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Signed On Jul 12, 2002, 18:05
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News Comments > etc.
2. Re: etc. Jul 13, 2011, 15:34 Parallax Abstraction
 
Silicon Avatar wrote on Jul 13, 2011, 13:23:
So basically Popcap has to make EA a ton of money or else.

Goodbye good games from Popcap. Hello cheap sequels & EA game tie-ins.


Pachter = Not credible.

That said, since PopCap hasn't had an original idea in their lives, they'll probably fit into EA nicely.
 
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News Comments > Castle Empire Revealed
1. Re: Castle Empire Revealed Jul 9, 2011, 13:36 Parallax Abstraction
 
Come Play My Lord!  
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News Comments > Battlefield 3 Specs?
24. Re: Battlefield 3 Specs? Jul 8, 2011, 15:50 Parallax Abstraction
 
The only thing I hate about requirements listings like these is they don't say what resolution they are based on. Trying to run the game as 1024x768 is a lot less demanding than 1920x1080.  
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News Comments > Deus Ex: Human Revolution Leak Lawsuit
51. Re: Deus Ex: Human Revolution Leak Lawsuit Jul 6, 2011, 17:52 Parallax Abstraction
 
So the general consensus is that it's everyone's fault except the piece of shit thieves who stole and leaked an incomplete product and that this clearly means the game will sell better, even though there's not a shred of evidence to that effect? It's beginning to sound a lot like TechDirt.  
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News Comments > 2011 Games Industry to Top $74B
21. Re: 2011 Games Industry to Top $74B Jul 6, 2011, 14:12 Parallax Abstraction
 
Fion wrote on Jul 6, 2011, 12:36:
Creston wrote on Jul 6, 2011, 11:51:

Also, $74B in revenue, and yet none of them make a profit.

Creston

It's the same kind of wackjob accounting that let Newline claim they lost money on the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

I'd like to believe it's just funny accounting and those most of these publishers are actually doing fine but look at the stock prices for EA, THQ, Ubisoft and others in recent years. Down, down, down. Funny accounting means that they made money and just make it look like they didn't, which investors know. When stock prices and market valuations are dropping, that usually means they're actually not making any real money. The board of directors and the CEO get most of their wealth from the shares they own and in recent years, all those shares have been worth less.
 
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News Comments > 2011 Games Industry to Top $74B
4. Re: 2011 Games Industry to Top $74B Jul 6, 2011, 11:48 Parallax Abstraction
 
That's $74B in revenue, not profits. Virtually all the publishers are still losing money right now. Not saying that's because of piracy (I think it largely isn't) but these numbers about how "big the industry is" are simplistic and don't tell the whole story. Mobile is also big but that's as hit driven as AAA titles are as well. 95% of the stuff that goes on iTunes or Android Marketplace doesn't make money. A few get rich, the rest get nothing. The industry can bring in as much revenue as it wants but if it still costs more to produce thees games than they're bringing in, the revenue doesn't matter.  
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News Comments > Insider: Rockstar/Team Bondi Split
17. Re: Insider: Rockstar/Team Bondi Split Jul 5, 2011, 11:46 Parallax Abstraction
 
Creston wrote on Jul 5, 2011, 10:53:
justice7 wrote on Jul 5, 2011, 10:49:
Who at R* was responsible for GTA IV?

Honestly, the story of Niko Bellec and the entirety of Liberty City was a pure work of art. I'd be very sad if Team Bondi had anything to do with GTA IV.

They didn't. 0% of Team Bondi was involved in GTA4.

As for who owns LA Noire, my guess would be either Rockstar or T2. Neither of them would have sunk money into LA Noire and then let Bondi own the property. And since R* is basically the ONLY thing that T2 has that makes money, I'd say that R* can do whatever they want with LA Noire 2.

And yes, there is an LA Noire 2 being planned (and even an LA Noire 3.)

