Somewhere between beating Portal for the umpteenth time, playing the Half Life Episodes and beating Portal 2, I somehow warmed up finally to Half Life. It's still not the greatest series ever, that's reserved for Romance of the Three Kingdoms and all of it's OCD inducing glory, but I'm starting to enjoy the work you guys do and I'm coming around.
Why are you guys treating Half Life, the IP that put you guys on the map, like a redheaded step child? From some of the chatter coming from the ARG participants who visited around your parts recently, Half Life 2 Ep3/HL3 isn't even close to being on your radars. With the release of Portal 2, and the Ship Overboard achievement, you reminded us that there's still the Borealis for Gordon to discover and fight his way through.
Also, are you guys even going to give us some idea when you're going to get cracking on it? Any idea when you're going get back to the giant freaking cocktease that was the end of Episode 2? Between the time of the release of Episode 1, and whenever Episode 3, someone could've gotten their goddamned PhD by now. I know Valve time is a sacred thing for you folks, but, could you give us SOMETHING?
April's almost over, and there's still no public Steam client for Mac. April doesn't mean May. It's almost May. Also, "coming in April" doesn't include limited closed betas. Closed betas are fine. They're a way to control certain variables during the beta testing phase, including volume of feedback. But a closed beta with a client release in May doesn't mean, "coming in April." It means, "Whenever it's fucking done." Which is a fine time frame to release. It's how Id Software has operated in the past. Valve Time is not the time the rest of us operate on.
Please stop teasing us poor Mac fans. We get enough crap about the one button mouse.
How can EA close down Pandemic when EA is making more money than Jesus on Madden and The Saboteur is looking to be a AAA title?
The bigger point i wanted to pose, was the big question of "Is the Western gaming model sustainable?"
My answer is, a huge resounding ... No.
EA has turned into the GM of gaming at some point in the last 10 years. EA West, East, Montreal, etc. etc. Not to mention gobbling up studios like Westwood(the last of whom are being fired when C&C4 is released), Maxis and Pandemic. I wondered when it will be that EA will gobble up Valve, but seeing as how Valve is probably doing much better than any given EA studio is right now, or even EA as a whole, not fucking likely(besides, if Valve's involved, the only gobbling being done is going to be done by Gabe Newell).
These extensions of their company is bleeding them dry, particularly during a period of time when their stock value dropped to 1/5th of what it was before October 2008. It lost something like, 40 points. Having to pay for overhead, marketing, support, distribution... EA can sell all the games they want, they can put out all the original, most thoughtful IP out there, but in the end, it's going to be economics that ends them, and probably Madden that's going to keep them afloat.
Ubisoft is similarly extended with offices everywhere short of Narnia and the Moon.
It's not just western development studios doing this. Square Enix also happens to own Taito and Eidos who also owns Crystal Dynamics and IO Interactive. Square Enix's approach to extension isn't going anywhere nearly as fast as EA is though, and that may be better for them in the long run, but who knows if the overall strategy of expansion is good?
Thanks for keeping it classy. I find it really offensive that you say, "Be Professionals" when not a few lines before you say that 99% of the gamer pro chicks are 'hoes.
Even if it were true, what happened to being professional? What happened to acting like a grown up?
Clearly these things aren't important to the gamer culture. We really don't care who you sleep with, what you do, or how you conduct your private lives. Yes, 'hoes is pretty much street slang for any given negative connotation you could ever make for a woman, but if you're a gaming professional, speaking from your MySpace where you're representing your team and your brand, why are you speaking like a retard? Why are you making the rest of the gaming community look like we haven't grown up past the age of 18?
Having Justin Wong on your team doesn't make what you did less offensive and less stupid. Grow up. Set an example. Please. Looking at your MySpace Blogs, it's quite a stretch to expect you to do so. But I figure if you can do it, so can every 16 year old on Xbox Live who decide that "fag" is the right thing to call someone who doesn't spend every waking hour playing Halo, Call of Duty, etc.