Brutal Legend
Activision sues Double Fine over Brutal Legend; EA and Tim Schafer Respond
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Activision today filed suit against Brutal Legend developer Double Fine, claiming they put down $15 Million to see the game done, but Double Fine failed to come through, asking for more money (an additional $7 Million) and more time (another nine months).

During their merger with Blizzard (last July), Activision dropped Brutal Legend from their publishing resume. It sat in limbo for half a year before later being picked up by EA. Activision is now claiming they still have rights to Brutal Legend, and are aiming to halt the game's scheduled October 13th release.

In response to all this shady legal business, EA likened it to "a husband abandoning his family and then suing after his wife meets a better looking guy." Double Fine president Tim Schafer had this to say: "Hey, if Activision liked it, then they should have put a ring on it. Oh great, now Beyonce is going to sue me too."

Take THAT Activision!


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Comment #1 by Jmashed
Thursday, June 04, 2009 @ 05:10:59 PM
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what! don't be stupid Activision, you money grubbing assholes. I want to see this game made, it'll be to bad if Double Fine gets sued, they're a fresh game company with original ideas, it'd be a shame for them to go out losing money like this.

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Comment #2 by exe67
Thursday, June 04, 2009 @ 05:11:06 PM
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"A husband abandoning his family and then suing after his wife meets a better looking guy."

That's pretty much what it seems like to me, yeah.

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Comment #3 by Possesed Ben
Thursday, June 04, 2009 @ 05:11:27 PM
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Tim Schafer ftw !

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Comment #4 by xXTh3CracKKilaXx
Thursday, June 04, 2009 @ 05:11:39 PM
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Man I've been looking at this game closely for awhile now(Even got it on reserve) just for a possible delay.Man Screw Activision this better not get halted or delayed.

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Comment #5 by XHunterrX
Thursday, June 04, 2009 @ 05:12:02 PM
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That's dumb

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Comment #6 by Andy91145
Thursday, June 04, 2009 @ 05:12:06 PM
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lmao unlocky

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Comment #7 by bigquackster
Thursday, June 04, 2009 @ 05:12:15 PM
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EA and double fine are gay activision for life

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Comment #8 by Possesed Ben
Thursday, June 04, 2009 @ 05:12:20 PM
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and first ;D

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Comment #9 by Jack_x2yz
Thursday, June 04, 2009 @ 05:12:28 PM
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Best responce EVER!

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Comment #10 by Ricass
Thursday, June 04, 2009 @ 05:12:32 PM
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Haha, looks like EA and Double Fine are confident about winning this one.

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Comment #11 by xXTh3CracKKilaXx
Thursday, June 04, 2009 @ 05:14:39 PM
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#1 and 9
You guys fail miserably.

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Comment #12 by Kaboozez
Thursday, June 04, 2009 @ 05:15:20 PM
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I think Activision should get the money. They really need it.

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Comment #13 by JustAFriend
Thursday, June 04, 2009 @ 05:15:44 PM
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Hahaha, i like these guys. They should adopt a crappy game between them, like an unloved child

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Comment #14 by Apple
Thursday, June 04, 2009 @ 05:16:23 PM
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Haha, love the quotes.

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Comment #15 by Bebe Buell
Thursday, June 04, 2009 @ 05:17:19 PM
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#10 You pulled the words out of my mouth before I got to say them.

#12 Sad but true, great now metallica is going to sue me.

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Comment #16 by tnargus
Thursday, June 04, 2009 @ 05:19:56 PM
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Best reply ever :D Schafer just became my new hero.

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Comment #17 by some Irish guys
Thursday, June 04, 2009 @ 05:21:30 PM
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First off, I would like to scream "FAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAIL" at #1.

Second order of business: Take THAT Activision!

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Comment #18 by Mana Fiend
Thursday, June 04, 2009 @ 05:25:01 PM
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If only Schafer had added 'yo mama' to that insult... Activision need to grow up, seriously. Clearly they weren't wanting it so badly that they were willing to fork out the extra money, so why are they complaining? As far as I can see, they don't have any full case, not against a sane jury :P

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Comment #19 by Fakan
Thursday, June 04, 2009 @ 05:25:03 PM
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Those are some great comebacks.

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Comment #20 by goothgone
Thursday, June 04, 2009 @ 05:28:44 PM
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imao @ #9

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Comment #21 by ShadyKav
Thursday, June 04, 2009 @ 05:29:24 PM
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Best. Comeback. EVER.

I mean seriously, you don't even expect this kind of remarks from companies, at least not when they publically say it.

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Comment #22 by Saracin
Thursday, June 04, 2009 @ 05:30:05 PM
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Its pretty funny that Activision and EA not only switched roles of who's the biggest publisher, but EA is now a decent company while people are now seeing the true colors of Activision.

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Comment #23 by Craigimuss
Thursday, June 04, 2009 @ 05:31:34 PM
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Activision are greedy...thus all the GH's... Take That Activion you money grabbing B*tche$

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Comment #24 by Sully45
Thursday, June 04, 2009 @ 05:36:33 PM
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Hey hey settle down. Activision publishes Modern Warfare 2, so I'm definitely taking their side.

And I would want my 9 million back too.

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Comment #25 by smacd
Thursday, June 04, 2009 @ 05:37:43 PM
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screw them both. I hope Activision and EA both go out of business. I hope Double Fine (though I know nothing about them) and the consumers are the only winner out of this whole deal- if thats even possible

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Comment #26 by oXStarKillerXo
Thursday, June 04, 2009 @ 05:39:11 PM
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This is ironic...

because everyone seems to have forgotten that EA is a money grabbing bitch too.

