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2019-01-12 11:02:36 PM  
In related news, Activision is still around

Hi, gramps.
 
2019-01-12 11:08:41 PM  
Subby also wondering whatever happened to Intendo.
 
2019-01-12 11:18:17 PM  
Yes, subs. One of the largest videogame publishers in the world is, in fact, still around.

Believe it or not, Pepsi, Ford, and Disney are all still in business, too.
 
2019-01-12 11:32:46 PM  
They peaked with Pitfall.  There.  I said it.
 
2019-01-13 12:40:12 AM  
I don't think "Fraud Investigators" is going to sell many copies.

WHITE COLLAR CRIME?  NOT ON YOUR WATCH!

- Chase down accountants and executives who merely sigh, look despondent and call their family to arrange bail money before going to jail willingly!
- Get into no car chases!  No foot chases!  Take only brisk walks, if you choose to.
- Look over P&L statements, ledgers and affidavits for hours before breaking for lunch at Chipotle, then coming back again to listen to read over rambling insider witness statements!
- Try to convince the Justice Department that you have enough evidence for an indictment...and hope they're not shut down due to completely unrelated political gridlock!
- Carve out weeks...hey, maybe months...for trial when you may be called as a witness by both sides, forced to show up to court and listen to hours of testimony while you inhale coffee to keep yourself awake!

Bonus: Get the BONUS pack which includes Hot Administrative Assistant With Customizable Hair, Face and Body, Meal Options and Midsize Sedan Upgrade to Midsize Luxury Sedan!

Merchandising Bonus: For a limited time and while supplies last, get an official navy blue windbreaker with Fraud Investigators in yellow block letters, just like the professionals!  Comes in one official-style cardboard file box from Avery - just like the real FBI uses for cataloging and carrying away evidence during a raid!


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2019-01-13 02:24:51 AM  
Bungie takes its' ball and bounces, and then this comes up.

Somebody's pissed.
 
2019-01-13 03:50:40 AM  
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Activision willl be fine if they only step on the back of the heads going right to left.
 
2019-01-13 04:23:18 AM  
Destiny has delivered a combination of over 50 million games

Curious to know how many of those "sales" came after they made it free?
 
2019-01-13 04:32:10 AM  

fusillade762: Destiny has delivered a combination of over 50 million games

Curious to know how many of those "sales" came after they made it free?


Doesn't matter, has loot boxes.
 
2019-01-13 05:04:57 AM  
Thoughts on Activision and the current investigation? Join in on the conversation in the comment section below, or hit me up over on Twitter @DirtyEffinHippy.

Yeah, I have a thought.  Change your Twitter handle.
 
2019-01-13 05:22:52 AM  
This isn't an investigation. At least, it's not an investigation being conducted by law enforcement. The author is an idiot and his twitter handle sounds about right.
 
2019-01-13 05:38:25 AM  

NeedlesslyCanadian: Yes, subs. One of the largest videogame publishers in the world is, in fact, still around.

Believe it or not, Pepsi, Ford, and Disney are all still in business, too.


Yes someone is a bit uneducated. Activision-Blizzard?  Call of Duty, Destiny, Skylanders, ..
Might as well be surprised that EA is still around.
 
2019-01-13 07:05:18 AM  
Fine, I'll ask.  What in the raving hell is going on in the game-making industry atm.  Blizzard's dumbass move with marketing their 'diablo-esque' entry, their idiocy with handling the Heroes of the Storm league play, execs heading for the hills, Activision suddenly showing signs of Titanic-ing right into the nearest iceberg while people man the rowboats.  Seriously, what the actual hell?  I feel like I'm reading some sort of weird Secret Wars fanfic every time I click a story on what's up lately.

