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News Comments > Star Wars: The Old Republic PTR Patch
19. Re: Star Wars: The Old Republic PTR Patch Jun 30, 2013, 20:26 NKD
 
Julio wrote on Jun 30, 2013, 17:20:
Rattlehead wrote on Jun 30, 2013, 15:34:
I like this game..how do you respond to that?
Good for you, just spend lots more cash because EA needs it.

NKD wrote on Jun 30, 2013, 13:40:
That would take ages to pay back, and that's not how EA does business.

EA has lost close to $800 million in the last four years, and they've won the worst company award back to back. That's how they do business.

http://www.google.com/finance?q=NASDAQ:EA&fstype=ii&ei=6Z_QUfjmJLK80AGaaA




Yep. They aren't in a position to be running an MMO that may never pay off/ If it wasn't already in the black or was going to be soon, they'd kill the project, shutter Bioware Austin, and reallocate the staff to a more profitable project.
 
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News Comments > Star Wars: The Old Republic PTR Patch
15. Re: Star Wars: The Old Republic PTR Patch Jun 30, 2013, 13:40 NKD
 
HorrorScope wrote on Jun 30, 2013, 11:06:
NKD wrote on Jun 30, 2013, 06:32:
Julio wrote on Jun 30, 2013, 06:15:
You guys haven't included marketing costs for the game. And no ongoing costs for the first 11 months? Development costs are only part of the equation. Your link is for development costs only.

Here's a full all-in estimate...

500 million

Not to mention the sub revenue estimates I gave you we're the most they could possibly have gotten.

None of us know for sure, but I'm sure if the game was profitable they would have not gone to F2P and stayed with their subscription model. Or got rid of most of the senior guys involved with this fiasco.

I've been through your link 2 or 3 times and I don't see any $500 million figure.

Not that I want a pony in this race, but here it was "“I think it’s safe to say that the total all-in investment in ‘Star Wars’ is probably approaching half a billion dollars,” Creutz says."

Ah. Yeah, smells like one of those Pachter-like wild guessers. If EA was saying the game would be acceptably profitable at 500k subs, then it didn't cost them half a bill. That would take ages to pay back, and that's not how EA does business.
 
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News Comments > Star Wars: The Old Republic PTR Patch
13. Re: Star Wars: The Old Republic PTR Patch Jun 30, 2013, 06:32 NKD
 
Julio wrote on Jun 30, 2013, 06:15:
You guys haven't included marketing costs for the game. And no ongoing costs for the first 11 months? Development costs are only part of the equation. Your link is for development costs only.

Here's a full all-in estimate...

500 million

Not to mention the sub revenue estimates I gave you we're the most they could possibly have gotten.

None of us know for sure, but I'm sure if the game was profitable they would have not gone to F2P and stayed with their subscription model. Or got rid of most of the senior guys involved with this fiasco.

I've been through your link 2 or 3 times and I don't see any $500 million figure.
 
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News Comments > Star Wars: The Old Republic PTR Patch
10. Re: Star Wars: The Old Republic PTR Patch Jun 29, 2013, 21:34 NKD
 
Julio wrote on Jun 29, 2013, 21:13:

Feel free to google the numbers, they're easy to find.

$500+ million invested in the game.

Something showing up on Google doesn't make it true. Telling us to Google for someones outsider guesses or some debunked low level employee's personal blog isn't helpful to the discussion.

If you think EA spent $500 million on TOR, you're bonkers. Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence, and you don't have it. The only official word we have to go on is that they were aiming to make the game profitable at 500,000 subs. They had more than that for quite some time. And even in F2P, they still have around 500,000 subs, plus whatever F2P model makes them.
 
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News Comments > Star Wars: The Old Republic PTR Patch
5. Re: Star Wars: The Old Republic PTR Patch Jun 29, 2013, 19:04 NKD
 
Techie714 © wrote on Jun 29, 2013, 17:01:
100+ Million down the drain....

Your comment seems to imply that the game has been cancelled. Given that the game is profitable and releasing new content, I'm not sure what you're getting at. Not saying it's a good game, but it's making money or it wouldn't be running. EA isn't exactly known for it's grand charity work in keeping unprofitable games running.
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen Livestream
10. Re: Star Citizen Livestream Jun 28, 2013, 22:30 NKD
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Jun 28, 2013, 21:46:
I thought he had all the private funding he needed? The more this guy talks, the less I trust him.

