Majestic to End

EA's ambitious Majestic game, which embroiled players in a mystery that involved real-world interactions with instant messages, email, faxes, and more, will be shut down sometime in the middle of next year, but not before costing the company between five and seven million dollars. This revelation is found in Can PC gamers handle innovation on CNN Money, a column that examines the idea that while PC gamer's demand innovation they don't necessarily reward it. The article quotes an unrepentant Jeff Brown, vice president of corporate communications for EA, as saying: "Maybe the consumer didn't get it, but in five years, everyone's going to be making games based on this engine. I'm not apologizing for anything!"
View : : :
31.
 
Re: A response from gamers
Dec 21, 2001, 11:04
31.
Re: A response from gamers Dec 21, 2001, 11:04
Dec 21, 2001, 11:04
 
Well, to tell the truth, on most accounts, he's right- PC gamers are pretty fickle. How many games were cool and innovative, but ended up flopping for one reason or another? Homeworld was not really an overwhelming success- great gameplay, but confusing controls. Black and White- very innovative AI, shamefully non-innovative gameplay. Sacrifice? Excellent game- but no one's playing it... I still can't quite figure out the reason why on that one.

The PC community is well prepared to accept innovation- we spend more money on graphics cards than we spend on the CPU, we overclock and tweak, add memory, all to get the most out of our systems for the next big innovation. However, we know a rip-off when we see it. What good are those expensive graphics cards when the game you play doesn't have graphics? Few gamers I know will pay $10 a month anymore for a primarily text-based game. Heck, I refuse to sign up for any MMRPG's coz I plain old refuse to pay $30 a month for any game.
The line that really offends me is the final quote from McNealy, which essentially compares us to 10 year olds. Right. Like "mommy dearest" he knows what's best for us, so we better pay up and eat our vegetables.

Date
Subject
Author
1.
Dec 19, 2001Dec 19 2001
anon@65.92
12.
Dec 19, 2001Dec 19 2001
anon@65.93
13.
Dec 19, 2001Dec 19 2001
14.
Dec 19, 2001Dec 19 2001
  Damn
anon@12.105
15.
Dec 19, 2001Dec 19 2001
   Re: Damn
anon@66.68
2.
Dec 19, 2001Dec 19 2001
29.
Dec 20, 2001Dec 20 2001
30.
Dec 20, 2001Dec 20 2001
 31.
Dec 21, 2001Dec 21 2001
   Re: A response from gamers
34.
Dec 24, 2001Dec 24 2001
41.
Dec 26, 2001Dec 26 2001
anon@66.69
32.
Dec 21, 2001Dec 21 2001
anon@24.205
35.
Dec 24, 2001Dec 24 2001
3.
Dec 19, 2001Dec 19 2001
5.
Dec 19, 2001Dec 19 2001
17.
Dec 19, 2001Dec 19 2001
20.
Dec 20, 2001Dec 20 2001
anon@203.59
4.
Dec 19, 2001Dec 19 2001
6.
Dec 19, 2001Dec 19 2001
7.
Dec 19, 2001Dec 19 2001
anon@208.35
8.
Dec 19, 2001Dec 19 2001
9.
Dec 19, 2001Dec 19 2001
anon@165.91
11.
Dec 19, 2001Dec 19 2001
anon@12.252
10.
Dec 19, 2001Dec 19 2001
anon@144.96
16.
Dec 19, 2001Dec 19 2001
anon@158.252
18.
Dec 20, 2001Dec 20 2001
anon@203.96
19.
Dec 20, 2001Dec 20 2001
21.
Dec 20, 2001Dec 20 2001
22.
Dec 20, 2001Dec 20 2001
anon@194.205
23.
Dec 20, 2001Dec 20 2001
anon@192.156
24.
Dec 20, 2001Dec 20 2001
anon@194.205
28.
Dec 20, 2001Dec 20 2001
anon@192.25
36.
Dec 24, 2001Dec 24 2001
37.
Dec 25, 2001Dec 25 2001
39.
Dec 26, 2001Dec 26 2001
anon@12.237
40.
Dec 26, 2001Dec 26 2001
25.
Dec 20, 2001Dec 20 2001
anon@24.219
26.
Dec 20, 2001Dec 20 2001
27.
Dec 20, 2001Dec 20 2001
33.
Dec 22, 2001Dec 22 2001
anon@63.14
38.
Dec 25, 2001Dec 25 2001