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#1 Edited by Draxyle (1939 posts) -

I'd be glad that all the big names have finally escaped, but all their respective franchises are just going to either rot in the vaults or be propped up as walking corpses forever.

The last decade of Konami has been such a waste of potential.

#2 Edited by Draxyle (1939 posts) -

You're all just attached to their name. The people who made the great games everyone remembers probably stopped working there long ago, so you really shouldn't be bummed out about this, it's not like they made any good games recently. It's just like what happened with Lucas Arts.

Another interesting thing about this, Maxis was already "gone" for awhile; people might remember that The Sims 3 launched with no Maxis logo on it. They quite literally patched the name in later on (presumably once they realized how much love people had for the original company).

#3 Posted by Draxyle (1939 posts) -

Dammit, Scoops, it seems we can't go one year without someone important leaving.

Seriously though, good luck to you. You've helped carry this site when it needed it most. I'll keep tabs on wherever you end up.

#4 Edited by Draxyle (1939 posts) -

The big budget industry sure is giving us every reason to never preorder over the last many years.

#5 Posted by Draxyle (1939 posts) -

@perrin said:

I've been following gamergate with morbid curiosity since it started and after all this time, reading lots of articles about and watching tons of conspiracy laden videos it still just makes so little sense to me.

I've tried engaging people on twitter about it (just tweet anything negative with the hash tag and someone will come along to correct you) and although one guy had a rational discussion with me about most people just repeat the same rhetoric over and over , or link to articles and videos to make their points for you. It felt like most of the people who want to defend it couldn't even articulate why it mattered to them.

The standard answer always seems to be "gamergate is about ethic in games journalism" but it never seems to be. Despite claims to the contrary they've never really uncovered any solid proof of corruption, just a few vague cases where there was an opportunity for corruption. Which is not the same thing. (If I work by a cash register I have the opportunity to steal money, doesn't make me a thief). Also these typically involve indies and journalists who let's face it who are paid so badly there's hardly any profit in grand conspiracies of corruption anyway.

Ethics in games journalism is a hugely interesting and nuanced discussion, but gamergate seems to have boiled it down to "we want disclosure disclaimers". Which seems like they're aiming so low and ignoring huge aspects of the debate about ethics because they've picked one weird target that they're fixated one that in my opinion wont' solve anything anyway. If an elected official gave you a list of bribes they took would you really thank them for their transparency? If you trust the sites you follow so little that them telling you a PR guy bought them a steak will make you doubt their honesty then maybe find a different outlet you have more respect for.

Ultimately all of that seems a waste of time anyway because when you look at the hashtag the vast majority of it discussion about the movement itself and how it's portrayed, trying to correct people who have a negative view on the movement and linking to the same handful of articles and videos that show their side of the argument. The only actual "meat" to the discussion seems to be a huge amount of anger direction towards "agenda driven journalism" and "SJWs" which seems a far cry from a discussion on ethics and more a resentment of people holding different point of views.

Sure gamergate is obviously a lot of different things for a lot of differnet people but if you follow the hashtag for a day or two you'll find very little real thoughtful discussion on ethics, or indeed any of these smoking gun examples of solid proof they claim to have. The proof is usually just conspiracy theory images with red lines that never prove anything, just cast a little doubt if you squint at them hard enough. It just feels to me like the movement has no choice but to constantly talk about itself because they're starved for any real fuel to their fire. Since they can't prove everyone is one the take like they imagine they just have to keep talking about how unfairly they've been represented because what else is there to talk about?

Very nice summation. I too, have followed the on-goings since the Zoe Quinn thing got started. I watched as they tried to destroy Phil Fish's business, I read the hundreds of vile replys in Zoe's twitter feed, I read the 4chan IRC logs that meticulously planned every false facade of this movement, I watched the terrible Adam Baldwin kickstart the movement with the hashtag (spurred on by the 4 channers in direct regard to the 100% false Zoe Quinn allegations), I watched as the same people who started this movement continue to throw vitriol at everything and everyone except actual ethical concerns in game journalism.

To those who still follow GG for actual ethical concerns, you cannot be surprised that we will not give you the time of day when most of us know where GG originated from. GG is un-salvageable, salted earth. There is no good reason to associate yourself with this movement, absolutely none.

#7 Posted by Draxyle (1939 posts) -

Thanks for putting this up, Patrick. These monsters have destroyed enough of the industry under the guise of a completely false cause.

@jumbs said:

@gamerpigeon said:

Want this to stop Patrick? Then don't talk about it. These articles just gives those causing this crap to happen satisfaction. It's pointless.

Want to stop this? Call these people out. Ignoring it is bad, and what the "movement" is trying to get people to do.

Indeed. The major gaming media sites have been fairly silent on the issue for a couple months and that's done absolutely nothing. They've gotten much worse, and they need to be reprimanded for their actions.

#8 Posted by Draxyle (1939 posts) -

Vamp always gave me the most hell, though I always play on hard difficulty. The bosses actually have altered behaviors depending on difficulty, and I think Vamp's fight has extra rough quirks depending on that.

#9 Edited by Draxyle (1939 posts) -

@longestsprout said:
@hassun said:

As long as they get to finish it. Obsidian's not great with deadlines but I'd rather they get more time than another KotOR II scenario.

They've garnered quite a bit of a reputation about that haven't they? But keep in mind that even the kotor II scenario was less about obsidian's ability to deal with deadlines, than it was about lucasart cutting the development short. Even the famed bugginess of their products falls to the feet of the QA department. And you can guess who's responsibility that usually is..

Yea, that reputation is really unfortunate considering most of it has been quite out of their control. If this were a publisher deal, they would have been forced to throw it out to market as is for the holiday season.

This is in contrast to EA that releases broken games constantly despite having nearly 100% control over production and deadlines.

#10 Posted by Draxyle (1939 posts) -

I definitely had doubts they would keep on schedule, especially with all the content stretch goals they met with no extension of the original deadline.

Either way, it definitely makes sense to get out of the way of all the other CRPGs that came out this year (never thought I'd get to say that line in 2014).