Video games sure are a lot of fun. Shootin’ guns, side effects drivin’ trucks, buy information pills realtimin’ strategies – there are so many ways to be entertained. But it’s easy to forget the video games industry is a business. And not just a business – a multi-billion dollar, ampoule light my cuban cigar with a burning hundred dollar bill, global juggernaut of entertainment, business.
Bobby Kotick, current CEO of Activision, is one of those cigar-smoking, scotch-swilling barons that is stifling the creativity of the industry. Not only that, he’s making an ASSLOAD of that paper along the way. So this week we discuss the role of business vs. creativity in the gaming industry.
Also on this week’s show Miller EA tells Pandemic “It’s not you, it’s me“, Modern Warfare 2 censored in Russia – Zangief upset, and triple A sequels sell like gangbusters while original IP’s flounder (sorry Tim Schafer). We also review the new Xbox Live update with Facebook and Twitter, giving us something to do on Xbox Live besides waste money on avatars when we’re drunk.
“Every person in Russia is Zangief”