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News Comments > THQ Postmortem
28. Re: THQ Postmortem Feb 1, 2013, 12:46 killer_roach
 
Creston wrote on Feb 1, 2013, 12:41:
Beamer wrote on Feb 1, 2013, 12:01:
Creston wrote on Feb 1, 2013, 11:31:
Publishers add nothing to the gaming industry.

Creston

Except for, you know, the capital required to make a game like GTA, Saints Row, etc.

Had there been no publishers, that capital would still be there. Either it would have come from previous sales (like it does now), or from venture capitalists investing in the gaming industry (like it does now). Or do you think that RICIETOEOETELELLOo coughs it up out of his own pocket or something?

The article mentions that THQ's publishing part was THREE-HUNDRED people. That's 300 salaries and benefits etc that every single game published by THQ has to cover. Imagine if that hadn't been there. The reason EA never makes any money (other than the fact that it's fudging the books) is because there's about 1800 parasites hanging like remoraz off every game they make.

Creston

Basically, publishers are venture capitalists with sector-specific marketing and logistics expertise. In the event of the failure of an EA or an Activision, I think that leaves enough of a void for one of the previously-mentioned mid-size players to try to step up, or for an actual venture capital firm to acquire the industry-specific talent to run some stuff from their end.

In short, meet the new boss, same as the old boss.
 
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News Comments > THQ Postmortem
16. Re: THQ Postmortem Feb 1, 2013, 01:45 killer_roach
 
bhcompy wrote on Feb 1, 2013, 00:35:
bad, late, or otherwise inferior titles like Homefront,

Homefront wasn't bad or inferior. Maybe a little late, but otherwise a pretty good game. Problem is that every publisher wants home runs, not good games. If it ain't selling like Call of Duty, might as well not make it I guess

Basically Homefront was a "me too" entry in the genre - and you can't really go up against the CoDs and Halos of the world without something that comes off as being truly unique. (If anything, I almost wonder if it would've been a better product if they fleshed out the single-player a bit more, even if it meant axing the multi.)
 
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News Comments > THQ Postmortem
11. Re: THQ Postmortem Jan 31, 2013, 22:56 killer_roach
 
Dev wrote on Jan 31, 2013, 22:51:
killer_roach wrote on Jan 31, 2013, 22:03:
I think EA hate is largely irrational (since I have no love lost for any of the major publishers), but the fact remains that there's a lot of mismanaged firms in the industry that continue soldiering on.
I disagree. There's a LOT of stuff EA has done in the past, and continues to do, that makes them one of the worst. I think a lot of the EA hate is based on personal experience with them.

Activision and Ubisoft say hi. The fact that everybody goes after EA seems to excuse these companies' egregious behavior.
 
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News Comments > Steamships Ahoy - Retrovirus
2. Re: Steamships Ahoy - Retrovirus Jan 31, 2013, 22:41 killer_roach
 
Seeing the video for that... not sure I'll grab it quite yet, but I do like the look of it.  
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News Comments > THQ Postmortem
6. Re: THQ Postmortem Jan 31, 2013, 22:03 killer_roach
 
Dev wrote on Jan 31, 2013, 21:36:
Beamer wrote on Jan 31, 2013, 21:22:
Yeah, I was saying that whenever people cheered THQ burning.
I get EA hate. I myself have an extreme dislike for them.

But I still don't get the THQ hate.

I think EA hate is largely irrational (since I have no love lost for any of the major publishers), but the fact remains that there's a lot of mismanaged firms in the industry that continue soldiering on.

At least THQ, mismanagement aside, put out a handful of decent games and largely didn't insult the intelligence of their customers.
 
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
4. Re: Forza Motorsport 4 February Jalopnik Car Pack Revealed and Trailer. Jan 31, 2013, 21:58 killer_roach
 
SirKnight wrote on Jan 31, 2013, 20:50:
They really need to add the 2014 Corvette Stingray to Forza 4, like GT5 did. I'd also like to see it in Forza Horizons.

But why do that when you can just reskin already-present cars and sell them for full price?
 
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News Comments > Zowie Bowie Directing Warcraft
17. Re: Zowie Bowie Directing Warcraft Jan 31, 2013, 17:08 killer_roach
 
Creston wrote on Jan 31, 2013, 14:51:
InBlack wrote on Jan 31, 2013, 09:47:
Zowie Bowie...no wonder he changed his name. I really dig and respect his dad's music, but giving your kid a name like that is stupid as fuck...

