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1  General / Off Topic / Oddworld developer talks about digital distribution & EA on: October 01, 2012, 10:48:17 pm

The original Stranger's Wrath was planned for Xbox and the PlayStation 2, with Oddworld developing the version for Microsoft's console and EA intending to take care of the PlayStation version. But the PS2 version was cancelled during development, with Lanning still feeling this was the beginning of darker plan. EA withdrew marketing and promotional support for the game because it wasn't a multi-format title, and the game sank at retail, shifting 600,000 units "on a title that really needed to do 1.6 million to break even."

According to Lanning, with Oddworld Inhabitants losing money on the development of the project, EA wanted to step in to acquire the team.

"When you say that to us we go 'fuck you very much', quite frankly. That's not a sustainable model, that's a hostile acquisition," he says. "That's why we had to strive to get independent. Rather than get into bed with someone we knew was a horrible bed partner we said 'let's stay virgins for longer'.

Yeah, EA are bunch of dicks. I can't believe that kind of thing is accident. I've always wondered why many developers sold their company to EA. Maybe something like that happened to them too.

What he says about the price of old school model is interesting. The costs are huge. No wonder we see lots of indies in the business these days when it's actually possible for them to sell games:

"On the micro-publisher level it's very simple. We fund our own products," he says. "We weren't able to do that in the boxed product days, we're only able to do that in the digital distribution landscape.

"Rather than having to have 1.5 million units in the opening week or suffer death, now if we have 50,000 sales and we're still in business. People are still employed and we're able to keep making content. When we released box product we would get 20 per cent of the revenue. After that 20 per cent paid back the entire development budget, if it was still selling at $60 we would start seeing $7 a unit. Because of the bricks and mortar, the plastic, the manufacturing, the gas involved in taking games to the store, the store itself and all those extra costs - not one of those costs makes a better game for the player."

"If you're the gamer, where do you want the money of the game you're buying to go?" he asks. "I want it going to help make more games. But the majority of that money is not going to games in the boxed product market.
2  General / Videos and Pictures / Police beatdown on: August 30, 2012, 02:11:45 pm
I think there should be a police brutality thread. I'm tired making new topics for every case, there's just too many.


What a heroes.
3  General / Off Topic / Elderly woman tries to restore 19th century fresco, fails. on: August 23, 2012, 01:56:58 pm

I like the new version. Excellent job, she made boring religious art more enterntaining.
4  General / Off Topic / I found God on: June 14, 2012, 11:34:57 am
He's in facebook, found His divine page. He's cool.


Some of the conversations with Him:

5  General / Off Topic / Election Madness on: May 31, 2012, 09:08:03 pm
Test of Fire: Election 2012 (Official HD Version - Catholic)

Thank, usa. I'd be so bored without american politics keeping me enterntained. Keep it interesting guys. Vote for Romney.
6  General / Off Topic / Senator Bernie Sanders: "The Truth Is Wall Street Regulates Congress" on: May 17, 2012, 11:01:37 pm
Bernie Sanders "The Truth Is Wall Street Regulates Congress"

Well spoken. I wish more US senators were like this guy.
7  General / Off Topic / Piss dungeon found from a pub on: April 05, 2012, 06:39:02 pm

Quite amazing what people are ready to do to get peed on.
8  General / Off Topic / Rick Santorum wants to preserve our culture from the scourge of pornography on: March 15, 2012, 08:21:14 pm

This is it. He's coming for your fap time.

Americans, this is going too far. Do not let this man win the election.
9  PC Scene / PC Games / Wasteland 2 kickstarter project on: March 13, 2012, 04:35:26 pm

Sounds good. Let's see if they can beat the 3 million bucks that tim schaefer got.
10  General / Off Topic / Retard angers customers & penny arcade on: December 27, 2011, 01:25:23 pm
Here is the story: http://www.penny-arcade.com/2011/12/27/just-wow1?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+pa-mainsite+%28Penny+Arcade%29&utm_content=Google+Reader

Great PR lesson for everyone. I loved how the guy acted so big and told how all the big guys like Kotaku and IGN are behind his back:
Your acting like a douchbag not that it matters pax east pax west , e3 , CES , Gamer Con , SSXW ,Comic Con, Germany I’m all over the place. If we want to be there we will be there with industry badges or with a booth you think I can’t team up with turtle beach , Callibur or Koy Christmas , I can’t get Kevin Kelly to pull some strings or G4 , Paul Eibler Ex CEO of take 2 ,  Rich Larocco Konami , Cliff Blizinski Epic who were working with on a gears version , Activision who were working with on a MW3 and Spider man Bundle , The Convention Center Owners themselves , Mayor of Boston come on Bud you run a show that’s all you do and lease a center in Cities you have no pull in its all about who you know not what you do.  I’ll see space where ever I want , with who I want when I want and where I want so many ways around you and so many connections in this industry its silly. Anyway , I have no issue with you Sean Buckley Engadget, Scott Lowe IGN and the list goes on and on. Little kids unhappy with a PRE ORDER starting trouble and you email that to us , he’s a customer unless you’re his boyfriend then you should side with the company not the customer. Be Careful

..except they are not:

https://twitter.com/#!/ScottLowe/status/151594656700973056 Scott Lowe of IGN
https://twitter.com/#!/kevinkelly/status/151596508565872640 Kevin Kelly of G4tv
http://kotaku.com/5871235/controller-company-berates-customers-penny-arcade-bring-popcorn His good friends at kotaku wrote an article too

https://twitter.com/#!/OceanMarketting/status/151631870109548544 The guy replies to Scott Lowe after his rude message, telling him "no u, douchebag."

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11  General / Off Topic / They know what you have torrented on: December 13, 2011, 08:40:04 pm

Check out if they have you on the list here:

12  General / Off Topic / GM and segway unveil crazy suicide vechicle on: December 09, 2011, 02:54:17 pm

Looks ridiculous. Wouldn't want to be in that thing when it crashes with SUV.
13  General / Off Topic / 6 year old butt doctor sued.. parents countersue on: November 24, 2011, 10:11:27 pm

First-degree sexual assault and Class B felony, just for playing butt doctor? That sucks :(
I hope the butt doctor wins.

like one commenter there said:
This kid got a girl to let him do things to her butt? That's not a crime, dude. That's fucking awesome!
14  General / Off Topic / Herman Cain fears doctors with muslim names on: November 22, 2011, 12:52:06 pm

I also fear people with too foreign names. You never know when they're going to strap explosives around them and go boom while yelling allahu akbar.
15  General / Off Topic / Jesus fucks up his chance to kill Satan on: November 18, 2011, 12:00:58 pm

He botched the driveby. WTF Jesus, why can't you do anything right?
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