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Atari - another nail in the coffin

Discussion in 'General RPG Discussion' started by suibhne, Nov 9, 2006.

  1. suibhne Erudite

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    Seen at Kotaku, from digitalmediawire:
    I'm sure NWN2 will float them for a bit, but really...things don't look so hot for our heroes^H^H^H^H^H the bastards.
     
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  2. Jim Kata Arbiter

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    LOL

    Well, the really hilarious thing is that they continue on with the exact same practices as ever even with their dying gasp. It reminds me of Herbert Hoover saying 'nothing can be done' about the depression.

    Even a couple years ago they could have easily turned it around by putting out games in a nonfucked state and supporting them, but now we will get to dance on their graves. SOme other fucktard company will surely by the name just for its recognition value, but at this point I would think all conotation with the name atari would be negative with anyone under 35.
     
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  3. FrancoTAU Cipher

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    Does the name Atari even mean shit to people over 35? I mean, they haven't exactly had a good reputation since they stopped making consoles.

    Infrogames sucks a big dick. Why don't they try buying out Interplay for the name ;)
     
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  4. Lyric Suite Converting to Islam

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    The guys at Black Isle/Obsidian must have done something really shitty in their past lives. They can't seem to get a decent brake.
     
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  5. Solaris Scholar

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    I actually despise Atari more than EA....and that's saying something, lol

    It really grips my shit to buy one of their games (NWN2)....but I looked through that to hopefully get a proper rpg to play. Since this year has been somewhat of a disaster year for the genre.

    I don't really know the ins and outs of what has gone on at Obsidian but do wonder why they couldn't have found a better publisher than those assholes. Surely somebody else would have an interest in a well known tried and trusted label? Or maybe its a sign of the times that nobody wants to publish traditional style rpgs anymore...?
     
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  6. Vault Dweller Commissar, Red Star Studio Developer

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    Atari owns the DnD license. So, if one wants to make a DnD game...
     
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  7. DarkSign Erudite

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    I was fortunate/unfortunate enought to do a pitch to ol' Francois in the R n D dept. Arrogant prick.

    I say good riddance.
     
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  8. Solaris Scholar

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    Ah, I see.

    A pity then...
     
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  9. crufty Arcane

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    Isn't Atari aka Infogrammes, which was hosed from the get go? It's been just a name for quite some time if I recall correctly...
     
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  10. Ladonna Arcane

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    Just another company that eventually will fail due to only looking out for its bottom line.

    Who will that leave us with?

    EA? :cry:
    Jowood? :roll:

    Who are all the other publishers? Vivendi? That French mob? I can think of a heap of Distributors, but few publisher names at the moment.
     
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  11. Sol Invictus Erudite

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    THQ. EA. Microsoft.

    The sky isn't falling.
     
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  12. aweigh Arcane

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    Sony publishes some good games.
     
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  13. Walkin' Dude Liturgist

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    Clearly they are doing a piss-poor job of protecting the bottom line, or they would not be in such a mess.
     
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  14. TalesfromtheCrypt Arcane

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    Haha, good riddance.
     
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  15. TalesfromtheCrypt Arcane

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    You forget Ubisoft, who are pretty powerful and really seem to be some of the better guys in the indusrty, if that can be said about any games publisher.
     
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  16. EEVIAC Erudite

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    Activision and 2K Games are still pretty big.
     
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  17. Netherium19 Novice

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    lol

    Bethesda is awesome too!

    :P
     
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  18. StraitLacedDeviant Erudite

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    Sunrise, Sunset. Its a massive growth industry, if you cut down one two will replace it.
     
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  19. Major_Blackhart Codexia Lord Sodom Patron

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    I sense an upcoming power vacuum within the publishing community. Probably, when atari goes belly up, DnD will get auctioned off like that! Who tho, will snag it up I wonder?
     
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  20. WittyName Scholar

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    Guess those 2600 sales are down this year.
     
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  21. sheek Arbiter

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    Who cares? Apart from TOEE how many great games have been made under that license?
     
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  22. Lyric Suite Converting to Islam

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    Torment?
     
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  23. cutterjohn Cipher

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    I'd hold up on the Atari obituary just now, as they got $15M in revolving credit today. Mention was made that they received the credit line because of outstanding accounts receivable, which would tend to imply to me that the bank involved thinks that they can get the money back with a fair degree of certainty...

    Besides, I'd like to see a little more work on NWN2 before they croak, unless the AD&D license would go to Bioware. Unlike many here, while I don't care for the vast majority of Bioware games*, they do a) try, and b) support the fuck out of their products unlike MOST other developers. Exceptions being Valve, Ascaron(releasing final Sacred patch next week). There are a few others as well, but as I do not own their products I can't recall which ones off hand.

    * The only Bioware game that I sort of like out of BG, BG:TotSC, BG2, NWN1, and KotOR would be NWN1. The rest are pretty damned boring.
     
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  24. aweigh Arcane

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    I konw, Troika could buy the D&D License!
     
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  25. kingcomrade Kingcomrade Edgy

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    Torment was a great game despite its system. Nothing that was great about it owes anything to being D&D, except perhaps alignment but that's easily emulated.
     
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