Since his dad called himself "Ziggy Stardust" for awhile, I think Zowie was glad he got called Zowie, rather than "SnortBubbles" or something.

Creston

Even still, he changed his name to use his dad's birth surname. Obviously he wasn't that bothered by the association with his father.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Tech Bits
4. Re: Saturday Tech Bits Jan 26, 2013, 23:11 killer_roach
 
PHJF wrote on Jan 26, 2013, 21:13:
When my 8800 Ultra died a couple of years ago I put in a gtx 460 and saw a very nice improvement.

Exact same move I made, except I'm *still* rockin my q6600. Been sitting on 4GB of PC6400 for as many years as the processor. Patiently waiting for some "next next gen" games to force an upgrade...

Yeah, I had a Q6600 that I was just fine on, but my brother wanted a newer desktop, I saw the Sandy Bridge CPUs, and told him I'd sell him my old hardware so I could get a 2600K.

Now two years in on that, and I doubt I'll be upgrading the CPU in my desktop anytime soon (might think about a GPU upgrade in a year or two, but even that's not much of a priority at the moment).
 
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News Comments > THQ Breakup Details Confirmed
29. Re: THQ Breakup Details Confirmed Jan 24, 2013, 17:52 killer_roach
 
jacobvandy wrote on Jan 24, 2013, 16:44:
killer_roach wrote on Jan 24, 2013, 15:42:
You really think they'd move the franchise away from CA?

How about a collaboration on Total Warhammer 40k? CA handles the scope and scale of the campaign map and all those political and economic interactions, while Relic figures out a way to make real-time battles with thousands of troops much less tedious and boring than it often turns out to be.

That sounds absolutely bats*** insane.

Not surprisingly, I love it.
 
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News Comments > THQ Breakup Details Confirmed
25. Re: THQ Breakup Details Confirmed Jan 24, 2013, 15:42 killer_roach
 
StingingVelvet wrote on Jan 24, 2013, 15:38:
Sega getting Relic is awesome, looking at Total War. I hope they buy the Homeworld IP when the legacy IPs go on sale.

You really think they'd move the franchise away from CA?

Agreed on Sega buying Homeworld, though, although I'm still surprised Sega ended up being the big winner out of this, considering they're typically thought of as struggling pretty mightily themselves.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
38. Re: Morning Consolidation Jan 22, 2013, 22:04 killer_roach
 
Creston wrote on Jan 22, 2013, 16:22:
jdreyer wrote on Jan 22, 2013, 01:49:
Given the dominance such a merger would produce, I suspect in the US anyway, that it would be blocked by the FTC.

I wonder if the FTC would care. It's not as if MS and Sony are Telcoms or Cable providers.

Creston

A joint venture would be reasonably unlikely for the FTC to intervene, although they would be likely to examine it to some extent. Keep in mind that Nintendo is still a non-trivial entity in the market, and such a joint venture would be done more out of cost consolidation to both parties (to minimize risk exposure) than to shut competitors out of the market.

Typically speaking, dominant market positions aren't by themselves grounds for concern, but rather what is done with them. In the case of FTC inquiry, Sony and MS would both point out Nintendo's presence in the market as well as the fact that the major publishers have been working more and more in the mobile space, and that the console gaming market is simply a sub-sector of the videogame market as a whole.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
34. Re: Morning Consolidation Jan 21, 2013, 23:35 killer_roach
 
Prez wrote on Jan 21, 2013, 22:13:
nin wrote on Jan 21, 2013, 20:23:
xXBatmanXx wrote on Jan 21, 2013, 20:13:
Thoguht for sure that xbox article would require a Patcher tag - but it isn't a Patcher article. Very surprising.

I agree - it certainly sounded like one.


Haha - I immediately assumed it was a Pachter projection myself. I can maybe see MS eventually wanting to stop losing money on Xbox, but being bought by Sony? Ridiculous.

If I were to put on my market analyst hat (probably no more accurate than Pachter, but I'm on record with a few hits as of late), I'd think Apple might be a buyer, but their recent market trajectory may make them a bit skittish. As a result, I would think that Microsoft's most likely play to minimize their downside exposure from the Xbox brand would be to enter into a joint venture with Sony, which would give both companies the benefit of considerable amounts of developer relationships and a nearly unassailable market position.
 
