The Jimquisition: Shadow of Warner Bros.

https://www.cancerresearch.org/how-you-can-donate-now
https://donate3.cancer.org
https://www.stbaldricks.org/donate
https://www.youcaring.com/michael-forgey-479259

It was sincere and touching, and that’s all it should’ve been, but the decision to charge for content honoring the late Mike Forgey altered the conversation.

Alright then, let’s get into this mess.

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84 Comments on "The Jimquisition: Shadow of Warner Bros."

Stef Faulty
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First game was mediocre to start with so I was never gonna drop full cash on this but this just cements that reason that when I get this it will be at BundleStars for $5 or less

Richard Fleming
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Interesting Development: The official video for the DLC is gone.

Amy
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Eurogamer asked WB to clarify and they stated they won’t profit from the DLC… and then didn’t mention anything about what they are doing with the other money. Even before you get into the excluded countries aka the rest of the world, doesn’t the $1.50 potentially mean they will profit if they sell enough units?

InfamousDS
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InfamousDS
Platform holders take 30% of revenue outright (in the public-facing generic agreements), before disbursing the funds to the publisher or developer. 30% of $5 is $1.50 exactly, so at least that portion makes sense. Provided WB didn’t negotiate a better fee from Steam and the others anyway, which they would never admit to since it would make the $1.50 make no sense and might be seen as a breach of contract to disclose those rates. That’s the loophole WB wants. Charity in only one region means profit to everywhere else, justifying the DLC to the rabid stockholders which apparently are… Read more »
Amy
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I forgot about the platform holder fee *blush*

Lloyd Arold
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As someone who has lost family to cancer, I find this to be utterly disgusting. Even if 100% of the money was going to the family or other charity it still should have been free simply out of reverence and decency. I cannot think of another instance where a tribute put in a game to honor the loss of a colleague or fan was gated off with a price tag attached to it. What new low can you possibly reach at this point? I’d already been leaning against buying SoW due to all the other anti-consumer shit they had been… Read more »
Michael
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Michael

I agree with you on basic principle; that my funniest uncle died of cancer has nothing to do with it.

Michael Wolfe
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I find it very likely Monolith knew this would happen; likely having planned it to play out like this. They have plenty of experience working with “AAA” publishing and the ‘status quo’ standards developed by big publishers over the last decade to know that WB would force them to modularize as much non-essential content into DLC ‘modules’ to be priced at $5 or more and leaving the bare-minimum playable gameplay experience as the $60 product. Monolith may have built up a grudge against WB for whatever enforcement may have happened to make buying microtransactions more incentivizing. It’s also likely Mr.… Read more »
Saulan
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Saulan

Small thing to note, at 12:05 you say “those tax deductible donations could be…” referring to the purchase of the dlc, but at 9:27 the very small disclaimer on the WB page states that “Your purchase is not tax tax deductible.” I blame Chip.

Bashtarle
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When Jim is talking about tax deductible donations he is talking about WB. They are going to be the ones getting to claim a tax write off on this. The disclaimer on the site is directed at consumers for whom the purchase of the DLC is not tax deductible.

Saulan
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Saulan

Ah, I misunderstood that. Wow, that makes it worse though in my view from a WB perspective.

Lloyd Arold
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Pretty sure that is about the customer and their purchase, not WB themselves.

Chris Topher
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Seriously who cares it’s just wrong and sleazy and indefensible what ever the legal wrangling. It’s about greed and habit …habit to,charge just because.

