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  1. I'd figure Alpha and Boogie would do a better job explaining things here.. Even as well.
  2. Guarantee this is only happening because Satoru Iwata isn't around anymore... ;n; Greedy fucks!
  3. Hello, this may be old news but it strikes close to home for me because I absolutely loved PopCap, so I'm going to run you through a timeline of events leading up to PopCaps denial, the creators of such great casual games, here's a few you might recognize. These are some popular titles that PopCap had to offer. I'm sure if you've played any of these you can attest to the amount of sheer fun and hours of gameplay these contained. And then EA showed up. In summer of 2011 EA bought out PopCap for 1.3 BILLION dollars. Link to the artical on it here. http://techcrunch.com/2011/07/12/confirmed-ea-buys-popcap-games-for-750-million-plus-earn-out/ EA CEO states “PopCap’s great studio talent and powerful IP add to EA’s momentum and accelerate our drive towards a $1 billion digital business. EA’s global studio and publishing network will help PopCap rapidly expand their business to more digital devices, more countries, and more channels.” ^This right here? It's basically saying "We're willing to pay out the ASS for us to get our hands on the IP's that PopCap has to offer, and oh hoh hoh did they MILK it. Now, I don't know about any of these other games, but Plants Vs. Zombies was squeezed of it's monetary value. I'm talking Sequels, Toys, Shirts, pretty much whatever merchandise you wanted, and when I went to take my baby sister to a Chuck E. Cheese type restaurant (Safari Sam's), what did I see there? I'm laughing as I type this, but no joke, I saw one of these. Yeah, seriously. Disclaimer, this photo was taken off the internet, not an exact picture of the one I saw, but they are practically identicular. I would tell you my opinions on the actual games they made as sequels, but that would take a really long time, involve a lot of anger, and lose the "professional" side on behalf of AJSA. Short version: They suck. Plants Vs. Zombies IP slapped on = sells like hotcakes. So how did all of this turn out on PopCaps side? Badly. Very badly. In fact, people were literally being held up like puppets by Corporate Commander, with the goodness of their LIVES threatened. Don't believe me? http://goo.gl/QVC6hU http://goo.gl/p5ELOZ For those of you who didn't click on that, EA has shut down branches of PopCap in several areas. Now, for the latter, the CEO of PopCap (John Vechey) claims that EA had nothing to do with jobs in Seattle being lost. "The founders, CEO, and executives who were in charge of PopCap still are. The decision to reorganize was 100 percent made by us, with no pressure from EA," he said on the PopCap Blog. Adding, "if we didn't have EA behind us, the cuts would have been worse." Would it have been worse, John? Now, of course I'm not going to try to disprove this, because there is no way to, but think about it. Seattle jobs were lost in August of 2012. That's over a YEAR later that PopCap was bought out by EA. Would they be in this exact same position a whole year later if they never sold out? Do you think so? I sure don't, PopCap were kings at making and pumping out a fun casual game and should have spent the last 2 years doing that. If you're still not on my side, think about this. Seeing all those games up at the top of this ungodly long post (sorry about that), would you have expected PopCap in their right mind to develope a mobile only game with shit-tons of micro transactions? Say hi to the long awaited Plants Vs Zombies sequel, which is actually still being updated today! Got to keep them paying somehow, damn they know how to milk an IP.
  4. Figured it would be a good idea to have a thread to inform people of when Corporate Commander attacks our childhoods and wallets. I'm starting this topic for two reasons: 1) To heighten awareness of Corporate Commander's atrocities against common sense. 2) The last topic I started, which told everybody to stay safe if some idiot in Washington, Paris, London or Moscow presses the big red button was apparently out of place on a gaming forum. Even though political discussion is allowed on the other gaming forums (Subsim.com and various flight sim forums) I take part in, I didn't read the rules, so I pretty much just took up bandwidth and other people's time, especially that of a moderator named Rain. Sorry about that, I'll try to actually READ THE RULES next time Anyway, I feel kinda guilty about that, so I've started a thread that actually fits in here as a bit of an apology Now, when you talk about the crap Corporate Commander's pulled, it doesn't have to be recent, hell, it can even be something that happened to your ancestors or somebody completely unrelated to you. I'll start off. Now, I'm not entirely sure if this was Corporate Commander's work or just some misguided German filmmakers trying to salute the heroic parts of their nation's military history, but it sure looks like Corporate Commander screwed around with something in there. In 2008 a German film called The Red Baron was released. It's a decent film, except for one thing: it's a biopic of Manfred von Richthofen, WWI's highest scoring fighter ace, that almost entirely fictionalises his life. For example, there's a scene where Manfred is berating his younger brother, Lothar Von Ricthofen, for shooting down a damaged British plane that was trying to land, killing the pilot. In real life, Manfred Von Richthofen proabably would've shot that plane down, and strafed it several times to make sure that the pilot was dead. Yeah, that's right, completely misrepresents the main character of the movie. Now, while Richthofen was pretty damn chivalrous at times, especially with his last kill, who he didn't strafe, but actually waved to, for the most part he was a cold-blooded killing machine. I'm not saying that Ricthofen was evil (he's actually one of the people I admire the most, for his skill and the chivalry he showed near the end of his life), but completely