Growing up Buried On Mars' parents believed video game consoles to be the spawn of the devil. Using twisted logic he was able to convince his father that video games on a computer were educational and was given a Commodore Vic 20. Buried On Mars kept the charade going long enough to acquire a Commodore 64 and a PC with an Intel 386 processor. He now attends junk sales regularly to find all of the console games he missed in his youth. You can check out his BuriedOnMars youtube channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/BuriedOnMars
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Lately, picking on EA has become almost as embarrassing for me to do as picking on a mentally challenged person. But then one of their employees will remind me through Twitter that they are indeed not beyond any means of helping themselves, but only arrogant.
Bob Summerwill is an Engineer and Architect at EA Sports. Now, after his Twitter attack on Nintendo, he will forever be known as the guy who publicly said "The Wii U is crap". I don't want anyone to misunderstand. I am NOT handing this award to Summerwill for hating the Wii U. That is his opinion (one that I happen to disagree with) and I am fine with that. He may even be able to make a case for it. But announcing that kind of argumentative statement to the world is as dumb as wearing denim on denim. Because it only gave people one more reason to hate EA.
Before Summerwill's comments EA was doing a fine job of being a total dick to Nintendo, but not looking like one. Yes, it was a little douchie to make public announcements about how the content starved Wii U will not be getting new installments of Madden and FIFA. But the decision is sound. No one could blame them for not wanting to release games on a struggling console if isn't worth their time or money. But then to further pour salt on the wound by stating the console "is crap", "not Gen4", and Nintendo is "walking dead", is inexcusable. It's like EA are the bad guys in an action movie who just gave Nintendo a thorough beating. Summerwill is that one guy who sees Nintendo is struggling to stand up and kicks him in the stomach to knock him bad down again.
We will probably never know how true the rumor of Nintendo rejecting EA's proposal to have its online store, Origin, become the sole provider of digital content on the Wii U is. But when EA employees begin to publicly badmouth the Wii U like a jilted lover, it leads me to believe there might be more truth to it than not. In the end, EA will be the one to suffer the most from these comments. Because who do we gamers tend to rooting for? The guy on the ground as he tries to pick himself up for a chance to succeed again. Great. Now I have Chumbawamba stuck in my head.
This week's winner of the my coveted "Smooth Move, Ex-Lax" Award goes to Denis Dyack. Dyack is the founder of Silicon Knights, once a premiere video game developer in Canada. After a string of hits including Blood Omen: Lecacy of Kain, Eternal Darkness, and the remake of Metal Gear Solid for the Nintendo Gamecube they looked like a developer that could do no wrong. That is until Too Human.
Silicon Knights spent the better part of four years making Too Human as it was to be the start of a trilogy of games for the Xbox 360. SK never recovered from it's failure, but that is not what the award is for. Developers make bad games all of the time and I cannot fault one for trying it's level best to create something good. Dyack receives this award for pulling what is about to be a rather large dick move.
SK closing up shop and moving its core team (including Dyack) 30 miles down the road to open new studio called Precursor Games reminded me of something that my father went through when I was younger. He was in business with a company who owed him a fair amount of money. I'm going to call this company "Charlie Brown". When it came time for my Father to get paid from "Charlie Brown", they claimed bankruptcy and closed up shop. My Father was S.O.L. A month or two later the people running "Charlie Brown" opened a duplicate business and named it "Charlie". As it was considered to be a separate entity , it was not obligated to cover any money "Charlie Brown" owed.
Now, of course I don't own a crystal ball and I can't say Dyack plans to do the same with SK and Precursor Games. But I certainly do feel that it looks that way. Considering Dyack left SK "some time ago" and didn't bother to make a public announcement until this week is glaring. And Precursor Games "buying" assests from SK to continue to work on a new Eternal Darkness game sends my ice cold douche chills up my spine.
I'm sure Dyack feels as if he is doing something good by keeping his employees (friends) working. And I can't blame him for feeling that might be more important than making sure a big publisher like Epic receives the money it is owed. But it doesn't make it right. And now he has the nerve to ask for your money!
Yep, he needs you to help kick-start the spiritual successor to Eternal Darkness. Well, considering he has been irresponsible with Activision's money as well as Epic Game's property, I cannot imagine how I or anyone else could trust him. Smooth move, Ex-lax.