*points to all the shitty sports games they have released and all the companies they've overtook and ass raped*

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Comment #27 by Darvin Card
Thursday, June 04, 2009 @ 05:41:15 PM
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God Damn it....

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Comment #28 by Killahaseo
Thursday, June 04, 2009 @ 05:41:26 PM
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fuck Activision you greedy bastards, geez you suck a merchandize dry (guitar hero) and you still dont have enough money screw activision i hate them pricks

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Comment #29 by slashgnr2007
Thursday, June 04, 2009 @ 05:44:37 PM
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Comment #30 by MakoBallistic
Thursday, June 04, 2009 @ 05:46:03 PM
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lol, EA FTW.

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Comment #31 by l.maciver
Thursday, June 04, 2009 @ 05:46:26 PM
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put it to activion tim, beyoncey doesnt mind.

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Comment #32 by deano ward
Thursday, June 04, 2009 @ 05:49:52 PM
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what arseholes. activision will make ridiculous ammounts of money this year (GH5 Band Hero, DJ Hero, Hits and Van Halen) why are they moaning about loosing 7 mill....thats like moaning that a slice of lettuce fell out of your big mac.

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Comment #33 by Homicidal_inc
Thursday, June 04, 2009 @ 05:55:15 PM
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Is this High Skool Activision! So What If EA stole your Cheerleading Gurlfriend Date the Damn Goth!

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Comment #34 by Suplemental
Thursday, June 04, 2009 @ 06:00:30 PM
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lol activision not got enough money from gh and tht bollox still wnting more lmfao gf activision

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Comment #35 by ODD 1 0UT
Thursday, June 04, 2009 @ 06:02:35 PM
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Well Double Fine has a bad rep with delaying games. Remember Psyconauts? Yeah delayed like a year and half, so I doubt we'll be seeing this Rocktober 13th. Looks good though.

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Comment #36 by sicbass46
Thursday, June 04, 2009 @ 06:15:22 PM
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Activision needs to grow a pair and stop acting like a pissed off jealous ex. They let a good title go and just so happens after all the hype it got at E3 this suit becomes public.

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Comment #37 by radar616
Thursday, June 04, 2009 @ 06:18:12 PM
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"Hey, if Activision liked it, then they should have put a ring on it. Oh great, now Beyonce is going to sue me too."

I really did lol. That was a epic comment.

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Comment #38 by edso007
Thursday, June 04, 2009 @ 06:19:54 PM
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activision wanting more money? thats silly I mean why else would they release multiple guitar heros every year instead of going the rock band approach and supporting it?

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Comment #39 by Homicidal_inc
Thursday, June 04, 2009 @ 06:20:19 PM
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They Want there Sloppy Seconds Back!

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Comment #40 by Vita Ante Acta
Thursday, June 04, 2009 @ 06:22:16 PM
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Is this serious business? lol, it looks like a big joke xD

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Comment #41 by Rouge Tider
Thursday, June 04, 2009 @ 06:28:09 PM
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to #19
sorry buddy, but they dont use a jury in this type of case

i think EA put it perfect
"Oh my son is making money, let me get in on that!"

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Comment #42 by its delicious
Thursday, June 04, 2009 @ 06:31:09 PM
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It's a snappy enough retort, but all this fighting over *this* game? This game looks to fall somewhere between "Jack Black really isn't funny" and "riding Dethklok's coattails".

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Comment #43 by I T e N l
Thursday, June 04, 2009 @ 06:32:57 PM
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LoL So true @ #3

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Comment #44 by GunnerBinx25
Thursday, June 04, 2009 @ 06:40:31 PM
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#4/9 huge faggot

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Comment #45 by green death35
Thursday, June 04, 2009 @ 06:41:04 PM
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wow wtf activision. god damn y the hell r u complaining you $whores? look how much $ ur gonna get off of all the damn GH's this year. FUCK! the only game i'm gonna get this year that they publish is modern warfare 2. y don't they get the dick out of their mouth and Spit It Out?!?! shit i hope slipknot doesn't sue me... lol

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Comment #46 by DemonI81
Thursday, June 04, 2009 @ 06:45:23 PM
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Wow... This "news" came out over month ago, if not longer. With the exact same info, exact same quote...

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Comment #47 by MacPhisto
Thursday, June 04, 2009 @ 06:56:27 PM
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Ok first they run the Guitar Hero franchise into the ground, and now this? Seriously Activision??? Wow they're even starting to make EA look good! lol

And yes #43, even though the gameplay action looks a bit standard hacky-slashy so far, Jack Black's dialog improv, Tim Schafer's classically hilarious writing, characters voiced by actual metal gods, and a soundtrack featuring some of the greatest metal songs in history will assure that this game WILL truly live up to the hype!

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Comment #48 by Edenstrife
Thursday, June 04, 2009 @ 06:58:52 PM
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Although I agree with Activision being money grubbing whores....and EA too, I do think Activision should at least get their money back. It's theirs, say what you want, if their not gonna see profit from this product or even any rights to it, well they deserve their compensation. That's business.

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Comment #49 by padraiglovesyou
Thursday, June 04, 2009 @ 07:00:39 PM
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It made me l-o-l B)

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Comment #50 by WhiskersBiscuit
Thursday, June 04, 2009 @ 07:03:23 PM
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If they all became friends and made make-up sex then we'd all be fine.

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Comment #51 by Lord of Orion
Thursday, June 04, 2009 @ 07:04:04 PM
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I am just going to say that if this was EA having something taken from them like that, they would be all over Activision like Flies on Manure! Activision needs to take a stand for themselves so monopolyEA doesn't keep trying to get their grubby little hands on everything.

