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Rumor: EA Might Lose Star Wars…

Rumor: EA Might Lose Star Wars…

Introduction

Well, if these rumors are found to be true, it certainly will not surprise me. According to several sources, Disney is allegedly meeting with other gaming companies like Ubisoft and Activision to give the Star Wars license to. Basically, they believe that EA will soon be losing the rights to Star Wars. This would force EA to cancel all work on any Star Wars projects they’re currently working on, and they won’t be able to make those games ever again. Which would be a pretty hard hit to EA. Not really significant, but it would most likely leave EA shaking.

Now, since these are just rumors, part of me believes it, and part of me doesn’t. Don’t get me wrong, I want this to happen. Electronic Arts has proven time and time again that they are incapable of being responsible with their licenses. Star Wars got a lot of backlash last year both on the game and the film. They were both equally decent in certain aspects, but they were both equally bad in others. Episode VIII wasn’t the greatest Star Wars film to date, and Battlefront 2 EA certainly didn’t help. Last year wasn’t a good year for Star Wars, and if I was Disney, I would demand that EA keeps micro-transactions out of the game to avoid any further controversy. If they refused, then I would inform them that effective immediately, they would no longer be able to produce anymore Star Wars content.

However, this is the real world. As much as I desperately want this to happen, another part of me doubts it will. Disney is a multi-billion dollar company with a market cap of $160 Billion. They make so much money that they mostly likely are allowing EA ownership of the license just because they get so much revenue through their infamous micro-transactions. Both Fifa and Madden are some of their best selling titles. Especially when it comes to their in-game purchases. So it would really surprise me if Disney told them no more Star Wars.

Let me explain my thoughts in detail.

If EA Lost Star Wars…

It would be a hard blow to EA, and would probably force the company to change their entire “Live Service” Plan. After all, their “Live Service” was the reason why Disney had to step in and demand them to temporarily disable their in-game purchases. This would also allow Disney to recover a bit of the backlash from last year. While it may piss off those who are currently dedicated to Battlefront 2 EA, it would allow other more skilled companies make a Star Wars title.

One of the many dreams of gamers is to see a Star Wars game made by Bethesda. Just the thought of it feels like the perfect game. Bethesda is one of the many gaming companies out there that respects and honors single player games. With Wolfenstein II and Evil Within 2 being successful titles last year, Bethesda would easily be a worthy candidate for the Star Wars license. There’s even CD Projekt Red. While they’ve had their little bit of controversy in previous titles, it’s nothing in comparison to the kind of hot water EA is currently in.

When it comes to their titles, not only are they absolutely breath taking, but they also having great gameplay mechanics. Good RPG elements, great combat, great stories, and again, breath taking visuals. The Witcher III being the most popular of their games. They’d be another great choice for the Star Wars license. The only issue with CD Projekt Red, is that they usual cut it real close when developing their titles. Witcher III for example was so very close to failing, and just barely missed flopping at release. That’s about the only thing that you’d need to worry about.

If EA Kept Star Wars…

While it wouldn’t surprise me if EA lost the rights to Star Wars, it also wouldn’t surprise me if EA kept the rights. They are literally a money printer. As I’ve already said previously, both Fifa and Madden have made millions of dollars off of their in-game purchases. They made $1.3 Million in 2015 from these titles. They’ve also been gaining $650 Million annually from their mobile titles. If Disney only cares about revenue (and they do), they’ll obviously chose the company that’ll make them more money.

Companies care more about the money they make, and less about how their consumers feel about their products. Its the one thing both Disney and EA have in common. Pry the main reason why their allegedly looking at Activision and Ubisoft for other companies to make Star Wars games. While not as bad as EA, they are pretty infamous for their in-game purchases. Activision with their Supply Drops, and Ubisoft with their infamous Season Passes. Better companies, but not really consumer friendly.

Could EA lose Star Wars? If Disney does the right thing, then yes, but it would certainly surprise me if they did. However, I partially don’t believe it’ll happen. EA makes so much money off of in-game purchases both from their mobile and AAA titles. When it comes down to it, Disney will chose the company that’ll make them more money.

Conclusion

All we can now do is wait and see. As far as I’m concerned, neither EA nor Disney has made any remarks on the recent rumors. So for now, nothing can be confirmed nor denied. Take what these sources say with a grain of salt. If it happens, it happens. Will I feel bad? Not really. The only people I’ll feel bad for are the gamers who bought this game and had faith in it’s future. EA fucked up, and they need to own up to it. They owe it to the people who spent $60 of their own money getting the game. No more bullshit. No more lies. No more excuses.

Be transparent, developers!

