By Asrahn 2 Comments
Back in the days, I remember a company I deemed my favorite one during this particular... age, if you will. Their name was Bullfrog, and they bestowed upon man much awesomeness, amongst it was Populous: The Beginning, Theme Hospital, and never to forget, the Dungeon Keeper series. These are games who are incredibly fun, original, awe-inspiring and will give you an itch to play even today, because the Gods know that there are nothing else like them, and there will probably never be either.
Bullfrog was bought by EA, a company I knew for making shitty sports-games, games which they kept updating with new stats and polished up graphics, every year. And every god-damned year the same morons of last year would buy them, pooling money into the company untill it started buying more and more companies, something that actually alarmed me even back then. Dungeon Keeper was forgotten for a few years of my life back in those days, seeing I never heard of Bullfrog ever again after this, and I was assaulted by IRL shittyness and some decent and even some great games. Months ago, in my appartment I found my original copy of Dungeon Keeper and Dungeon Keeper 2, and the itch returned. I decided to scratch myself for once and sat down to relish and be reminded of what a small, devoted company can accomplish through hard work and devotion. By the end of DK2 my mind started racing, and as I watched I got into a space in between remembering and experiencing anew. What I saw was the trailer for Dungeon Keeper 3, something that had been burried deep in my mind for Gods know how long, and it resurfaced like a wale hitting a small fishing boat. Where did this sequel go? Why haven't I heard of it?
I did what any decent gamer would do, I looked it up, and to my great disappointment and rage, the bad gut-feeling I had back in the days had come true. Bullfrog was nowadays being forced by EA to make games in the Harry Potter genre, and kid games, EA claiming that the market for the Dungeon Keeper games wasn't reliable enough to give them an income.
Now, EA has pissed me off more than once (I own all the games in the Battlefield series, damn you Dice for being bought into their imperium as well, this in itself should be self-explanatory) but this made me almost angrier than I was when Westwood was forced into the cartel as well. There's not much a single gamer can do to tip over the big giant EA, but I've learned that signing petitions might give you something, even if it's by a long shot.
Above is a link to, from my knowledge, the only "We want a Dungeon Keeper 3" petition in existence. Anyone sharing my mindset, at least when it comes to these games, please put a sign. Thank you.
With hope in our hearts and bricks in our hands, we sing for change.