Thursday, 20 December 2012

THQ Files for Chapter 11

It's actually not the worst news, although it could be a hell of a lot better.

As of late THQ seems to have been making the rounds as a company doing a lot to get its games into the hands of anyone that would like them. From offering a Humble Bundle, to just giving away Metro 2033 for free. Whether or not these efforts will make people remember the business is still up for debate. Unfortunately though even with the successes they've had, it hasn't been enough to stop the company from filing for a Chapter 11, which is a form of bankruptcy.

Now, before people fly off the handle and wonder what will happen to the various franchises that THQ has under their roof don't have to worry. Chapter 11 isn't a complete solvency type of bankruptcy. Rather, the company has a chance to get itself out of this situation that it has found itself in.

Basically the details that most gamers will be interested in are as follows:

"All of the company’s studios remain open, and all development teams continue, the company said. "The company remains confident in its existing pipeline of games. THQ maintains relationships with some of the top independent development studios around the globe. As part of the sale, the company is seeking approval to assume the contracts of these studios, and Clearlake will assume these contracts."

The next few months will doubtless be essential to see if THQ can turn things around. Every release is likely going to take on a greater importance. At this point the company can't really afford to take gambles, which sadly means that everything but the strongest of their franchises will likely be put on the back-shelf for the moment.

Of course, all of this does assume that the court will grant THQ the ability to proceed, which hasn't been guaranteed yet. At this point there's no reason to think that it won't be granted, but it's not completely impossible. Still, this is a case where I'd actually rather be optimistic than not.


Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Sega Sues Level-5

Welcome to the latest edition of 'who's suing who know and for what dumb reason?'

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Thursday, 6 December 2012

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

The Upside of Down?

Time makes fools of us all, but perhaps not in the way you'd expect.

Monday, 3 December 2012

Facebook Unfriends Zynga

You can feel free to punch me in the spleen for that title, by the way.

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Great Moments in Stupidity Part I Can't Even Count that High

I'd say that this is part of a series, but let's be honest here. Half of what I talk about is this kind of stuff.

Monday, 19 November 2012

The Double-Edged Sword

Thoughts on what might be both the largest help and hindrance to gaming journalism

Friday, 16 November 2012

Ratings and Rantings

Are the current systems the absolute best? No. Do they need to be replaced? That's a tougher question.

Friday, 2 November 2012

What Now?

Perhaps the one and only decent thing to take from this entire mess.

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Attack of the Show and X-Play Done in December

It's not so much the loss of two shows, but the loss of the original idea behind the channel itself.

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

The Biggest Playstation 3 Hack to Date

It's probably the last one of this magnitude because after this they won't need anymore.

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Friday, 12 October 2012

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Senate Candidate Politically Attacked for Playing WoW

Because killing skeletons (and a great deal many other things) online these days is apparently what passes for having skeletons in the closet.

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Sony: "Consumers decide how relevant it is"

If this wasn't proof enough that voting with your wallet works, then I don't really know what is.

Monday, 1 October 2012

Friday, 28 September 2012

Thursday, 27 September 2012

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Musings on TF2 Randomzier

Breaking a game's balance over your knee can be fun, and also prove just how much thought goes into any design.

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Monday, 27 August 2012

Molyneux's Curiosity

Molyneux seems to have gone more insane, and I'm surprisingly pretty okay with that.

Friday, 24 August 2012

Initial Thoughts on World of Warcraft

If anyone makes a joke about whether or not I'm "wow'd" by it I swear I will hunt you down and use your liver as a hat.

Thursday, 23 August 2012

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Monday, 20 August 2012

Thursday, 16 August 2012

Time vs. Money - Is there a Correct Answer?

I took a break from killing robots to play card games. The fate of the world was not at stake ... so far as I'm aware, at least.

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Monday, 13 August 2012

More Musings from The Witcher Team: DLC for Free

Even though I've never played the game I have to admit that I'm liking these guys more and more.

Thursday, 9 August 2012

GameStop: People Sell Us Their Used Games to Buy New Ones

Not surprising, but it seems that it's something that needs to be said over and over again anyways.

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Valve Changes it's TOS - No More Class Action for You

It's not a surprising decision, it's not even too hard to understand the reasoning behind it. However, that doesn't make it any easier to swallow.

Sunday, 22 July 2012

The Witcher Staff Talks about Games and Gamers

Step 1. Don't treat gamers like shit. Step 2. Profit! (See, didn't even need the other two steps)

Friday, 20 July 2012

Patches and Pocketbooks

It's not a case of not being worth fixing, it's one of even having the money to bother.

Thursday, 19 July 2012

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Monday, 16 July 2012

Valve - Steam Sales Actually Strengthen Products

"Everything we've seen, PC games and IP and all those franchises are more valuable today than they were four or five years ago"

Thursday, 12 July 2012

Collections of Collector's Editions

Yo dawg, I heard you like collector's editions, so we put collector's editions in your collector's editions so that you can collect while you collect

Friday, 6 July 2012

Monday, 2 July 2012

Thursday, 28 June 2012

Metal Gear Solid 5 Announced

This is something I'm unsure how to feel about, but the more I think on it, the better I feel.

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Monday, 25 June 2012

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Monday, 18 June 2012

The Other Side of the Looking Glass - Part One

A recent interview with a Capcom designer sheds light on what it's like to work at the company ... and it's not an entirely rosy picture.

Monday, 28 May 2012

We Now Interrupt This Game...

If you hear a noise do not be alarmed, it's merely the sound of my rage breaking.

Friday, 25 May 2012

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Monday, 7 May 2012

Friday, 4 May 2012

Thursday, 3 May 2012

Complexity Isn't Evil

Sometimes 2 + 2 = 22 is just what the doctor ordered. (just don't bring it up in math class)

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Higher Learning and Higher Gaming

When I was in school we didn't have no fancy fangled game journalism courses ... which is a shame because I'd have totally taken some if we had.

Thursday, 12 April 2012

Friday, 6 April 2012

Kickstarter 2 - Localization Boogaloo

Will Kickstarter give opportunities for people to play games that wouldn't otherwise make it out of Japan?

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Conspiracy and Subtly

Was there more to the ending of Mass Effect 3 than people thought, and if there is does it even matter?

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Monday, 19 March 2012

Friday, 9 March 2012

Thursday, 8 March 2012

Dead or Alive 5 - First Impressions and Thoughts on the Series in General

Thoughts on one of my favourite fighting games ... and no it's not my favourite due to the T&A, get your mind out of the gutter.

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Is the Concept Behind the X51 Needed, or Just Niche?

 Is the X51 a case of "you got your peanut butter in my chocolate and it's awesome" or more of "you got your oil in my water and it doesn't really work"?

Monday, 5 March 2012

Rumour Mill: Is Valve Considering a Console?

Buzz is about concerning a potential game machine from Valve. If rumours hold true then be sure to expect it sometime around 2109.

Friday, 2 March 2012

Some Brief Thoughts on the PS Vita

 Sony's new handheld is impressive, but is it impressive enough to get one right out of the gate?

Thursday, 1 March 2012

Skipping Gameplay - Thoughts on a Touchy Subject

There's no right answer, but there is one hell of a debate.