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Scolioz said:... If a company needs crow funding to build their product then they are losers who could never secure real investors who would never give them money without meeting deadlines and milestones. EA and Ubi Soft don't crow fund their projects.. because their successful companies that are not managed by broke criminals.
Not defending CIG / CS / CR in any way (I've seen little but
vague 'promises' and horrible mismanagement from day 1), but there are plenty
of great games and successful studios that only exist in their current state because of crowd
Also, and to each their own, but I'd much rather play the likes of Divinity: OS/2, Shadowrun: Returns/Dragonfall/Hong Kong, Wasteland 2, or the upcoming BattleChasers:Nightwar or BattleTech game over any of the re-skinned, microtransaction laden, 'successful' franchises that EA, Ubisoft, Activation, WB, etc. shovel out on a bi-annual (if not annual) basis.
Sadly how it is now won't change, it'll only get worse because the devs and publishers know most players are stupid and will buy into microtransactions like a fly to crap. Gamers today that started in the ps2 era have killed gaming as they are the main ones who buy into all this microtransaction crap, because they do not know how it orignally was and they think its normal.
I'd say FF:XIV is doing just damn fine at competing... and, although it is just a guess, I would also say FF:XIV is a major reason Blizzard is giving half a s*** about content updates again.Lobotomist said:I just read random article , some tidbit about what Blizzard learned from last WoW expansion. And one thought blew my mind.
300 developers actively working on WoW. Even now 12 years after.
So its 16 years of continuous content development with team that is 300 people at its smallest - and its all Blizzard quality people.
LOL , how can anything compete ?
( disclaimer , i dont play WoW , neither did I play it since Vanilla )