This just in: Activision not as evil as previously reported...or...a silver lining for...The Silver Lining
June 28, 2010 3:18 PM   Subscribe

Update to a post on the evils of Activision.

TL;DR: The Silver Lining King's Quest fan game is on track again and due for release July 10th. youtube trailer
posted by juv3nal to MetaFilter-Related at 3:18 PM (16 comments total)

THey're still fucking over the guys from Infinity Ward though, right?
posted by Artw at 3:24 PM on June 28, 2010


Yeah, because that involves actual money.
posted by Malor at 3:28 PM on June 28, 2010


Out of all the booths at the GDC, Activision was probably the least fun. A very flashy booth. They were giving away stuff, but I was greeted with a "send us your resume online" which is code for "GO AWAY!" and pretty much all the big studios were like that. Blizzard had the decency of having a desk for students to hand in their resumes and talk to a few people. Valve, on the flipside, held a neat little seminar for students, and I actually got to ask Robin Walker a question.

I didn't have the pass to see the "Fired and fired up" GDC rant, but I have a feeling that next year someone from IW will be there. I will need alcohol for this, copious amounts of alcohol.

I've been meaning to write up my experiences at the GDC, but I'm worried it'll be too negative/cynical.
posted by hellojed at 3:42 PM on June 28, 2010


Can I get this in a double pack with Duke Nukem Forever?
posted by jpdoane at 3:45 PM on June 28, 2010 [2 favorites]


Activision is still evil, they just realized that this wasn't worth being evil about.
posted by The Devil Tesla at 3:50 PM on June 28, 2010


The fans simply held a mirror up to Activision, which made them cry so they would see how terrible they had become and allow the game to continue development.
posted by furiousxgeorge at 3:58 PM on June 28, 2010 [4 favorites]


Since I am on principle not going to buy another Call of Duty game ever again Activision doesn't bother me too much. Plus that new Transformers game is pretty fun in multiplayer.
posted by turgid dahlia at 4:10 PM on June 28, 2010


I still can't believe Activision is the same company that was started in 79 as a rebellion against Atari's loathing of its programmers.
posted by Pope Guilty at 5:07 PM on June 28, 2010 [6 favorites]


I still can't believe Activision is the same company that was started in 79 as a rebellion against Atari's loathing of its programmers.

Maybe the splinter studio from IW, Respawn, will be like that in 30 years. Who knows.
posted by hellojed at 5:23 PM on June 28, 2010


"Respawn" is an excellent name for that studio.
posted by Pope Guilty at 5:46 PM on June 28, 2010 [3 favorites]


The game has been in development for over eight years...

How is that even possible, with all the hardware & OS changes spanning 8 years? And seriously, I know people have jobs and stuff, but... it's a game.
posted by Devils Rancher at 7:03 PM on June 28, 2010


I think STALKER was in dev for about that long, and that was by a fulltime crew.
posted by Pope Guilty at 7:41 PM on June 28, 2010


I think S.T.A.L.K.E.R. was in dev for about that long, and that was by a fulltime crew.

FTFY.

And used up about a months worth of italics tags.
posted by Kid Charlemagne at 10:37 AM on June 29, 2010


I still can't believe Activision is the same company that was started in 79 as a rebellion against Atari's loathing of its programmers.
posted by Pope Guilty at 7:07 PM on June 28 [3 favorites +] [!]


Whenever I think about the Electronic Arts of my youth compared to the current company the cognitive dissonance is so strong I wake up hours later in a random location in or near my house, usually pantsless.

This reply's taken hours to compose, because of this
posted by jtron at 11:10 AM on June 29, 2010 [4 favorites]


I have several friends who went through the Origin Systems/Electronic Arts grinder in the art dept. Their story gradually went from one of Brave New Frontier to a nightmare of never ending crunchtime, 16 hour days, 6 day weeks, and burnout. For a while, they really had Austin's best and brightest, and they chewed them up and spit them out.
posted by Devils Rancher at 11:54 AM on June 29, 2010


I thought we weren't using MetaTalk for this anymore.
posted by albrecht at 12:25 PM on June 29, 2010


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