Friday, August 3, 2012

News Filter: For 3 August 2012

  • While I could milk these for several posts, I thought I'd try something different today.

  • EA Sues Zynga For Copying Its Paper During The Test - As Lum, er, Scott Jennings says, everyone knows that Zynga loves to appropriate ideas for their games by copying them directly from other games. They barely even try to hide the fact. But since they usually go after indie, no one has tried to fight back. Until they went at an EA game. Does this mean that we have to go back to liking EA again? I'm so confused. Also, eff Zynga.

  • Developers Vs. Journalists: Fight! - Jason Schreier, who has the unfortunate burden of aspiring to real journalism while writing for a site as poorly regarded as Kotaku, wrote an editorial asked developers and publisher to be less tight lipped about their games. Because talking to the press is good for you. Except when they are misquoting you to get more hits. Jerry Holkins weighed into the frey in his usual manner. And Schreier followed up with various (other) responses that he received. I don't blame Schreier for wanting more open communication, it's not going to happen just by saying "Trust us." That has to be earned.

  • WoW Sheds SWTOR's Entire Subscriber Base, Refuses To Blink - In the most recent earnings call, Activision announced that Blizzard lost 1.1 million subscribers in the last quarter. That is an entire MMO, folks. I'm not ready to worry yet, but don't think we're going to see Blizzard announcing record breaking subscription numbers again.

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