I was so incredibly shocked by the news that it still doesn't feel real to me. My first reaction was "what the fuck?" I literally couldn't believe it. Even now I half expect to open the site tomorrow and hear Ryan laughing along with everyone else in the next podcast.
I know he is just some dude I've listened to and watched on the internet, but the positive effect that he had on me is/was real-- its no clearer than it is right now after experiencing something akin to the feeling of loss usually reserved for a friend. The guy is irreplaceable.
Knowing that there won't be another moment where he gets to interact with his friends, coworkers and his audience, knowing that I won't ever get to hear what he thinks about video games and about the life and family that he is leaving behind is all too surreal right now and really gets to me. I give my sincerest condolences. This is seriously devastating. His presence will be dearly missed. R.I.P.
Given how disappointing Epic Mickey 2's sales were, this is not very surprising. I think it sold 250k at launch vs. the original's 1.5 million (and the sequel was on more platforms, ouch). I guess a lot of people bought into the hype and were burned the first time around and were not willing to give the second one a chance. I can't say I didn't see that coming nor was it undeservedly panned, but its always sad to see a bunch of people lose their jobs in such a competitive, thankless industry.
Just my two cents, if someone does end up making a visual novel, let's try not to include any aspects based on dating or romance, because then we're heading into the area of Actual Creepiness. Relationship values based on friendship are welcome, though.
Unless there is some kind of lamp shading of romance tropes in visual novels through subtle innuendo (not actual romance) that the giantbomb crew comments on and ridicules. I'd be okay with that.
I wonder just how bad Bioware is floundering because of this. don't think EA has touted their numbers since March (for obvious reasons). I would really like to see an estimate. Anyone have any idea what kind user base The Old Republic has now?