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A Total Prick

Bobby Kotick is a great CEO, Activision should be proud. The only thing on his mind is how to squeeze the last bit of money out of every franchise in his company’s possession. In fact if he had a tagline, it would be “milk it”. In doing this, however, he sucks the enjoyment out of video games. It seems like every next version of whatever franchise they’re pimping doesn’t really get enough gestation time and the products end up being half-baked ideas of something that will most likely finally be completed next year, in the next iteration.

Oh and he himself confesses, he does not play video games.
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Rock Band, Guitar Hero & The Future of Music Games

A co-worker today was all excited because her husband got her a Wii for her birthday. I of course proceded to rant against the Wii for the next half hour and completely made her wish she had not mentioned the thing to begin with. I’m very sorry I did this, but it is sadly how I feel. Casual games are taking away budgets from “real” games and are making the overall gaming panorama worse for everybody involved.

With that said, I feel that I have not talked much about a little phenomenon that has been going on for the last two years. Guitar Hero and it’s latest (greatest) competitor Rock Band. If you haven’t heard of these games I really think you are better off and I wont worry about mentioning them to you. Odds are you have so here is my take on them. Enjoy them while you can, pick the one you like the most, forget about the ‘competition’. If you have not bought a game yet, wait until they really make an announcement on it.

Activision and Harmonix will try their best to ruin this genre for everyone by releasing more and more SKUs and while Harmonix has been calling RockBand a ‘platform’ all this time I really don’t see it. Yet.

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