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Apr 23rd 2012 at 7:29:11 PM •••

Hey, come on, now. If you're going to mention Max Barry, you HAVE to mention "Jennifer Government"! That book is all about CC Es!

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Feb 16th 2012 at 5:39:47 PM •••

Why no real life examples? Yeah, everyone knows activison, right? just, Why? Oh, and please give detail, with TL;DR in mind.

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Mar 7th 2012 at 11:22:14 AM •••

Real life examples will just lead to flame wars.

Dec 10th 2011 at 7:30:36 PM •••

are there any good deconstructions of Corrupt Corporate Executive because I would really like to see that

Oct 18th 2011 at 2:46:58 PM •••

Why did you remove all the Real Life examples, those were all interesting articles

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Oct 25th 2011 at 6:30:47 PM •••

Because lately TV Tropes have been getting stricter. A lot stricter.

Mar 6th 2012 at 9:34:09 AM •••

Well, we can't have Flame Bait. It'll inevitably turn into that and violate Rule of Cautious Editing Judgement.

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Jun 29th 2011 at 7:29:51 PM •••

Why the hell wasn't Gordon Gekko on here?!

Mar 30th 2011 at 7:45:33 AM •••

"In terms of rank, the authority tropes arguably equal are Badass Preacher, Irish Priest, Landlord, Preacher Man, Pedophile Priest, Schoolteachers, Sexy Priest, Sinister Minister and The Vicar. For the next step down, see Student Council President. For the next step up, see Dean Bitterman."

Erm, this doesn't seem like a whole lot of sense in terms of comparisons. Cut it?

Mar 6th 2011 at 5:36:19 AM •••

Is it cool if I add Stuart Snyder? He's the man who runs Cartoon Network. He completely defies EVERY request from Cartoon Network's older audience, just because they're not in Cartoon Network's general demographic (and even some from those that are). He's causing a tremendous amount of Network Decay, and refuses to stop showing live-action, despite the fact that ratings reports show that live-action does terrible on the network. He barely makes any effort at all to appeal to old-school fans (by keeping Tom and Jerry as the ONLY classic show, and by showing Dexter's Lab, as well as Powerpuff Girls for a while) and is only showing live-action because he wants to, and, judging by the way it's promoted and shown, is desperately trying to get just one live-action hit.

So the guy listens to no-one's complaints, adds stuff for his own Author Appeal, and is generally considered a terrible, terrible president. Sound corrupt enough for you?

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Dec 6th 2011 at 7:58:25 PM •••

I wanted to add him, too. However, being Real Life means we have to make a profile of him and then associate him with the trope. If we just add him as part OF the trope, it will not go over well- maybe not even make it for 12 hours before removal.

Dec 26th 2010 at 7:08:52 PM •••

Okay, chucking this out in its entirety...

  • Before Kotick, there's Bernie Stolar. In his short stint as head of Sony Computer Entertainment America, he nearly run the PSOne's North American market to the ground by insisting and prioritizing on sports titles and giving JRPG titles the shaft. This famously ticked off Victor Ireland of Working Designs. He then made a beeline for Sega of America when SCEA started showing signs of failing and Sony gave him the boot (SCEA got better when Stolar's Sports First rule was immediately abandoned after his departure and Final Fantasy VII became a bestseller shortly after). At Sega of America, he reused his sports-titles-first tiranny, along with a new No-2D rule, and single-handedly killed off the Sega Saturn. He was booted shortly after the launch of the Dreamcast, but by then the damage has been done and many western developers have ditched developing for Sega as a whole, and thus sealed the fate of the company's hardware division. Thus he also contributed to Sega's demise in the hardware sector. Now you know why fans of the Saturn has nicknamed him The Satan Of Saturn.

for a few reasons. For one, Stolar's decisions on the Dreamcast launch (namely, delaying it for a year in the U.S.) are what gave it any sort of chance, as it had an excellent launch lineup, particularly when compared to its dreadful Japanese launch consisting of a visual novel and a terrible Godzilla game. For another, I've never heard it termed as him being fired, but poached by Sega after the Sega Saturn had one of the most bungled launches in gaming history. While the PS 1 was strong out of the starting gate.

Even if you disagree and/or disprove all that, none of that is corruption, Kotick's practices rely on the exploitation of startup companies which are just as quickly abandoned. It relies on treating people like they're expendable, on acting as though there's no artistry to the process. Stolar had to steer a rapidly sinking ship with the Saturn. Say what you will about how he handled it, but nothing in his behavior counts as corrupt.