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anime was right
Jun 27, 2008

death is certain
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this has gotta be like the third fork in the company this week jesus christ

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anime was right
Jun 27, 2008

death is certain
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Blizzard's Over: Watchleague

anime was right
Jun 27, 2008

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Vakal posted:

At least they filed the serial numbers off, which is more than some gaming companies do.



lol

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J1vwlTZ5EGQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-4XsDQYDi4

anime was right
Jun 27, 2008

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Ra Ra Rasputin posted:

Has there been any game designed from the ground up to be the next big E-SPORTS game that stuck the landing without breaking their legs on entry?

Seems like every game people like to watch others play competitively focused on trying to be a good game first and foremost.

starcraft 2 was absolutely designed to be an esport and had a pretty good run. not a perfect game but it has a scene that still exists to this day.

anime was right
Jun 27, 2008

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Dick Burglar posted:

Yeah, the fact that they weren't able to make a compelling game out of that concept feels like more a condemnation of the team than the concept being bad.

Back when Titan was canceled and Overwatch was fresh, we gave Blizzard the benefit of the doubt--how could ~*~Blizzard~*~ not know how to make a fun game? But maybe we shouldn't have. Especially since IIRC the Titan team was largely moved over to World of Warcraft and, well, you all know how that went.

it may have been they could have made something compelling, just they had no idea how to monetize it to the standards upper management wanted vs the cost to develop

anime was right
Jun 27, 2008

death is certain
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the point of expanding the IP is so u get more people playing your video game to buy mercy skins imo

anime was right
Jun 27, 2008

death is certain
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figured they were more like raynor because it was all vultures at the top

anime was right
Jun 27, 2008

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unionize already ffs

if the board stands by bobby for this, theres nothing else you can do

anime was right
Jun 27, 2008

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Grondoth posted:

This makes the fact that the board is stickin' with him make more sense. 292 is a ridiculous sum for making a CEO leave, so the fact that they haven't taken the most obvious move makes much more sense. I don't know why they signed this contract, but knowing it's like a AAA budget to fire the guy is an understandable barrier protecting his neck.

they signed the contract because in spite of bobby kotick being a monster he made them a lot of money and gave them the infinite growth shareholders desire

anime was right
Jun 27, 2008

death is certain
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stev posted:

If nothing else the man's getting mad exposure.

no wonder hes so well paid

anime was right
Jun 27, 2008

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money makes your brain go dumb and hoardy. the richer you are the more clingy you get to your money. losing a billion dollars means that you're at risk of losing everything.

the hoarding is a human flaw, a brain worm that happens to be larger than most, in a sociopaths brain, and the more money they get the bigger the worm gets.

anyway dune was a pretty good movie whats going on with bobby kotick

anime was right
Jun 27, 2008

death is certain
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im not sure why the makers of world of warcraft do not simply organize 25+ people to fell the person in charge of loot

anime was right
Jun 27, 2008

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Ursine Catastrophe posted:

Can't have people walking out if they're not at work, see

or talking to each other

anime was right
Jun 27, 2008

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they didnt even do it through layoffs, iirc they cut profit share for senior employees at some point which is aroudn when you saw the exodus of like ben brode and stuff. that might just be hearsay tho, but a lot of people explicitly quit around that time.

anime was right
Jun 27, 2008

death is certain
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The United States posted:

Konami actually started the plastic instruments genre with Beatmania and Drummania and Guitar Freaks, Activision definitely intended to milk it to death once they bought Red Octane, but EA jumping on board with Harmonix and Rock Band defnitely accelerated the death-via-milking to "under a decade"

https://www.destructoid.com/former-redoctane-ceo-activision-abused-guitar-hero/

https://www.vice.com/en/article/wx8bey/the-oral-history-of-guitar-hero

looking forward to the nostalgic return of guitar hero guitars

anime was right
Jun 27, 2008

death is certain
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yeah there wasnt enough time imo. it wasnt collectively associated with full-on good times nostalgia.

i imagine we'll get something that works with phones or something.

