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Week in Review
July 3rd 2003, 18:52 CEST by G-Man

Since Planetcrap has been MIA for the last week, it seems only proper to post a week in review topic, recapping all the major gaming news of the previous week.

Undoubtedly, the most shocking news was the departure of four senior employees from Blizzard North, the studio responsible for the Diablo series. The announcement came hot on the heels of the Warcraft III expansion (Frozen Throne) going gold.

Also unexpected was Activision's suit against Viacom for failing to live up to its contract by creating new Star Trek movies and television shows. In response to the lawsuit, Viacom issued a statement alleging that Activision is only bringing suit in an attempt to renegotiate its 1998 licensing contract.

Monolith has also been making waves this past week by releasing the Tron 2.0 multiplayer demo, and announcing Contract JACK a new standalone NOLF expansion.
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#1 by Dethstryk
2003-07-03 18:57:55
jemartin@tcainternet.com
Holy crap. I'm glad it's back.

sunny days have funny ways of quieting the roar
#2 by Shadarr
2003-07-03 18:58:11
shadarr@yahoo.com http://digital-luddite.com
The only major gaming news I am aware of is that I bought Advance Wars 2, and it fucking rox.
#3 by CheesyPoof
2003-07-03 19:00:28
More NOLF?  Awesome.  Hopefully it'll be more like 1 than 2, though 2 was no slouch.
#4 by Bailey
2003-07-03 19:07:13
This has all been discussed on Qt3! Or as I like to call it, PlanetCrap^2.

Contrary to popular belief, my inability to contribute anything of value to the discussion is not a recent development.
#5 by Charles
2003-07-03 19:10:20
www.bluh.org
Terminator 3 sucks.

#6 by Dethstryk
2003-07-03 19:11:22
jemartin@tcainternet.com
#5 Charles
Terminator 3 sucks.
I watched it last night, it kicked a lot of damn ass. Better than the stupid Hulk movie that I finally got around to watching.

sunny days have funny ways of quieting the roar
#7 by Chunkstyle
2003-07-03 19:13:25
Hulk was cool.  It was a superhero movie and a real movie at the same time.  Good job, Ang.

I like cheese.
#8 by TheTrunkDr.
2003-07-03 19:17:23
Why is this topic forced through when there are three others in the bin? especially one that would pretty much cover everything you could want to talk about anyway.

It's a Steve Buscemi vibe.
#9 by Charles
2003-07-03 19:18:24
www.bluh.org
SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP

#10 by yotsuya
2003-07-03 19:45:24
I turned 30 yesterday.

"YES!!  You see people, THAT'S why he's the Vice-President of A/V Services here at Respawn Games.  Yotsuya ALWAYS unleashes the fucking fury!" - Warren Marshall
#11 by Chunkstyle
2003-07-03 19:52:45
Happy B-Day, Yot.  You are now officially old.  I will recommend you buy some Metamucil now.

I like cheese.
#12 by Bailey
2003-07-03 20:02:56
I SAID "HI GRAMPA".

Contrary to popular belief, my inability to contribute anything of value to the discussion is not a recent development.
#13 by Fugazi(werking)
2003-07-03 20:07:04
The Tron demo is not impressive.

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#14 by Matt Perkins
2003-07-03 20:12:58
wizardque@yahoo.com http://whatwouldmattdo.com/
Yot...  Yesterday as in July 2?  If so, that's my birthday also.  I'm now 26.


As for the rest of it.  Hulk was pretty damn good, more NOLF is good, and topic push through owns.

"There are two things I've observed about Warhammer during my trips to the comic shop. A) The players send off strong pheremonal signals to mark their territory and warn off rival M:TG alpha males....." - Bailey
#15 by G-Man
2003-07-03 20:15:17
TheTrunkDr. in #8 said:
Why is this topic forced through when there are three others in the bin? especially one that would pretty much cover everything you could want to talk about anyway.
I'm guessing because of the three, two are simply headlines and the third is written by m0nty?
I voted for m0nty's topic for what it is worth, but I expect most people are tired of topics like "What is the best game ever?" or "What's a great gaming moment you remember?".

Fugazi(werking) in #13 said:
The Tron demo is not impressive.
And sadly, that is all that makes it newsworthy. Still it's better than Ricochet, the Discs of Tron style mod that Valve released.
#16 by mrbloo
2003-07-03 20:24:32
mrbloo2000@hotmail.com
Happy belated birthday yot.  It's mine next week some time (34, older than Jesus if you don't count his respawning).

#17 by G-Man
2003-07-03 20:30:18
Isn't anyone else amazed that the ex-Blizzard employees had such lenient contracts? Senior management usually have employment contracts that must be negotiated and renewed on at least an annual basis, rather than employment at will. But not Blizzard, apparently their management can leave the company at a whim. Not to mention the fact that there was no non-compete clause. I wonder if there were even any trade secret protection clauses.

