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Gearbox or SEGA? Who's to blame for the Aliens controversy

MMGN: Our review labelled it as "the biggest disappointment of 2013", and in case you hadn't heard, the new Aliens game we'd all been waiting for turned out worse than Jocelyn Wildenstein's plastic surgery. Gearbox president Randy Pitchford has been taking the brunt of the blame for the scandal (and rightly so), with fans outraged that the final product was merely a shadow of its former self - the demo shown at E3 2011. But is Gearbox entirely to blame?

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PopRocks3591249d ago

While some may disagree, I think the blame should befall all parties, not just Gearbox or Timegate. Maybe not even equally, but everyone involved allowed the confusion to ensue in some way.

caseh1249d ago

As much as I love em its gotta be Sega.

They chose to go with that developer, Sega are the license holder and surely publishing a piece of sh*t like this should fall on them for allowing it to go ahead.

I can only assume that Sega didn't really bother checking in on its progress, when they did they realised it was shocking but the amount of time and money invested in advertising on top of acquiring the license would have screwed what is already a weak company (financially).

Publish it regardless and hope it sells on its name which it most likely will.

t0mmyb0y1249d ago

I've never been disappointed with Gearbox. I think they got in over their heads.

3-4-51249d ago

This guy just lost all his credibility in the gaming industry.

Nothing he says moving forward carries any weight or has any substance. It's all potentially BS.

Donnieboi1249d ago

It takes 2 to tango in the console gaming industry (Dev is supposed to make a quality game, Publisher green lights it). So neither can escape their half of the blame. They both suck.

SilentNegotiator1249d ago

Don't blame Timegate. Even if they were the worst developers on the planet and had serious input into design decisions, it's still Gearbox's fault for spending so much time developing a stinker and SEGA's for not supervising their own games.

PopRocks3591249d ago

That doesn't make any sense. You can't pin any of the blame on a supposedly crappy developer? Like I said, they all deserve blame; Timegate is included. They helped make the "stinker" just as Gearbox helped develop it and Sega helped publish it.

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Theyellowflash301249d ago (Edited 1249d ago )

Both. This just shows how ass backwards the gaming industry is. You got Bayonetta 2... An awesome game made by passionate developers, and Sega doesnt want to publish it.

On the other hand, you got a shitty game thats broken. But because its a licensed shooter. Sega's like lets do this! Thank god for Nintendo taking chances on games like Bayonetta 2, The Wonderful 101, Shin Megami x Fire Emblem, and Xenoblade 2

greatcrusader441249d ago

Both of them knew the game was going to suck, so they both deserve to come under fire, but I personally blame Gearbox more, they not only were the one developing it (or where supposed to) and used the money Sega gave them and used it on Borderlands 2.

maniacmayhem1249d ago

I point my fingers at the parents!

t0mmyb0y1249d ago

But what about the children? :)

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