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THQ RIP - 23/1/2013 10:47:49 PM   
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Looks like as of today THQ if officially no more. Probably the biggest house to die since Acclaim.

WWE are going to have to find a new licensor to make their games. I wont be expecting a WWE 14 in a hurry...
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RE: THQ RIP - 24/1/2013 8:27:12 AM   
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http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/gaming/news/a453335/thq-auction-sells-to-sega-ubisoft-take-2-and-others.html

At least EA and Activision didn't get their hands on Saints Row

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RE: THQ RIP - 24/1/2013 9:54:55 AM   
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Because EA are the devil incarnate? Not quite sure why EA still have this bad image, the games they produce these days are usually of a superb standard.

That said I've never enjoyed Saints Row nearly enough to care about it's future

What I find bizarre are the numbers being thrown about around $25m for Saints Row dev, yet the second highest (the reserve) is only $5m

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RE: THQ RIP - 24/1/2013 10:15:35 AM   
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Always makes me laugh the old EA and Activision are evil line.

Its a business. They have to turn in a profit.

Looking at it without my gaming loyalty glasses on - if a studio is pumping out high scoring games that dont sell then the writing is on the wall. Its a damn shame but nothing you can do. If it was my business I'd like to think I would do the same. Sure these days you have kickstarter, XBLA etc etc but the big guys have shareholders to please.

Its a shame about THQ - maybe they were too ambitious in trying to keep up with Activision etc who knows?



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RE: THQ RIP - 24/1/2013 4:45:55 PM   
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ORIGINAL: Sexual Harassment Panda

Not quite sure why EA still have this bad image



Bullfrog
Westwood
Origin Systems
Pandemic
BioWare

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RE: THQ RIP - 24/1/2013 5:46:42 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Sexual Harassment Panda

Not quite sure why EA still have this bad image



Bullfrog
Westwood
Origin Systems
Pandemic
BioWare


I assume what you're bothered about is the purchasing and disbanding of studios. But this is a bit of an OTT reaction to EA as I'm certain they're far from the worst culprits and in fact have plenty of success stories to counter the negatives (e.g. Blackbox, BioWare, Criterion, Danger Close Games, Pop Cap, Tiburon Entertainment, Mythic)

I think some of your examples are also a bit misleading, sometimes studios and businesses just run their course and are no longer relevant, sadly this happens and there's no evidence this couldn't have happened had EA not bought them. Infact in some cases had EA not bought them the studios would have collapsed financially anyway so they've actually saved jobs.

Bullfrog - Still exists as a re-branded EA Europe Studio and is still ran by the one of the co-founders.

Westwood - As far as I'm aware had it not been for EA buying the studio the company wouldn't have existed beyond the collapse of Virgin Interactive (who bought the studio themselves before collapsing). Admittedly the post Virgin output wasn't of the same standard.

Origin Systems - Bought in 1992 and disbanded in 2004, so it's not like going to EA was the cause of their shutting down, in fact weren't their games panned by critics and the public alike?

Pandemic - I'll give you this one, but there is an argument to be had that their games were rather poor, and they and BioWare who EA wanted to buy were the same company, so came part and parcel of the BioWare deal.

Bioware - Still going strong?



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RE: THQ RIP - 24/1/2013 6:19:35 PM   
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The both deserve the rep. Bioware is fucked.

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RE: THQ RIP - 24/1/2013 8:03:57 PM   
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WWE are going to have to find a new licensor to make their games. I wont be expecting a WWE 14 in a hurry...



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RE: THQ RIP - 25/1/2013 2:02:02 PM   
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THQ went under because it invested heavily in uDraw.

As for EA and Activision. Like DC has posted above a number of companies have been bought by them and had their games and studio dip in quality.

Wasn't EA voted the worst company to work for last year aswell?

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RE: THQ RIP - 25/1/2013 3:44:34 PM   
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THQ went under because it invested heavily in uDraw.

As for EA and Activision. Like DC has posted above a number of companies have been bought by them and had their games and studio dip in quality.

Wasn't EA voted the worst company to work for last year aswell?


A flawed survey I'm sure most would agree, you'd need to quiz all employers based on general satisfaction rather than just quizzing some employers and only looking for negative comments.

As for the purchasing of studios and quality dipping, I'd still say there are far more success stories coming out from EA than there are negative (Blackbox, BioWare, Criterion, Danger Close Games, Pop Cap, Tiburon Entertainment, Mythic)

I'd also argue that most of the negative press was from before EA actively took the approach of aiming for solid 90+ Metacritic scores only rather than churning out sequels each year.

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RE: THQ RIP - 26/1/2013 1:20:06 PM   
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Seriously, Bioware is not a success story.

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