anime was right
Jun 27, 2008

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literally every terminally online zoomer uses pepes

anime was right
Jun 27, 2008

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John Murdoch posted:

I was under the impression that the bolded bit is a critical part of the whole scheme. Reselling game items was always something companies wanted to stamp out at all costs because they weren't getting a cut. With NFTs when somebody sells their stupid digital hat for $1000 now they can double (triple, quadruple, infinite-ple) dip by not only getting the initial buy-in money but also a chunk of any successive sales.

this only works if you resell it on a specific marketplace that recognizes it lol

anime was right
Jun 27, 2008

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Disargeria posted:

Lore was well liked at first and had solid clout as the Tankspot guy,, but his interactions with the community steadily soured. In BfA he launched the extremely controversial Azerite post where he communicated that the devs were actively considering making Azerite harder to respec instead of easier. This blew up and players were pissed. (You can see the beginnings of the Covenant problem here). He ranted on Twitter about how awful and stupid the players were, like we couldn't read his public posts.

That was basically the low point, and after that he stopped posting and apparently got reassigned to managing community partners, which ALSO started going to poo poo, so...

there is literally no situation in which a community manager can win and when people are rightfully mega lovely you literally cant complain about it. it rules. i am so glad i do not do community management anymore!!

anime was right
Jun 27, 2008

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ColdPie posted:

Yeah, imagine all those retail horror stories you hear, but now it's on the internet and all the customers are teenagers who have never had a job. Good stuff.

lol they're not just jobless teenagers and also they will do poo poo like mail you death threats. absolute dogshit job thats basically the skillset of Comms + Marketing + Support all rolled into one except it pays nothing too.

anime was right
Jun 27, 2008

death is certain
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https://twitter.com/_TechJess/status/1509673087872110601

anime was right
Jun 27, 2008

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Ghost Leviathan posted:

Took long enough but licensed games really have died hard. The rising costs of the HD era did it I think, but also apparently realising you can't just poo poo out a tie-in in time for the movie's release and expect it to sell based on grandma buying it for little Timmy anymore.

with big IPs its probably just more lucrative to invest in phone games tbh

anime was right
Jun 27, 2008

death is certain
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anime was right
Jun 27, 2008

death is certain
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Arsenic Lupin posted:

Based on counting the dots, it is either 0-9 or 1-10.

People have also pointed out that the character is still "McCree" internally.

supposedly that chart is from a while ago and they decided to show it now, of all times

based on the total amount of characters and the ones that are showing in the list, its from between late 2018 to very early 2019 so about 3-4 years old

anime was right fucked around with this message at 19:49 on May 13, 2022

anime was right
Jun 27, 2008

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Minera posted:

lol at gender identity being a 5 point scale: 0 for male, 5 for female

thats one way to get more nonbinary representation

anime was right
Jun 27, 2008

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introducing the mckinsey scale

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Jun 27, 2008

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Eej posted:

Realistically the screenshot was taken before all that happened

Alternatively just like literally anyone who still plays the game the devs still call him McCree.

if you go by the amount of heroes and which heroes are included the screenshot is from late 2018/early 2019

anime was right
Jun 27, 2008

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Kanos posted:

Call of Duty makes as much money as the entire King stable, if not more. Warzone is unfathomably profitable.

King does smash Blizzard's numbers, but Blizzard still brings in a fair chunk.

like blizzard doesnt even need to make king money to still be of extremely high value. make really good IPs, maintain really strong old ones, and use those IPs for secondary sources of monetization through fandom and as goodwill for the parent company to put people into other parts of the ecosystem. but lol, lmao. shareholders dont care.

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anime was right
Jun 27, 2008

death is certain
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almost every successful esport had a really awkward phase where there wasnt a lot of money in it and just people playing the game at the highest levels ebcause they liked it. the game stood under competitive scrutiny even with really jank and underfunded situations. it was only after that they became actual esports. you cant speedrun a competitive community and game with extra dollars.

just bonkers they blew it all on that without going "ok lets let this pan out for a year to make sure even observing the game is fun"

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