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Ghilz Fight It Out! from The Moon, Or Canada Relationship Status: Above such petty unnecessities
Fight It Out!
Feb 17th 2020 at 6:45:52 AM

President of Blizzard

Edited by Ghilz on Feb 17th 2020 at 9:48:42 AM

fasoman1996 Hamston Black from Argentina (A.K.A. Naziland) Relationship Status: Baby don't hurt me!
Hamston Black
Feb 17th 2020 at 6:48:56 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.

I dont even know anymore
GoldenKaos Beastar-in-training from Drama Club Relationship Status: Too sexy for my shirt
Beastar-in-training
Feb 17th 2020 at 6:58:15 AM

Was that the point where things shifted course?

There is no final victory, as there is no final defeat. There is just the same battle. To be fought, over and over again. So toughen up.
Ghilz Fight It Out! from The Moon, Or Canada Relationship Status: Above such petty unnecessities
Fight It Out!
Feb 17th 2020 at 7:01:54 AM

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

fasoman1996 Hamston Black from Argentina (A.K.A. Naziland) Relationship Status: Baby don't hurt me!
Hamston Black
Feb 17th 2020 at 7:04:37 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.

I dont even know anymore
TheLovecraftian from Software Relationship Status: Seeking boyfriend-free girl
Feb 17th 2020 at 7:16:11 AM

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.

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GoldenKaos Beastar-in-training from Drama Club Relationship Status: Too sexy for my shirt
Beastar-in-training
Feb 17th 2020 at 7:19:52 AM

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.

There is no final victory, as there is no final defeat. There is just the same battle. To be fought, over and over again. So toughen up.
Dhiruxide unholy union of flesh and steel from Somewhere and nowhere
unholy union of flesh and steel
Feb 17th 2020 at 7:27:01 AM

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

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CybranGeneralSturm Relationship Status: [TOP SECRET]
Feb 17th 2020 at 7:31:58 AM

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.

Superdark33 The dark Mage of the playground from Playgrounds and Adventures Relationship Status: watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ
The dark Mage of the playground
Feb 17th 2020 at 11:10:19 AM

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.

AlleyOop Relationship Status: GAR for Archer
Feb 17th 2020 at 11:41:59 AM

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

CryoJNik from Somewhere rolling my eyes Relationship Status: Tsundere'ing
Feb 18th 2020 at 10:14:15 AM

[up][up]Well...least the viewpoint matches the name.

I find it ironic that a show with the message "Keep moving Forward" has a fanbase adamantly stuck on past missteps.
VampireBuddha Guardian of the Grand Unified Timeline from Ireland Relationship Status: Complex: I'm real, they are imaginary
Guardian of the Grand Unified Timeline
Feb 18th 2020 at 2:15:29 PM

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

Dude... you ever notice that, like, stuff, man?
Draghinazzo My love, has dressed me like a clown Relationship Status: YOU'RE TEARING ME APART LISA
My love, has dressed me like a clown
Feb 18th 2020 at 2:24:20 PM

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.

It's the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine. ...not really though.
M84 Light our darkest hour! from Our little blue planet Relationship Status: Chocolate!
Light our darkest hour!
Feb 18th 2020 at 6:11:02 PM

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

Disgusted, but not surprised
Protagonist506 from 'MURICA Relationship Status: Chocolate!
Feb 18th 2020 at 6:14:33 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.

  • To be fair, some amount of executive meddling is genuinely necessary the development of most games. This is because, again, the people making the game are typically passionate about making a good game, and somebody does actually have to keep ambitions in check and make sure the game actually gets released at some point.

Edited by Protagonist506 on Feb 18th 2020 at 6:19:50 AM

"Any campaign world where an orc samurai can leap off a landcruiser to fight a herd of Bulbasaurs will always have my vote of confidence"
M84 Light our darkest hour! from Our little blue planet Relationship Status: Chocolate!
Light our darkest hour!
Feb 18th 2020 at 7:25:29 PM

[up]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

Disgusted, but not surprised
AlleyOop Relationship Status: GAR for Archer
Feb 18th 2020 at 9:50:36 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

M84 Light our darkest hour! from Our little blue planet Relationship Status: Chocolate!
Light our darkest hour!
Feb 18th 2020 at 10:09:14 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.

Disgusted, but not surprised
VeryVileVillian Do you like my shell? from Russia Relationship Status: Yes, I'm alone, but I'm alone and free
Do you like my shell?
Feb 19th 2020 at 7:22:19 AM

Darksiders Genesis - Looks Like Diablo, Plays Like Not-Diablo

Each one represents an ETERNITY OF SUFFERING AND MISERY! I LOVE to hear them suffering...
Feb 19th 2020 at 9:26:13 AM

...Has Jim literally never encountered a non-Diabloesque game that that uses a fixed camera before? He seems really hung up on that

darkabomination the Quantum Mechanic from cyberspace Relationship Status: Maxing my social links
the Quantum Mechanic
Feb 20th 2020 at 10:29:59 AM

Small reference pools.

"No will to break."
Ghilz Fight It Out! from The Moon, Or Canada Relationship Status: Above such petty unnecessities
Fight It Out!
Feb 22nd 2020 at 9:18:02 AM

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.

MightyKombat And? And? And? And? AND? from Are explosions science?
And? And? And? And? AND?
Feb 22nd 2020 at 9:22:43 AM

I honestly had no idea Nvidia even HAD a streaming service. Ah well, at least now we know Stadia's days are numbered.

I'm quite confident in my shitposting you know
TheLovecraftian from Software Relationship Status: Seeking boyfriend-free girl
Feb 22nd 2020 at 9:26:47 AM

Stadia's days were numbered before it came out. It had a negative number of days.

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