Thats the big problem with Kickstarters and otehr crowdsource projects. Instead of taking X amount of money and doing what they can, they are constantly chasing more money to do more. You don't have that freedom in a traditional publisher scenario, so sometimes these guys go nuts with it.
 
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News Comments > Saints Row IV Refused Oz Classification
23. Re: Saints Row IV Refused Oz Classification Jun 25, 2013, 18:17 NKD
 
Funny how the colonies are becoming the theocracies, and the UK and other parts in Europe are becomes godless heathen-states.  
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News Comments > Saints Row IV Refused Oz Classification
8. Re: Saints Row IV Refused Oz Classification Jun 25, 2013, 12:40 NKD
 
Ozmodan wrote on Jun 25, 2013, 11:55:
Seriously, this title gets worse with every new version.

While I do not like the practice of banning anything, developers like this give the entire industry a black eye. Come on THQ, exercising such bad taste with a game like this is just beyond stupid.

What is the enamorment of being a sleaze bag? Someone gave me Saints Row III and once I realized that it was trash, I put it where it belonged.

Hellbinder is that you?
 
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News Comments > Baldur's Gate III Battling Through "Legal Hell"?
27. Re: Baldur's Gate III Battling Through Jun 24, 2013, 15:57 NKD
 
Fibrocyte wrote on Jun 24, 2013, 15:56:
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Was hoping to play this on my Android pad. Oh well...

BG:EE is completely awful on tablets.

Considering the lawyers shut down the patch that would have fixed most of the problems...
 
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News Comments > Baldur's Gate III Battling Through "Legal Hell"?
19. Re: Baldur's Gate III Battling Through Jun 24, 2013, 13:55 NKD
 
Fucking lawyers shitting all over things as usual.  
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News Comments > Star Citizen - Life Time Insurance Last Chance
14. Re: Star Citizen - Life Time Insurance Last Chance Jun 22, 2013, 18:26 NKD
 
El Pit wrote on Jun 22, 2013, 17:11:
$275? Whoah. I can't think of any game that could lure me into investing that amount of money.

NKD wrote on Jun 22, 2013, 16:44:
Jivaro wrote on Jun 22, 2013, 16:29:
I am almost investing in this game.

Quick, someone talk me out of it.

I just bought in for $275.

Sorry, that's not helping is it?

You should see how much I gave Starbound
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen - Life Time Insurance Last Chance
3. Re: Star Citizen - Life Time Insurance Last Chance Jun 22, 2013, 16:44 NKD
 
Jivaro wrote on Jun 22, 2013, 16:29:
I am almost investing in this game.

Quick, someone talk me out of it.

I just bought in for $275.

Sorry, that's not helping is it?
 
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News Comments > Guild Wars 2 Sky Pirates of Tyria Content Next Week
7. Re: Guild Wars 2 Sky Pirates of Tyria Content Next Week Jun 22, 2013, 02:51 NKD
 
Agent.X7 wrote on Jun 21, 2013, 16:05:
Cutter wrote on Jun 21, 2013, 15:34:
I was going to say I haven't played in forever I'll have to check it out soon as I clear up the other dozen games on my desktop I've sworn to finish before doing anything else.

That being said, I'm *really* curious to what Everquest Next is all about.

Me too. I beta'd the original EQ many moons ago, and then I was into EQII for all of 4 months before the ridiculous time-gated quests pissed me off enough to drive me away. I wonder if they learned anything, or if EQ NExt is going to feature the same BS.

EQN is reportedly some kind of big sandbox game, rather than another game like EQ1 and EQ2.
 
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News Comments > Surgeon Simulator 2013 Adds TF2 Characters
1. Re: Surgeon Simulator 2013 Adds TF2 Characters Jun 21, 2013, 23:55 NKD
 
The TF2 cancer continues to spread.  
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
22. Re: Morning Consolidation Jun 21, 2013, 15:13 NKD
 
jdreyer wrote on Jun 21, 2013, 13:49:
Creston wrote on Jun 21, 2013, 13:44:
The PS4 isn't backwards compatible.

