In: Podcasts by Edie Sellers
Ho, ho, ho! It’s the last GameHounds for the next couple weeks, and GamerEdie Sellers, Commander Tim and Cooper Hawkes bring you glad tidings and the latest in year-end gaming news. This week topics include:
December 21st, 2009 at 8:08 pm
I think you guys missed the key piece of text in the PSN premium services article:
“Sony is considering offering a premium PlayStation Network subscription in the future. The subscription offering would provide new premium features you could choose to pay for and are in addition to the features currently available for free such as access to online multiplayer gaming (current features would remain free).”
December 22nd, 2009 at 3:52 am
Hey I only read what I got.. Didn’t see that part, thanks for pointing it out Mik!
December 22nd, 2009 at 9:30 am
Who knew that Larry Hyrb (Major Nelson) sounds just like Kenneth from 30 Rock? Thanks Tim.
Doug (yeah, the one from near Derby)
December 23rd, 2009 at 6:39 am
Hmmm, yeah, I think the GTA DLC wasn’t the right way for Rockstar too go.
GTA Vice City and San Andreas were treated from day 1 as independent games using slightly modified versions of the engine.
With the DLC GTA IV, it was the same city, and a shorter story arc than what you got with the main game or with the previous VC/SA games, taking away alot of the ‘ooo wow, new places to look/drive/kill in’ factor was gone.
And on top of that, you needed the GTA IV CD to run the DLC, meaning people who didn’t give GTA IV a chance couldn’t try it out and reducing Take Two’s market.
And then on top of that as well, it was exclusive to the XBox, meaning people on the PS3 and the PC where cut off from it.
December 23rd, 2009 at 8:45 am
How exactly was the EA offer a good thing for Take Two when EA themselves are bleeding out? Even worse, EA is shutting down studios, laying people off, etc while Take Two isn’t. I feel kinda bad for Take Two, there only real “evil” moment was the whole 3D Realms thing but beyond that they have generally been good especially in comparison to the other companies. Despite that they have to put up with shit like this! 2009 was only a bad year for Take Two because,
1) MLB 2K9 sucked
2) NHL 2K10 wasn’t as good as EA’s game and didn’t sell well
3) All of Take Two’s “heavy hitters” were delayed into 2010
4) GTA IV DLC did not meet sales expectations.
When it came to stocks, Take Two is hovering around a $9 with EA doing around $17.
Doug: Episodes from Liberty City didn’t need GTA IV to run, that was the main appeal of it plus it had a new radio station from Vice City!
3D Blu Ray movies will have nothing to do with gaming, infact, 3D games already exist with Avatar and Invincible Tiger: The Legend of Han Tao being two games that came out in 2009 with 3D support, I think there was also a Disney game that did as well.
December 24th, 2009 at 12:38 am
Take-Two has been a troubled, mismanaged company for ages. The reason they didn’t take the offer (which went as high as an insane $26 per share) is because their chairman and CEO have crazy compensation packages that they’d forfeit in that scenario. It would have saved a bundle in expenses to leverage EA’s marketing and distribution capabilities. They should have taken the offer.
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