Creston

The intro text when you first run the game says the copyright is owned by Rockstar Games, Inc. which means that yeah, they own the IP and future iterations of the series will likely be developed in house. So Team Bondi literally has nothing to offer as an acquisition. If Rockstar didn't buy them, likely their only hope is to find another publisher to bankroll their next project, who will also own that IP. Meaning that Team Bondi is really just a studio for hire that has no real value in it, especially if they keep burning through talent. Given that Rockstar funded the last several years of LA Noire's development, even with their royalties they're earning, they probably don't have much cash on hand to go without a new publisher for long.

Rockstar is infamous for their bad management and abusive treatment of their staff (see the stories about Rockstar San Diego during Red Dead Redemption's development, reports say that Rockstar Vancouver is no better) and if they are kicking Team Bondi to the curb for similar reasons, you can imagine how bad it is. I'm amazed Brendan McNamara agreed to that IGN interview. After reading that, it's pretty clear the guy is an entitled egotist who thinks he has far more talent than he actually does. He probably thinks that because of LA Noire's success, they'll have no problem landing another publisher but after these stories, I bet many companies in this now risk-averse industries won't go anywhere near him. I wouldn't be surprised if the opening of Rockstar Sydney is announced in the next few weeks (staffed with many ex Team Bondi members of course) and that Team Bondi will fail to find a publisher and burn out within the next year. They made a pretty decent game but this industry needs less people like McNamara, terrible, arrogant managers with middling game design abilities.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Consolidation
2. Re: Sunday Consolidation Jul 3, 2011, 17:19 Parallax Abstraction
 
I feel bad for the employees at Epic that weren't involved in the leak. I suspect there will be a massive inquisition there now and that management's trust of the staff and morale in general have plummeted.  
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News Comments > Saturday Metaverse
8. Re: Sunday Metaverse Jul 2, 2011, 22:00 Parallax Abstraction
 
wtf_man wrote on Jul 2, 2011, 20:33:
Parallax Abstraction wrote on Jul 2, 2011, 20:21:
Or for that matter, that Go Daddy will begin operating with a shred of business ethics? Yeah, I didn't think so either.

Never used them... what did allegedly they do that was so unethical? They seem like a popular host / registrar.

I have friends who have had GoDaddy outright refuse to transfer their domains out to other registrars or "lose" the record of the transfer multiple times. They also have horrible customer support and often bill people for canceled services. Their biggest offense (beyond what nin linked) is what's called "frontrunning". Essentially, what happens is you search for a domain name that's available. If enough people search for that but don't commit to it, GoDaddy buys the domain themselves because they know there's interest in it, then jack up the price when someone does want to buy. This violates the rules of ICANN (the international body that regulates TLDs) but since ICANN is gutless, GoDaddy has continually gotten away with this.

Bob Parsons has no business ethics and is just a piece of shit human being to boot. It's sad that he's getting rich based on the way he does business.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Metaverse
5. Re: Sunday Metaverse Jul 2, 2011, 20:21 Parallax Abstraction
 
Fion wrote on Jul 2, 2011, 16:06:
Does that mean no more of those god aweful 'Go Daddy' commercials? Thank the gods!

Or for that matter, that Go Daddy will begin operating with a shred of business ethics? Yeah, I didn't think so either.
 
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News Comments > GFW and Xbox.com Marketplaces Merging
30. Re: GFW and Xbox.com Marketplaces Merging Jul 1, 2011, 14:53 Parallax Abstraction
 
Prez wrote on Jul 1, 2011, 13:59:
Parallax Abstraction wrote on Jul 1, 2011, 13:10:
Prez wrote on Jul 1, 2011, 12:10:
So can I buy Halo 3 for PC now?

Why would you want to though?

Call me crazy ("YOU ARE CRAZY!"), but I actually want to play Halo 3 because I like the series.

Yes, you are indeed totally crazy.
 
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News Comments > GFW and Xbox.com Marketplaces Merging
11. Re: GFW and Xbox.com Marketplaces Merging Jul 1, 2011, 13:10 Parallax Abstraction
 
Prez wrote on Jul 1, 2011, 12:10:
So can I buy Halo 3 for PC now?

Why would you want to though?
 