/sort of mixed feelings about Bungie escaping, Destiny 2 had a ton of shiatshow elements that I'd rather not see continued - oh well
//there has to be something pretty damn odd going on behind the scenes as it were
///this shiat makes the days of Bobby Kotick look rational
 
2019-01-13 08:12:31 AM  

Some Junkie Cosmonaut: Fine, I'll ask.  What in the raving hell is going on in the game-making industry atm.  Blizzard's dumbass move with marketing their 'diablo-esque' entry, their idiocy with handling the Heroes of the Storm league play, execs heading for the hills, Activision suddenly showing signs of Titanic-ing right into the nearest iceberg while people man the rowboats.  Seriously, what the actual hell?  I feel like I'm reading some sort of weird Secret Wars fanfic every time I click a story on what's up lately.

/sort of mixed feelings about Bungie escaping, Destiny 2 had a ton of shiatshow elements that I'd rather not see continued - oh well
//there has to be something pretty damn odd going on behind the scenes as it were
///this shiat makes the days of Bobby Kotick look rational


What happened was game publishers became public companies, beholden to shareholders. Those shareholders demand that profits continually increase, making the publishers concentrate on squeezing more money out of a dwindling customer base (due to the explosion of number of venues for entertainment), instead of making entertaining, well-designed games. This is also combined with the increasing expense of making games, and the reluctance of consumers to buy games over a certain price (generally considered to be $60), causing game companies to use underhanded methods to get player to spend more (e.g. loot boxes).
 
2019-01-13 08:40:23 AM  

Tyrone Slothrop: Some Junkie Cosmonaut: Fine, I'll ask.  What in the raving hell is going on in the game-making industry atm.  Blizzard's dumbass move with marketing their 'diablo-esque' entry, their idiocy with handling the Heroes of the Storm league play, execs heading for the hills, Activision suddenly showing signs of Titanic-ing right into the nearest iceberg while people man the rowboats.  Seriously, what the actual hell?  I feel like I'm reading some sort of weird Secret Wars fanfic every time I click a story on what's up lately.

/sort of mixed feelings about Bungie escaping, Destiny 2 had a ton of shiatshow elements that I'd rather not see continued - oh well
//there has to be something pretty damn odd going on behind the scenes as it were
///this shiat makes the days of Bobby Kotick look rational

What happened was game publishers became public companies, beholden to shareholders. Those shareholders demand that profits continually increase, making the publishers concentrate on squeezing more money out of a dwindling customer base (due to the explosion of number of venues for entertainment), instead of making entertaining, well-designed games. This is also combined with the increasing expense of making games, and the reluctance of consumers to buy games over a certain price (generally considered to be $60), causing game companies to use underhanded methods to get player to spend more (e.g. loot boxes).


You think that the customer base for games is dwindling?
 
2019-01-13 09:03:43 AM  

stuartp9: NeedlesslyCanadian: Yes, subs. One of the largest videogame publishers in the world is, in fact, still around.

Believe it or not, Pepsi, Ford, and Disney are all still in business, too.

Yes someone is a bit uneducated. Activision-Blizzard?  Call of Duty, Destiny, Skylanders, ..
Might as well be surprised that EA is still around.


EA should be investigated for murdering Simcity.
 
2019-01-13 09:10:50 AM  

RTOGUY: stuartp9: NeedlesslyCanadian: Yes, subs. One of the largest videogame publishers in the world is, in fact, still around.

Believe it or not, Pepsi, Ford, and Disney are all still in business, too.

Yes someone is a bit uneducated. Activision-Blizzard?  Call of Duty, Destiny, Skylanders, ..
Might as well be surprised that EA is still around.

EA should be investigated for murdering Simcity.


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2019-01-13 09:12:37 AM  
I blame Jastor Gallywix
 
2019-01-13 09:26:25 AM  

Mad_Radhu: RTOGUY: stuartp9: NeedlesslyCanadian: Yes, subs. One of the largest videogame publishers in the world is, in fact, still around.

Believe it or not, Pepsi, Ford, and Disney are all still in business, too.

Yes someone is a bit uneducated. Activision-Blizzard?  Call of Duty, Destiny, Skylanders, ..
Might as well be surprised that EA is still around.

EA should be investigated for murdering Simcity.