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Comment #52 by partydudes
Thursday, June 04, 2009 @ 07:10:00 PM
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very true number 50 EA owns way too many things

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Comment #53 by BLAZIN BRIAN21
Thursday, June 04, 2009 @ 07:17:23 PM
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Well, activision is greedy, but makes modern warfare1 and 2. EA is also the makers of many great original games such as mirrors edge, dead space, army of two, and now Brutal Legend. I am taking EA and Double fines side.

Activision: U snooze u loose!

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Comment #54 by Ninjamonkey6493
Thursday, June 04, 2009 @ 07:24:59 PM
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a husband abandoning his family and then suing after his wife meets a better looking guy." LOL LOL LOL!!!!!!!

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Comment #55 by Kruz
Thursday, June 04, 2009 @ 07:36:13 PM
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LOL thats the best comeback ever. thats the way everyone should talk to those activision nazis

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Comment #56 by Lazy_Penguin1989
Thursday, June 04, 2009 @ 07:38:38 PM
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Okay lets get this straight Activision DOES NOT MAKE CALL OF DUTY, Infinity Ward does and if they lost it, which I hope they do, they would soon get pick up by other another publisher so it wouldn't really make any difference, but yeah both suck as ass, Tim and his team and us gamers are the real winners, but I have to side with EA here, sorry Activision you shouldn't get your money back, you are the next EA, but possibly worse.

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Comment #57 by ShadowKaster
Thursday, June 04, 2009 @ 07:44:06 PM
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Title says it all. Haha, oh we love corporate people.

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Comment #58 by TotalNubTim
Thursday, June 04, 2009 @ 07:45:16 PM
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If they liked it, they should have put a ring on it. Classic.

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Comment #59 by smacd
Thursday, June 04, 2009 @ 08:05:46 PM
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@49 no, they shouldn't get their money back. thats how business works. companies spend lots of money on projects that never actually pan out- especially software companies. I'd even say so much as only 10-20% of software projects ever get finished. Should every company "get their money back"? of course not.

As for how this IP transitioned from Activision to EA, I'm not quite clear on. but Activision made an investment that didn't pan out for them, and they deserve nothing.

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Comment #60 by Traytonb
Thursday, June 04, 2009 @ 08:18:13 PM
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bs move

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Comment #61 by SuperWoody64
Thursday, June 04, 2009 @ 08:25:51 PM
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#16 metallica banned me from napster for buying their cds. It wouldn't surprise me if they sent you a bill for using a quote.

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Comment #62 by Greenmember
Thursday, June 04, 2009 @ 08:27:12 PM
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23 said it best. Though EA used to be the greedy type, they're kind of moving out of that, and they're games are getting way better too, Activision is that greedy bastard you just want to punch in the face. What 9 guitar hero's?! COD MW2, WoW and a ton of other crap and they're crying because of this? They can rot in hell, and Tim Schafer FTW, best comeback. Game looks great BTW.

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Comment #63 by shiningcheese
Thursday, June 04, 2009 @ 08:27:32 PM
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i mean, i get it but its like begging for something you threw away that you never had. They had their chance to make it but did not want to shell out the money/time. Oh well maybe they can put "activision" on the box... eat it corporate ^(*&%$#

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Comment #64 by CaptnInsano352
Thursday, June 04, 2009 @ 08:29:27 PM
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#57 Check your facts boss...Activision has published every single Call of Duty released to date. Call of Duty, CoD 2, 3 & 4 were developed by Infinity Ward. Developing and publishing are two completely different animals and can't be used interchangeably. So if you want to call people out for saying Activision makes or doesn't make something, take two seconds and get your own facts straight first.

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Comment #65 by CaptnInsano352
Thursday, June 04, 2009 @ 08:49:33 PM
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edit: CoD 3 was developed by Treyarch like WaW.

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Comment #66 by Nerotic Shadows
Thursday, June 04, 2009 @ 09:01:53 PM
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Hmmm, I hate Activision, but I hate even more...soooo, whatever. It'll still come out in October.

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Comment #67 by Nerotic Shadows
Thursday, June 04, 2009 @ 09:04:03 PM
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*hate EA even more

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Comment #68 by OmegaHunter84
Thursday, June 04, 2009 @ 09:21:07 PM
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#65 You need to check your facts first before telling others to do so. Activision publishes the CoD series. They didn't make any of them they just paid for them. I wonder if you even know what the difference between developer and publisher is even after pointing out they are different.

Infinity Ward did not develop CoD3, Treyarch did. This is because Activision is a company of greedy assholes that couldn't wait for Infinity Ward to make Modern Warfare, they wanted a new CoD NOW. That's how come we have CoD:WaW. Activision wants a new title EVERY YEAR (or in the case of GH 3-4 a year). That's also why Infinity Ward dropped their own CoD name; because Activision is beating it to death.

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Comment #69 by foamy10
Thursday, June 04, 2009 @ 09:26:12 PM
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lol number 50 made a tie fighter

but yeah this is just ridiculous i think maybe Activision is trying to
F*uck The Sytem (hope System of a Down doesnt sue lol )

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Comment #70 by christiansteele
Thursday, June 04, 2009 @ 09:29:22 PM
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Comment #71 by green death35
Thursday, June 04, 2009 @ 09:32:44 PM
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Comment #72 by FrozenGearNinja
Thursday, June 04, 2009 @ 09:36:55 PM
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Soooo... Is this game is gonna die or what?

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Comment #73 by green death35
Thursday, June 04, 2009 @ 09:40:04 PM
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i dunno nor do i care im sick of music games...

