Submitted by vgchica 2049d ago | article

Activision Can't Keep Screwing People Over and Stay Number One

Craig Hasselback writes: "Activision just continues finding new ways to go from the popular publisher that stayed the course and rose to number one, to being the big jerk that is too big for their own britches as my grandpa would say. Since becoming the number publisher, Activision has done everything possible to piss off gamers." (Guitar Hero, Guitar Hero 5, Guitar Hero 6, Guitar Hero Home Space, Guitar Hero II, Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock, Guitar Hero On Tour, Guitar Hero On Tour: Modern Hits, Guitar Hero World Tour, Guitar Hero: Aerosmith, Guitar Hero: Megadeth, Guitar Hero: Metallica, Guitar Hero: On Tour: Decades, Guitar Hero: Smash Hits, Nintendo DS, PS3, PSP, Wii, Xbox 360)

logichurtsfanboys  +   2049d ago
Well sadly, until the average gamer realizes that they are getting screwed over, Activision is going to be number 1 for a while(as much as I hate to say it).........
BeaArthur  +   2049d ago
Well since the population of sites like this only make up less than 1% of the fan base they will probably be on top for awhile. We can see what Activision is doing but those 2.5 million that just bought the new MW2 map pack have no idea.
Chris399  +   2049d ago
Like pigs to the trough, people gobble up each new MW release.
A consumer's only power is with his/ her wallet. Until people start speaking with that, there will be no change. And as Bea pointed out, we're in the minority here, us informed enthusiasts.

The average consumer is entirely unaware of the conflict going on at ActiBlizz and the fragmenting of Infinity Ward. Nor do they care. I guarantee that come fall of this year (about time for another MW release, no?) they'll be standing at their local Walmart waiting to pick up a copy of MW.
maxcer  +   2049d ago

"Like pigs to the trough, people gobble up each new COD release."

2Spock  +   2049d ago
Well there are rumor's of activision holding your family hostage if you don't buy their games. Ohhh crap speaking of which i need to go buy "How to train your dragon" on all platforms....hope it's not to late.
Alvadr  +   2049d ago
They can only be number one for so long without giving us new and original franchises. They can only milk things for so long.

Music games are on the down
Tony hawk ride was a massive flop
WoW wont last forever
COD is all they have. Seen as how MW3 wont be made by infinity then it wont be as successfull.
raztad  +   2049d ago

General consumer is not aware of developers, publishers or those details. Dont expect COD to go down because IW demise, and it makes sense, why people should be concerned with game industry inner politics? fans take things to heart but random Joe doesnt care.
coolcole93  +   2049d ago
Perhaps we should make some positive PSN chain spam.

Make one about how Activision are ripping you off and to send it to everyone on your friends list.
Megaton  +   2049d ago
With massive ad campaigns reeling more and more consuming zombies/pop culture retards into the gaming world, you're gonna have more "gamers" who are completely clueless to what's actually going on in the industry. We at N4G are an extreme minority, and even here a lot of people still went out and bought MW2 knowing the things Activision does.

It's hopeless.
erathaol  +   2049d ago
Even if sales begin to falter, as they are already doing because they are driving their major franchises into the ground, Activision will continue to be at the top because of one major reason: Blizzard. Everyone seems to casually just block it out of their minds that the two companies are one and Kotick is President and CEO of the whole thing.

Got to hate how life just likes to bite you in the butt sometimes.
Yi-Long  +   2049d ago
Judging by the huge amount of idiots who bought the latest 'Mapathy' pack...
... it seems they can.

You need to get the message across with your wallet!

If you LOVE gaming, and if you HATE the way Activision is doing business: DON'T BUY ACTIVISION GAMES (or buy them used) and certainly DON'T BUY THEIR DLC!

It's THAT simple!
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Alvadr  +   2049d ago
^^ I bought MW2 used for that exact reason
vgn24  +   2049d ago
1 & 2
Amen. Honestly all the major pubs are starting to become jacked up. Take-Two with the DLC on BioShock 2's disc. EA with selling "DLC" that unlocks content in sports games instead of playing to earn it.

They're all borderline A-holes
Yi-Long  +   2049d ago
... and that's just why I avoid buying more and more games for full-price. When developers are already announcing they'll be DLC-scamming/milking their customers with a certain title, I JUST WON'T BUY THAT TITLE!