misrepresenting him, his collegues and his family, giving him a steamy sex life that never happened, giving him a non-existent Jewish friend, giving him non-existent pacifism, and giving him a completely fictional friendship with the Canadian who may or may not have shot him down (I reckon it was some Australian troops who offed Richthofen, though those Canadians do have a proud history of badassery) is just ignoring historical fact and drama for a quick buck. Of course, it's completely possible that Corporate Commander wasn't behind this, and that it was just an attempt by the filmmakers to portray a nobler time for Germany. And, too be fair, the film is very unbiased and get's it's anti-war message across effectively, even if there are times when it's being rammed down your throat. But completely misrepresenting an actual historical figure, and a national hero at that, is the wrong way to go about it. The film is enjoyable, but only as a guilty pleasure. And it was definitely Corporate Commander's decision to make German actors in Germany playing German war heroes in a German film speak all their lines in English so that the film would sell better in English-speaking countries. And did I mention that the WWI fighter planes move like goddamn spaceships? There's even a scene where Albatros D.IIIs and D.Vas, both infamous for their tendency to break up in a dive, are in 100% vertical dive at full speed, and they don't even shudder a bit. And now we move onto something that, while it may not have been executed by Corporate Commander, was almost certainly concieved by him. The recent movie Walking with Dinosaurs. When I first saw the trailers for this (just before seeing Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor on the big screen, man that was fun), I thought "My god. I'm only 14 years old, yet you've still manged to destroy some of my childhood.". For those who don't know, the Walking with Dinosaurs series was a documentary series on the BBC, who's 6 episodes covered the rise and fall of the Dinosaurs, plus a special episode focusing on the life of the Allosauarus known among Paleontologists as 'Big Al'. Walking with Dinosaurs was a series that, along with it's sequel series, used a mix of CGI and animatronics to bring prehistoric life to, well, life. It wasn't exactly kid friendly (that didn't stop me from watching it when I was 5, LOL). There was lots of blood and gore. Two memorable scenes are a pair of sort-of-but-not-quite-yet mammals eating their own babies so that they can escape from some Dinosaurs in the Triassic era, and a pregnant pregnant Ophalmosaurus trying to give birth only to be torn in half by a (magical) Liopleurodon. And then they make a kid's movie with the same name. A kid's movie with talking Dinosaurs. Now, I haven't seen the movie, so I don't know if it's good or bad, but seriously, Corporate Commander? That's a bit like turning Watchmen into a Saturday morning cartoon! Please, if you're going to make a kid's movie with talking Dinosaurs in it, don't associate it with something as serious as Walking with Dinosaurs! But I'm sure that my complaints with Corporate Commander will shrink into nothing more than annoyances when some of the other guys and gals here have shared their stories of destroyed childhoods, stolen money, and bad quality products.
  5. (Apologies to the mods for the title, Fixed now) Posts and discussions about this tend to come up on other topics here and there, but I want to condense this and and share my thoughts on the matter as a whole. As the title suggests, what's with all the greed? Now, I get that publishers, developers and console manufactures have to make money and are in it to make money, they don't deny or apologise for that an so they shouldn't, they have employees with rent to pay and families to feed, but I have a theory. What happens is somebody, somewhere, comes up with a really good idea for gamers, then greed ruins it. Some of these ideas were bullshit to begin with of course, but there are ideas that are seen as complete bullshit now could have been born out fine motives. Ever since the idea of game patches post release came about, all be it a consumer friendly idea to fix bugs the QI testers didn't find, the quality of launches have taken a dive. Ever since the introduction of DLC, again a consumer friendly idea as it can give people access to new content without having to buy a whole other game, business practices have gone very anti consumer and DLC is barely more than a cash in now. Ever since the introduction of online multiplayer, once again a great idea for gamers since they can always find someone to play with and have much bigger and better multiplayer experiences, but as a result local multiplayer has been abandoned on games that really should have had it forcing people to buy more consoles and more copies of a game just to play with their friends. Every time a new technology, a new concept or new idea comes about with real potential for improving the experiences of gamers, the companies involved get bit by the greedy bug and ruin it. The latest being microtransactions. This does look good on paper, no really it does, playing a game for free or at reduced cost then just buying the in game content that you want giving you a personalised, full game experience, but we call all see where it's going. The same story with open beta's, also a very cool idea, letting people try out a game early and help the dev' test the game so there time is rewarded with a more bug free and better executed game all round, but even that's kinda ruined since companies are keeping open beta's up for way to long whilst milking in on DLC and microtansations before the game is even finished. This is all very unfortunate, but I would's say though, there are superb games, and superb game companies out there who use what's at there disposal to improve our experiences and these are the companies we should support. Anyway, please share you thoughts. How can it get better, who are companies to support and who are not. What fantastic idea are they going to ruin next?