While it seems kind of foolish to me to leave a company so suddenly with no plans at all, they certainly seem to be enjoying themselves. Bill Roper's got his cell phone number up on Gamespot for publishers to get in contact with him and he's openly said that he plans on poaching talent from Blizzard.

As for Activision v. Viacom, talk about biting the hand that feeds you. I wonder if Caryn will be able to give us any dirt? And I wonder who will get the Star Trek video game license in 2008 when it expires.
#18 by Chunkstyle
2003-07-03 20:33:52
In other "Week in Review" news, Sony/Lucasarts proved that the MMOG developers have learned nothing, by having one of the worst launch days in MMOG history.  Or, since having a smoother launch would have required money (more servers, more banwidth, etc), they proved that they have been paying attention, as I don't think the bad launch affected sales or subscriptions, and they saved that phat lewt for swimming in, McDuck style.

Oh, and my Star Wars Galaxies review: Mildly Entertaining.

I like cheese.
#19 by Caryn
2003-07-03 20:41:16
carynlaw@pacbell.net http://www.hellchick.net
#17 G-Man
As for Activision v. Viacom, talk about biting the hand that feeds you. I wonder if Caryn will be able to give us any dirt?


Sorry, G-Man. Even if I did know anything, you know I wouldn't be able to say it...

SNIKT!
#20 by TheTrunkDr.
2003-07-03 20:49:59
Isn't anyone else amazed that the ex-Blizzard employees had such lenient contracts?

Spoken like a layer ;) I'm not amazed at all. The Blizzard guys might not have signed any contract at all, there are companies that still treat people like people. Non-compete clauses are also a fairly recent addition to standard employment contracts, I'm sure the guys that left started long before non-competes were common place. Besides non-competes are the worst possible thing for an employee to agree to, they can kiss their career goodbye if they've signed one and leave whatever company they work for.

It's a Steve Buscemi vibe.
#21 by JMCDaveL
2003-07-03 20:50:32
^_^

--jmc
#22 by Chunkstyle
2003-07-03 20:58:44
I believe non-compete clauses are unenforcible in California, anyway.

I like cheese.
#23 by G-Man
2003-07-03 21:09:32
Chunkstyle in #22 said:
I believe non-compete clauses are unenforcible in California, anyway.
Yeah, you are right. Not only are they non-enforcable, they might be actionable. I forgot that Blizzard was in CA.
#24 by Shadarr
2003-07-03 21:11:36
shadarr@yahoo.com http://digital-luddite.com
Are there any enforced non-compete clauses in the industry?  I've never heard of someone working outside gaming for 5 years because of a contract.  Hell, the guy who left the Age of Empires team even used the word "Empire" in the title of his next game.
#25 by Bailey
2003-07-03 21:13:55
Oh, you mean Empire of Ages? That game rocked.

Contrary to popular belief, my inability to contribute anything of value to the discussion is not a recent development.
#26 by G-Man
2003-07-03 21:22:26
itShadarr in #24 said:
Are there any enforced non-compete clauses in the industry?  I've never heard of someone working outside gaming for 5 years because of a contract.
I'd write six paragraphs on this, but these people have already done it for me. As for game industry statistics regarding enforcement of covenants not to compete, I haven't a clue.
#27 by G-Man
2003-07-03 21:24:10
Although I will point out that Richard Garriott had to agree to a covenant not to compete to escape from EA.
#28 by "51|RandoM"
2003-07-03 21:48:46
all gaming news is on hold until the september release of half-life2.  I watch that stupid e3 video over and over and over and over again.  I want some of those bugbombs for work.  DOn't want to go to that meeting?  toss a couple onto the conference room table, close the door, and slowly walk back to your desk.
#29 by JMCDaveL
2003-07-03 21:59:43
Welcome back non-registers!

--jmc
#30 by Charles
2003-07-03 22:02:18
www.bluh.org
Richard Garriott built himself a castle.  The non-compete clause doesn't mean much to a guy who most likely doesn't have to work another day in his life.  

As for the blizzard guys having lenient contracts... well, if they were important to blizzard, then they most likely managed to negotiate the lenient contracts by threatening to walk otherwise.

#31 by Charles
2003-07-03 22:03:14
www.bluh.org
Also:  Qt3 seems to be down.  CONSPIRACY!

#32 by Chunkstyle
2003-07-03 22:05:35
Maybe they will all come here, and post on topic.  The horror...

I like cheese.
#33 by Bailey
2003-07-03 22:07:20
If they insist on posting on topic, I'm going to have to ask they keep it in one thread.

