The Jimquisition: Game Industry Executives Are Fucking Idiots

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Battlefield 1 has turned a lot of heads. Its announcement video is the most liked trailer on YouTube. Hell, even I’M interested in it.

Electronic Arts executives, however, didn’t want it to happen, which is sadly true of a lot of executives in this industry. People who know nothing, yet are paid to control everything.

They’re idiots, and we’ll never know what potential future successes they killed in the womb.

Milestone_RP
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Milestone_RP

You’d be shocked about how many people called the “they will SPECIFICALLY use the ‘Boss vs. Snake’ scene in a Metal Gear Pachinko machine ad” thing months ago. The only thing I’m not shocked by, is how it took Konami THAT long to do it. #FucKonami. And at this point, pretty much ANY “industry executive” tends to be a fucking idiot. Most of them getting where they are now by virtue of the cash/investors they’ve brought to the table, or the connections they’ve made, and not by actually having any real experience doing what their company does. It’s why I’ve… Read more »

Dave Dogge
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Dave Dogge

It happens everywhere, CEOs who just don’t care about the product and don’t understand the detail of the product or it’s potential market .. it happens in tech companies (look at that scum ex Pepsi CEO of Apple), investment banks (clueless CEOs appointed by chums), multi-media companies etc

Thanatos2k
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Thanatos2k

How much you want to bet after Battlefield 1 is more successful than Infinite Warfare, that the next COD is suspiciously similar to it?

Because if there’s one thing AAA execs know that works, it’s ripping off anything else that’s successful.

Gareth
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Gareth

That isn’t the original footage of that fight from Snake Eater. That looks distinctly like they remade it in 5’s engine so fuck you Konami.

Thom
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Thom

The Conan interludes in this video are the most important interludes in any video.

cclp
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cclp

Ace freakin episode, Jim. Bravo.

Neil Studd
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3:43 Psst… you missed a bit.

Jiryn
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Jiryn

I still feel the reason Infinite Warfare’s trailer is so hated is due to the fact they not only announced MW1 Remastered with it, but that it is an exclusive pack in with the premium priced IW. As for Battlefield, it may not be M rated. If they keep the gore and language down it could squeeze out a Teen like Battlefront and Halo 5. Though with the success of this game, mark my words that we’ll see a Call of Duty set in WW1 within the next 2-3yrs. None of this excuses the shortsightedness and stupidity of both the… Read more »

Anton
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Anton

I’ve been gaming since the mid-nineties; and the way I see it, most AAA publishers don’t make games for me, and have not been for a while. Big-money gaming is about making the most stupidly accessible product, eliminating any niche elements that could be a potential turnoff for the masses, and the introducing the most exploitatively cynical pricing/DLC model to maximize profits. Anything with personality or depth is thrown to the wayside. Given that opinion, I find it pretty hard to muster the effort to get mad at stories like this, especially when I know there people still passionate about… Read more »

SilentPony
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SilentPony

why isn’t there a huge GG/Konami openly lies/Arkham Knight level controversy over EA openly admitting targeting minors and children with their M rated game?!

I mean holy fuck! We all knew they did, but to be so blatant that they plan the setting based off what Mrs. FitzGerald is teaching her 4th graders in History.
This is the type of shit that gives those ‘Video Games cause violence’ fuckers some legitimacy because EA is marketing its hyper realistic WAR games to fucking toddlers.

boguspeople
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boguspeople

Although having quite a few valid points, Jim ignores one important concept in his considerations – risk. Particularly many examples he presents are just ones that happened to become a success.

Its like calling a careful financial investor an idiot because some other investor made big buck by putting into risky ventures. Its kind of ignorant.

p.s.
that doesn’t change the fact, that Battlefield 1 is probably going to be shit, and I’m not going to buy it, until someone unbiased like Angry Joe will provide his opinion.

Helmic
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Helmic

A remade trailer of the MGS series’ most powerful moment… advertising a pachinko machine. I don’t know why Konami executives bother to wear pants at this point, they’re clearly going to shit and piss on everything regardless.

Jack Burton
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Jack Burton

Having boxed goods marketers turned execs, then losing their jobs, then becoming execs at EA and/or MS gaming divisions, and then selling boxed goods again.

gasmaskangel
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gasmaskangel

This is the problem with letting people who don’t love an artform run the industry around said artform. Make no mistake, the top suits running EA, SqueeNix, Warner Bros. and Sony don’t give a single solitary fuck about video games. They’d be just as happy selling you a used car as they are selling you a video game, or for that matter movies, books, music or fucking cabbage. So with an utter lack of interest in the product they’re selling all they give a shit about is how to get as much of a return on investment as possible. “Why… Read more »

Benj
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Benj

I agree with the general point but I think it’s worth being aware of the bias (not “teh bias” but actually a natural difficulty in looking at a fair sample) that goes on when people make this kind of point. We all know of the huge successes that were dismissed as having no audience but we don’t see all the rejected projects that would have tanked after failing to find an audience. It’s hard to know really but when we keep hearing about execs rejecting projects for really fucking stupid reasons while constantly trying to tap the same over saturated… Read more »

TimRobbins
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TimRobbins

I actually do believe that when executives say “X doesn’t sell,” it is based entirely on numbers. The problem is that “sell” typically means in the multi-millions, based on similar budgets. So even if they’re right, it just further pigeonholes games until diversity is reduced to one emotionless lump of mechanics with different names (Ubisoft). To Ubisoft’s credit though, they do occasionally take risks on smaller budget titles, but budget range in AAA studios is the big thing that needs to change overall.

Baltech
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Baltech

I feel that you can scratch the “Gameindustry” from “Gameindustry Executives are fucking morons” message.

BoingCameron
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BoingCameron

EA execs sound like movie execs. If movie execs don’t get a movie, they think that the public won’t get it either and will either order reshoots or just bury it (see Dark City for an example). They never seem to learn that most humans are smarter than an exec ever could be.

David Sayers
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David Sayers

There has to be a name for the paradox whereby you become the stupidest person in the room as a direct result of believing everyone else is stupid?

Za_Docta
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Za_Docta

I’m an anime fan and I skipped my prom to get laid.
Speaking from experience, the only crying involved comes from the really weird sex anime fans have.

09philj
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09philj

This reminds me of a thing I once read about the development of the first Fire Emblem. Because it was made back in the good old days, the initial development was done by one Intelligent Systems employee and three student interns who never expected to get a commercial release.

Anton
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Anton

Unpopular opinion time: I don’t get the hype over BF1.

Yes, it looks cool. Yes it looks pretty. But this is an EA/DICE game, which makes me think that the WW1 thing will be window dressing sparingly applied over the same formula that DICE has been running into the ground for the last few years.

Onfire20x0
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Onfire20x0

Just purchased the new background track, but where can I buy the old one by Danny Baranowsky?

Jpkurihara
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Jpkurihara

I thought you were going to mention Square Enix and their surprise at Bravely Default’s sales.
I hope BF 1’s success drives more publishers to put their faith in riskier projects, but alas, it’s the Triple A industry. They never fucking learn anything.

Фролов Денис
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Фролов Денис

The hand-drown intro still was the best

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