Drake Warnock
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I agree that this is probably just habit for them. My guess is the developers themselves were sincere. They wanted to put the character in the game to honor their friend. Given he was known for swooping in and saving the day making him do that in game is actually pretty cool. But then the publishing took hold. After the content was decided on it went up the chain of command and some middle manager looked at it and just slapped on a price tag with some of it going to charity without really thinking about it. Now if they… Read more »
RabidKitten
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RabidKitten
Here is how I think this went down. A) Someone at Monolith pitches this idea to a producer at WB. B) WB asks how much this extra will cost to develop and Monolith gives them a number probably pretty high (new model, texture, code, sound, animation testing etc). B) WB producer asks around and comes back with “you can make it but we gotta make it DLC” or something. D) Monolith accepts. E) They announced it and receive backlash. PR looks at said producer who greenlit this as DLC and is like “WTF were you smoking, lets put out this… Read more »
Charlie
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Charlie

Sorry if this question seems a bit unrelated, but I was wondering if there was ever a good time to buy a game such as this. I don’t want to support Warner Bros. at all, but I would like to play Shadow of War since I enjoyed the previous game. So my question is: is there a time where I can buy Shadow of War while giving Warner Bros. as little money as possible? Should I wait for the inevitable GOTY edition to drop in price? Is there a Jimquisition I can watch that covers this topic? Thanks in advance.

Chris Topher
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The best time is when you choose to buy with all the facts. If you want to support these practices or support the family in some small way or just gaming as this money fuels it, then do what you choose and the state of gaming will be a reflection of its users. Me personally, I’d wait until it was on eBay for £15 less in a month or so then pick it up and only buy story dlc which has quality. Ithe best time will be after the reviews and patches though. Beyond this support people like Jim and… Read more »
Michael Wolfe
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Console? Avoid GameStop; they are part of the problem with the current industry in gaming. Buy off someone on eBay or the like. It’s likely stolen or accidentally got two for birthday gifts or something similar. PC? Normally I shun grey market sites like G2A for the very reason you just described, but this is where they can be more the blessing than the curse. Most keys sold on grey market sites are bought through countries with the lowest prices on these games, and resold at profit. Some are instead acquired via credit card fraud. Keys from other countries are… Read more »
machine_dirty
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I’d rather give my money to Gamestop then WB.

InfamousDS
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InfamousDS
If the PR reps are to be believed, GameStop (and GAME to an extent since they are synonymous), not Gearbox, is the reason “We Happy few” planted, grew, then jumped down the highest branch of the bullshit tree to hit every obstacle on the way down except microwagers and fake currency. Just because the specific store you like isn’t a rancid cesspool doesn’t mean the corporation itself isn’t a rancid cesspool. I have close personal friends that work in GameStops. Relatives, too. They don’t complain, and I’ve never been bullied except at stores where they don’t know my face. But… Read more »
Terry-Osaurusus Hex XI
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Pre-owned buying is what I do for that, as the money goes entirely to the store selling them. 🙂

Chris
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Which would be great, unless that store is GameStop who is in its own way a massive problem with the industry with the way it pushes pre order culture and fights against digital distribution and lower pricing

machine_dirty
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But if the only game store near you is a Gamestop, you don’t have much of a choice.

Chris
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You can shop at a store that doesn’t only sell video games, one that doesn’t fight to keep the industry from improving using their near monopoly on that specialized game market to force companies to make concessions to them like pilling on pre order bonuses or not lowering prices of digital games to below retail prices.

But hey, it’s your money, use it at whatever sleazy, parasitic part of the industry to support whatever abusive AAA practices you want.

Terry-Osaurusus Hex XI
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As a UK human-mound, we don’t have GameStop. But our equivalent is Game, who represent highly corporate ball sucking sleaze practices with unpleasant management towards staff. So I should specify I meant the more independent stores, which one here I find really great for participating in trade is CEX. 🙂

Galactix100
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Galactix100

I’d suggest waiting for GOTY if you don’t want to give WB money for dlc. Regardless of which edition you get buying used will help avoid giving WB money.

Arcane Azmadi
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Arcane Azmadi
You know, Jim, if I were you, I’d simply refuse to review the game now, or any other game by Warner Bros Interactive. I mean, you can do that, you know. You’re an independent critic, you’re not beholden to anybody, and if publishers aren’t sending you a review copy (and I’m pretty sure they’re not) then you’d be perfectly justified in simply refusing to give WB any of your money because fuck them with splintery sticks. I mean yeah, maybe it’ll be a good game, but how many good games have you already got to play? How many other good… Read more »
Chris Topher
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That’s a terrible idea so I down voted you. How can Jim stay professi Hal if he starts refusing to review or talk or xxx a game. That’s not his job that’s our job. Jim is here to review ideas , games, companies , business practices etc and then comment his opinion to help us. The best thing Jim can do is to review this game professionally and fairly including the gambling etc and state if he thinks it effects it or is it just an extra. Never ignore or hide or refuse to give your opinion if you believe… Read more »
Von Heimlich
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I think I would be okay with it if you know warner bro. donated that money to a charity for cancer research or help out the family, but yeah this is just gross.