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Comment #74 by green death35
Thursday, June 04, 2009 @ 09:44:12 PM
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i mean ive just seen sooo many of these games coming out, i just wanna take every single copy of every single music game ever made a blow them up in one HUGE, GLORIOUS, NUCLEAR!!!!!! EXPLOSION!!!1 :D

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Comment #75 by lacavera
Thursday, June 04, 2009 @ 09:44:16 PM
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lmao, this makes me want the game!

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Comment #76 by Freshmaker
Thursday, June 04, 2009 @ 09:48:28 PM
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fuck you Activision, u money hungry bastards, just cause u can't buy the rights to certain songs for ur shitty music games now, quit while u have time, u disgust me now, I will no longer support u for this, EA rules, Sims, Army of Two, Left 4 Dead 2, and much more who else can support that much good stuff, u'll die out soon, can't be too much longer before people see ur milking games

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Comment #77 by green death35
Thursday, June 04, 2009 @ 09:49:48 PM
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heh like i said, definitely not me

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Comment #78 by RenegadeSniper7
Thursday, June 04, 2009 @ 09:55:45 PM
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Lol @ Tim Schafer comment

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Comment #79 by Homicidal_inc
Thursday, June 04, 2009 @ 10:13:06 PM
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Wait Isnt This What The Hulksters Going Thru? "Whatcha Ganna Do Brother When Activision Run Wild On You!"

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Comment #80 by Itsbrown4606
Thursday, June 04, 2009 @ 10:14:53 PM
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I guess Activision is the new Jack Thompson.

I like where this is going...

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Comment #81 by UNDERWALLY
Thursday, June 04, 2009 @ 10:41:35 PM
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FUCK YOU ACTIVISION YOU'RE KILLING MUSIC!!!!!!! First with teir terrble guitar hero games, and now with this, they are damaging the only game that can save the heavy metal, FUCK YOU ACTIVISION]!!!, Sorrry I had to say that, I hate those guys

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Comment #82 by NAFeS
Thursday, June 04, 2009 @ 10:48:27 PM
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Comment #83 by Lazy_Penguin1989
Thursday, June 04, 2009 @ 10:59:25 PM
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Thank you Omega Hunter, and yes captnlnsano I know they help "pay" for it but yeah all Publishers do it, its there job and that's it, and some other publisher would more then gladly pay for this game to finish as much as Activision, and Omega Hunter is right, they are greedy and milk franchises and are getting as bad as EA already, with Guitar Hero franchise, and Call Of Duty, I'm kinda glad they changed the name to Modern Warfare from now on. And anyway they get what they deserve for dropping titles they thought weren't "worthy" of their time and money.

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Comment #84 by I CR0W I
Thursday, June 04, 2009 @ 11:03:10 PM
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Think objectively.

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Comment #85 by kiefer23
Thursday, June 04, 2009 @ 11:05:52 PM
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I really hate Activison now... So what if they publish Call of Duty.. If they went bust a decent publisher would pick it up..

Activison only care about one thing and thats money.. Why do you think they joined Blizzard. Because they know Blizzard is getting Millions of $ every month from World of Warcraft. They dont give a shit about double fine wanting to make a decent game out of brutal legend, they just demand the game be finished on a certain date no matter how shit it is so they can make a quick buck. Look at Guitar Hero and Call of Duty for an example. Multiple games a year from the same franchise.

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Comment #86 by en sabah nur
Thursday, June 04, 2009 @ 11:06:22 PM
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After the merger with Blizzard. Activision went at Venedi and put this game and a hand full of others on the chopping block because they couldn't see how to make a sequel of them every year.

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Comment #87 by eGEORGE
Thursday, June 04, 2009 @ 11:07:29 PM
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Yes #84 comment ftw!
It only makes sense to try the halt the production a huge game for your competitor. Activision and EA arguably publish every damn game out there. Activision has a case. Why not exercise your options to deal a huge blow to a rival?

Don't get me wrong, I want to play everything with Tim's name on it, but in terms of business...this is just a smart power play.

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Comment #88 by TokeTilYouChoke
Thursday, June 04, 2009 @ 11:45:09 PM
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@69 THANK YOU! i was gonna go off on 65 for not knowing what the f*** he was talkin about. And yeah Activision is a bunch of dickheads. not saying EA is any better but they own Blizzard (AKA WoW and Starcraft 2) how much more money could you want. Im also glad that infinity ward dropped the CoD name. Now i just hope they drop activision all together.

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Comment #89 by Domantos
Friday, June 05, 2009 @ 12:03:21 AM
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Best. Respond. Ever.

Gotta love a man with a sense of humor.

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Comment #90 by Cinderkin
Friday, June 05, 2009 @ 12:09:23 AM
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looking forward to brutal legend

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Comment #91 by Lordvader178
Friday, June 05, 2009 @ 12:15:46 AM
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Tim Schafer is made of win.

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Comment #92 by FalseHope4829
Friday, June 05, 2009 @ 12:45:30 AM
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Broski's, no company is more money grubbing than Activision. They dropped this and ghostbusters because they "couldnt be exploited every year." Band HERO, Guitar HERO, DJ HERO?? Hell even Infinity Ward wants nothing to do with the Call of Duty name cause of them. EA is the lesser of 2 evils.

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Comment #93 by Rooster425
Friday, June 05, 2009 @ 01:27:29 AM
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Acticivision: Blow me. If this game's release is knocked from its perfect timing of the day before my birthday, I'm skipping on Guitar Hero 5 out of anger.

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Comment #94 by agentplatypus
Friday, June 05, 2009 @ 01:30:35 AM
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Haha owned.