UPDATE: Two Guys, One Apollyon

UPDATE: Two Guys, One Apollyon

Just wanted to let you guys that Tuesday I will be doing a live stream with my friend on Mixer, and we’ll be attempting to fight Apollyon on Realistic. Might sound a little boring, but the thing is, I’m a complete and total noob with the game. I’ve played through the entirety of the campaign on Realistic with my friend, but we haven’t been able to beat Apollyon yet. We thought a funny live stream would be us just trying to defeat Apollyon and hearing my hilarious rages and reactions during the fight. Not gonna lie, this game can and will make me rage at times, but I’ll try and keep my cool. No promises.

Anyway, if any of you are at all interested in wanting to see two guys fight Apollyon for shits and giggles, tune into mixer.com/e_o_gamer and enjoy the stream. If by some insane chance we defeat Apollyon rather quick, we’ll probably switch over to Halo 5 and play some of the game’s multiplayer for awhile before we end the stream. Go ahead and tell your friends or anyone you to tune in on Tuesday at 7PM EST.

Stay tuned!

Microsoft is Planning Something Big

Microsoft is Planning Something Big

Introduction

Since the beginning of 2017, Microsoft hasn’t been doing well. While their competitors are releasing one exclusive title after another, Microsoft has little to show. With Sony announcing exclusives such as God of War, Shadow of the Colossus Remastered, Last of Us 2, Detroit Become Human, and Nintendo announcing a new Kirby game and a new Pokémon and Fire Emblem Mainline game, among others. What does Microsoft have to announce? Crackdown 3, Sea of Thieves, State of Decay 2, and The Last Light … that’s basically it. Halo 6 isn’t even coming out this year, which is raising even more concern for the state of the company this year.

Microsoft is in the middle of a pretty tight spot. So far, the only games that people have their eyes on at the moment is Crackdown 3 and Sea of Thieves. With such a small lineup for 2018, the company is taking a big risk with these games. Especially since there doesn’t appear to be a Halo 6 coming out until 2019. However, Microsoft is planning something that just might save them. Something that might be the biggest thing to happen in the Gaming Industry in a long time. In what could be the biggest company acquisitions ever, Microsoft is considering to purchase Electronic Arts, Valve, and BlueHole.

While this may appear to be a desperate move by Microsoft to get their hands on exclusives (which it is), part of me does feel that it would be interesting to see what would happen if they go through with it. What would happen if Microsoft bought out all of these companies? What would they get from it? What would the outcome be? How would it change the gaming industry? How would it affect you as a gamer? Today, I aim to be going through a series of different possibilities that may occur if Microsoft bought out these companies. I’ll be sharing both the good and the bad with each.

So let’s begin!

What if Microsoft Bought EA?

  1. The Good – There is a wide range of good things that would come out this one. For starters, it would grant Microsoft ownership of the Madden games, the Need For Speed games, Battlefield and Battlefront games, and even get their hands on the developers at DICE. They would get their hands on quite a lot of titles and development teams if they successfully bought the company.
  2. The Bad – However, if they were to do something like that, there is a good chance they would make the Madden titles Xbox One Exclusive. It would be a BIG money maker for them, and there is no way they would want to give Sony a single penny of it. Obviously, this would cause a massive uproar, as the Madden games (surprisingly) have a very large and dedicated fan base.

What if Microsoft Bought Valve?

  1. The Good – This is an obvious one. Buying Valve would grant Microsoft ownership of many of their famous IPs; such as Half-Life, Portal, Left 4 Dead, Team Fortress, Dota, and even Counter Strike. All titles that Microsoft can easily start making sequels and updates to. The one and only chance we may have at a possible Half-Life 3 or Left 4 Dead 3 … please?
  2. The Bad – One of the obvious set backs this would have, is that Microsoft will also be given full control of the Steam Network. What will they do with it? Honestly, I don’t know. They could really do anything they want with it. My theory, they’ll probably merge it with their Xbox Play Anywhere System (somehow). I feel they might find a way to integrate the Steam Service with Xbox Live in some way. Or they’ll just keep Steam up and running. Who knows.

What if Microsoft Bought BlueHole?

  1. The Good – This wouldn’t just grant Microsoft with complete ownership of PUBG, but it would also Microsoft’s Customer Service Center to work with the game, and I honestly think that’s (kind of) a good thing. Let’s be real, the current support service hasn’t been doing that good of a job with the PUBG Players.
  2. The Bad – As for right now, I don’t really know what bad would come from this specific acquisition.

In Conclusion

Microsoft is a good company. They have their moments like any other company, but from my personal experience doing business with them since 2007, I have had great memories because of their products. From my first time playing video games on my Windows XP PC, to beating the Halo series on their Xbox Consoles. They are a great company, and I believe this company acquisition would be a good move for them in the future. To help them grow, adapt, and release more exclusive titles. However, these are just my thoughts. Be sure to let me know yours. What do you think about all this?

Do you think this is right or wrong for Microsoft to consider?

 

“Nobody is smarter than the Internet.”

“Nobody is smarter than the Internet.”

