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News Comments > No PC Dead Space 2
112. Re: No PC Dead Space 2 Feb 10, 2010, 14:34 PacoTaco
 
To answer the other questions Sledge Hammer is working on a COD title.

EA doesn't use real data to generate forecasts (they used to), the Bean Counters tell the X-Marketing guys running the EA labels what they need to do to keep the doors open, they weigh the products down with outrageous costs for IT, rent, and all the internal support that is so over priced that no product can be profitable, then they give you a sales amount in this case 6 mil which has nothing to do with reality.

I agree is high for a new franchise, GTA, COD have been built up for a decade or in GTA's case decades, since the 2D top down PC first skew. This doesn't matter to the people that just got into the industry. They add it up and that's your target.

Just in case the team dose pull off a miracle they will then keep from paying you or your team a bonus because some other division didn't make the numbers expected, this has been going on for years.

Some people have figured it out, for example JR the current CEO has figured out a way to pay himself very well by buying his own company assets using EA's pocket book then shutting them down.

My point of mentioning what is paid to the people that make games, its is required in an industry where great people need to come together and need to be put in a position of pure focus. This focus is making a great game. It helps if the people aren't in a culture of worry or forced to spend most of the time looking over their shoulder, this takes away from the goal. Also many people sacarfice time with family, gf's etc to get this work done on time, if you don't take care of these very talented people they leave the company.

These same talented people who EA deems expendible (99.5% of the people working there) after leaving beat the living shit out of EA, and continue to do so.

It's very easy to fix

  • Give everyone a public bonus structure, and live by it.

  • Give people stock options again make them feel a part of the company they are working for.

  • Cut out the red tape and infastructure that wastes the profits of the company before the game is made.

  • Get people in the company that care about making games, not people that have signed up to just line their pockets. Make it a critical priority that these people are happy.

  • Do this all for the next 5 years, and EA will be will be number 1 again with it's own franchises.


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    News Comments > No PC Dead Space 2
    101. Re: No PC Dead Space 2 Feb 9, 2010, 19:40 PacoTaco
     
    Just to follow up on peoples comments on my comment on Steam preventing piracy, I said it helps that's all, they or we get a little more money off a product once it's not being put on the shelves.

    Dead Space sold about 3.5 mil across all platforms rough guess, far below the numbers they wanted.

    They wanted 6 mil. Then they debated for 6 months if they were going to do any Dead Space 2 at all on any platform, and most of the team that built Dead Space left to start Sledge Hammer Studios for Activision, the only people left were either forced to sign an employment contract, aren't key team members of the franchise.

    Sledge Hammer / Activision has again gutted EA like a fish as they did with the COD team that cost EA billions in revenue to COD, "remember Medal Of Honor" was built by the core of what became the COD team.

    EA have lost themselves in internal politics, Dante's Inferno is getting horrible reviews, Medal of Honor has one last shot, but will still be shipped out of EALA and EALA closed down.

    They have Marketing people, Bean Counters, and Politicians in charge of production some have no idea how games are built, as they never built one, and most of the great talent that worked there is scattered all over the industry. EA used to be a cool place to work they treated the people that made or did all the hard work well, this stopped years ago, and the place has fallen apart ever since.

    You think they really care about PC dead space it did I would guess no more then 200k units, and was pirated all over the place. 200k 15-29 retail isn't a lot of money to EA, 30-60 mil didn't even pay for the testing and dev on it knowing them.

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    News Comments > No PC Dead Space 2
    22. Re: No PC Dead Space 2 Feb 8, 2010, 23:02 PacoTaco
     
    Why the fuck are you guys surprised? They cant protect the products, people steal it, if they had a steam id system like Valve they could protect the content from pirates slightly better, but if you release the PC game people steal it, and you know it effects the console sales.

    Even Ubisoft is trying to force the buyers of a product to login before they can play it as its the only system that is working at the moment to keep pirates from getting a free ride.

    PC gaming isn't dead because of MMO's which also force you to login, which is where they are getting this model data from. I know many people buy the game but this is about 80% of the people playing games on the PC that don't, and the billions lost every year that has caused almost all PC game makers to move toward a console model, including MS, why keep spending on QA, and support for a targert device that has many flavors which makes it harder and cost more, when 80% of the people you are building the game for are going to steal it.


     
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    News Comments > PEREGRINE Glove Delayed
    7. Re: PEREGRINE Glove Delayed Feb 1, 2010, 01:43 PacoTaco
     
    After watching the high budget Utube ad's of the 15 year old kid talking about how cool the glove is with WOW, I decided to give them a break and that I could use them as condoms for my well used female real doll, my only true love in this world.

     
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    News Comments > NVIDIA Beta Drivers
    6. Re: NVIDIA Beta Drivers Jan 28, 2010, 16:10 PacoTaco
     
    I am still running an 8800 GTX Ultra until the new cards come out, the delays are I hope worth it in the end.

    I also installed the last 3 revisions, and also added the Flash Accelerator from the Nvidia site seems to create more blue screens, and crashes.