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Comment #95 by adriano28
Friday, June 05, 2009 @ 01:41:09 AM
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wtf? i wanna see this game, and rocktober is the perfect year for me (although i would settle for earlier but that aint gonna happen)

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Comment #96 by Jamerz
Friday, June 05, 2009 @ 01:55:44 AM
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Yeah! I'm 97th :) lol

Well anyway I don't want the game, but i would like to see an Activision Vs Ea Cage match. It may solve the problem, but if it doesn't it'd still be entertaining

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Comment #97 by jackanape
Friday, June 05, 2009 @ 02:27:40 AM
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@47 - how can this news have come out over a month ago when the lawsuit was only filed on Wednesday this week? Dumbass.

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Comment #98 by jj1993
Friday, June 05, 2009 @ 02:42:31 AM
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erm.... @ #96

Before anyone else points it out :P Rocktober is the perfect for you? You know it's a month right...just doing it before anyone rips into you with abuse xD

Anyway...Brutal Legend is gonna be a great game with great potential and Activision might aswell just admit they lost. It's like me investing 15m quid into a business, it don't work. I leave and then it starts working. I can't just ask for my 15m back. It's called risk-taking. And EA wins hands down at risk-taking and making great football games xD

@ 97

EA vs Activision Cage Match...hmmm. Interesting to see, with the winner gaining the other team's profits from the last 10 years. Give them more of an incentive to win :P

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Comment #99 by mr_kennedy34
Friday, June 05, 2009 @ 03:34:33 AM
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EA made a great commment, Tim Schafer's Comment was PRICELESS.

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Comment #100 by Thorne
Friday, June 05, 2009 @ 03:39:28 AM
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Activision are far better publishers and they should publish it EA just publish games that have the worst servers on the planet eg battlefield bad company, FIFA 09 and Mercenaries and more Activision FTW!!!

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Comment #101 by The Danielnator
Friday, June 05, 2009 @ 03:49:48 AM
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Fantastic responses on both counts and I really never liked Activision.

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Comment #102 by Enigk
Friday, June 05, 2009 @ 04:01:33 AM
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Activision only really have GH and COD making them money. At least EA don't put out 7 iterations of the same fudging game each week. I used to like guitar hero but now activision are as bad as Fox with the Watchmen debarcle earlier this year. Still not seen a Fox film this year and other than Wolfenstein 3D I won't be getting any Activision titles for a long time.

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Comment #103 by Thorne
Friday, June 05, 2009 @ 04:13:33 AM
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ONLY GH and COD i dont know if you realise COD 4 was the biggest selling games of all time and with COD 5 i know alot more bought that but the games activision publish there might not be many but they sell far more than other titles.

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Comment #104 by NightUlf
Friday, June 05, 2009 @ 05:18:57 AM
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They are like children, suddenly there is interest in their abandoned toy so they want it back, or else they will tell their mummy. 'Right thats it I'll sue you!'

This is how a lot of games never get released.

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Comment #105 by ALEX IS L33T
Friday, June 05, 2009 @ 05:29:26 AM
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It's kind of ironic and funny that Double Fine asked for additional money aka double fine lol

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Comment #106 by sterilefish
Friday, June 05, 2009 @ 05:42:08 AM
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unfortunately, i don't think this has anything to do with winning or losing the legal battle, but if it gets a fair hearing, brutal legend will get put back to the start of 2010, putting it out of the christmas run-in, letting GH5, DJ Hero and Band hero take over as must-haves for christmas

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Comment #107 by BTMX Skp2TheEnd
Friday, June 05, 2009 @ 06:36:36 AM
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@ no.23 100% agree.

People have been slagging off EA for years, but have a good game track record of recent late (Dead Space, Fifa 09, Skate 2, ect.). However, for Activision, if it werent for Call of Duty people would wonder why they are still in this business.

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Comment #108 by Redrum4
Friday, June 05, 2009 @ 07:00:30 AM
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The facts are this Actavision had a signed deal which terms were agreed apon. The fact is they already paid 15 million and from that the game was created. They then waited and it was delayed again and again and with no final product and an unfinished game they already dropped 15 million and it wasnt close to finished... so cut your losses as the legal contract has now been breeched (which they have deadlines to meet) and they were 100% right the develpoer is wrong. Now they dropped it and probably not too happy from the latest showing and Huge following which has grown alot. EA picked this up about 3/4 in and paid from the rest so it is what it is. EA has the means to cover the 15 million and its legally owed its petty but they are entitled to it. As far as EA is concerned they got a great

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Comment #109 by NielsDekker
Friday, June 05, 2009 @ 07:02:07 AM
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Nice response! LOL

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Comment #110 by SK Beans
Friday, June 05, 2009 @ 07:03:21 AM
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Fuck Activision, they're game milking whores. EA used to be bad, but I'm on their side now.

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Comment #111 by FlimFlam
Friday, June 05, 2009 @ 07:18:52 AM
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Activision suck. Not only are they pretty much symbolic of everything I dislike about this industry (and ironically things that EA used to be guilty of, though not to the extent of... Oh I don't know, 4 different Guitar Hero games in 12 months), but they dropped this project like a hot potato, among others. I for one was gutted, Schafers work is always of the utmost brilliance, then EA rescued it from the abyss. Suddenly Activision think it's still theirs? Tip guys... If you want a return on an investment, don't can it. Dick heads.

EA for the win baby, probably my favourite publisher of the last couple years, and picking up Brutal Legend just put the cherry on top of it :)

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Comment #112 by Quagmire3540
Friday, June 05, 2009 @ 07:45:13 AM
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Looks like Schafer's been hanging with Jack Black too

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Comment #113 by perryboy26
Friday, June 05, 2009 @ 09:00:16 AM
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Activision is the new ea. Let them sue the crap out of each other for all I care.

