, I'm still on the hook for a small business loan until 2014 because we did everything honestly, couldn't make it work and the bank made us personally guarantee it. I'm happy to live up to my obligations because I'm honest but it's hard not to be bitter when you see scumbags like this beating a dead horse and getting richer off it.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
24. Re: Morning Consolidation Jan 9, 2012, 19:50 Parallax Abstraction
 
DangerDog wrote on Jan 9, 2012, 18:06:
nin wrote on Jan 9, 2012, 09:54:
Xbox 720 rumoured to be tablet based.

Please no.

Oh, but I couldn't be happier.

I'd love to see all these next gen consoles fail HARD!

Then enjoy seeing virtually no AAA games released anymore. Like it or not, consoles are where those titles make the majority of the money that allows them to continue being made. No consoles, no AAA budgets, nothing for your high-end gaming PC to run. Though it seems the majority of the mainstream seems content to play depthless crap like Angry Birds and Infinity Blade anyway...
 
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
1. Re: Evening Consolidation Jan 6, 2012, 20:15 Parallax Abstraction
 
Pachter all but assured of having no opinions of value, says anyone with a brain.  
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
4. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Jan 6, 2012, 15:52 Parallax Abstraction
 
Lokust wrote on Jan 6, 2012, 11:09:
I'll never buy a Silicon Knights game as long as they continue to blame Epic for their own sucking at game development. How many other licensees managed to make great games just fine? It's also hilarious that if you google them the search entry describes them as "developers of Metal Gear Solid series." Uh, hey guys, you ported a game. Way to misrepresent yourselves.


Not that I totally side with Silicon Knights here but there case is not without merit. There were a lot of developers at that time who came out publicly and said that UE3's initial release simply wasn't ready for PS3 and that Epic didn't deliver on promised dates for it. I think SK probably went too far and yeah, it's pretty clear a lot of this has to do with Dyack's frustration with how badly Too Human did but yeah, their claims aren't 100% BS.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
3. Re: Morning Metaverse Jan 4, 2012, 19:54 Parallax Abstraction
 
jdreyer wrote on Jan 4, 2012, 17:22:
nin wrote on Jan 4, 2012, 10:21:
Big-name US journos form new game site.


So that's where Crecente went.

Yeah, and The Escapist's Russ Pitts and Arthur Gies from the Rebel FM podcast will be there too. No Jeff Green?

I'm excited for this new venture. A lot of this staff are responsible for some of the sites that embody everything wrong with game journalism (Kotaku, Joystiq and some from IGN) and Arthur Gies isn't a fraction as talented as he thinks he is but when these guys are allowed to control their own message and aren't being managed by a large, clueless media company, I think some amazing stuff could happen. I'm anxious to check it out, more sites with independent voices like Giant Bomb are needed.
 
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News Comments > Bethesda & Interplay Fallout Settlement Nears?
23. Re: Bethesda & Interplay Fallout Settlement Nears? Dec 29, 2011, 16:14 Parallax Abstraction
 
Krovven wrote on Dec 29, 2011, 15:48:
Dev wrote on Dec 29, 2011, 15:37:
No, he was the one that drove the company into the ground in the first place. He's sticking around to milk every last dollar from its corpse.

Interplay went public, with shares sold on the NASDAQ Stock Exchange, in 1998, changing its name to "Interplay Entertainment Corp." The company then reported several years of losses, as titles such as Descent 3 and FreeSpace 2 had lackluster sales[citation needed], despite being critically acclaimed.

In 2001, French publisher Titus Interactive completed its acquisition of majority control of Interplay. Immediately afterwards, they shed most of its publisher functions and signed a long-term agreement by which Vivendi Universal would publish Interplay's games. Founder Brian Fargo eventually departed as Titus had changed Interplay's main focus from PC Gaming to Console Gaming.[7] However, Titus went through financial and legal difficulties, culminating in a close of business in 2005 after unsuccessfully trying to sell Interplay. Titus left many of its employees, both local and the international wholly owned developers, without redundancy or owed back-pay, and left creditors with large debts.

Note: As I already said, Interplay was done when it was "taken over" in 2002. They didn't have money to continue operations when Titus took over.

Im not going to keep arguing this as people have been arguing with me about it for 2+ years every time there is a story about this. Courts keep ruling in favor of Interplay, not Bethesda. I know Im in the minority when it comes to disliking Bethesda and their games, so nothing new there.



You keep assuming that this has something to do with liking a company's games or not and it doesn't. This is about the facts, I could care less about how the games are and you simply are ignoring the facts. Interplay wasn't bankrupt when they were bought, nothing you quoted says that. They were losing money yes but Titus came in and bought them through a hostile takeover, something they themselves couldn't really afford at the time, they just wanted another corporate entity to string along because Titus was rapidly crashing around them. And you continue to dance around the fact that the Caen's have been milking more money out of Interplay than they are spending on either new game development or on paying off the company's debts. They left employees and shareholders with nothing while keeping what little money is left for themselves but you keep insisting they are to be admired for trying to "save the company". Sorry, you are simply wrong on that. I'm not a fan of the way Bethesda treats their customers but the Caens are bad people who did to this company what Lay and Skilling did to Enron or what numerous Wall Street banks have done, just on a smaller scale. It boggles my mind that you would defend them.
 