Kirk Hammer
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So does this put an end to the idea that Monolith are some poor, helpless hostage in this situation and it’s Warner Brothers forcing them to do this? Because in any normal workplace finding out that your bosses are monetizing your dead colleague would be grounds for open revolt.

Galactix100
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Galactix100

Exactly what do you expect Monolith’s staff to do? Should they march on WB’s HQ, pitchforks and torches in hand? It literally doesn’t matter what anyone at Monolith thinks because WB owns the company and can do what they want. Besides, we don’t know what’s going on behind closed doors. For all we know they’re arguing about this right now and at the end of the week things’ll have changed.

Kirk Hammer
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Think of the number of people involved in making, okaying, integrating and promoting this DLC, everyone else at the company who would have been aware of this and the amount of time it took to make this DLC. The fact that not a single one of them has broken ranks or tipped off the press before now (when developers have done so over far less) makes it very likely that they’re kneeling before the almighty dollar just the same as WB.

Chris Topher
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I agree so I up voted you. They are reeling from his death and worried about their job and mortality . I’d be amazed if many agree and btw it’s not that much work to make this happen. But the fact that no one has said anything is slightly worrying unless they are all in a bubble which can happen and they don’t see the issues or genuinely weren’t aware of the final conflicts.

machine_dirty
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Or ya know that they were concerned about potentially being fired by WB.

Kirk Hammer
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Again, anonymous tips are how we found out about Square Enix’s meddling with Deus Ex and other franchises, Konami being Konami and many other injustices in the gaming industry. The fact that not a single person at Monolith considered their pubisher *monetizing their colleague’s recent death* as grounds to do likewise suggests they’re just fine with it. Much like those lootboxes they were supposedly forced to put into the game. And promote. And do a livestream about how excited they were to have them in the game.

machine_dirty
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No, there’s no reason to believe Monolith had anything to do with this.

Chris Topher
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In the case of devs ex the devs didn’t know until the last minute which caused them to bravely state their opinion and stress they weren’t aware. Monolith has done nothing but support this dlc so I say bs that they didn’t know or agree in advance. The conversation goes like this. ‘We want to do a character to honour our fallen friend’, ‘Great that’s a great idea…so sad what happened but let’s make this a win about him and maybe help the family?’ ‘Oh yeah but then we’d have to charge…as dlc….also some peopl,e might not like the dead… Read more »
Kirk Hammer
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They *LITERALLY* made it. WB didn’t sneak in and create, animate, integrate and voice-act the character overnight once everyone but the cleaners had gone home.

Chris
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You know, except for the fact that they are promoting it in their streams and show no signs at all of minding what’s going on.

Galactix100
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Galactix100

I know right, do you think WB might want us to buy it?.

Chris
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You might also think Monolith does too. It’s almost like that’s the corporate culture at both companies at this point and trying to distinguish between them and claim one might be blameless is probably pointless.

machine_dirty
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Not really no, I highly doubt Mike’s friends and colleagues would were OK with this.

Chris
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Again, proof? Or do you just like their games and thus they can’t be doing anything wrong?

They made the DLC, no one has a gun to their head making them promote it either. WB surely deserves blame and scorn for this, but we have no reason at all to think monolith is totally off the hook.

Steve
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Steve

i couldn’t help but notice the screen-shot of the article titled:
” ‘Shadow of War’ Has Micro-Transactions. You’ll Get Over It.”

yea, no, that’s not ever gonna happen.

what will happen, though, is whoever says that to me will sooner “get over” me telling them to go f*** themselves before i ever ‘get over’ MT’s in a game that has the nerve to charge me $60 upfront.

because my stance is never changing.