Creston

One of the benefits of going with a standard PC architecture is that when you do the PS 5 (or XBone 2) in 6-7 years, you can just use the latest/greatest AMD chips and it will be backward compatible.

It's sad that when the last xbox 360 or PS3 dies, all that software will also die. I love being able to play System Shock 2 or Total Annihilation or Master of Magic or Alpha Centauri still, all of which I've played within the last few years.

They could even go with an Intel or Nvidia setup if that was the best move 6 years from now. Going with an x86 console with standard video hardware is an extremely smart move and really gives them no excuse to ditch backwards compatibility in the future.
 
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News Comments > Scrolls in the Black After One Week
9. Re: Scrolls in the Black After One Week Jun 21, 2013, 14:57 NKD
 
Blackhawk wrote on Jun 21, 2013, 13:37:
If I'm making a prototype widget, and I let you buy it, telling you upfront is a prototype only, with the final product to be presented at some future time, it doesn't somehow become a finished product because I accepted payment, nor am I 'tricking' you if I told you upfront that it was only a prototype.


Yeah, the truth is, people are so accustomed to buggy pieces of shit masquerading as finished products, that products that straight out say "I'm buggy! Buy at your own peril!" are a refreshing change of pace. Like you said, there's no trick. It's all out in the open.
 
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News Comments > Whore of the Orient Raises Cash
2. Re: Whore of the Orient Raises Cash Jun 21, 2013, 11:03 NKD
 
200k? Whore of the Orient: Minecraft mod edition.  
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
28. Re: Evening Consolidation Jun 21, 2013, 10:56 NKD
 
Cutter wrote on Jun 21, 2013, 09:25:
It's funny, innit? And then look at Valve and TF2. Not only do they not have to waste money on developing DLC they get other people to do it and pay them for it and make money on that! Funny how Valve never needs to much advertise or do all the things these other guys claim they need to do and still make money hand over fist and generate a ton of goodwill and trust amongst gamers. It just goes to show the difference in companies whose sole motivation is making money versus one doing what they love. You'd think this was rocket surgery or something.

Valve is privately held, self-publishes, and makes all its money off Steam, not off TF2. Not every studio has the luxury of being able to just roll their desks around and do whatever they want and still have the electricity on the next day. People really need to stop pointing at Valve as the example of how to do things, they are an exception and not everyone can have a Steam cash cow basically making it so they'll never need to release a title again.

No, "doing what you love" isn't some magical formula for success. A lot of companies did that and went under. That's why the ones that are left are largely overly greedy assholes.

Valve's in a great position, but the reality of game development is that most companies do need to be concerned about maximizing the amount of money they make from each title. And frankly, it's too late for most of them to turn that around. They have themselves locked in to this DLC rape business model until the bubble bursts.

In the long term, after things hit rock bottom, companies that survive will need to rethink getting themselves into a position where they have to sell 11ty billion copies and 20 billion DLCs just to break even.

 
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
18. Re: Evening Consolidation Jun 21, 2013, 01:36 NKD
 
CliffyB is right about one thing: More tacked on multiplayer to "justify" online requirements and DLC rape is coming. If they can't get their money by killing used game sales, they'll find it somewhere else.

I've been saying for years that these companies will not just suddenly decide to fire three quarters of their employees, downsize, and start making more reasonably budgeted games. They are going to clamp down and squeeze us for every last fucking drop to cover the ballooning cost of game development. You and I may not pay up, but most of John Q. Fucktards out there will.

Eventually the bottom will fall out, but until that day you can expect things to get worse, not better, because long after you and I have stopped buying in to the Triple-A circlejerk, a lot of other people will still be enabling these companies.
 
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News Comments > PC Assassin's Creed IV to Follow Consoles
16. Re: PC Assassin's Creed IV to Follow Consoles Jun 20, 2013, 14:45 NKD
 
Cutter wrote on Jun 20, 2013, 14:13:
Yeah, I'm just concerned that PCs are going to return to red headed stepchild status when things have been coming along pretty decently in the last year or two finally.

Eh, I don't think so. The barrier to entry on porting something is going to be extremely narrow now that the consoles are basically running PC hardware with a healthy amount of RAM.

That's not to say they are going to do it, or even do it right, there are still differences in control schemes and UI design, but the number of excuses about not doing it are actually going to be reduced.
 
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