The Decline of Obsidian?

Discussion in 'NMA News and Information' started by TorontRayne, May 6, 2018.

  1. Risewild

    Risewild Half-way Through My Half-life
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    Jun 14, 2014
    Another thing that saddens me:
    MCA mentioned about Feargus having stupid ideas about changing story and content in games. About the laziness and reluctance to do any actual work or object to bad ideas by other people (like Jones and Darren). That not only put pressure on the developers and delays the entire game. But it also makes the game worst.

    I am sad to think of what would games like Fallout 1/2/NV, SW:KOTOR 2 or even Neverwinter Nights 2 be without those stupid ideas, cuts and objections from someone without any good creativity and without understanding games. And without the work of those that don't care to do any work...
    ...Those games would only have been even more awesome than they are. And that makes me sad.
     
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  2. Gizmojunk

    Gizmojunk Vault Fossil

    Nov 26, 2007
    Odd thought... Feargus was the one who added the .233 pistol in the Hub; (or so I've read).

    *People change in 20 years...
     
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  3. Jabberwok

    Jabberwok Still Mildly Glowing

    Jun 7, 2008
    ...especially if there is money involved. As far as I can tell, success and power have had negative effects on plenty of my favorite artists, from film to music to video games.
     
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  4. Risewild

    Risewild Half-way Through My Half-life
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    Jun 14, 2014
    Yeah... Like Feargus having his wife on Obsidian's payroll, when she's not part of the company.



     
  5. TorontRayne

    TorontRayne No Memes Allowed Staff Member Moderator Orderite

    Apr 1, 2005
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  6. Walpknut

    Walpknut This ghoul has seen it all

    Dec 30, 2010
    From my experience, people in administration positions where they are also the owners of the company tend to steer towards getting lazier and dumber with the years.
     
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  7. Crni Vuk

    Crni Vuk M4A3 Oldfag oTO Orderite

    Nov 25, 2008
    It's easy to get lost though, to be fair you watch the news, the media and you happen to frequent certain circles, presse events and so on and you constantly see games like Skyrim, CoD and many other franchises that fall in a very similar style and they get all the prices, praise and huge money while any project that isn't like those gets criticised for really small stuff. Like when Skyrim was released suddenly everyone noticed hey! Oblivion was a flawed game with lots of bugs! But Skyrim is awesome and perfect now! You had some people literally changing their opinion like 180°.

    I think this kind of stuff really can mess with your mind and perception over the decades.
     
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  8. Risewild

    Risewild Half-way Through My Half-life
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    Jun 14, 2014
    The sad thing is that it seems that these people were already like that since their Interplay days.
    Interplay could still be a thing today if only they cared and actually understood stuff like finances, game design, let the writers do their job without interference and weren't lazy. :sad:
     
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  9. TorontRayne

    TorontRayne No Memes Allowed Staff Member Moderator Orderite

    Apr 1, 2005
  10. Walpknut

    Walpknut This ghoul has seen it all

    Dec 30, 2010
    Avellone is weird, he strategically outted all this info on Pillars of Eternity 2 release window, yet he was complaining on twitter about POE2 not getting the high review score it deserved.
     
  11. TorontRayne

    TorontRayne No Memes Allowed Staff Member Moderator Orderite

    Apr 1, 2005
    It's one of those things where we really would need to know him in person and see his real personality to tell if he was just venting/sperging out over some shit or being malicious about the timing. Either way he has a right to say what he did and still want the team to not get fucked over. If anything now people know the game was coming out now. I didn't. I hate fantasy anyway but now I know.
     
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  12. Walpknut

    Walpknut This ghoul has seen it all

    Dec 30, 2010
    Don't get me wrong, I think him outing this info is good, but the timing was really suspect.
     
  13. Atomkilla

    Atomkilla Hazel Hegemon oTO Orderite

    Dec 26, 2010

    Well, the interview was done ages ago, but was published now. Unless we delve into the conspiracy theories, timing is Fairfax'/Codex responsibility, not MCAs. He might have just used (an admittedly timely) opportunity to start his AMA on Codex.

    Timing might be suspect, or it might not be - but that is largely irrelevant if you ask me. Avellone airing this at whatever point in time would be inconvenient for Obsidian and their managment. Obsidian is always working on something, be it a new game or DLC for existing stuff, so there's no good timing for whistleblowing if you look it from the perspective of projects' well-being.

