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Warner Bros. Buys Monolith

Warner Bros. Buys Monolith is the press release announcing that television and film conglomerate Warner Bros., already a minority investor in Monolith Productions, has exercised an option to acquire the rest of the game developer. Monolith will now operate under Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment (WBIE), headed up by former Monolith CEO Jason Hall (story), who no reportedly no longer held any stake in the company he helped found.

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54. Re: Blood 3 Aug 13, 2004, 07:13 Muscular Beaver
 
Me too, but we will more likely see Wing Commander 10 next week than Blood 3 ever.


Roger, Bravo Delta, this is Sitting Duck. I have Bogie Queen in my sights, and I'm, uh, going to shoot bullets at it now.
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Oh that is so lame... You will PAY for your use of inappropriate dialogue!
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53. Blood 3 Aug 13, 2004, 06:56 runnerct32
 
I want Blood 3 now!!!!!

 
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52. Re: NOLF Aug 13, 2004, 02:07 PHJF
 
<3 Monolith

The formatting level in Tron 2.0 was the single greatest gaming level I've ever played.

nuff said



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51. Re: NOLF Aug 12, 2004, 22:56 Tehol
 
I prefer the serious story lines like Farcry

far cry has a story line? where?is it in patch 1.2?

 
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50. Re: Aug 12, 2004, 21:42 Rseman
 
I couldn't get into Nolf... soon as I got to that office level and had to stealth or die, I lost interest after dying 20 or so times and, I think, stopped playing Nolf and decided to finish AVP.... odd how MonoLith ended up doing the next in that series...

Now, Nolf 2 was another game entirely! One of the best games I've ever played and, except for Half Life, Opposing Force and Quake 2, the only single player game I ever played through twice.

Still looking forward to FEAR and praying for another NOLF!

 
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49. Re: No subject Aug 12, 2004, 21:06 Valtyr
 
I loved SHOGO, and while Blood certainly wasn't ground breaking, it certainly was enjoyable enough. NOLF I liked though I never got into NOLF2. And of course, there was AvP2, which I still play to this day.

But that's all over now, Catwoman online anyone?

 
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48. No subject Aug 12, 2004, 21:04 Acleacius
 
You guys covered most everything.
I really liked the concepts Monolith has had during the years, there games often fell short of thier potenial.
Mostly it has been the limitations of thier engine mainly poor multiplayer, graphics, poor sdk and console commands thou resently (imo) it has been dumb gameplay decisions that have spoiled the potienal for greatness.
Blood, for its time was great, Blood 2 mostly suk'd.
Nolf was great, but idea you had to cheat to get to some areas to get spy info was lame as was that skipping sound everytime you jumped.
Nolf 2 great but suk'd cause of lame respawning.
Tron 2 was great but suk'd cause of the lame acting of the Jet charater and some dialogue.
Jack suk'd.

Well Monolith hasnt been doing well finacially was recently on the NolfGirl boards and read about how little money they had and wouldnt be doing a Nolf 3, which I read as why they were focusing on FEAR.

Its like they had 2 game development teams, one was very creative and funny, while the second team was just sadisticly dumb.

Actually it probably does mean there will be a Nolf 3, Tron 3 and Shogo 2 if FEAR does well, of course we wont see them for about 2 to 3 years, imo.


 
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47. Re: No subject Aug 12, 2004, 20:54 Vinquus
 
cappy:
They even won over OldManMurray with NOLF...
No One Lives Forever is a Lithtech powered game by Monolith that - in a whole bunch of non-trivial ways - is better than Half Life

Old Man Murray was always funny, but they must have been on the meds when that review got written... I was all ready to cut NOLF some slack, look past the engine to the game beyond... but I'm sorry, it's just desparately average. Anyone who can name a way in which NOLF is better than Half Life will have my undivided attention. But no, sparse environments and the occasional gameplay gimmick don't cut the mustard.

And the voice acting - with the money they paid to hire models to play their lead character at trade shows, you'd have thought they would get a voice actress who could do the accent. She was supposed to be English right? Or was it some other nationality where they talk like Californians doing amdram Oscar Wilde?

And don't even get me started on AVP2, a travesty of Rebellion's original (flawed) classic.

Really looking forward to FEAR though

 
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46. AOL: You've Got A Mail Bomb Aug 12, 2004, 20:33 theAntiELVIS
 
This is the new Monolith project: a first-person-shooter in which you hunt down Steve Case and try to get his Warner stock back.

Kiss 'em goodbye. Warner has a proven track record of having No Clue(tm) when it comes to digital media. They also have a history of being unable to resist the urge to mess with the companies they assimilate.

The real interesting question now that Monolith has it's own monument in the acquisition cemetery in Warner's back yard is what will Jason Hall do next?

