Submitted by zerocrossing 857d ago | rumor

Gearbox 'embezzled' Aliens: Colonial Marines money

An anonymous writer, who has been regularly spilling details from within SEGA on the blog SEGA Awakens, has addressed the ongoing Aliens: Colonial Marines saga, adding fresh perspective and blaming SEGA, TimeGate, and Gearbox in different ways. Mostly Gearbox, though. (Aliens: Colonial Marines, Gearbox, Industry, PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

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majiebeast  +   858d ago
Grabbing the popcorn for another episode of Gearbox drama.

Wow if this stuff is true then gearbox is a scumbag developer. The last guys that did something simillair was Sillicon Knights who used the funding of a xmen game for activision on Eternal Darkness 2 preproduction.
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Godmars290  +   858d ago
I'm hearing that something underhanded might have happened with the art of for Borderlands. That they hired the guy who did this animation, fired him before committing him to the project, but used his art style regardless.

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zerocrossing  +   857d ago
The out right lies and apparent "swindling" going on with A:CM is borderline criminal activity on Gearbox's part, an apology mite not be enough to fix this mess, IMO.

Right now it's safe to say Gearbox seem worse than Capcom, EA, and Activsion, which is no small thing considering the crap you'd have to pull to even fall level with those three.

What can we really expect from a patch if it even happens? Improved lighting, better looking environments, Aliens mechanics/ AI improvements? Fewer glitches and other bugs?.

Honestly, there's nothing they can do par rebuilding the game from the ground up that can fix this mess as far as Im concerned.
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ApolloTheBoss  +   857d ago
Yes. At this point these guys are second ONLY to Hammerpoint Interactve.
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g2gshow  +   856d ago
What can we really expect from a patch if it even happens? Improved lighting, better looking environments, Aliens mechanics/ AI improvements? Fewer glitches and other bugs?.

zero crossing they will be made an example of as a warning to other game studios that gamer's are not suckers an will hold developer accountable as one unified nation pc or console an also give props when it's due then after get back to our bickering about what systems is better that the one thing about gamers i realize will never change the mud slinging lol peace

any company big or small have to answer to the gamers
g2gshow  +   856d ago
"You can do it! Cut his @#*#* head off!"
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Letros  +   857d ago
That's a big claim, hopefully it all gets revealed
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LostDjinn  +   857d ago
"Update: Just to make it clear, I have been able to corroborate the basic information presented by "Danielson," not his more editorialized opinions. I can't back his claims of "embezzlement" -- likely more an emotional response on his part than anything else. I cannot vouch for the blogger firsthand, only the information I've been able to double check with my trusted sources -- chiefly that Gearbox had at least tried to present SEGA an unfavorable contract, the game was slated for cancellation and later resurrected, and that Gearbox was not fully truthful with the publisher on how much work it was putting into Aliens. Naturally, with no official word, this is all still just off-record stuff until someone can actually explain something publicly.
Read more at http://www.destructoid.com/... " - This is pathetic after writing and publishing the piece prior to any form of investigation. Just let it run to generate traffic until you get called on it. Then update the piece in an attempt to escape any accusation of wrongdoing.

I have to state up front that I think ACM is a disgrace, Randy Pitchford is a douche that'll pay for what he's done and that I'll never look at Gearbox the same way again. Even so, writing a piece accusing someone of illegal activity without a shred of proof solely as a means to generate traffic is truly low.

Strangely it's indicative of the gaming media. The whole "It's a rumor" or "It's opinion" or "We didn't start it" excuse used in an attempt to escape accountability is really wearing thin.

After all, how hypocritical is it to demand accountability for one person/group/entity whilst trying to avoid it yourself?
KillrateOmega  +   857d ago
Embezzling? That's a heavy accusation. We'll have to see some definite proof of illegal activity though.

However, the lack of proof doesn't detract from all the other crap going on with the game and its flaws.
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Brucis  +   857d ago
Jesus christ Gearbox, what the fuck did you do? You just went from respected to reviled on a level comparable to EA/Activision/Blizzard/Capcom within a month by so many gamers.
Wrex  +   857d ago
Between this and DUKE, Gearbox offers nothing but contempt for the people who purchase their products. Pitchford has become so arrogant as to give Kotic a run for evil empire lord now.
worldwidegaming  +   857d ago
companies are generally not good nor evil.
They most likely used funds from one project on another.
The business practice has been getting worse by the year.
Just take a look at how many companies that were doing good and sold plenty of games but went belly up!
Only the strong survive and you need to be cut throat in order to stay alive. They make you sign NDAs and then kick you on your ass when they are finished with you.
Then they wait a year and rehire all of upper management elsewhere...
more of the same.
Wrex  +   857d ago
Gearbox had built up a decent rep with the Brothers in Arms games, then hit it big with Borderlands. Then they released DUKE, something that was abysmal & should never have been released. They have been working on Aliens for years & years, but release Borderlands 2 first. Then Aliens is as bad as Duke. Pitchford has turned into an arrogant jerk who cares solely about profits and not about the people who purchase his products - which will destroy him & the company. I only feel bad for the employees that will have to find new jobs because of Pitchford. He doesn't care, and won't even address honest criticism. WE are the people who can make or break them, and I say we break them! Don't purchase ANYTHING from Gearbox. No games, DLC or anything. IF they don't care - why should we? We already have proof 2 times over they couldn't give a hoot about the quality of anything they do unless it's their own property.

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