[img.fark.net image 311x143]


Nobody at EA is capable of regret.
 
2019-01-13 09:43:57 AM  

PainInTheASP: They peaked with Pitfall Enduro.  There.  I said it.


FTFM
 
2019-01-13 10:25:03 AM  
Old computer game developer here (I'm both old physically and I wrote games in the '80s and '90s). Anyway, EVERY game publisher I had (and I had some biggies with 2 #1 games) routinely ripped off their developers for royalties. Just sayin'
 
2019-01-13 10:51:41 AM  

NeedlesslyCanadian: Yes, subs. One of the largest videogame publishers in the world is, in fact, still around.

Believe it or not, Pepsi, Ford, and Disney are all still in business, too.


Do you think brands exist in perpetuity? Atari is only nominally around. Your response is a bit daft.
 
2019-01-13 10:56:06 AM  
Tyrone Slothrop: What happened was game publishers became public companies, beholden to shareholders. Those shareholders demand that profits continually increase, making the publishers concentrate on squeezing more money out of a dwindling customer base (due to the explosion of number of venues for entertainment), instead of making entertaining, well-designed games. This is also combined with the increasing expense of making games, and the reluctance of consumers to buy games over a certain price (generally considered to be $60), causing game companies to use underhanded methods to get player to spend more (e.g. loot boxes).

THIS. Thanks to greed and shareholders, the onus is on the money, not the quality. Secondly, the industry is filled with smash and grab executives. The way that works is: 

Sociopath Manager joins team
Doesn't care if what's being built matches (or even meets) Customer expectation
Looks for ways to grossly oversell the product (Which is why MMORPGs are pushed)
Product launches, everyone takes a bite and goes 'Yuck. This is sh*t on a shingle.'
Massive outrage ensues. However, and this is key, before it really gets going: 
Sociopath Manager planned for this, and shops around their resume.
New hiring company sees just the huge $$$ they brought it, and is hired.
Cycle repeats. 

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2019-01-13 11:06:54 AM  

khatores: I don't think "Fraud Investigators" is going to sell many copies.

WHITE COLLAR CRIME?  NOT ON YOUR WATCH!

- Chase down accountants and executives who merely sigh, look despondent and call their family to arrange bail money before going to jail willingly!
- Get into no car chases!  No foot chases!  Take only brisk walks, if you choose to.
- Look over P&L statements, ledgers and affidavits for hours before breaking for lunch at Chipotle, then coming back again to listen to read over rambling insider witness statements!
- Try to convince the Justice Department that you have enough evidence for an indictment...and hope they're not shut down due to completely unrelated political gridlock!
- Carve out weeks...hey, maybe months...for trial when you may be called as a witness by both sides, forced to show up to court and listen to hours of testimony while you inhale coffee to keep yourself awake!

Bonus: Get the BONUS pack which includes Hot Administrative Assistant With Customizable Hair, Face and Body, Meal Options and Midsize Sedan Upgrade to Midsize Luxury Sedan!

Merchandising Bonus: For a limited time and while supplies last, get an official navy blue windbreaker with Fraud Investigators in yellow block letters, just like the professionals!  Comes in one official-style cardboard file box from Avery - just like the real FBI uses for cataloging and carrying away evidence during a raid!


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I'd like to watch that show "Corporate Cops".

Michael Moore vs Cops
Youtube cGWP4VN_VWw
 
2019-01-13 11:16:07 AM  

Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: NeedlesslyCanadian: Yes, subs. One of the largest videogame publishers in the world is, in fact, still around.

Believe it or not, Pepsi, Ford, and Disney are all still in business, too.

Do you think brands exist in perpetuity? Atari is only nominally around. Your response is a bit daft.


Atari and Activision both go way back and both are still around. A lot of brands exist for far longer than we notice.

NeedlesslyCanadian's point is valid, Activision Blizzard is one of the biggest video games companies on the planet. It's like suddenly remembering that Disney still exists, having somehow forgotten all the billions of dollars they make a year.
 