Arella Jardin
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Arella Jardin

Just to be cynical, the average consumer will get over it. Most people don’t give a shit, or if they do, it’s only so far as it doesn’t inconvenience them. They’ll bitch about it right up until release, then buy it anyway. That’s how we got to this point.

machine_dirty
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game journalists like that can go fuck themselves.

Nitrium
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They won’t be selling many of these lame lootboxes on the PC version. I’m sure there will be a “+12 Trainer” for it within a day or two to give you “unlimited in-game currency” by hitting Num 5 or whatever. GameCopyWorld is packed to the brim with trainers (usually 3 or 4 for every game/version) for every PC game basically ever released. Microtransactions in single-player PC games is just never going to bring in much money imo. This DLC might be slightly different, depending on if it’s already in the game or not.

Kirk Hammer
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Unfortunately that adage about convenience being the best defence against piracy also applies here, too. Much like the number of people willing to buy an NES Classic vs those willing to learn how to assemble a Raspberry Pi and emulate on it, I suspect enough people will just pay WB to give it to them rather than learn to use a trainer.

No name
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No name

That’s actually a counterexample. Buying a NES Classic is NOT convenient – most of the people who try to buy NES Classics already had emulators but were going out of their way to try to support Nintendo and do things “legitimately”.

ArtSolopov
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Wow. Just wow. They just weren’t able to resist, now were they?
I can just see it, the devs working on the tribute, an Easter egg of sorts…
And then some corporate fucknut said, “You know what? This will be a $5 DLC.”
And the devs groaned and grumbled but could do nothing because Corporate Decidez.

I hope that whoever made this decision chokes on their filthy money. And I hope that after they die, they become an orange construct for Larfleeze. They fucking deserve it.

Steve
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Steve

I wish I could have as much fun with toys as Jim does

Gennadios
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Gennadios

Well, I cancelled the pre-order after the orcs in chests, training orders only from chests kerfuffle hit. When I saw the Forthog DLC trailer I pretty much thought to myself that WB is fucking things up further somehow. I couldn’t be fucked to read the fine print, but there we go.

Stay classy, WB!

Chris
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Just take that as a lesson. Never. Ever. Ever pre-order a AAA game, it will always bite you in the ass.

Arella Jardin
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Arella Jardin
I was fine with everything, up to the point where they buried the info about purchases that wouldn’t contribute to the charity. Big splash page saying $3.50 of every purchasegoes to charity, with tiny disclaimer no one would read. They’re hoping people will buy it out of the desire to contribute, but not notice that their money is going straight to WB. I know people in Europe and Canada that were on board with this, and were surprised when it was explained they wouldn’t count. Any instance where they charge (and keep) $5 with the pretense of honoring a dead… Read more »
Aotrs Commander
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Aotrs Commander
With regard to That Dragon Cancer, I’m pretty sure the numerous media outside the gaming industry that has had people who have suffered such tragedies express themselves through said media over the centuries (where in the media – e.g. books etc) is generally regarded as being a positive examples of expression, not an exercise in making money. (Some of) gaming seems to just be more intolerant, sadly. And I blame places like WB for that, because if they hadn’t basically attempted to train everyone to see anyone selling a game as a greedy pile of excrement through their sheer contempt… Read more »
machine_dirty
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Some of the backlash against that game came as a result of the creators DMCAing youtube videos of the game(they called it “theft”) which I have to saw lowered my sympathy for them.

MuddyScarecrow
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Yeah, I’m a little baffled at them demanding Dragon Cancer should’ve been free. Don’t remember anyone complaining about paying for a ticket to see Fault in Our Stars. =/

Chris
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Yeah, but gamers as a whole are far more entitled and assholish than the kind of people who go to see movies like that.

