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  • winner2 - July 9, 2012 9:34 a.m.

    This site makes me wonder if the world of videogames inspires as much bitterness as it does enjoyment
  • ParagonT - July 8, 2012 7:32 p.m.

    I understand your sentiment... but it isn't really going to effect the economy almost at all.
  • xx_CaPTiiN_SpAiiN_zz - July 7, 2012 8:20 a.m.

    im not going to try an provoke a bad response. all I can say is that i am glad that the good companies like treyarch and activision have not been taken off the payroll and remember ea? they do a lot worse things to good companies and we are left with a load of rubbish software and signup system.
  • ParagonT - July 8, 2012 2:12 p.m.

    I will agree with the first two lines if the connotation was reversed. =/
  • FinderKeeper - July 6, 2012 7 p.m.

    Activision: the Bain Capital of video gaming. Take 'em over, wring the money out of 'em, kill 'em, and move on to the next victi... uh, "merger & acquisition."
  • ARCHANGEL309 - July 6, 2012 12:53 p.m.

    I didn't think that Bizarre's Bond Game was that bad.
  • metalgatesolid - July 6, 2012 11:52 a.m.

    Jerks. Soon there will just be Activison and EA. I know Konami, Capcom and the like have franchises to keep them going, but i wouldnt be suprised if only four or five (including Sony and Microsoft) are about. I know games cost a fortune to make now but closing the studios will result in yearly franchise releases owning the market.
  • Tyrlanae - July 6, 2012 10:51 a.m.

    Man, Activision is becoming like a cancerous growth on the gaming industry. First the drama with Infinity Ward, and Kotick's covert attempts to find dirt on and fire them, now this. I was really surprised they closed down Radical - but then I remembered what they did to True Crime: Hong Kong, a game that was essentially finished, and wasn't so surprised anymore. (Thank you Square for letting United Front finish Sleeping Dogs.) And it's a double edged sword; You can say "F*ck Activision, I'm never buying their games, EVAR!" but then you're hurting the smaller studios that they pick up, and essentially helping Activision close them. I don't own many AV games this generation, but I do try to support the developers within them that I like, which is why I'm still buying Fall of Cybertron when it comes out - I hate Activision, not High Moon. I just feel bad for companies who get bought up by this beast, it's like signing your own will. And let's be blunt here, the reason they can do all of this is because of Call of Duty, because of all of the "Red blooded AMURICANS (F*CK YEAH!)" that go out and buy every CoD ever, twice, regardless of how much recycled garbage is in it. This pretty much gives Activision a license to print money, and essentially with that they feel they can do no wrong. (Sarcasm intended up there, yes I know CoD sells worldwide.)
  • ParagonT - July 8, 2012 2:16 p.m.

    I agree with everything except the third paragraph. The only way to reach the top of the chain and affect Activision is to go through their developers, thus causing concern for their investors. It's really non negotiable. If people are afraid of hurting developers, you've practically given Activision/any company a impenetrable shield because they have so many with different fan bases.
  • BackwaterRifle - July 5, 2012 7:46 p.m.

    Basically, I don't understand why activision is closing studios based on sales, if sales rely on a fanbase to be built up. Cod was not an overnight success, it took quite a few games before they put out the gem that was MW. This lack of tolerance towards slow building will be there downfall.
  • Rub3z - July 5, 2012 6:21 p.m.

    Man, it really isn't surprising that they axed Radical. Prototype was just so fun, too. I kept clicking through, seeing some studios that I recognized but may not have otherwise cared for, but then I got to Bizarre Creations... and thus began a five-minute (felt like five hours) long bout of extreme agony characterized by screaming to the heavens, asking my god just what kind of demons he would allow to walk the Earth and do such terrible things. And of course I am forced to remember and accept that Activision is a company run by none other than the man who goes by Mr. Robert Kotick... seriously, I've heard this man referred to as He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named. How such a man could become the head of, of all things, a damn video game company escapes me. It's just tragic to think about.
  • jedisamurai - July 5, 2012 6:03 p.m.

    Fascinating. I've been wondering for a long time why there are so many Indie Devs spreading like wild flowers....and now I know. Kill off all the little companies by buying and dissolving them...and all that's left is ultra-violent FPS garbage. And thus, because there are so many people who want to play the kind of games that dissolved devs used to make (Space Combat sims, music games, ect) a TON of indie devs fill the now ENORMOUS gap.... Just the same I miss the mid-size companies that made my favorite games and hope so very much more of them don't disappear. If Activision buys Firaxis and Rock Steady and dissolves Civilization and Batman I'm gonna scream.
  • HipsterKitten - July 5, 2012 3:56 p.m.

    I worked a focus tester for prototype 2 at Radical games, all the staff were so nice. It's sad that it got shut down. Really nice offices!
  • heyitsmarcus - July 5, 2012 1:48 p.m.

    I love the hypocrisy. "Bah, I hate Activision and what they're doing to these companies. So I'll be sure not buy anything with their name on it." Activision, NOT Kotick, is essentially their boss. You're not fucking Kotick, you're fucking these developers. They'll close the studios NOT making them money, NOT the COD series.
  • rxb - July 5, 2012 1:31 p.m.

    The fate of Bizzare Creations is enough to almost make me sick. I'll try hard never to give Activision money ever again.
  • J-spit - July 5, 2012 12:40 p.m.

    I've said it before and I'll say it again: F**k Activision and Bobby Kotick. My library this generation boasts precisely 0 games from Activision.On the whole, their output has been shitty and I avoided Guitar Hero, because I knew they'd eventually rape my wallet. Fuggum.
  • ncurry2 - July 5, 2012 12:25 p.m.

    Good summary of why Activision is basically Satan.
  • EwoksTasteLikeChicken - July 5, 2012 12:21 p.m.

    Prototype is dead. What does Activion have left besides Call of Duty and World of Warcraft?
  • D0CCON - July 5, 2012 11:08 a.m.

    Any bets on how much longer Beenox will last?
  • garnsr - July 5, 2012 9:23 a.m.

    I'd like to see a follow-up article showing what developers have been closed down by publishers other than Activision. I can't think of that many, but it could just be Acivision's recent volume that makes it hard to think of any others.


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