Bioshock 2 looked interesting, but I didn't pick it up. Assassin's Creed 2 looked interesting, but I didn't pick it up. Forza 3 looks great, but I didn't pick it up. Why!? DLC.

For all these games, I'll just wait untill someday soon they're 20 bucks, and hopefully have all the DLC included on the disc, and IF I'm still interested by then, I'll pick it up. That's how I did it with Fable 2, with Fallout 3, and pretty much with every game that we know will DLC-milk us.

Now, if they would release a great game AND also make the promise that all future DLC for that game would be FREE, I would probably support such developers and buy their product FULL-PRICE.

So THAT's the only way they would get my 50-60 bucks. Certainly NOT with DLC milking, cause that just makes me spend my money elsewhere and/or wait for the inevitable price-drop after 6-12 months orso.

It would be nice if gamedevelopers would treat their customers the way they themselfs would like to be treated when THEY are customers.
Millah  +   2049d ago
This gens DLC is seriously one of the worst things thats happened in the industry. I can't even explain how much I hate how badly publishers are milking it and taking advantage of it. Expansion packs are nothing new, but the way publishers are doing it now is just sickening.

But unfortunately the uninformed masses that all play Activisions franchises don't know and don't care about what Activision does and will just continue to buy new COD games and endless DLC.
bjornbear  +   2049d ago
yeah but you have a-hole and EFFING A-HOLE
acti is the latter
VG_Releaser  +   2049d ago
They will never learn. They all do it.
BeaRye  +   2049d ago
Cynical much? They don't all do it.
422185  +   2049d ago
dlc is not the problem
Overcharging is the problem. Dragon Age Origins is one of my favorite games but the dlc is overpriced. dlc should cost a few dollars or it should be free.
Ironfungus  +   2049d ago
As long as there are stupid casual bottom-feeding gamers out there, Activision will remain number one.
tdrules  +   2049d ago
they can survive off Blizzard alone...
divideby0  +   2049d ago
I was a fool to buy the last COD game and wont buy another one.
I like COD for SP, and always rent the game to play it, since its usually silly short. multiplayer is just camp, shoot, move, camp, shoot, move....
and online is a glitch fest as we all know..
Dellis  +   2049d ago
Hardcore gamers who come to NG4 have no effect on Activision

and MW/COD, that brand is mainstream now and even casuals

are into it now more then ever before, so stop crying MW/COD

will continue to dominate.
It's a good example of why passionate gamers and businessmen typically don't mix.

@tdrules Yeah, you're absolutely right, and it's really unfortunate. I had to ignore what they were doing since WC3 (WoW specifically), which is a long time to have to ignore your favorite developer. Having ties with Activision, I'm not sure if it's going to be even longer before I bother with them again, or if that extra muscle will actually help them. WoW may have helped their business, but that's where it all went downhill, as is the case when business is good---the games usually don't stay that way.
Darkfiber  +   2049d ago
Sure they will. They can charge $180 for StarCraft 2 and a $15 monthly fee and it's not going to stop anyone from paying it. People are stupid. They don't realize they are feeding pure evil, and they don't care.
Optical_Matrix  +   2049d ago
They can't but they will, as long as they have such a huge casual following from COD and Guitar Hero. Only the gamers, us, who populate sites like this know they're full of sh1t. And we're a minority unfortunately.
Das_Bastardion  +   2049d ago
IF Microsoft can do it
Also Activision Can
bjornbear  +   2049d ago
Activision is number one
because people bought MW2 and other of their crap

if you did, its purely yours and who ever else gave them their moneys' fault.
harrisonxxi  +   2049d ago
people who whine about the cost of sc2 havent even seen the length of the single player, yet they want to complain about the cost. How bout you wait till the game comes out to see how long it is before you whine? You only need to spend 60 to get access to all the multi, and there has been no confirmation of a monthly fee (unless you live in russia).
ForROME  +   2049d ago
I will NEVER buy another one of their games until Thats Tard Bobby steps down.

I cant tell you how much I hope they lose their case in the ModernWarfare deal.

Someone should slap Activision around
JackBNimble  +   2049d ago
Activision Can't Keep Screwing People Over and Stay Number One
They can and they will , why?

Because most people don't know what goes on behind the scenes and most people who do know don't care.

IW is only the lates of DEVs to get screwed over, they're certainly not the first and probably not the last.Although if IW loses their lawsuit I think it will be the biggest screw over from activision yet.

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