MuddyScarecrow
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“I hate cancer. Who doesn’t?! It’s not a controversial statement!” I dunno, Jim…Five years ago “Fuck Nazis” wasn’t a controversial statement either and now look where we are. Wouldn’t surprise me in the least if some political wingnuts started advocating for cancer rights. Not cancer PATIENT rights. The rights of the actual cancer.

JackieGoOutside
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JackieGoOutside

Cancer cells are human too!

Charlie
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Charlie

You have no right to cure that cancer! What if it doesn’t want to be cured, you insensitive, murderous, scum? Did you even ask how it feels about being cured?

ʕ•ᴥ•ʔ
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ʕ•ᴥ•ʔ

Actually you use Cancer cells in a lot of human cellular biology study, especially in oncology where we use cancer cells (go read a book called “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” if this piques your interest) to develop cures for cancers.

So…

*Drum roll*

…#NotAllCancerCells

MuddyScarecrow
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XD Yes, exactly that’s my point.

drownedsummer
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drownedsummer

I just love the way it states the money is only going to charity until the end of 2019.

VinLAURiA
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VinLAURiA
I dunno, man. I know Konami has become of spite and incompetence, disrespecting franchises, pretending folks like Kojima don’t exist, and treating their employees like garbage, but even THEIR maliciousness was never this… utterly detestable. This is taking something done to honor the memory of a dead man and shoving it in the gnawing, grinding gears of the machine that is corporate-minded decision making in the modern game industry to spit it out as another cash-grab, with all the usual mannequin-faced attitude around it. Legacy means a lot to me. Screwing over living people like Konami is bad, yeah, but… Read more »
machine_dirty
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Yeah, even Activision’s triple-dipping of Modern Warfare remastered pales in comparison to trying to guilt-trip and trick your own customers into giving you more money by being horribly misleading about the terms of service.

RomaDoma
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RomaDoma

Obviously not defending WB here, but Konami has been using its clout in Japan to make it so that ex-employees can’t get health insurance. Pissing all over the legacy of a dead man for profit is monstrous but Konami is potentially just making more dead people. So basically the whole industry is full of fucked up people.

VinLAURiA
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VinLAURiA

*become a hive of spite and incompetence

(Nice one, Vin…)

machine_dirty
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Don’t know why WB couldn’t have just taken a page from what Gearbox did to honor Michael Mamarill in Borderlands 2.

I don’t think WB gives a crap about Forgey, so yeah I do think this was pure greed on their part, they want to shamelessly guilt trip people into buying that DLC.

R.M.Renfield
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R.M.Renfield
Unrelated to this issue, but have you ever thought of looking at what’s happening with Star Citizen, Jim? I watched their demo at Gamescom and laughed my arse off at how bad it was. Then I went down the rabbit hole and read all the Chris Roberts Vs Derek Smart stuff – Jesus, it’s another internet war out there. Seeing how polarised things are I can see why you might not want to touch this one, but it does seem weird to me that CiG are STILL selling ships for huge money when the game basically doesn’t exist. Check out… Read more »
machine_dirty
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Jim said that Star Citizen isn’t really in his wheelhouse since he’s unfamiliar with games like that.

But yeah I agree with you, i’ve been suspicious of that game for years.

R.M.Renfield
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R.M.Renfield

Ok, looking at the vitriol from both sides I think anyone would think twice even if it was your thing.

I know Total Biscuit thinks the sale of ships is a load of bollocks, though.

Even so, I’d advise anyone to watch the Gamescom demo just because it’s funny.

Galactix100
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Galactix100

Jim’s said he doesn’t know enough about the genre never mind the game to cover it. He talks about it at the start of the Wing Commander Spin Off Doctors episode.

The Vaark
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The Vaark
Very sad to see this, given that most likely the whole thing sprang up from a very sincere desire to honor and help on the part of the devs. Leaves me with two questions: 1. How likely is it that the sale as DLC was a prerequisite to WB authorizing the development in the first place? Is the control of publishers so total that the devs couldn’t memorialize someone without very strict conditions? (A possible alternative being the devs – like many journalists – naively overlooked the sale-donation fine print. ) 2. About WB’s resilience to shame: are we dealing… Read more »
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