Swanni skeptical of alleged Fox and Warner payoff.

Syndicated columnist Don Lindich is reporting that Sony, the leader backer of Blu-ray, recently paid Fox and Warner Bros. to support the high-def format. Lindich says Fox was ready to jump ship and support HD DVD until Sony kicked in with the money. At that point, Warner decided to take a payoff as well.

Lindich quotes "sources" for his report without naming them or even characterizing them from coming from a specific unit.

I will not challenge his report -- it may even be true. But I have to point out that Lindich, a longtime HD DVD booster, also reported less than two weeks before the Consumer Electronics Show that Warner Bros. would attend HD DVD's big media event at the Las Vegas conference.

The columnist said HD DVD's attendance was evidence that Warner would not shed its neutrality in the race and support Blu-ray. (This reporter, and a few others, predicted that Warner would endorse Blu-ray.)

As we now know, Warner not only did not attend the HD DVD event -- but the event was cancelled 48 hours prior because Warner announced it had...decided to endorse Blu-ray.

Lindich was wrong about the HD DVD event. Spectacularly wrong.

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bootsielon5733d ago

He is a spectacular idiot. "Sources", lol

"Lindich quotes "sources" for his report without naming them or even characterizing them from coming from a specific unit."

"I will not challenge his report -- it may even be true. "

Well, you just did! And very well done indeed.

marinelife95733d ago

I didn't know this Lindich guy was the source of all the speculation. I just found it amazing that it kept going on even after Fox said they support Blu-Ray because of BD +.

The Warner exec insisted to everyone that they didn't receive any money. It's not like he would lie about it when everyone would know when their financials came out at the end of the quarter.

BrianC62345733d ago

What's scary is Lindich has an advice column and advises readers on what to do regarding their entertainment systems. I can't believe anyone would pay that hack to give advice.

nicholascage245733d ago

Warners owns 50% of the movie revenues in 2007 and thats worth around 17 billion dollars.

Geez these lame article spring up every now and then.

You can see the Blu Ray uptake patterns in Japan and europe. Why would someone stick to a losing format?

The Blu Ray gave DVD a real scare in 2007 Japan even at a very high price range.

can you even imagine what happens in 2008?

BrianC62345733d ago

I think you're confused. The article is about other "journalists" who made a claim about Warner being paid to switch to just Blu-ray. That isn't a lame article. Or are you talking about the articles he talked about in his article?

duarteq5733d ago

Who gives a fuk about this right now. Wasn't Paramount paid for the same reasons to HD-DVD?

Go outside and start getting a life...

whoelse5733d ago

warner got no money, they couldn't lie about śomething about that

Boffin5733d ago

Lindich is the only member of the media who wasn't payed off by Sony in the whole hd formt war, and the only one speaking the truth. They paid millions to Warner to drop hddvd, and even still they are going to produce movies for the format for months to come. With the lower prices of the stand alone players it's a matter of time until they try to get out of this deal.

bosels115733d ago

its not Lindich, its LinDICK! Warner going back will never happen. This wasnt even a war, it was a slaughter from the beginning. And yes Paramounted and Universal will both be making Blu Rays by the end of the year, maybe by Summer - Paramount will by Summer for sure. Dont believe me? Just watch. From here on out they will lose tons of money until they switch.

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Unity Announces Revised Pricing Policy Following Massive Backlash From Developers

Today Unity revealed a rather radical change to the new pricing policy announced a while ago, following the massive backlash from many of its developers and the wider gaming industry.

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Vengeance113810d ago

Too little, too late, you're dead. Trust is gone and not coming back.

MWH10d ago

It's ugly, but I think they deserve a second chance only because they, at least, admitted they took a wrong turn, and they want to straighten things up. unlike for example, Nvidia.

Remember, competition is good for the consumers. we don't want them to go out of business, but to do things fairly.

bunt-custardly10d ago (Edited 10d ago )

It's only a matter of time until something else disagreeable becomes policy. The stage has been set. Stone has been cast. Can't rewind time like you can in their game engine.

savedsynner10d ago

Not sure why the downvotes...probably people who have 0 dev experience(or socialists lol). Competition is essentially for quality products.

KwietStorm_BLM10d ago

Get out of here being logical and level headed on the internet. You can only spread hatred and be obstinate with zero exceptions. Obviously nobody being overly dramatic and critical has ever made a mistake. Otherwise they wouldn't be so quick to place permanent judgement on anyone....

mike32UK9d ago

Absolutely not, they've been proven to be chancers. The only reason they are doing a 180 is because they know the alternative is to keep getting shit for being greedy ultimately leading to their failure as a company

anast9d ago

Corporations need to be treated harshly if you want them to change, of course.

notachance9d ago


Game development is very costly and takes very long time, only a fool decides on the core engine purely because “muh healthy competition” and risk the chance of Unity making another shitty decision down the line and ruining years of work.

babadivad9d ago

They have lost all trust and there's no coming back.

JackBNimble9d ago

Would you give someone a second chance if they walked up to you and kicked you in the nuts?

Why does unity deserve a second chance? They only walked this back because of the backlash, give them a chance and they will only try it again.

MWH6d ago (Edited 6d ago )

@JackBNimble a kick in the nuts is totally different than making a wrong decision, is it not?

my reasoning is not to side with Unity or anything close to that, it's only because we cannot afford having a monopoly in the game engine market. imagine if, for example, Epic is the only company making game engines, fees will go up the roof and quality will go down the gutter, why? because they can. Just look at what NVidia is doing in the GPU market.

If you can see past your emotions, you'll understand.

@KwietStorm_BLM @savedsynner thank God you exist. but to be fair to others, i think most of the commenters here are too young to view and understand things the way adults do.

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savedsynner10d ago

Eh, they are a HUGE game dev engine. Def not dead but massive PR blunder.

ABizzel110d ago (Edited 10d ago )

It’s definitely not too little too late. Companies have been making crazy decisions this entire generation and people have moved right past it.

PS5 Price Hike, XBL Gold doubling in price, Series Price Hike, Games going for $70, etc…. It’s in the news and media for a month or two, then the vast majority of people and gamers don’t care anymore as they move on to the next news topic. Meanwhile, those who games using the Engine are the ones who have to actually do the communicating and work to make sure the solution is fair and balanced for all parties and so they can continue their work. If there is no resolve for all parties after this then there’s no coming back.

What they did do is give Unreal Engine 5 an unneeded advantage over them which was the most ignorant thing they could have done.

Rebel_Scum9d ago

I think you underestimate how long and badly a lot of users on here hold a grudge. They’ve got the sharpest axes.

I agree with your not too little too late sentiment. Everyone makes a bad decision at some point. Let’s see if they can rectify and improve in a way that benefits them, consumers and developers before we start frothing at the mouth.

neomahi9d ago

Sounds familiar doesn't it? Like when Don Mattrick invited everyone to Redmond to unveil a certain console. Phil Spencers been and most definitely his right hand man Executive Fanboy Aaron Greenberg (Head of Marketing - Why would you put a guy like this as your head of marketing, honestly) have been caught in the same thing. Phil Spencer's just as bad and as much of a two-faced about faced liar as Don Mattrick, they just put his under bite more. He's obviously not as stressed because he's packed on a ton of weight sitting as his desk with his feet kicked up playing his Switch and shoving his mouth full cause he's fat now too

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shinoff218310d ago

Pretty much. Any devs future games should not start on unity. They've shown their cards like ms with the original Xbox one reveal.

Aussiesummer10d ago

And with the latest leak.