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7:43 AM on 06.05.2013

Nier Review

Shamelessly promoting my You Tube channel on a blogging site is always a bit awkward for me.  I know people have come here to read something and not watch a video.  But I do it anyway because I am an attention seeker and I want feed back.

You can also check out my channel's trailer if you just want a taste of what it is all about:

Thanks for watching!  And please let me know what you think down below!   read

3:35 PM on 05.18.2013

EA's Bob Summerwill wins this week's "Smooth Move, Ex-Lax" award

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.   read

1:38 PM on 05.10.2013

This week's "Smooth Move, Ex-Lax" award goes to...Denis Dyack

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.

You see, over the past few years Dyack has made some poor decisions.  Stuff like funding his pet project with money he received from Activision to make a X-Men game.  His biggest mistake by far, however, was to sue Epic Games after stealing from them.  A mistake that ending up costing SK $4.25 million in a counter suit.  Dyack is appealing the judgment but it is unlikely the decision will be overturned.  So, SK is going to owe a lot of money very soon.  What is a person to do?

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.

And Epic Games isn't the only one SK will soon owe money to.  There is the matter of a some $3 and $4 million SK recieved in grants from the Canadian government that will be owed by the end of this year.

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.   read

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