    It is annoying, if this one doesn't stop it I will go back 4 revisions and remove the Flash Accelerator.

    This last crash took out my triple boot again.

    Nvidia has raised the question again is there something better out there, I hate it when they do that, and wish they would stop stumbling.

     
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    News Comments > EVE Online Dominion Patched
    1. Re: EVE Online Dominion Patched Jan 22, 2010, 14:05 PacoTaco
     
    STO is out suggest trying that game. the change log displays mostly items that were not finished for the original "expansion" which was more of a patch less content then they have provided in years, they redesigned 0 space, tracking the player numbers EvE is down since the patch. Complaints about lag during large scale combat has sky rocketed since the release, Eve will limp along but it looks like to me that CCP is doing the minimum possible to Eve until they can get the Vampire game out.  
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    News Comments > I Am Alive Delay Explained
    3. Re: I Am Alive Delay Explained Jan 16, 2010, 18:43 PacoTaco
     
    nope not even close, Ubi pulled it in, dev wasn't performing as expected, had tech that was as good as what was being used Unreal3 engine, they have engines based on Unreal2 and Crytek with a lot of changes that fit into the internal pipe frame work, and didn't want to pay Epic again for Unreal3 to do a lot more work again, so take all that Darkworks content that still works and rebuild the rest.

    My best guess anyway...
     
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    News Comments > Medal of Honor Trailer Redux
    11. Re: Medal of Honor Trailer Redux Dec 15, 2009, 07:21 PacoTaco
     
    The last attempt to save the franchise seems to be a fine try if they can figure out how to get COD on the box they might finally sell enough to keep EALA open, no where to go but up or out.

    Medal of Honor: Call Of Desperation

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    News Comments > Brink Delayed
    1. Re: Brink Delayed Nov 30, 2009, 22:01 PacoTaco
     
    looks like the engine is running slowly, hope its fun ETQW wasn't.  
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    News Comments > EA: Pandemic IPs "Will Live On"
    3. Re: EA: Pandemic IPs "Will Live On" Nov 17, 2009, 17:18 PacoTaco
     
    Yep agreed bad taste but Nick has never been known for taste.

    The reason for selling is easy, the owners got a lot of money. When they sold they sold to someone else who then sold them again to EA, wasn't predictible at the time for them, but it was all apart of a greater evil plan, since everyone was avoiding to sell to EA at the time. I found it entertaining that the current CEO left EA, hooovered up Bioware and Pandemic, then returned to EA as CEO, at that point you knew Pandemic was doomed. When Bioware goes down, don't be too shocked. Buying the brands and ip and getting rid of the people is the EA way.

     
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    News Comments > Pandemic Closure Confirmed
    8. Re: Pandemic Closure Confirmed Nov 17, 2009, 16:11 PacoTaco
     
    Lean and mean is the point not that they suck. EA needs to cut the fat and run as fast as they can to survive. They have another 5000 people to layoff. Once they are around 3000 people world wide they will be good to go. The devs aren't to blame, but if they want control they need to change the game. All EA engineers, artists, designers, should walk out for a week or two during next years crunch for Christmas during the Summer, if they can get other companies to do it great! They used to call this a strike back in the days when managers used to toss away and ruin the talent pool. If they do nothing but take it they have no one to blame but themselves.

     
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    News Comments > Pandemic Closure Confirmed
    4. Re: Pandemic Closure Confirmed Nov 17, 2009, 15:50 PacoTaco
     
    LOL, I could but it was a big deal to hit the enter key to make it in paragraphs, it was just a big block of text.  
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    News Comments > Pandemic Closure Confirmed
    1. Re: Pandemic Closure Confirmed Nov 17, 2009, 15:24 PacoTaco
     
    edited

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    News Comments > Pandemic Closing?
    29. Re: Pandemic Closing? Nov 17, 2009, 15:06 PacoTaco
     
    edited.

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    News Comments > Modern Medal of Honor Rumors Resurface
    17. Re: Modern Medal of Honor Rumors Resurface Nov 11, 2009, 18:39 PacoTaco
     
    Yes you are right I am asking them to do for themselves what has already been happening, I look toward Nintendo as a model of a company that has kept its overhead and head count low, driven by perfection, quality, and care to what it's audience wants to buy. EA has killed every evergreen franchise that it has purchased, and company, they have hurt the overall industry, and customers that want to play games. The decline / implosion of EA only shows signs of continuing with the 400 million dollar Play Fish announcement during the same call announcing that it removing more staff. 400 million for a Facebook developer so they can copy Zyenga? Again, following a pattern that everyone knows is sustained only by marketing dollars, stealing information from the consumers who have not realized what is happening to him or her, the backlash has not even begun to come to surface.

    Are they removing the right staff, no. Why as shareholders and customers are we waiting for these pinheads to figure out what their own corporate ego will not let them see? People still walk around EA thinking they work for the number one game software company in the world; they are blind, and doomed to failure with no sign of waking up. Next, we will see the term used re-arranging the deck chairs on the Titanic as they fire the CEO, and finger point to other executives that failed to make the calls that are required in a timely manor. Like so many publishers from the old days, Bally/Midway, Atari, Sega, they will fail until nothing is left, and leave behind what was once considered a great American company.