-tAE-

 
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45. Re: No subject Aug 12, 2004, 20:24 Jarek Forhanon
 
Monolith a good company? Give me a break! They have been releasing junk since that overblown hype called Shogo. The only reason anyone bought their games was hype. If you compare the engine monolith produces with any other game engine of note, LithTech sucks hard.

It seems that you are judging Monolith entirely on the quality of the early LithTech engines. While I agree that those engines did suck, the Jupiter engine was impressive when it came out. It rendered great visuals with a great framerate. Of greater importance than engines is actual game quality. Despite the fact that they used crappy engines, NOLF, AvP2 and Shogo were good games. NOLF2 was great, as was Tron 2.0. In my opinion, gameplay takes precedence over game engines. Just look at Doom 3. Great engine, tired old gameplay.

P.S. Am I the only one who wants another Blood game? Yeah, the sequel was stupid, but I'm sure that another game that sticks closer to the original's roots would be awesome. Caleb > *

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44. Re: No subject Aug 12, 2004, 20:07 cappy
 
They even won over OldManMurray with NOLF:

http://www.oldmanmurray.com/longreviews/751.html

Being the only website who cares about you has its drawbacks. For instance, if a developer we've attacked mercilessly for three straight years manages to make a good game, we're honor-bound to eat the poop and tell you about it [guarantee null and void if Dr. Derek Smart, PhD eventually masterminds a decent game -ed] [Dear Dr. Smart, a forty page letter describing how good Battleship 3000 is will only make us like it less - the other ed]. We don't want to make a bigger deal of this than it deserves, but No One Lives Forever is a Lithtech powered game by Monolith that - in a whole bunch of non-trivial ways - is better than Half Life.

If you're rubbing your eyes with your fists right now and saying "HUH?!?" over and over and over again, just imagine how we feel.

 
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43. Re: No subject Aug 12, 2004, 20:00 SirOsisOfLiver
 
I have enjoyed a lot of their games. NOLF and NOLF 2 -fun cause they actually did something different for a change AvP 2 - wow! scary, and you get to play as all three sides. TRON 2.0 - very well done! The movie brings back childhood memories, and the little jokes through the game cracked me up.

F.E.A.R looks really great, which I am sure is why Warner is interested.
Plus Warner Brothers has that new policy right? Companies who make games based on Warner Brothers movies that score less that 70% scores need to pay extra royalties. This means they are taking games seriously, and know the potential to make big stacks of cash is everygrowing. Shame though that a good game company can't survive on its own without a big brother to buy em.

 
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42. Re: No subject Aug 12, 2004, 19:36 Sixis
 
I just hope this doesn't mean stricter copyright enforcement from Monolith, because hopefully sooner or later someone will do Cate Archer machinema porn.

And you thought that shitty french singles game made money...
 
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41. Re: No subject Aug 12, 2004, 19:30 Vinquus
 
Hellbender: I am sorry but YOU ARE AN IDIOT!!. Overrated my but.

What kind of moron can't spell the word "butt"?

and posts his system specs in a forum?

His e-mail address is hellbinder@area3d.net

Send him something nice.

 
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40. No subject Aug 12, 2004, 19:17 mystery8
 
Heh. I loved NOLF & NOLF2. I don't really have any interest in FEAR. I'd rather see another NOLF game.

 
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39. Re: Shogo, NOLF, and NOLF2 Aug 12, 2004, 19:12 MajorGeeks
 
I smell a NOLF 3 released same time with an XBox, PS2 versions and a movie.  
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38. Re: No subject Aug 12, 2004, 19:08 HoSpanky
 
The first NOLF was far, far funnier than the second, but listening to your enemies have long conversations before you attack was most of the fun in the second one.

If you don't like your games being goofy, then no, you wouldn't like the NOLF games.

 
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37. Re: No subject Aug 12, 2004, 19:06 Krovven
 
Shogo was good, NOLF was good, NOLF2 was great, far exceeded the original (when most sequels do not). Tron 2.0 was alot of fun too, actually been thinking about playing it again lately.

 
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36. No subject Aug 12, 2004, 19:01 Animals for Crackers
 
Pre NOLF...lithtech engines were completely competant and much more bang for your buck if you were liscensing an engine. They were a practical company and were good at being practical creatively as well. Monolith has always been an average developer and never strived to be anything more. I enjoyed the hell out of Shogo, being a huge fan of anime and the Mechwarrior series. The first Blood was a Doomer's answer to Duke Nukem 3d and was a good game IMO. You certainly can't tell me that Monolith belongs in the same bargain bin category as Eidos or many other similar companies.

"What is the point in living in a world with such gullible and easily pleased people?"
Perhaps it's not people being easily pleased as much as it is you being so cynical and jaded about a company that in actuality has gathered quite a following despite your OPINION.

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