2022-01-18: StarCraft by Microsoft. Sounds like unreal?
But it's not, acquisition is approved. Microsoft is buying Activision Blizzard. Which, by the way, doesn't sound already too well. Just Blizzard did.
https://techcrunch.com/2022/01/18/micro ... n-blizzard
Though Bobby Kotick remains fastly seated on his throne.
This comes after several rows about evaluating the acquisition and then refusing it and saying, that it's ain't gonna happen.
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Sid Meyer and No to Monetization over Gameplay - Take a look in this interesting article over BBC:
"People can assume that a game is going to be fun and what it needs for success are more cinematics or monetisation or whatever - but if the core just is not there with good gameplay, then it won't work.
"In a sense gameplay is cheap... The game design part is critical and crucial but doesn't require a cast of thousands in the way some of the other aspects do. So it's perhaps easy to overlook how important the investment in game design and gameplay is."
"I think we need to be sure that our games continue to be high quality and fun to play - there are so many forms of entertainment out there now. We're in a good position... but we need to be sure we realise how critical gameplay is - and how that is the engine that really keeps players happy, engaged and having fun."
Sid says he has no plans to retire just yet, and explains the most gratifying change he's experienced during his more than 30 years in the industry, is the wider public's shift in attitude when it comes to games.
People were telling him back in 1991 that he was "wasting his time" working in games - now he smiles, as people say to him: "I wish I could get a job making games."
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