2019-01-13 11:21:26 AM  
david crane and bob whitehead made some of the greatest atari games. atari was foolish to let these cash cows leave the company and form activision.  The Atari CEO once told them both, "your no more important then the assembly line worker who puts these games together"

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2019-01-13 11:26:19 AM  

Dybbuk Schmybbuk: [img.fark.net image 338x280]
Activision willl be fine if they only step on the back of the heads going right to left.


Ok farkers, I have a challenge for you.

In the 90's we had a whopping 3 PC's running win 95. On that, we had a game that you were basically doing similar to here, you had ladders to climb, some sort of spray that would dissolve the floor around you to trap the enemies that we're trying to get you, and your objective was collect all the gold on the map and escape out the final ladder.
What was the name of that game? For the life of me I cannot remember.
 
2019-01-13 11:27:38 AM  

jayphat: Dybbuk Schmybbuk: [img.fark.net image 338x280]
Activision willl be fine if they only step on the back of the heads going right to left.

Ok farkers, I have a challenge for you.

In the 90's we had a whopping 3 PC's running win 95. On that, we had a game that you were basically doing similar to here, you had ladders to climb, some sort of spray that would dissolve the floor around you to trap the enemies that we're trying to get you, and your objective was collect all the gold on the map and escape out the final ladder.
What was the name of that game? For the life of me I cannot remember.


Lode Runner
 
2019-01-13 11:33:01 AM  

Dog Man: Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: NeedlesslyCanadian: Yes, subs. One of the largest videogame publishers in the world is, in fact, still around.

Believe it or not, Pepsi, Ford, and Disney are all still in business, too.

Do you think brands exist in perpetuity? Atari is only nominally around. Your response is a bit daft.

Atari and Activision both go way back and both are still around. A lot of brands exist for far longer than we notice.

NeedlesslyCanadian's point is valid, Activision Blizzard is one of the biggest video games companies on the planet. It's like suddenly remembering that Disney still exists, having somehow forgotten all the billions of dollars they make a year.


^ Yes, exactly this. Daft headline is daft.
 
2019-01-13 11:40:53 AM  

jayphat: Dybbuk Schmybbuk: [img.fark.net image 338x280]
Activision willl be fine if they only step on the back of the heads going right to left.

Ok farkers, I have a challenge for you.

In the 90's we had a whopping 3 PC's running win 95. On that, we had a game that you were basically doing similar to here, you had ladders to climb, some sort of spray that would dissolve the floor around you to trap the enemies that we're trying to get you, and your objective was collect all the gold on the map and escape out the final ladder.
What was the name of that game? For the life of me I cannot remember.


Sounds like Lode Runner.
 
2019-01-13 11:47:42 AM  

RTOGUY: jayphat: Dybbuk Schmybbuk: [img.fark.net image 338x280]
Activision willl be fine if they only step on the back of the heads going right to left.

Ok farkers, I have a challenge for you.

In the 90's we had a whopping 3 PC's running win 95. On that, we had a game that you were basically doing similar to here, you had ladders to climb, some sort of spray that would dissolve the floor around you to trap the enemies that we're trying to get you, and your objective was collect all the gold on the map and escape out the final ladder.
What was the name of that game? For the life of me I cannot remember.

Lode Runner


The power of Fark assets itself

/Not in rule 34 either.
 
2019-01-13 11:58:40 AM  

Some Junkie Cosmonaut: Fine, I'll ask.  What in the raving hell is going on in the game-making industry atm.  Blizzard's dumbass move with marketing their 'diablo-esque' entry, their idiocy with handling the Heroes of the Storm league play, execs heading for the hills, Activision suddenly showing signs of Titanic-ing right into the nearest iceberg while people man the rowboats.  Seriously, what the actual hell?  I feel like I'm reading some sort of weird Secret Wars fanfic every time I click a story on what's up lately.

