Oct 5th 2007 1:01PM As many have said, this is basically a release of royalty rights and control of product. Now Bungie will own its new IPs, and most likely suffer the greatest "risk" when debuting them; Microsoft, as a minority owner, would only bare little risk, while as publisher with what will probably be very generous agreement, a potential for a huge payoff.
In turn, Bungie would get a greater share of success, and also only has to answer to itself for time tables and product direction.
If I had to guess, I bet this happened for two mutually exclusive or even paired reasons.
1. When Microsoft bought Bungie, they had an agreement for when the original cycle would end that Bungie had a "buy out" right, which they executed. However, as their partnership has been both profitable and successful, they both chose to continue, but Bungie not giving up as much freedom. The cycle could also have been profit based instead of time qualified.
2. Bungie approached Microsoft about this plan, and Microsoft agreed, thinking this could pave the way for other new developers who may want to join Microsoft to be able to without fear, considering Microsoft's "generosity."
Jul 11th 2007 10:39AM I SWEAR TO GOD I HIT NEED BY ACCIDENT! IT'S POSSIBLE!
Jun 26th 2007 4:16PM My brother was born with Cerebral Palsy, my uncle runs one of the bigger Golf Outings to benefit NY's UCP, I was the lead organizer of "Take Back the Night," in college, I have had my own "bad experiences" that I do not wish to share, and I was a lead member in my college's LGBTA.
I do not take offense to the words, "gay" "rape" or "retarded." You know why?
1. Context: Most of the people who use the words are not using them to disparage the people that would be hurt by them. No one thinks they are talking to a "gay" man when referring to an item, not one is talking bout a specific act of rape, no one truly thinks that a player is sitting in an assisted living center playing wow. People who say the word, "N***er" are saying it out of hate; the social context has made that clear. However, social context has not prevailed with use of those words. Just like in England, "fag" is a cigarette. The social consciousness matters.
2. It's MORE hurtful to make certain words "unsayable." The solution to hate is dialog, not further stratification. By making those words, "instant guild quit," all you are doing is1. harboring a form of bigotry and hate yourself, 2. not educating anyone and 3. maybe causing those people to ACTUALLY hate what those words represent because how people acted about them. As a consoler, one thing you learn is victims don't want to be treated differently. Tip toeing aroudn a word use in many contexts doesn't help anyone, and kills dialog.
All in all, the grown up thing to do is to tell the person how you feel, and let them be themselves, unless their INTENT is to harm people. Otherwise you are hurting what makes this country (America) great; dialog.
Jun 25th 2007 12:22PM All was well in the Dranei training camp... except for little Billy, who apparently was marked for death.
Poor, Poor Billy.
Jun 1st 2007 4:20PM Pyrrhus, hastily typed old kings be damned!
Jun 1st 2007 4:18PM Ugh. To all people who would say, "Can't compete, then don't produce." It's called economics.
People don't go, "I'm buying one shooter," they say, "I'm buying one game a month." It's simple supply and demand; people have limited income to spend, and bundling it with somehting else people want will lessen BOTH sales. It's why studios and labels stagger their products, and why TV shows don't run ALL their hit shows on the same night. And bringing up Mario, which is exclusive on one system geared to a different AUDIENCE(not genre-preference but demographic) is silly as well.
Bascially, that argument is like saying, "RETREAT?! IF YOU CAN'T WIN THIS BATTLE WHY BOTHER FIGHTING THE WAR!" while fighting King Phyyhus.
Jun 1st 2007 3:50PM Anyone who knows ANYTHING about game development should be able to figure out a two week delay on a console game for "development troubles with a platform" is as ridiculous as "carts can compete graphically and videowise with CDs." What are they going to do in two weeks on a game in development for over2 years, completely re-write the code once they figure out the problem? Or is it 5 months ahead of time they plan on losing EXACTLY two weeks solving this "problem."
Fanboying can be silly, and this is beyond ludicrous. Like or hate 360, the reason they would move it is because Halo 3 will sell regardless how you feel about it, and at a large clip ordering it for the price of TWO games, a smart business people who actually run international corporations know that it will cut into the profits. Like why Harry Potter is moving their release date up 2 days; it isn't because Dan acted faster and the editors edited fast; it's ECONOMICS STUPID*!
*If you think this is flame, you are officially 12.
Apr 27th 2007 3:49PM @7
I believe I read a spoiler that he has broke ties with Illidian and now is in league with the Legion. I guess that is to make the BE want to break off, but I still think power hungry BE would revere him.
Apr 14th 2007 10:34AM I have played nothing but pallies, but I am enjoying my new warlock very much. If I can't heal effectively... I might as well dps.
Mar 30th 2007 12:42PM Level 48 hunter, about to do sunken temple with
"Where is your pet?"
H- "I don't have one, he ran away."
"... what can you do for our group?"
:Forms new group FTW: