MSNBC: Top 5 most dependable publishers

MSNBC writes: "There are upwards of 50 major video-game publishers in the world that identify, finance and sometimes develop the best new games. As a whole, these publishers and their "friends" released more than 2,000 titles last year. That's a lot of games."

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reintype3327d ago (Edited 3327d ago )

Sony should be no. 1, I think they brought the most to the table in terms of diversity and quality.

Nintendo's good, but their quality dip in the last few years IMO. I mean, when you're new IPs are Wii Sport and Wii Fit and it's sequels and most of your "new games" are old games with motion controls, I don't think you can call it forward-thinking or innovative, more like lazy capitalism. I think it's time for Nintendo to try a little harder and come up with something with more substance than their last offerings, IMO they're getting complacent with their success.

mastiffchild3327d ago

Two probs with this list myself. 1, Valve aren't even their own publisher anymore-EA are. 2, Nintendo, if they're so reliable as a publisher where the fulk is my Fatal Frame 4 which they own the rights to in the west? I always used to get the games when they weren't the publisher.

I just think that they went too family friendly as a pubisher lately and won't publish much, if anything, that isn't happy and smiley opr one of their own long running franchises. I really DON'T associate them with ANY risky titles or new IPs anymore seeing as the last one was Pikmin a million years ago(OK about 8 then!). A publisher should really also be relied upon to risk things now and then in the hope of expanding the business and as a games publisher Nintendo just NEVER do that-Sony do it a lot and even MS do a lot more than Nintendo do. EA, of late, have also started being real supporters of new IP. While we all know that R* as a dev AND a publisher are always happy to push things.

Darkstorn3327d ago

MSNBC really doesn't pander to M$. In fact, I've never even heard them refer to Microsoft. Ever.

Pandamobile3327d ago

Valve publishes their own games. EA is just a retail distributor and advertiser. That's why you don't see EA's logo plastered all over the game boxes and when you launch the game itself.

Valve is the digital publisher for almost 1000 games ranging from a low budget indie title, to AAA block buster games like Call of Duty 4, Mass Effect, Crysis, etc.

Maddens Raiders3327d ago

just as much as anyone, but 1.2 you're just flat wrong. Google is your friend.

evrfighter3327d ago (Edited 3327d ago )

"Valve aren't even their own publisher anymore-EA are"


I swear this mis-information is brought up quite a bit here @ n4g. At this point Panda must be bashing his head on his keyboard with how many times he has to correct people.

You console gamers should be happy Valve is on this list. If more publishers were modeled after Valve. You'd have a 50% off title every weekend. Free DLC. And the occassional $1.99-$5 title.

Valve should be higher imo.

StanLee3327d ago (Edited 3327d ago )

I really would not put Valve in that list. Ubisoft, Activision, Microsoft and THQ have been more consistent publishers. What has Valve really ever published? Seriously? How does Valve end up on the list of top publishers?

Edit @ Pandamobile

Valve doesn't really "publish" those titles. When you look at a traditional publisher/developer relationship, Valve isn't in anyway taking a financial risk in supporting any of the titles they distribute through their Steam service. Sony bears the entrepreneurial risks of the titles they publish, so does Nintendo, EA, Activision, Ubisoft, Microsoft and most major publishers.

Pandamobile3327d ago

No, but Valve's published the most Indie games out of any distributor. You're right about Valve not having risks for publishing games, but they're more of an outlet.

Either way, they're still classified as a publisher.

SL1M DADDY3327d ago

So reliability is not synonymous with their development either? Better luck next time MS.

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Cajun Chicken3327d ago

LMAO. No Microsoft on a place that has MSN at the beginning and is partly owned by them!

This is either honestly or faceplam. Either way, this is a pretty good countdown.

nolifeking3327d ago

They couldn't spin MS being on that list no matter how hard they tried.

Elven63327d ago

If they did put Microsoft on the list you would be here crying foul saying they are sucking up to Microsoft or what ever fanboys like to say now a days.

nolifeking3327d ago (Edited 3327d ago )

No, I would be asking how a publisher who can't keep a majority of the stuff they publish on there console. Then I would ask how can a company with all of 2 games to publish make a list with the elite.

[email protected]: Are you such a fanboy you don't realize that's chicken feed compared to every other dev listed, not to mention the fact that MS publishing something means almost nothing at this point. Do I really need to list the games Sony, Valve, Activision ect have published? It would make you blush for having the gall to make such an absurd comment.

StanLee3327d ago (Edited 3327d ago )

How has Valve been a more consistently successful publisher than Microsoft? This generation alone Microsoft has published Mass Effect, Gears of War 1 and 2, Project Gotham Racing 3 and 4, Forza Motorsport 2 and 3, Fable 2, Halo 3 and Halo 3: ODST, Crackdown and numerous other titles all critical and or commercial successes. Are you that big of a fanboy that it blinds your common sense?

kingdavid3327d ago (Edited 3327d ago )

This list should be devs, not publishers imo.

Elven63327d ago

Valve hasn't published a game in ages, they don't handle it anymore, other companies do (EA, Microsoft, etc). I wasn't referring to you nolifeking but a majority of people on this site. Remember with Peter M said he thought Halo did good things for console gaming a few days ago? Bu bu bu your paycheck! sums up a majority of fanboy reactions.

Microsoft does have a pretty good publishing lineup, just because they weren't included on the list doesn't mean they were bad. Conflict of interest may have been a decision for the writer of this article, or perhaps he felt they were not top 5 material.

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DaTruth3327d ago

Are they even allowed to write this story! I know who's getting fired tomorrow!

Cyrus3653327d ago

Pretty good list, and obviously they couldn't list Msoft, do they even have much of a first party, they sold most of their internal developers, or they became independent.

eagle213327d ago

Nintendo and Sony FTMFW! :)

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