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News Comments > Bethesda & Interplay Fallout Settlement Nears?
19. Re: Bethesda & Interplay Fallout Settlement Nears? Dec 29, 2011, 15:06 Parallax Abstraction
 
Krovven wrote on Dec 29, 2011, 14:25:
Parallax Abstraction wrote on Dec 29, 2011, 12:57:
[Umm...you're wrong there. Brian Fargo was the guy who started Interplay and built it up to what it was. The Caen brothers took control much later (this was also easy to find by searching, though Interplay was already struggling a bit before then) and basically ran the company into the ground, along with Titus.

I stand corrected on Caen bros. being around during Interplays heyday. But to correct you, they had nothing to do with the downfall of Interplay. That had already happened which was why the company was sold to begin with, under Fargo's reign. Titus just put the nail in the coffin. Caen's have been trying to save the company and rebuild, which as I said before I have a ton of respect for.



No, they really didn't. Interplay was struggling, it was not on the brink of failure when it was sold to the Caen brothers. Under the Caen's leadership, losses widened, the stock price tanked and employees and shareholders were left unpaid while (as stated above), they continued to draw more salaries between them than were being spent on actually trying to make games. How is that saving anything? Do you really believe that drawing a half a million dollars salary with a stock price under one cent makes sense?
 
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News Comments > Bethesda & Interplay Fallout Settlement Nears?
11. Re: Bethesda & Interplay Fallout Settlement Nears? Dec 29, 2011, 13:17 Parallax Abstraction
 
FYI, Eric Caen is Herve's brother. He was the CEO of Titus when it was failing, Herve was the Interplay CEO. Eric has also produced a couple of Interplay's crappy WiiWire efforts of late I believe. And yeah, Dev's digging into the reports has revealed pretty much everything one needs to know what scum they are. If you're paying yourself more than you're spending on everything else (including reducing the company's substantial debt), you're crooked.  
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News Comments > Bethesda & Interplay Fallout Settlement Nears?
7. Re: Bethesda & Interplay Fallout Settlement Nears? Dec 29, 2011, 12:57 Parallax Abstraction
 
Krovven wrote on Dec 29, 2011, 12:39:
Parallax Abstraction wrote on Dec 29, 2011, 12:19:
From what I've read, you may very well be right. It's just a shame that the victors in this will be the scumbag Caen brothers who drove Interplay into the ground, shafting their investors and employees in the process. There are few less deserving of continuing to draw a salary than they are.

The company may have fallen from it's once great status. Those are the guys that also got it there in the first place. I have huge respect for them for not folding up, selling off everything and walking away with what was left over. Instead they have been trying to rebuild the company from basically nothing, and Bethesda has been trying to bully them and force them to waste money on frivolous lawsuits.

Bethesda may get lots of respect from the masses, but I've never really been a fan of their games, so I can look at this in a more objective light. Bethesda was trying to steal back the Fallout MMO rights by being a bully and I'm just not cool with that. Any other company should think twice about getting into any sort of deal with them if this is the kind of business they run.



Umm...you're wrong there. Brian Fargo was the guy who started Interplay and built it up to what it was. The Caen brothers took control much later (this was also easy to find by searching, though Interplay was already struggling a bit before then) and basically ran the company into the ground, along with Titus. After crashing Titus, they had themselves appointed the bankruptcy trustees and then transferred all the assets (but none of the debts) to Interplay, leaving Titus shareholders and employees holding the bag. Most Interplay employees also found themselves locked out when they showed up for work one day (because the landlord had locked the doors due to unpaid rent) and most of them never got a dime of severance of back pay. The Caen brothers are corporate crooks, they are simply trying to keep Interplay afloat so they can draw paycheques for as long as possible.

I'm not disagreeing that Bethesda may be trying to take advantage of their weak position or that Bethesda doesn't have its own issues with how it treats customers but the Caens are not good guys here. If anything, former Interplay investors and staff deserve the settlement money, the Caens should be out on their asses.
 
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News Comments > Bethesda & Interplay Fallout Settlement Nears?
3. Re: Bethesda & Interplay Fallout Settlement Nears? Dec 29, 2011, 12:19 Parallax Abstraction
 
Krovven wrote on Dec 29, 2011, 12:11:
No matter how much you want to trash Interplay, they've been in the right almost every step of the way in these proceedings, and I've been saying so since the beginning. Bethesda was trying to bully them to take control of what was never rightfully theirs and has been turned down by the courts consistently. Bethesda broke the terms of the contract by suing and harassing Interplay and should lose the game/IP rights, reverting them back to Interplay.