/sort of mixed feelings about Bungie escaping, Destiny 2 had a ton of shiatshow elements that I'd rather not see continued - oh well
//there has to be something pretty damn odd going on behind the scenes as it were
///this shiat makes the days of Bobby Kotick look rational


I don't want to risk putting time, energy, and effort into a post, but my most reliable sources indicate Activision's long-term strategy was to turn videogames into sports, and they were on their way to doing that up until Fortnite took Overwatch and dragged the rusty hook through its corpse, blood was going everywhere, and not even declaring that Soldier 76 was gay could save the game.

So I'm guessing the success of Fortnite (along with the Chinese market) convinced the heroes who count the beans that singleplayer gaming is a dinosaur, and the race is on to design the most pathologically-addictive lootcrate simulator before the U.S. and Chinese governments declare videogaming illegal.  And I hope they do this soon because videogames are for disgusting children such as myself.
 
2019-01-13 12:24:26 PM  

jayphat: RTOGUY: jayphat: Dybbuk Schmybbuk: [img.fark.net image 338x280]
Activision willl be fine if they only step on the back of the heads going right to left.

Ok farkers, I have a challenge for you.

In the 90's we had a whopping 3 PC's running win 95. On that, we had a game that you were basically doing similar to here, you had ladders to climb, some sort of spray that would dissolve the floor around you to trap the enemies that we're trying to get you, and your objective was collect all the gold on the map and escape out the final ladder.
What was the name of that game? For the life of me I cannot remember.

Lode Runner

The power of Fark assets itself

/Not in rule 34 either.


That was an excellent game and much older - I played it in the early 80s on a friend's Apple.

It's been mentioned a couple times, but TFA is utter bullshiat. Every time a publicly traded company announces just about any acquisition or split, there is a set of law firms who announce they are pursuing a class action suit on behalf of shareholders. It is immediate, and unrelated to the specifics of the transaction. It's the start of a fishing expedition, and almost always goes nowhere. The press releases are advertising for the firm to find class members to join the suit.
 
2019-01-13 12:27:27 PM  

Znuh: Tyrone Slothrop: What happened was game publishers became public companies, beholden to shareholders. Those shareholders demand that profits continually increase, making the publishers concentrate on squeezing more money out of a dwindling customer base (due to the explosion of number of venues for entertainment), instead of making entertaining, well-designed games. This is also combined with the increasing expense of making games, and the reluctance of consumers to buy games over a certain price (generally considered to be $60), causing game companies to use underhanded methods to get player to spend more (e.g. loot boxes).

THIS. Thanks to greed and shareholders, the onus is on the money, not the quality. Secondly, the industry is filled with smash and grab executives. The way that works is: 

Sociopath Manager joins team
Doesn't care if what's being built matches (or even meets) Customer expectation
Looks for ways to grossly oversell the product (Which is why MMORPGs are pushed)
Product launches, everyone takes a bite and goes 'Yuck. This is sh*t on a shingle.'
Massive outrage ensues. However, and this is key, before it really gets going: 
Sociopath Manager planned for this, and shops around their resume.
New hiring company sees just the huge $$$ they brought it, and is hired.
Cycle repeats. 

[img-9gag-fun.9cache.com image 460x637]


Steve Jobs was the king of product failures. Lisa, Apple III, Macintosh Portable, Newton, Pippin, eMate, Performa, Mac TV, eWorld, PowerCD....
 
2019-01-13 12:35:42 PM  

NeedlesslyCanadian: Yes, subs. One of the largest videogame publishers in the world is, in fact, still around.

Believe it or not, Pepsi, Ford, and Disney are all still in business, too.


What's Sears up to these days?

/besides their necks in red ink
 
2019-01-13 01:15:19 PM  
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2019-01-13 01:21:53 PM  
Phil Hartman: Ice Hockey Activision
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2019-01-13 01:31:56 PM  

Some Junkie Cosmonaut: Fine, I'll ask.  What in the raving hell is going on in the game-making industry atm.


I think it's probably the SJWs forcing women into the business.
 