In January 2013, Gabe Newell (the CEO of Valve) during The Nerdist Podcast had been quoted saying this,

“You have to stop thinking that you’re in charge and start thinking that you’re having a dance. We used to think we’re smart […] but nobody is smarter than the internet. […] One of the things we learned pretty early on is ‘Don’t ever, ever try to lie to the internet – because they will catch you. They will de-construct your spin. They will remember everything you ever say for eternity.’

You can see really old school companies really struggle with that. They think they can still be in control of the message. […] So yeah, the internet (in aggregate) is scary smart. The sooner people accept that and start to trust that that’s the case, the better they’re gonna be in interacting with them.”

A quote that reigns true even to this day. This situation almost sounds familiar when being compared to the current situation with Bungie and the fans. Bungie has repeated time and time again that they’re “listening to their fans” and that “there will be changes” and “we’re looking into it”. The same old tune over and over, and the entire Destiny 2 community is sick and tired of it. Bungie needs to stop believing in the false ideology that they’re in charge, start actually doing something about the game’s problems, and stop lying to their consumers at every which way.

In fact, I already know several things you can add to Destiny 2:

  1. Bring Back Random Rolls – They are what made grinding for loot in Destiny 1 actually enjoyable. It meant that any gun had the chance of either being good or being bad. It made you feel special when you got a very good roll on an Imago Loop you just got. It’s what made grinding fun, and it would make grinding great in Destiny 2.
  2. Bring Back Strike Exclusive Loot – Much like my previous suggestion, this was a feature in Destiny 1 that really worked well with grinding for loot. When you got something that is exclusive to a specific to a certain Strike, you felt really damn proud of your self for working so hard for it. That’s something Destiny 2 lacks almost entirely.
  3. LIMIT the Eververse – I really shouldn’t have to be the one to explain this further to you, Bungie. Especially after all the backlash from The Dawning, I would’ve hoped you learned your lesson by now, but clearly not. Eververse has completely enraged the player-base with how difficult it is to get stuff from her. Hell, it’s already been calculated by many reliable sources that it could take players literal YEARS before they unlock everything from the Eververse. Either limit the Eververse to what she can and can not sell, or get rid of her entirely. She has done nothing but anger the community, and it needs to be taken care of.
  4. Get Rid of Tokens – Many people have argued with me about this topic. Claiming tokens are a good thing and that helps keep it fair for people, because people were leveling factions up too fast because … they were grinding for longer periods? Because … apparently that’s unfair to players who can’t spend hours grinding for loot … in an MMORPG? (I will get to this topic later) Anyways, I don’t care about that, and neither do many other Destiny fans. They want to level up their factions directly, not have a bunch of stupid Chuckie Cheese tokens do it.
  5. Give Raids VARIETY – We don’t want to be going to the same exact spot for every single Raid for the next four DLCs. We don’t keep seeing the same Leviathan, the same Calus, or the same Cabal every time we go Raid. Not everyone is on board with a Cabal-themed Raid system. It doesn’t sound fun and exciting like how a Hive Raid sounds, or how a Vex Raid sounds. The Cabal haven’t done anything in magnitude when compared to the Vex or the Hive. Give us new locations, new planets, new raid scenery, and stop giving us reused assets.
  6. Better Writers – When I first played Destiny 2’s campaign, I was blinded by the game’s visuals, music, and set design. They all looked great. However, the story lacked any quality. Hell, I personally thought Ghaul was a weak villain that quickly changed his motives towards the end for … really no reason. I didn’t like the fact that he cared so much about the Traveler either. Remember, the Cabal have been known for destroying planets just for getting in their way. So why would they care about wanting the Traveler? If anything, I feel they would want to destroy it, because it would break humanity’s will to continue fighting, because the Traveler is practically a God praised by humanity. If they saw their God die, that would ultimately break them. Giving a more powerful and emotional message, but Bungie decided FUCK THAT. Instead get cheesy dialogue, cheesy acting, cheesy story telling, and a dumb, cliché ending. Long story short, just get better writers.
  7. Oh, and stop thinking you can lie to the internet – We’re not dumb, Bungie. We aren’t mindless consumers that don’t know when we’re being scammed. For almost four months now, we’ve been calling you out on your blatant lies, and you continue to believe that you’re still in control of the conversation. You aren’t. Day by day, we are catching on to you, and we’re archiving every word you type. Every message you post. Every tweet you make. Every update you announce. We have it all at our finger tips. Ready to use against you. Do not think for one single moment, that you have any power here on the internet.

Follow these seven ideas, Bungie, and you just might be on the right path to success. Probably … maybe … but eh, I know you won’t. You never will.

P.S. After this, I will be releasing one final blog post on Destiny 2. I promise. It will be released after the second DLC has been released. This will be my final judgement on the game, and will possibly my final goodbye to the game. Next post will be something new, don’t worry.