The Week That Was – A Look at Last Week’s News

It’s that time again. It’s late on a Sunday night and I can’t be bothered to do a ‘proper’ post!

So what do I do? That’s right! Bullet point the interesting stuff that happened last week.

Click on.

38 Studios and Big Huge Games Close Down

I hate to start off with such bad news, but this was the biggest thing that happened this week. 38 Studios never ACTUALLY got to make a game of its own, with ‘Kingdoms of Amalur’ being the work of Big Huge Games, a studio they somehow bought.

The whole scenario of 38 Studios going in off the deep end and wanting to create a huge fantasy world to rival World of Warcraft always seemed over-ambitious at best and downright insane at worst.

This is also bad news for the residents of Rhode Island who have to pay off the money that the state loaned to them.

It’s a real shame to see all of these people lose their jobs in such crappy circumstances but I can’t say I’m surprised.

Will we ever learn?

Sony’s Advert Pausing Copyright

Sony have patented an idea that some people are calling ‘terrible’ and ‘disgusting’. Strong words.

The idea is to have games pause themselves so that they can show you an advert. Whilst I’d agree that pausing a game I’ve paid £40 for is downright putrid, this could work to further the ‘free-to-play’ market. Why not? Heck, done right they could be used to build tension. Who hasn’t screamed at their TV when it cuts to adverts at the right moment.

Maybe I’m being too kind with this idea but I’ve got no major issues with it. In fact, I’m surprised it hasn’t happened earlier.

THQ Still in Trouble

No great surprise here. This has been rumbling on for quite some time. THQ and their financial difficulties have led to their share prices falling to such a degree that they’re now worth less than a $ a share.

NASDAQ, the stock market that THQ are listed on, have a rule that states you’ve got to have shares of a value greater than $1, else you get de-listed.

This has called THQ to suggest a ‘reverse split’ to its share-holders. This basically means that the number of stocks gets condensed, thus bumping up the value of the shares.

E.g. if you have 3 shares worth $0.50 each, a reverse split would see you owning one share worth $1.50. This stops you losing value on your investment and keeps NASDAQ off of THQ’s back.

It’s never as easy as that. Some people will be upset as a ‘reverse split’ is something of an ugly process and is a great sign of weakness. Weakness being something that investors don’t take kindly to.

MCM Happened

It wasn’t all bad. MCM happened over the weekend and I went today. It was lovely, with plenty of stalls full of all sorts of cool crap. It also meant I got to try out a couple of games that I’ve been really looking forward to; ‘Aliens: Colonial Marines’ and ‘Lollipop Chainsaw’. You lucky things will be able to read what I think about these upcoming games tomorrow.

Excited? Tired? Too hot?

I’m too hot. Night!


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