2019-01-13 01:35:25 PM  

thurstonxhowell: Tyrone Slothrop: Some Junkie Cosmonaut: Fine, I'll ask.  What in the raving hell is going on in the game-making industry atm.  Blizzard's dumbass move with marketing their 'diablo-esque' entry, their idiocy with handling the Heroes of the Storm league play, execs heading for the hills, Activision suddenly showing signs of Titanic-ing right into the nearest iceberg while people man the rowboats.  Seriously, what the actual hell?  I feel like I'm reading some sort of weird Secret Wars fanfic every time I click a story on what's up lately.

/sort of mixed feelings about Bungie escaping, Destiny 2 had a ton of shiatshow elements that I'd rather not see continued - oh well
//there has to be something pretty damn odd going on behind the scenes as it were
///this shiat makes the days of Bobby Kotick look rational

What happened was game publishers became public companies, beholden to shareholders. Those shareholders demand that profits continually increase, making the publishers concentrate on squeezing more money out of a dwindling customer base (due to the explosion of number of venues for entertainment), instead of making entertaining, well-designed games. This is also combined with the increasing expense of making games, and the reluctance of consumers to buy games over a certain price (generally considered to be $60), causing game companies to use underhanded methods to get player to spend more (e.g. loot boxes).

You think that the customer base for games is dwindling?


If anything they're getting fatter.
 
2019-01-13 04:41:06 PM  

jayphat: Dybbuk Schmybbuk: [img.fark.net image 338x280]
Activision willl be fine if they only step on the back of the heads going right to left.

Ok farkers, I have a challenge for you.

In the 90's we had a whopping 3 PC's running win 95. On that, we had a game that you were basically doing similar to here, you had ladders to climb, some sort of spray that would dissolve the floor around you to trap the enemies that we're trying to get you, and your objective was collect all the gold on the map and escape out the final ladder.
What was the name of that game? For the life of me I cannot remember.


It's Lode Runner, one of my favourite games (and that game goes back to the early days of the Apple II)

There's a newer version of it available on Steam:

https://store.steampowered.com/app/62​8​660/Lode_Runner_Legacy/
 
2019-01-13 05:51:44 PM  

Dog Man: Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: NeedlesslyCanadian: Yes, subs. One of the largest videogame publishers in the world is, in fact, still around.

Believe it or not, Pepsi, Ford, and Disney are all still in business, too.

Do you think brands exist in perpetuity? Atari is only nominally around. Your response is a bit daft.

Atari and Activision both go way back and both are still around. A lot of brands exist for far longer than we notice.

NeedlesslyCanadian's point is valid, Activision Blizzard is one of the biggest video games companies on the planet. It's like suddenly remembering that Disney still exists, having somehow forgotten all the billions of dollars they make a year.


Most people know Disney, relatively few have any idea Activision is still around. Brands do disappear.
 
2019-01-13 06:49:52 PM  

Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: Dog Man: Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: NeedlesslyCanadian: Yes, subs. One of the largest videogame publishers in the world is, in fact, still around.

Believe it or not, Pepsi, Ford, and Disney are all still in business, too.

Do you think brands exist in perpetuity? Atari is only nominally around. Your response is a bit daft.

Atari and Activision both go way back and both are still around. A lot of brands exist for far longer than we notice.

NeedlesslyCanadian's point is valid, Activision Blizzard is one of the biggest video games companies on the planet. It's like suddenly remembering that Disney still exists, having somehow forgotten all the billions of dollars they make a year.

Most people know Disney, relatively few have any idea Activision is still around. Brands do disappear.


But there wasn't an earth shattering KABOOM. Did the public at large expect some Barnstorming Hero to engage in Keystone Kapers or a River Raid.

/Oink
 
2019-01-13 06:54:27 PM  

Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: Dog Man: Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: NeedlesslyCanadian: Yes, subs. One of the largest videogame publishers in the world is, in fact, still around.

Believe it or not, Pepsi, Ford, and Disney are all still in business, too.

Do you think brands exist in perpetuity? Atari is only nominally around. Your response is a bit daft.