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
6. Re: Steam Top 10 Jan 21, 2013, 22:27 killer_roach
 
DangerDog wrote on Jan 21, 2013, 19:58:
Does that somehow confirm the sales for all these games were in the single digits?


It might be based on global sales, and Euro Truck Simulator 2 might well appeal to the large Steam community in Russia.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
1. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 19, 2013, 17:32 killer_roach
 
The "Eight Signs Your Cat Is Actually A Dog" video basically describes my cat, other than the panting (he doesn't do that, but everything else... although his growl is absolutely pathetic).  
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News Comments > Disney Infinity Details, Including Pricing
10. Re: Disney Infinity Details, Including Pricing Jan 17, 2013, 23:23 killer_roach
 
Beamer wrote on Jan 17, 2013, 09:51:
Eh. It's a perfect thing for kids, so long as the game itself is good. They eat Skylanders up (and it's supposedly a good game), and people I know with kids keep buying them stupid stuffed animals that plug into the computer. Don't know the name, but I guess kids go nuts collecting them and doing whatever the hell it is when they connect to the computer.

Webkinz, those things are. (I see enough of them sold where I work.)

Seems like Disney is basically just aping Skylanders, although with a ready-made set of iconic characters to choose from.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
3. Re: Time Warner Cable Attacks Netflix's 'Super HD' Play. Jan 17, 2013, 22:07 killer_roach
 
jdreyer wrote on Jan 17, 2013, 21:14:
Netflix is eating TW's lunch for sure. There's got to be a conflict of interest on TW's part in that they are both infrastructure and content provider. Justice Dept, are you listening?

DoJ and FTC will typically rule that monopolies by themselves aren't necessarily illegal, but it's how they act that could make them subject to sanction.

In the case of Time Warner... they tread a fine line at times. They've probably got an open file at the FTC at this point.
 
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News Comments > Free Tomb Raider Underworld
2. Re: Free Tomb Raider Underworld Jan 14, 2013, 23:50 killer_roach
 
deqer wrote on Jan 14, 2013, 21:49:
"Square Enix's portal that provides streaming games"

streaming games... cool. i love streaming games... ...

I think he loves streaming his comments as well, as it looks like this one still hasn't fully loaded, from the looks of things
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
6. Re: Evening Tech Bits Jan 14, 2013, 23:20 killer_roach
 
Cutter wrote on Jan 14, 2013, 22:06:
OR is going to be like 64 bit gaming, nothing will materialize for it.

And MS' worst mistake? Steve Ballmer, period.

Ballmer's not so much the issue - it's Microsoft's corporate culture that has devolved into tribalism over the past couple of decades. Nothing gets done of any consequence because nobody wants to step on another division's turf. Ballmer's a numbers guy, but he's not a manager of any sense.

Whoever ultimately replaces him will likely start with a bloodletting of most of the mid-upper-level management.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Tech Bits
6. Re: Sunday Tech Bits Jan 13, 2013, 19:51 killer_roach
 
Julio wrote on Jan 13, 2013, 16:12:
No need for 4k as well, I can only imagine how long it would take to download a 4k movie since that's how it seems they're distributing them. I'd also need a rack of hard drives to store all the 4k content. Bluray works well enough.

I skipped 3D, I'll skip Ultra HD.

I think what will put the kibosh on Ultra HD for consumer content is simply the fact that film distributors aren't going to sell to consumers the same resolution of content that they're currently selling to theaters. Even a lot of older stuff is likely pretty much maxed out at 4k (hell, quite a few film transfers of older films are only done in 2k), and they're not likely to get theaters to shell out for 8k projection when they already made them cough up the dough for all this 3D crap.

Basically, the distributors and the theaters would flip out over a flattening of the content quality chain.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Metaverse
3. Re: Saturday Metaverse Jan 12, 2013, 21:50 killer_roach
 
Denthor wrote on Jan 12, 2013, 20:53:
Pretty sure HBO is owned or partly owned by Time Warner. That it self is the problem cable companies are holding on to outdated business models as one of their primary form of revenue is generated via cable subs and they don't want to risk any change to that. Instead of giving customers decent options they try to lock them in, where as, in reality they are just driving people to piracy.

Hence why they did the deal with Universal, which is owned by Comcast. Cable company scratching the back of cable company.

Almost wonder if this could merit FTC consideration for cartel formation (and possibly price fixing).
 
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