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Comment #114 by Brengun
Friday, June 05, 2009 @ 09:19:18 AM
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Comment #115 by cptrazz
Friday, June 05, 2009 @ 09:30:14 AM
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@65 activision do own infinity ward though

I'm taking activisions side EA may have good games but they rely on money grabbing crappy sports games for money.

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Comment #116 by rowtheboat
Friday, June 05, 2009 @ 09:40:03 AM
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Comment #117 by Ryan-3
Friday, June 05, 2009 @ 09:57:44 AM
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i'm 118!!

oh no. 118 directoris will sue me.

get a grip EA, and sort out need for speed

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Comment #118 by Ashkihyena
Friday, June 05, 2009 @ 10:03:26 AM
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Activision fails, and anyone defending them is a tool.

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Comment #119 by Zmoke
Friday, June 05, 2009 @ 10:09:54 AM
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Envy in the air with Activision

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Comment #120 by Jediphfor
Friday, June 05, 2009 @ 11:11:46 AM
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I am against all game companies because they all want money in one way or another, so they must be evil...

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Comment #121 by g o d skizzy
Friday, June 05, 2009 @ 11:33:20 AM
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OK, so both companies are greedy as fuck. I really hope someday that small companies like Double Fine won't need larger companies for backing. A lot of smaller companies have fresh ideas and when they try to go to a larger company the ideas are squashed or changed. Screw both EA and Activision. Double Fine should find a way to do this game on their own.

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Comment #122 by Ratchet
Friday, June 05, 2009 @ 12:06:30 PM
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Hahahah, Don't you love it when people realize they did something retarded? Next they'll try to get the Ghostbusters game back.

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Comment #123 by an1m051ty
Friday, June 05, 2009 @ 12:37:51 PM
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Activision has totally become my least favorite game publisher/company. After their dropping a large handful of games because they didn't have the potential for "yearly installments" they go on and attempt to secure all the largest "franchises" (cod, wow, guitar hero). EA used to be the bad guys, but they've come away in my opinion by at least taking chances on new IPs.

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Comment #124 by MrRedrum
Friday, June 05, 2009 @ 12:47:02 PM
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Regardless of what everyone thinks right now, there isn't a lesser of two evils here. They both blow balls in equal measure and they both are money grubbing whores. Only thing I care about is that this game sees the light of day. I don't care when, just as long as it happens.

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Comment #125 by UltimateSin
Friday, June 05, 2009 @ 12:55:49 PM
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Ef off Activision. I hope that Activision doesn't stop the release of Brutal Legend, I am really looking forward to this game.

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Comment #126 by cptrazz
Friday, June 05, 2009 @ 02:17:03 PM
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#125 well done

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Comment #127 by Balverine
Friday, June 05, 2009 @ 02:27:13 PM
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Whats with all these legal suits this year man? Everyone needs to calm the fuck down and stay in there own corner.

Activision, your going pretty far to fail right now :|

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Comment #128 by Fyzban
Friday, June 05, 2009 @ 03:44:46 PM
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wow Activision are really getting low. If it wasnt the merged with Blizzard and CoD franchise , Activision would really be in trouble and I dont think they would last a lot of more years.

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Comment #129 by Fyzban
Friday, June 05, 2009 @ 03:50:09 PM
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If we follow Activision mind, Harmonix should have sued Activions after they left the company for using guitar hero name and thecnology , since its Harmonix that started this franchise.

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Comment #130 by Twigleaf
Friday, June 05, 2009 @ 04:20:14 PM
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I can't say I blame Activision trying to re-claim their 15 million $ investment. EA in my opinion, although probably legally ok, have been very immoral in how they handle their gaming. They take over, eat, and leave developers to die. Look at Origin, Bullfrog, etc. Just because this game ( Brutal Legend ) looks great, and is made by a great company and game maker (Tim)... EA will find any loophole they can and disregard any morals to justify getting this game out. Double Fine and Tim S. are just tagging along, because they couldn't finish the game without the extra investment ( its in their best and only interest), so Activision by all means should be able to reclaim their losses. EA isn't going to benefit them.
It may look like I am blasting the game and how its going, but I hate EA,

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Comment #131 by SENTACOLIS
Friday, June 05, 2009 @ 04:56:18 PM
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brutal legend was awesome at e3..... played the demo 5 times!!!

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Comment #132 by Tim 13
Friday, June 05, 2009 @ 05:32:42 PM
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If it weren't for Call of Duty, I'd say fuck Activision completely. Let the economy swallow them, too.

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Comment #133 by hobby 1993
Friday, June 05, 2009 @ 06:01:28 PM
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good point

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Comment #134 by Tim 13
Friday, June 05, 2009 @ 06:11:52 PM
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Not really. Harmonix completed production on all Guitar Hero games before they sold the entirety of the franchise to Activision. There is some dispute on who should pay for Brutal Legend, but there is absolutely no dispute on who should pay for Guitar Hero.

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Comment #135 by Zef
Friday, June 05, 2009 @ 06:28:06 PM
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If Activision don't win then there won't be Guitar Hero: Brutal Legend next week =(

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Comment #136 by -Sonic-
Friday, June 05, 2009 @ 07:24:22 PM
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I thought this game looked pretty lame. Pretty extremely lame.

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Comment #137 by Midget Mafia
Friday, June 05, 2009 @ 07:53:43 PM
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Damn Activision you already have piles of piece of shit games coming out so let it go. You dropped the game so don't come back claiming you still own it when it actually looks good. You cant't ruin every game Activison.

