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4-12-2009 @ 6:15PM
I find many points in here to be very agreeable. The company I work for (what was Cingular) has taught me something important about business and mergers. Subtle decisions are for the benefit of the people benefitting from money that 'will be' made. Marketing is used on everyone to shoo off bad omens and predictions. They basically say to you (the employee) and them (the customer), "Hey hey hey... it's ok. Shhhh. Don't worry about the future. The future is great! How do we know? Look at us now! Now is great... so the future is even better!"Then you feel bad, "anh, yeah sorry. I was an ass."Later down the road, "maybe I wasn't so wrong."Though I do hope for the better, I don't think it's very responsible to think that Big Daddy Activision will continue to 'fund' anything without eventually inserting these little hints here... there... over time until it's full on interference. I don't have any doubt in the companies as a whole, but the human factor always seems to surprise me. These companies are run by people who have the same vulnerabilities to pride/prejudice/etc and you should never forget the lengths that anyone would go to interfere ESPECIALLY when you have shareholders involved.Watching what they say at the time of a merger is one thing. As time goes by, you realize that it's just marketing ploy to calmly ease you into the very thing that you originally feared months/years ago. This isn't at all meant to discredit Sacco's post. We are talking about the publisher here and there's no way I could denounce his logic. I'ts well written and very insightful. Thank you. My conclusion (strictly opinion) is that I think it's best to combine your perspective and his into -A.) don't play the game of Conspiracy crafting. It's useless.B.) and don't be naive enough to think that the people giving you "access to more funding and assets" will always stay out of your way forever.I know that sounds contradictory but understand me. I don't think it's a conspiracy. With 'B' - I think it's just a natural result that comes with time and change. Pridictability doesn't equate to conspiracy (imo).
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