• ALttP - April 15, 2011 7:34 a.m.

    It's stuff like this that makes me think that all the positive comments from Activision developers come with a gun to someone's head.
  • QWERTYCommander - April 7, 2011 8:21 p.m.

    Activision should go fuck themselves. They killed Tony Hawk. They killed Guitar Hero. They currently have a knife a few millimetres in the neck of CoD. So, which company is next? Because I have a feeling that it's Neversoft, as they only had 2 franchises: Tony Hawk and Guitar Hero. One was sold off (and killed by) some no-name developer, and the other had it's production ceased. Their only hope is if they bring in a new IP or make a GUN sequel.
  • GR_DavidHoughton - April 7, 2011 8:38 a.m.

    Actually Dan, if you read paragraph six of my article, you'll notice that that fact IS referenced: "The studio was apparently offered a chance to buy itself back, but by that point Bizarre had grown too big to manage itself without outside help"
  • DanAmrich - April 7, 2011 5:05 a.m.

    Interesting article simply for what it leaves out of the Edge source. For instance: "Perhaps the most surprising claim is that Activision gave Bizarre the choice of buying itself back; even more surprisingly, the answer was no. “Without going into details, yes, there was [an opportunity],” Martyn explains, “but I personally thought there was far greater potential for the security and well-being of the company if a third party could come in.” That's a very interesting point which David does not address. But hey, I'm biased, right? Why read the whole article?
  • TeaGuy - April 7, 2011 3:42 a.m.

    If developers were bought out by Valve the gaming industry would be perfect.
  • MightyMorphinPoltergeist - April 7, 2011 3:28 a.m.

    da funk is with these people bashing Blur. It was an awesome game and I'm sad I wont get to see more of it. Hopefully this is a lesson to all studios out there looking for a big publisher - stay the F away from Activision.
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  • HaVoK308 - April 6, 2011 9:16 p.m.

    Developers should learn to be satisfied with just making an honest sustainable living. There are many examples of this all around the world. They get suckered into the big deals with publishers in the hopes of striking it rich. Apparently its a risk they are willing to take but if they truly just love to make games they can get by with publishing games themselves. There are many avenues in which they can use to do so. Not everyone can be content with making 40-50 grand per year I suppose. They want the 250k per year. Situations like this is nothing new. Each developer knows exactly what can happen when they sign with a big publisher. In the end the responsibility falls on them. Developers are going to have to hold themselves accountable for there actions and mistakes. Its easy to point the finger at a big corporate empire. But developers are grown-ass adults and do not need the media and gamers fighting their battles. Fact is...these developers gamers so desperately defend live a much more well-off lifestyle than they could ever imagine. Developers need to grow up and make a stand for what they believe in. Dont sell your soul to the devil then cry about it. What the latest bonus round on and you will see three indie devs who got their shit together.
  • ChickenFillet5140 - April 6, 2011 9:16 p.m.

    I freakin' loved Blur, so sad to see these talented guys go. Fuck you Activision!
  • Crabhand - April 6, 2011 7:24 p.m.

    @Firestorm21 I think we've all been saying it for months now. I'm just waiting for Call of Duty to fail, then Activision will be in serious trouble. I'm also worried about what will happen to the employees at the 4 (5?) studios working on Call of Duty. But hey, everything is great now, what could go wrong when you only have one good franchise?
  • Spybreak8 - April 6, 2011 6:11 p.m.

    "poor performance" Right yeah, it's all because the games were crap, nothing about they were released at the wrong time or given to the the wrong developers. Boooooooooooooooo Booooooooo! (Kids booing sfx from Tdar) The thing is Bizarre previously worked with Microsoft and they're saying Activision was more intrusive than the big M people.
  • babyhenchy1 - April 6, 2011 6:03 p.m.

    @HereComesTheHypeTrainCHOOCHOO I disagree. Dragon Age II was rushed but Mass Effect 2 was pretty damn polished and Mass Effect 3 is getting 2 years of development. On topic of this article, this was evident. Why give a racing developer a TPS, release it at the SAME TIME as Goldeneye's hype, and not give it any marketing. Either Activision's people are the stupidest businessmen in the world, or they're a bunch of jackasses. Neither one is a good thing.
  • peaceful765 - April 6, 2011 5:54 p.m.

    I really enjoyed Blur. It had so much potetial but in the end felt rather souless. I was hoping a sequel would be great but..... The big shots in gaming are churning out what makes the most money for them, which is great but some of that profit needs to be reinvested into new developers or "The next big thing" will never happen and all we are left with are clones of other games. This will be death for the market. A small risk for a bigger profit.
  • Kyo - April 6, 2011 5:48 p.m.

    I hate activision so. damn. much. That company makes me sick, it is The evil organization of the gaming world. It takes good dev companies and their ideas and twists them around until there is nothing left but crap. They even cancled games that would have pleased a lot of people(such as myself) like True Crimes simply because "It's not a top tier game".. like they think CoD is, they milk things so damn much that people get sick of the games.. and suddenly, they aren't activisions image of "top tier" anymore. I HATE ACTIVISION.
  • HereComesTheHypeTrainCHOOCHOO - April 6, 2011 5:39 p.m.

    This exact same thing is happening to Bioware right now with EA breathing down their neck and demanding that they release their games in 15 to 18 months. When will developers learn that when you sell out to the big publishers of course they will say that nothing will change but it ALWAYS changes.
  • Fuzunga - April 6, 2011 5:08 p.m.

    Someone needs to ask these guys who owns the Geometry Wars IP.
  • EwoksTasteLikeChicken - April 6, 2011 4:41 p.m.

    I pretty much agree with everyone. What I think is funny about Activision is that they fired all those Guitar Hero people because it wasn't selling a well as it once had. Do they learn anything? They force out games in the same series every single year, I just can't wait until Call of Duty finally crumbles to the ground. When that happens, I'll dance around and piss on its grave.
  • sirdilznik - April 6, 2011 4:20 p.m.

    Activision - Killing independent studios, one at a time. And to think that this is the company that once created awesome games like Interstate '76. ReCaptcha=icespea from. So where does icespea come from anyway? Spea that's frozen of course.
  • yagirlfriendsfavoriterapper - April 6, 2011 4:02 p.m.

    Blur was lame and overrated! Chudley: Bizarre Creations could have bought itself out
  • Fiirestorm21 - April 6, 2011 3:55 p.m.

    Fuck Activision right up the ass. (Someone had to say it.)

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