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Comment #138 by OmegaHunter84
Friday, June 05, 2009 @ 09:08:03 PM
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I'd like to add that the reason Activision's CEO gave for dropping all the titles that they did (Ghost Busters, Brutal Legend, etc) was that they "couldn't be exploited from year to year." That was his actual reason, he even used the term "exploited."

They kept total shit series like Crash Bandicoot, Spyro and Ice Age but dropped genuinely awesome looking games. And they did so because they couldn't milk them every year as per their MO. They didn't drop Brutal Legend because of delays and costs but rather because they didn't know how to push out a new one in a year and the following year then six months later. They don't deserve a dime back; EA's analogy is spot on.

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Comment #139 by squirreltakos
Friday, June 05, 2009 @ 09:59:56 PM
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this game sounds retarded to begin with...

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Comment #140 by blayde
Friday, June 05, 2009 @ 10:05:08 PM
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LOL why the hell people taking sides based on what games they publish it should be a matter of how much douchebagger activision is displaying, They need to gtfo they milk a franchise until it can be milked no more then move on to the next. I used to hate EA but mirror's edge, dead space, ect made me change my mind, they're willing to try something new i like that

@omegahunter, crash and spryo were good series once upon a time...

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Comment #141 by blayde
Friday, June 05, 2009 @ 10:32:53 PM
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^ should be douchebaggery

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Comment #142 by y0uNgHoLLyWo0d
Friday, June 05, 2009 @ 11:38:52 PM
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hahaha...they dropped that ZERO and got them a HERO. LOL. Should've put a ring on it

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Comment #143 by travis5223
Friday, June 05, 2009 @ 11:50:17 PM
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yay ubisoft, R6V2 and cellfactor, ftw...jk
i say they are both money grubbers, in 1-2 years EA will sue activision, and we'll all have activisions back, no i like them both, but if there both going to be assholes so be it, i like CoD series and i like sports (yes apparently racing is a sport) so they both have ups and downs, so be it.

lol @ # 82

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Comment #144 by Bubby Love
Saturday, June 06, 2009 @ 12:35:47 AM
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As long as COD:MW2 is released on time, Activision can do no wrong.

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Comment #145 by jj1993
Saturday, June 06, 2009 @ 02:46:14 AM
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I agree with you there, OmegaHunter. Apart from Crash Bandicoot being a shit series! I still play it on PS1 xD

The main reason they're not entitled to their because they're not legally entitled to it.

They might think they deserve their money, but what self respecting game developer pumps 15m into an unknown game and then because of a few delays pulls out? None.

They invested their money in a business and risked 15m of it. The risk didn't work. They lose 15m and they get on with it. From sales of Cod4 and Cod5 alone i think theyre getting at least 50 times more so they should stop whining about their precious money.

They're only doing it so they get like 10% royalties from each game.

And EA aren't money grubbers. Do you think if they stopped selling games like Fif

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Comment #146 by OmegaHunter84
Saturday, June 06, 2009 @ 02:52:15 AM
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#140 I don't care if Crash and Spyro were the best series ever made because they are both atrocious now. Activision just puts them out every year because little kids will buy them. Sonic was a good series once upon a time too...but that was way back on the Genesis. You know why Sega puts out shitty Sonic games so often? The same reason Activision puts out shitty Crash games: someone will buy it for its name and they know it.

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Comment #147 by CrAcKdOwN360
Saturday, June 06, 2009 @ 05:00:22 AM
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You all seem to be having a go at Activision, but like someone else stated before me, they're making Modern Warfare 2, so if the money goes to that, i'm happy to wait another year for Brutal Legend. Also, EA have milked every series possible. And they have taken over loads of companies. To be honest though, Tim Schafer's come back was awesome. I suspect he had been thinking about that one for a day or two.

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Comment #148 by ash356
Saturday, June 06, 2009 @ 07:20:32 AM
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I don't like either company at all, Activision for milking the GH series dry, and EA because i've got a strong feeling that their the reason Criterion are now heavily overpricing their DLC, IMO.
Also, these comments are so F**king confusing, you get people saying @9, and theirs nothing wrong with it, just because stupid F**ktards have to write first and get their comments deleted

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Comment #149 by cptrazz
Saturday, June 06, 2009 @ 11:25:56 AM
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@147 i LOVE YOU

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Comment #150 by DarkMageGL
Saturday, June 06, 2009 @ 11:55:01 AM
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Activision = bunch of idiots. Get Modern Warfare 2 out of the door and whatever terrible '[insert instrument here] Hero' games you have. If you were bothered about the game, you would have kept it.

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Comment #151 by Octobox
Saturday, June 06, 2009 @ 01:00:25 PM
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LOL awesome

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Comment #152 by komodokid77
Saturday, June 06, 2009 @ 05:17:43 PM
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Activision = evil milkers
EA = Crappy game maker
thus, Brutal Legend = a crappy milk.

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Comment #153 by Sge77i
Saturday, June 06, 2009 @ 08:01:47 PM
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So the company that is milking games more than Capcom and the company that monopolizes game markets and then degrades the quality are going at it? Sounds like fun.

Seriously, though, Activision is completely in the wrong here. The best comparison (besides EA and Shafer's) would be like that Ashton Kutcher-Cameron Diaz movie, were they get married, regret it, and split up, but then he makes a ton of money and because she wants that, she wants him.