Contrary to popular belief, my inability to contribute anything of value to the discussion is not a recent development.
#34 by Charles
2003-07-03 22:12:54
www.bluh.org
Actually, we'd have to ask them to make their own thread... and vote no when they submit it.

Ahh democracy.

#35 by Squeaky
2003-07-03 22:13:01
As soon as payday hits (midnight tonight) I'm going to be donating to the cause.

Great masturbating monkey gods, it's like watching the kettle rape the pot. -- Bailey
DVDs
#36 by Ashiran
2003-07-03 22:18:28
Aren't we going to talk about Star Wars Galaxies?

Iran and N.Korea may be the axis of evil. America is the engine that makes it spin.
#37 by Bailey
2003-07-03 22:22:03
I think Foody said everything that needed to be said.

Contrary to popular belief, my inability to contribute anything of value to the discussion is not a recent development.
#38 by Ashiran
2003-07-03 22:32:21
But I want to discuss it at length.

Talk to the hand.
#39 by Shadarr
2003-07-03 22:34:48
shadarr@yahoo.com http://digital-luddite.com
Yeah, so, you start.
#40 by Ashiran
2003-07-03 22:46:05
Ok.

So how many idiots signed up for a buggy piece of stagnant addict crap this time?

Talk to the hand.
#41 by Shadarr
2003-07-03 23:04:14
shadarr@yahoo.com http://digital-luddite.com
Much like crack, I don't feel the need to heckle and berate people for playing MMOGs, but I also don't feel the need to play them.  Stupid people do stupid things, and to further extend that thought there need to be stupid things for stupid people to do.  Taking money from idiots should never be a crime.

Think of this period as a paid beta, with a bunch of idiots play-testing the game to make it stable enough that in a year or so it will be fun for you.
#42 by Phayyde
2003-07-03 23:13:05
Tears, courage and all good things for Caryn.

Beat to fit, paint to match.
#43 by Ashiran
2003-07-03 23:15:29
If they think they are having fun then they can play SWG to their hearts desire for all I care.

I'm just wondering if there are enough to make the game profitable which means the next MMORPG will be the exact same piece of crap. Only with a different flavor. Like Judge Dredd.

Talk to the hand.
#44 by mike
2003-07-03 23:31:29
www.antigames.com
Let's not get that started, Ashiran. Maybe we'll luck out and nobody will tell him that PC is back.

A casual stroll through the lunatic asylum shows that
faith does not prove anything.
       -- Friederich Nietzsche
#45 by Caryn
2003-07-03 23:39:29
carynlaw@pacbell.net http://www.hellchick.net
#42 Phayyde
Tears, courage and all good things for Caryn.


Thank you, Phayyde. It's very much appreciated, as well as the emails some Crappers have been sending me with their condolences.

(For those that don't know what he's referring to, about a week and a half ago my little brother Leif was killed by a car as he crossed a street. I really appreciate that some Crappers have expressed their condolences to me.

And for the scant few on this forum that enjoy making light of the death of a loved one when it comes to those faceless Internet People, please give me a head's up if you plan to do that here so that I can make sure it's the last time I read PlanetCrap. Thanks.)

SNIKT!
#46 by Shadarr
2003-07-03 23:45:33
shadarr@yahoo.com http://digital-luddite.com
I think that until the big MMOG crash we're going to see the same thing over and over:  games are released before they're done because enough people will pay to play a buggy, feature-poor game that there's no reason not to release early.  I agree with PA:Gabe that Galaxies will probably be a good game once they add in vehicles and space travel.  Just about every MMOG ever has had launch problems.  But if you wait till things get settled, and they add in some of the features that should've been there all along, you can have a good experience.

Of course, it's your god-given right to make fun of anyone on the Crap who signs up on launch day and has a predictably tough time extracting any fun from the game.  It's your right to make fun of anyone for any reason.
#47 by Shadarr
2003-07-03 23:48:19
shadarr@yahoo.com http://digital-luddite.com
Wow, there's a lot of death going around these days; hopefully it's not catching.  My dad's wife had an aneurism a little over a month ago, had 13 hours of brain surgery, and never recovered any frontal lobe activity.  My dad had to tell them to take her off life support.
#48 by TheTrunkDr.
2003-07-03 23:59:47
Shitty, well my condolences to both Caryn and Shadarr and your families. Losing a loved one is never easy, I know.

It's a Steve Buscemi vibe.
#49 by Eric T. Cheng
2003-07-04 00:40:58
erictcheng@hotmail.com
My condolences to both Caryn and Shadarr and your families.

Kilt Wearing Pixel Pushing Monkey Boy
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#50 by CheesyPoof
2003-07-04 01:01:46
I think Foody said everything that needed to be said.

Shitfuckery?  Or was it "boring shitfuckery?"
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