From what I've read, you may very well be right. It's just a shame that the victors in this will be the scumbag Caen brothers who drove Interplay into the ground, shafting their investors and employees in the process. There are few less deserving of continuing to draw a salary than they are.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
1. Re: Morning Mobilization Dec 23, 2011, 11:06 Parallax Abstraction
 
I love how the majority of that story is not about the explosion or the injured workers but how it might affect supply of the device none of them will ever make enough money to afford. But at the end, they give a little one sentence blurb about how employees should be protected. Nice to know where priorities are. But I mean, these workers are all the way over in China, it's not like they know any of them right?  
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News Comments > EA/Activision Lawsuit Moves Forward
18. Re: EA/Activision Lawsuit Moves Forward Dec 23, 2011, 08:02 Parallax Abstraction
 
InBlack wrote on Dec 23, 2011, 07:38:
ASeven you are preaching to the choir man. I cant believe you totally missed my point.

Corporations cant be evil, because they ARENT human.

You are correct. The corporate entity doesn't make evil decisions, the people running it do. The obvious problem is that in our current society, the people who do make the decisions are no longer held accountable because they hide behind "corporate personhood". If a corporation can't share the same responsibilities as people, they shouldn't get to be considered people.
 
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News Comments > Star Wars: The Old Republic Launches
38. Re: Star Wars: The Old Republic Launches Dec 20, 2011, 15:36 Parallax Abstraction
 
Undocumented Alien wrote on Dec 20, 2011, 10:22:
Star Wars: Attack of the Queues


You fought in the Queue Wars?
 
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News Comments > CD Projekt Versus File-Sharers?
29. Re: CD Projekt Versus File-Sharers? Dec 15, 2011, 08:48 Parallax Abstraction
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Dec 15, 2011, 02:02:
Wow, that is truly unreal.. i mean sure you get seized your driving license if you go 50km/h above the limit here (germany) (if its in a city or town) but a 10000$ fine? Seizure of the VEHICLE? What kind of punishment is that?

That is just way way too harsh a punishment for a petty offense

It was a stupid reactionary move for our inept provincial government to a sudden (and temporary) rise in deaths that were attributed to street racing a few years back. If you do 50 over the limit, you're considered to be "racing", even if it's just you doing it and they felt they had to "get tough on street racing" which is why they passed this stupid law. Of course, it hasn't done anything to deter idiots who race on public streets (at least not in Ottawa where I live) and you know, a real solution like subsidising one of the multiple proposals that were offered to build public tracks where these people could race safely off the streets were never considered. And this province just voted that idiot in again!
 
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News Comments > MW3 Beats Avatar to $1B
23. Re: MW3 Beats Avatar to $1B Dec 12, 2011, 14:27 Parallax Abstraction
 
Bludd wrote on Dec 12, 2011, 10:37:
Who are buying all these games? I don't know anyone who has bought this game.

The same people who buy Angry Birds. MW3 has a hardcore following but it's one of the few "hardcore games" that's managed to make a mainstream transition. If you are one of the millions of console owners who bought the system but only buy one or two games a year for it, you're probably buying this. Like Angry Birds, it doesn't matter that it's not very good or that there's a ton of better choices, it's a household name and that alone sells it.
 
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News Comments > BioWare Developing C&C Generals 2 for 2013
15. Re: BioWare Developing C&C Generals 2 for 2013 Dec 11, 2011, 19:14 Parallax Abstraction
 
A PC exclusive by EA in this day and age after the bomb of C&C4? I'll be amazed if this isn't some kind of free to play thing.  
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News Comments > Epic's Fortnite Announced
11. Re: Epic's Fortnite Announced Dec 11, 2011, 19:13 Parallax Abstraction
 
No platforms announced either. $20 this launches on iOS and will only come to other platforms if it does well there first.  
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News Comments > Saturday Consolidation
12. Re: Saturday Consolidation Dec 11, 2011, 12:06 Parallax Abstraction
 
The THQ executives have been trying a bunch of new stuff the last couple of years but almost none of it has worked out. If they want to have a pray of saving themselves, especially when costs go up more in the next console generation, I think Farrell, Bilson et al. need to be replaced. They're clearly not up to maintaining consistent growth.  
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News Comments > NPD: November Sales Up
3. Re: NPD: November Sales Up Dec 10, 2011, 10:00 Parallax Abstraction
 
theyarecomingforyou wrote on Dec 9, 2011, 23:41:
So Pachter was out by 12 percentage points (or 330%) in his prediction? It's annoying that he is quoted as an "expert". And I assume, as usual, that these figures don't even account for digital distribution?

NPD is a useless metric in the digital distribution era and Pachter, well he's just useless. Most "experts" quotes in the media are BS and Pachter's found a way to take his analyst day job (which is just professional BSing anyway) and extend it into a lucrative side career getting quoted by the lazy gaming press.
 
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News Comments > Unrated Postal III by Christmas
11. Re: Unrated Postal III by Christmas Dec 9, 2011, 13:54 Parallax Abstraction
 
You're kidding right? Postal 2 wasn't different, it was a horrible shooter layered on top of worse humour. It was Bulletstorm, only even more low brow and with worse mechanics. There's nothing different about this. I'm all for them making the games they want to make, that doesn't make them good games.  
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