So you’re telling me that
- a bloated, delayed and generally unwanted Final Fantasy MMO
- turning one of the greatest RPG franchises in history, Final Fantasy, into a linear interactive movie where you don’t even control half your party
- and turning your already Japanese culture-heavy games into things not even the Japanese want to play
leads to a 90% reduction in your profit forecasts?
Color me baffled as to how this came to be.
High hardware sales and shortages, dismal software sales. Am I the Sega Genesis 32X or PlayStation Move/Kinect?
Honestly, I’d love to get my hands on the little bag of Scrabble tiles from which Pachter draws his profound predictions about the games industry.
I’ll never understand how or why some gamers can get so worked up about an upcoming game when all that’s available are 15 total seconds of scripted game play and pre-rendered cutscene footage that will without a doubt not be included in the actual game.
I mean, for fuck’s sake–most of the shit in this “trailer” is of real, live actors!
With the big spenders are so easily pleased and distracted by flashing lights, no wonder there’s no real innovation taking place in game design outside of the peripherals!
So, are single player games “finished” because the players (read: customers) have demanded this, or because EA’s bottom line isn’t what it used to be and online is such a cash cow?
Zynga. Nothing more needs to be said, no?