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Comment #154 by DeadSpace99
Saturday, June 06, 2009 @ 08:12:05 PM
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Lol Schafer FTW, that was a good yet funny response, hopefully Activision doesn't get anything out of this

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Comment #155 by Genesis Demon
Sunday, June 07, 2009 @ 01:27:02 AM
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dam ive been looking foraward to this game, hope it dosent get dealyed

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Comment #156 by WRECKZ RUGER
Sunday, June 07, 2009 @ 04:00:25 AM
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Comment #157 by bonzo
Sunday, June 07, 2009 @ 04:19:22 AM
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who cares

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Comment #158 by Kagosin
Sunday, June 07, 2009 @ 05:35:35 AM
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What I find funny is that if you drop support for something...why the hell do you think you "deserve" the money when someone else finds a successful way to pull it off?

You put it behind you back, meaning you moved on. If they NOW decided to do something about it, that's a dick move on their part.

Activision did the same thing with DJ Hero and Scratch earlier in the year.

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Comment #159 by Richmyster6907
Sunday, June 07, 2009 @ 07:02:33 AM
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I used to hate EA but now they have got a sense of humour screw activision they are the milkers now GH 10 will be out in 2 years I guarantee you and cod37 in 2011 well done you un original fuckjobs

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Comment #160 by Kyai
Sunday, June 07, 2009 @ 08:04:15 AM
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Most people are saying "screw activision" but if they had the mentality of "Oh, it's just a few million, we can take the loss" then they'd go bankrupt pretty soon. THey have the right to worry about losing $15 million. That's how you stay in business.

If EA/Double Fine is going to publish Brutal Legend with the $15 million Activision put into it, Activision deserves at least part of the sales money. Just because Activision refused to put $7 million more into it, doesn't mean the previous $15 million just disappeared. They have some stake in Brutal Legend.

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Comment #161 by Rob_
Sunday, June 07, 2009 @ 11:46:34 AM
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This is actually a tough one. on the one hand activision has invested 15 million and they have nothing to show for it, and that was because Double Fine failed to provide. on the other theyre the ones who dropped it, and it doesnt look like theyd previously discussed any title rights with Double Fine

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Comment #162 by Emo Extreamo
Sunday, June 07, 2009 @ 12:13:34 PM
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We all seem to agree that Activision is money hungry... and so is EA. Activision is stupid for suing a company that picked a game they didnt want. But someone in EA must have known that it would piss Activision off if they picked it up and made any sort of money off of it. Activision is releasing like 5 "hero" games this year. But EA has every sports game and 3 need for speeds, both companies own enough stock in the gaming industry that it doesnt matter who releases what they are still rolling in cash.

As for Brutal Legend.... it is gonna be the shit... if you like metal than you like Brutal Legend if nothing else it has the voiceovers and countless metal references. If you don't like it then you just dont understand the jokes and shouldnt be listening to metal in the first place.

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Comment #163 by chrisclaws
Sunday, June 07, 2009 @ 01:37:31 PM
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@ 7. u r gay...just wanted to say that...activision used to be awesome, but thats just stupid to sue double fine for something that they abandoned. oh well, shit happens eh!?

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Comment #164 by Teh Paralyzer
Sunday, June 07, 2009 @ 03:35:28 PM
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Activision I swear.....Grrr

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Comment #165 by Sniper07LHS
Sunday, June 07, 2009 @ 04:24:23 PM
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I'm a good fan of activision but they have no good reason suing EA because a game they stopped developing didn't meet there demands.

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Comment #166 by Sniper07LHS
Sunday, June 07, 2009 @ 04:27:24 PM
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@ #147 --- VERY TRUE

The only thing I would like to see from Activision if they win this case is that ALL of the money goes into Modern Warfare 2's Servers!!! NO LAG NO LAG NO LAG!!!

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Comment #167 by Wolfofthewind
Sunday, June 07, 2009 @ 08:51:45 PM
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For all the people screaming about "CoD Modern Warfare 2." Activision is not the developer, Infinity Ward is.

Activision is simply the "publisher" meaning they are the ones that make a cut on the game's profit by putting their company's stamp on the game basically. Activision is a publisher and all they do is oversee manufacturing and marketing of a game.

The Guitar Hero franchise [post GH2] has been done by Neversoft and various other pawn companies that Activision oversees.

So when you talk about "Activision making..." They don't make squat, they simply deal with advertising/marketing of the finalizes product. That is all.

I have to agree that Activision is in the wrong on this matter, they're just like every average money hungry joe. It's all about the money; even though the

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Comment #168 by Wolfofthewind
Sunday, June 07, 2009 @ 08:59:08 PM
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finalized product* -typo

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Comment #169 by turboskerv
Monday, June 08, 2009 @ 11:23:25 AM
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Comment #170 by Hoebagger
Monday, June 08, 2009 @ 11:52:34 AM
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I just can't support EA...

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Comment #171 by MacPhisto
Monday, June 08, 2009 @ 08:24:49 PM
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If Activision wanted a piece of the Brutal Legend pie, then they should have worked that out with EA BEFORE they officially picked it up. They can't just discard it like yesterday's trash and then come back later after seeing all the hype and great press it's getting now and be like "Hey we're entitled to this!" Suck it up, move on and consider it a hard lesson learned, Activision!

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Comment #172 by Acid Mother
Saturday, September 19, 2009 @ 12:58:29 AM
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#103:"i dont know if you realise COD 4 was the biggest selling games of all time"

Nahhh bud, that's GTAIV. Hey wait! Take 2 publishes it! Let's hate them!

How about we all ease off and realize that if there's two megapublishers in the end, then they'll release games appealing to pretty much every demographic (ie. more unique games) in order to reach a market that their opponent can't/hasn't?
Or the fact that many of these understaffed companies who release seriously lacking but well-written games (lolvalve) would benefit from having the extra staff and extra cash?

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Double Fine
Electronic Arts


US October 13, 2009
Europe October 16, 2009

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