Atari and Activision both go way back and both are still around. A lot of brands exist for far longer than we notice.

NeedlesslyCanadian's point is valid, Activision Blizzard is one of the biggest video games companies on the planet. It's like suddenly remembering that Disney still exists, having somehow forgotten all the billions of dollars they make a year.

Most people know Disney, relatively few have any idea Activision is still around. Brands do disappear.


They sure do. But that doesn't change the fact that if subby is going to write a headline about the video game industry, it might be a good idea to know something about said industry. Saying that you're surprised to find out that one of, if not the biggest companies in an industry is still around just makes you look ignorant on the topic.
 
2019-01-13 09:38:16 PM  

spooky.action: Znuh: Tyrone Slothrop: What happened was game publishers became public companies, beholden to shareholders. Those shareholders demand that profits continually increase, making the publishers concentrate on squeezing more money out of a dwindling customer base (due to the explosion of number of venues for entertainment), instead of making entertaining, well-designed games. This is also combined with the increasing expense of making games, and the reluctance of consumers to buy games over a certain price (generally considered to be $60), causing game companies to use underhanded methods to get player to spend more (e.g. loot boxes).

THIS. Thanks to greed and shareholders, the onus is on the money, not the quality. Secondly, the industry is filled with smash and grab executives. The way that works is: 

Sociopath Manager joins team
Doesn't care if what's being built matches (or even meets) Customer expectation
Looks for ways to grossly oversell the product (Which is why MMORPGs are pushed)
Product launches, everyone takes a bite and goes 'Yuck. This is sh*t on a shingle.'
Massive outrage ensues. However, and this is key, before it really gets going: 
Sociopath Manager planned for this, and shops around their resume.
New hiring company sees just the huge $$$ they brought it, and is hired.
Cycle repeats. 

[img-9gag-fun.9cache.com image 460x637]

Steve Jobs was the king of product failures. Lisa, Apple III, Macintosh Portable, Newton, Pippin, eMate, Performa, Mac TV, eWorld, PowerCD....


With the exception of the Lisa and the Apple III, all of those products were during Jobs's absence from Apple.
 
2019-01-13 10:48:19 PM  

PainInTheASP: They peaked with Pitfall.  There.  I said it.


Tass Times in Tonetown was their best.

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it's so '80s.
 
2019-01-13 11:43:03 PM  

RTOGUY: stuartp9: NeedlesslyCanadian: Yes, subs. One of the largest videogame publishers in the world is, in fact, still around.

Believe it or not, Pepsi, Ford, and Disney are all still in business, too.

Yes someone is a bit uneducated. Activision-Blizzard?  Call of Duty, Destiny, Skylanders, ..
Might as well be surprised that EA is still around.

EA should be investigated for murdering Simcity.


EA should be investigated for murdering like eighty studios after running their titles into the ground.
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2019-01-14 01:33:57 AM  

Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: Dog Man: Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: NeedlesslyCanadian: Yes, subs. One of the largest videogame publishers in the world is, in fact, still around.

Believe it or not, Pepsi, Ford, and Disney are all still in business, too.

Do you think brands exist in perpetuity? Atari is only nominally around. Your response is a bit daft.

Atari and Activision both go way back and both are still around. A lot of brands exist for far longer than we notice.

NeedlesslyCanadian's point is valid, Activision Blizzard is one of the biggest video games companies on the planet. It's like suddenly remembering that Disney still exists, having somehow forgotten all the billions of dollars they make a year.

Most people know Disney, relatively few have any idea Activision is still around. Brands do disappear.


Activision owns the Call of Duty franchise.  By 2014, the CoD franchise alone had made more than $10 billion in sales.

That's not counting Destiny,and Skylanders; Blizzard Entertainment's World of Warcraft, Starcraft, Diablo, Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm, and Overwatch; and King's Candy CrushSaga, Pet Rescue Saga, and Farm Heroes Saga.

Activision Blizzard is te biggest video game company right now, despite their efforts to ruin their own games. Everyone familiar with video games today knows this.
 
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