    One thing to be very clear about with less people that are focused on making great games, they will increase the size of the company from a financial and market share perspective. EA peaked at the height of the PS2 and Xbox era they have made countless errors daily, but they still have enough power left to course correct if they have the will to do it.

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    News Comments > Modern Medal of Honor Rumors Resurface
    9. Re: Modern Medal of Honor Rumors Resurface Nov 11, 2009, 14:04 PacoTaco
     
    EA are firing people left and right, if you were sitting at your computer right now reading all the headlines would you be working hard to HELP EA make are great MOH, just so they can lay you off after you finish your work? Do you expect them making any bonus payments to you or are you working while also looking for a job that does not exist? EA torched this franchise out of greed 6 years ago and it has never been the same, and never will, all the talent is gone, it is very sad for me to watch.

    When Medal of Honor: Generation Kill fails expect to see the EALA studio gutted, it will no long exist. Pandemic has not generated any return it will be closed as well, the hundred mil a year they spend to keep both LA studios running will be money well saved after they are both closed. After these closings expect the current GM Decker to go back to DICE Sweden with the Medal of Honor and C&C brands and start building them back there. I am sure he would be happy to do it right now if he could, and you can see the process has already started. This will be true for the Dante team at EARS, and Dead Space team which has been recently raped of all key talent in the starting of the new Activision Bay Area studio.

    EA is hopeless, and will continue to decline over this next decade. Why? EA stopped having game makers make games, marketing people are in charge of every label, and the entire company, this is a smaller problem when compared to the fact that the company stopped caring about it is consumers, you have a corporate culture built on greed where 90% of a persons day is spent working to keep his or her job, not the products, by 2015 EAs value will be low enough that Sony and or MS will purchase it to lock the other out of the next generation console war so that one hardware manufacture has the EA sports label and franchises, these sports franchises and maybe the SIMS label will be the only thing left of EA worth any value, which will be 1.4 billon which is what the company is really worth at this point.

    My formula for EAs turn around limit the releases to 20 products a year, limit each team to 80 people including management, marketing, sales, productions, engineering, art, design, audio per product. Keep 200 people to keep the lights on, the bathrooms clean, and the food warm world wide, total of 1800 people, give these people a bonus structure so they share in the companies success (the system was there but was also removed over this past decade), put the company back into the hands of people that actually build games for a living, remove the corporate culture based on greed, try to push it toward a culture that believes that making games for a living is a craft that requires rare talent, and that by creating a great game the reward is felt through out the entire team, every person being able to afford to build a life for themselves where they feel like they have a secure future, reward the faithful customers that work hard to save money to buy your game by giving them entertainment, and a pure joyful feeling that they made the right decision to trust you with their time and money.

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    News Comments > Zenimax Eyeing Valve?
    26. Re: Zenimax Eyeing Valve? Oct 26, 2009, 17:17 PacoTaco
     
    Dumb rumor will never happen.  
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    News Comments > Stargate Worlds Funding Woes Continue
    46. Re: Stargate Worlds Woes Oct 15, 2009, 13:18 PacoTaco
     
    I remember a bunch of people getting all excited about this product years ago, but never understood why myself.

    Now that I take a hard look at it screen shots look like crap, and I don't get why anyone would care about this property. The movie was a B the show was a C or D and making a game about it never made any sense to me, so still confused why it was started and hate seeing all that work go down the toliet bowl no matter what or why they started this effort.
     
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    News Comments > Shaba Games Closed?
    3. Re: Shaba Games Closed? Oct 8, 2009, 12:48 PacoTaco
     
    GH isn't a hard game to produce, and Activision has plenty of cheaper studios that can bang them out? Only thing I can think of, I like Shaba though hope its not true. Also when Activision closes a studio they seem to keep the people around for years like what was Z-Axis which became Activision Foster City, then became Underground studio's is still a functioning operation that has done GH: Van Halen, and it probally working on something new. Closing might be the best thing, because Underground was closed almost 2 years ago.



    Never mind I just recieved confirmation.. sadness.

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    News Comments > EVE Online: Dominion Announced
    6. Re: EVE Online: Dominion Announced Sep 1, 2009, 02:34 PacoTaco
     
    CCP Dev 1: Numbers are dropping, subs are canceled, hurry hit the make announcement button filled with lies, maybe we can find more suckers out there who want to be raped, we need them.

    CCP Dev 2: Roger that, hurry get auto generated splash screen up, OK do have any lies ready?

    CCP Dev 1: Nope.

    CCP Dev 2: Damit ok let's just link a video we released 4 months ago, it will really trick them, maybe they wont notice?

    CCP Dev 1: Well it should give us time to figure out how to over promise and under deliver again.

    CCP Dev 2: True at least we will have months to make up the things of why we didn't do what we said would be done already this year.

    CCP Dev 1: Yep, keep it rolling.



    A tale told by CCP ILUDRDOC (ILoveUsingDateRapeDrugsOnCustomers)



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