    That being said, opening the can of worms one week before PoE2 is released is seemingly the worst possible timing for Obsidian, but in the end I doubt it had any effect - and MCA might have known that would happen. He was posting on a controversial forum, and no major gaming outlet has covered his story - not yet, at least. Pre-orders were already placed, journos were ready to write their reviews and public was eager for another Obsidian RPG, so his posting on Codex really has a minor effect.

    In the meantime, PoE2 is a bestseller already on Steam and GOG, so it's not like his statements hurt game's sales. In fact, I think that this approach had minimal possible damage to PoE2. Had this happened, say, few months back and the media storm had ensued, Obsidian's approval in the eyes of the public might have worsened, hurting the sales way more - but a week before release with no real media coverage? Nah, they are good.
    Besides, I wager 95% of gamers out there don't really give a shit about drama of this type, and it has no effect on their willingness to spend their cash on a new title. Not to mention that many people who never really cared about any of this now think MCA is wrong and unprofessional, so they support Obsidian.

    All in all, MCA's damage to Obsidian at this time is minimal. It will probably remain so unless something big changes - like somebody pressing charges. Reading through all of this, Paradox has the biggest reason to do that - whether they'll go to court is a different issue.

    That being said, there might be serious damage in the long-term. Or something good will happen in Obsidian regarding the shady business. Or nothing might happen. We shall see.

    Either way, there is no good time for whistleblowing, but I'm happy this is happening. MCA's real motivation is largely irrelevant (if there is any). If this stuff is true (and I believe it is), it's good that we learned about it.
     
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  14. Risewild

    Risewild Half-way Through My Half-life
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    Jun 14, 2014
    He said he mentioned this only "now" because the Codex was the first ones to ask about it on the interview.
    It is the old case of "Why didn't you say anything sooner?" - "I didn't say anything sooner because you didn't ask about it sooner.".

    Like Atomkilla said, the Codex only posted the interview now, although it was made a while ago. :wtf:
     
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  15. TorontRayne

    TorontRayne No Memes Allowed Staff Member Moderator Orderite

    Apr 1, 2005
    Could be a Codexian plot to take over the internet.

    https://forums.obsidian.net/topic/97103-chris-avellone-the-final-frontier/

    This thread got locked....ahh mod says it is not a ban on the topic though so good deal.

    This post by Zoraraptor is interesting.

     
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  16. Jabberwok

    Jabberwok Still Mildly Glowing

    Jun 7, 2008
    Yeah, as someone mentioned, I think at least parts of the Q&A took place over years. Was it even Avellone's call when to put it up on the Codex?
     
  17. Jabberwok

    Jabberwok Still Mildly Glowing

    Jun 7, 2008
    Yeah, especially if you're further up the chain from actually creating the product your team is responsible for. But any good artist in any medium should be able to recognize the difference between financial success and quality. And ideally, a good team should be made of good artists. And anyone who isn't part of that should not be exercising creative influence. But that's sort of inevitable with large companies and projects.

    Not that there aren't plenty of terrible, derivative indies as well. But the amount of talent wasted must scale upward with the amount of money invested.

    I can't resist the urge to mention that Skyrim was a near instantaneous disappointment for me when I finally played it. It's clear that writing and good design are not important in big budget entertainment, when they can simply throw more money at the product to boost sales. But Obsidian-sized companies probably can't afford to survive that way.
     
  18. PlanHex

    PlanHex Useless layabout oTO Moderator Orderite

    Nov 4, 2007
    All the really juicy stuff is from his posts on the newsitem, not the original interview, so it's not really that.
     
  19. Risewild

    Risewild Half-way Through My Half-life
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    Jun 14, 2014
    But he is only replying now because people ask stuff about what was on the interview. So he comes by and answers those questions.

    I bet if the interview was posted ages ago, he would have talked about it then too. Because it would be when people would ask him follow up questions :postviper:.

    If he really wanted to have a specific "timing", then he could have just made a giant rant article/thread on the Codex, or ask some gaming site for a rant interview where he would spill the beans, or make a giant fuss all over the "gaming media" industry. :tired:
     
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  20. TorontRayne

    TorontRayne No Memes Allowed Staff Member Moderator Orderite

    Apr 1, 2005
    Doesn't matter. Kotaku and Polygon will be on it soon and the whole thing will kick back up again.

    :dance: