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Edited by Ghilz on Feb 17th 2020 at 9:48:42 AM
I'm still a bit salty about what happened with Heroes of the Storm and i now worry about the state of Overwatch 2.
Ever since Brack became president everything has gone downhill.
Was that the point where things shifted course?
It was a slope. The Activision merger, the change in leadership, Wo W, etc....
Edited by Ghilz on Feb 17th 2020 at 10:04:47 AM
While the merger was certainly the reason, i believe that Morhaime was able to keep things in order so Activision wouldn't put too much pressure on Blizzard.
When he jumped ship and resigned, that's when things started to get out of hand. Hence why people point to Brack being the one that started to cause the decline.
Y'know what, I'm just going to go play Diablo 2 again and hope Diablo 4 doesn't tank the entire franchise for good.
Ah, the Two Best Friends Play podcast keep remembering that one guy who wrote in to them thanking god about the "three 'B's" of gaming that were the last bastions of quality or whatever - Blizzard, Bethesda and Bioware. Cue side-splitting laughter.
I feel like there's a joke to be made about Triple A studios being Triple B now, but I am not skilled to pull that off
The entire ensemble of 'Triple-AAAEY' publishers really should be the 'Triple-EFFF' because of their out-of-control greed and disregard for anyone who isn't a shareholder.
Corporations were never our friends. They didnt provide "quality games" out of love and kindness, these were flukes caused by the dedications of thousands of tormented workers meant to enrich shareholders.
Its sheer luck they were any good at all.
I wouldn't say they're flukes, usually at least some people on a given project usually does care on some level. Attributing it entirely to luck shortchanges the sincere effort people usually put into doing their jobs on these games, and a lot of crappy games are still made with some passion before getting derailed by the greedy shareholders.
Edited by AlleyOop on Feb 17th 2020 at 2:46:20 PM
Well...least the viewpoint matches the name.
It's a case study in the difference between capitalism as imagined by Objectivists and Libertarians, and capitalism as it actually exists.
Ayn Rand had a lot of "interesting" ideas about morality, but she believed that letting business owners do as they please would necessarily lead to better products because she never considered that people would try to increase profits by methods other than making their own products better despite Adam Smith having warned about that very thing in the 18th century.
But, of course, any given episode of the Jimquisition will show how mistaken she was on that front.
Edited by VampireBuddha on Feb 19th 2020 at 10:07:57 AM
It's been pointed out before in this thread that Adam Smith had a more nuanced perspective on capitalism and trade than many people give him credit for.
Yeah, Adam Smith knew his shit.
Sometimes it feels like a lot of self-proclaimed free market capitalists got more of their ideas from reading one too many Ayn Rand novels (so basically one Ayn Rand novel) or watching Wall Street than from actually reading The Wealth of Nations.
Edited by M84 on Feb 18th 2020 at 10:15:38 PM
Most video games are made by people who are genuinely passionate, though there's a lot more that goes into a game being good than just passion or even skill. To use a simple example, I once met the guy who made Yar's Revenge, Howard Scott Warshaw. He also made the game ET.
Issues like Executive Meddling*, time and budget constraints, bad organization, can make any game bad. And there's also the simple fact that Shakespeare at a typewriter, given infinite time, would eventually write something resembling a monkey hitting the keyboard.
As for businesses, they were never our friends per se, but it's also not a fluke that they made good games. It's just that quality is actually a good business model a lot of the time, and people tend to forget this.
Edited by Protagonist506 on Feb 18th 2020 at 6:19:50 AM
Case in point: Daikatana. Lot of passion and talent...and too much ego.
Executive Meddling gets a bad rap mostly because we only ever really find out about the cases where it led to a bad product or service.
Edited by M84 on Feb 18th 2020 at 11:27:22 PM
The ideal form of Executive Meddling is to avoid Protection from Editors. We don't often hear about cases of that in part because successes where it works as intended feel they don't really have as much dirty laundry to air.
Edited by AlleyOop on Feb 18th 2020 at 12:50:43 PM
It's also not terribly interesting news.
"Responsible management leads to a decent product shipped in a timely fashion" doesn't exactly make for a good headline.
Darksiders Genesis - Looks Like Diablo, Plays Like Not-Diablo
...Has Jim literally never encountered a non-Diabloesque game that that uses a fixed camera before? He seems really hung up on that
Small reference pools.
Bethesda and Activision pull their games from Geforce Now, Nvidia's game streaming service.
Also Nvidia has a game streaming service.
Jim of course points out this is the same shenanigans that awaits Stadia.
I honestly had no idea Nvidia even HAD a streaming service. Ah well, at least now we know Stadia's days are numbered.
Stadia's days were numbered before it came out. It had a negative number of days.
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