on Jun 29, 2015
Heads up: No Spoiler Warning this week, but we’re going to try and post the archive of our E3 livestream.
0:30 Arkham Knight PC release was so bad the the publisher pulled it from shelves.
“Pulled it from shelves”? Pfft. As if they have shelf space for PC games at Gamestop. What is this, 1998?
Josh mentions the story about the $200 Batmobile Edition of the game, which was canceled due to “quality control” issues.
Here’s a thought experiment: WB plans to sell these crappy Batmobile statues by making them part of the $200 collector’s edition. They plan a run of N thousand statues. There’s a certain overhead to selling mass-produced crap like this, so you need to sell in volume if you want to make money. Then let’s imagine that when the pre-orders roll in, instead of thousands of people ordering the Batmobile edition, they only got a few hundred. There’s no way they can sell just a few hundred of these without losing a ton of money.
If you’re an executive at WB, what do you do? If you’re an idiot you can tell the truth and admit your product is far less popular than you anticipated, and you can piss off fans by going back on the implied promise of a pre-order. You look bad, your product looks bad, and your customers are pissed. Alternatively, you can claim that there are “quality control issues”. This makes it sound like it’s not your fault at all. It’s not you, it’s that crappy factory in China! They made sub-standard products, and you have heroically decided to give up all those sweet pre-orders rather than sell your customers a sub-standard Batmobile.
I want to stress that this a made-up scenario on my part. But my point is that the “quality control” line is the best answer they could possibly give. This answer might be the truth, but it’s also suspiciously the most perfect and expedient deflection of blame they could have offered. I can’t prove – or even seriously allege – anything, but I do find myself looking a this very cynically.
Two hundred dollars is a lot of money.
19:00 Chris talks about Amibos.
28:00 GRAPHIX CARDZ!
Josh and Shamus are both upgrading, so it’s time for the biannual rant about the ongoing war between NVIDIA and AMD.
WHAR MAH ERRANT SIGZ AT SON?! Been like, what…oh, just two weeks. Nevermind then.
That said, as the resident video producer, I have to ask what’s happened in the past year or so that’s marked what feels like a very sharp and sudden drop in video content on the internet. Many of my old standbys are gone and those that remain have drastically reduced their update schedule. I’m just curious really if you have anything to say about it. I know a good while back you made mentions of Blip on yer blog but–oh wait, about that…
DOOD! WASSUP WIT YO BLOG BRO!? YU DITCHED IT OR SUM’TIN?
The Neil Not From England
50:00 Historical basis of game worlds.
It’s common practice, when inventing made-up peoples and cultures, to draw from real history and existing establishments. What games do you see as having done this the best? Which have done this the worst? Why?