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News Comments > F.E.A.R. 3 Patch
15. Re: F.E.A.R. 3 Patch Jul 1, 2011, 11:20 Parallax Abstraction
 
FreonTrip wrote on Jul 1, 2011, 08:38:
StingingVelvet wrote on Jul 1, 2011, 07:32:
It's funny that they fix these issues within a week and all they hear is bitching after the fact. What?

Seriously, what's with the shrill screeching? Is there never a reprieve from it on Blue's News any more?

You make it sound like there was ever reprieve from it.
 
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News Comments > Upcoming PC Shooter Tease
9. Re: Upcoming PC Shooter Tease Jun 30, 2011, 15:01 Parallax Abstraction
 
Doesn't that look an awful lot like the environment Epic was using to show off the latest version of Unreal Engine a while back?  
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News Comments > Call of Duty Convention in September
6. Re: Call of Duty Convention in September Jun 30, 2011, 12:29 Parallax Abstraction
 
Creston wrote on Jun 30, 2011, 11:46:
Parallax Abstraction wrote on Jun 30, 2011, 11:26:
Don't bother. This is purely a PR stunt. They may be giving the ticket proceeds to their charity but that's only because the PR value of the event will generate more profit than they're giving away. Kotick doesn't do anything that won't make him more money than he spends.

But the end result is that a charity gets money which it otherwise wouldn't have gotten. And that's good.

Creston


Yeah, I agree with you there. Kotick's motivations for it aside, it's better that a charity benefit than not.
 
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News Comments > Call of Duty Convention in September
3. Re: Call of Duty Convention in September Jun 30, 2011, 11:26 Parallax Abstraction
 
Creston wrote on Jun 30, 2011, 11:04:
I was about ready to burst out laughing when I saw the ticket price, but okay, it's for a worthy charity.

I'm downgrading Bobby Cocktick from Greedy Fucking Asshat to Total Fucking Asshat.

Just for today.

Creston


Don't bother. This is purely a PR stunt. They may be giving the ticket proceeds to their charity but that's only because the PR value of the event will generate more profit than they're giving away. Kotick doesn't do anything that won't make him more money than he spends.
 
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News Comments > EVE Online Player Exodus?
4. Re: EVE Online Player Exodus? Jun 28, 2011, 11:55 Parallax Abstraction
 
Not that I don't agree with many of the player frustrations but 5,000 users out of what, 250,000 that they have? I don't think CCP is too worried.  
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News Comments > Evening Safety Dance
12. Re: Mozilla retires Firefox 4 Jun 23, 2011, 10:19 Parallax Abstraction
 
Blue wrote on Jun 23, 2011, 09:13:
eRe4s3r wrote on Jun 23, 2011, 02:55:
But that said, FF5 is just FF 4.02 really why they felt the need to bump a whole 99 revisions up is a mystery, and fairly dumb.. but not really relevant. Its a security update for FF 4.01 and thus "not installing it" is not an option.

I'm guessing that browser revision numbers have recently become a "whose is bigger" contest, and they are playing catch up. Chrome is up to version 13.0.782.32 beta-m, and this is just to fight the perception for casual users that Firefox is falling behind.

That's the biggest problem. Chrome has started a new version number arms race because Google thinks that a minor update is worthy of an entire version number increase. Unfortunately, your average Joe clueless-about-technology sees bigger numbers in Chrome and thinks it must be evolving much more quickly than Firefox, even though it isn't. Google's the only one playing this game, Mozilla should just stay out of it.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
2. Re: Morning Metaverse Jun 17, 2011, 15:38 Parallax Abstraction
 
Still amazes me how far Family Guy and its associated properties have gone given that the show nor its creator have had an original idea ever.  
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News Comments > Eurogamer Blacklisted By 2K?
15. Re: Eurogamer Blacklisted By 2K? Jun 16, 2011, 14:08 Parallax Abstraction
 
Dirwulf wrote on Jun 16, 2011, 11:33:
Where are the gaming investigative journalists? They could break the gaming worlds equivalent of Payola wide open.

You can't pay for them with ad revenue.
 
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