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Review Scores the "Least Important Factor" When Buying Games 169

A recent report from a games industry analyst suggests that among a number of factors leading to the purchase of a video game — such as price, graphics and word of mouth — the game's aggregated review score is the least important measure. Analyst Doug Creutz said, "We believe that while Metacritic scores may be correlated to game quality and word of mouth, and thus somewhat predictive of title performance, they are unlikely in and of themselves to drive or undermine the success of a game. We note this, in part, because of persistent rumors that some game developers have been jawboning game reviewers into giving their games higher critical review scores. We believe the publishers are better served by spending their time on the development process than by 'grade-grubbing' after the fact."

EA Shuts Down Pandemic Studios, Cuts 200 Jobs 161

lbalbalba writes "Electronic Arts is shutting down its Westwood-based game developer Pandemic Studios just two years after acquiring it, putting nearly 200 people out of work. 'The struggling video game publisher informed employees Tuesday morning that it was closing the studio as part of a recently announced plan to eliminate 1,500 jobs, or 16% of its global workforce. Pandemic has about 220 employees, but an EA spokesman said that a core team, estimated by two people close to the studio to be about 25, will be integrated into the publisher's other Los Angeles studio, in Playa Vista.' An ex-developer for Pandemic attributed the studio's struggles to poor decisions from the management."

Comment Or the school did. (Score 2, Insightful) 643

The school’s IT director took a shine to the challenge. Long story short: Using the time-frame of the comments, our website location and the IP addresses in the WordPress e-mail, he tracked it back to a specific computer. The headmaster confronted the employee, who resigned on the spot.

Why do people assume the teacher quit because he thought he'd get fired? If I had a boss come to me at the end of the day and say the IT department has spent all day stalking someone who anonymously used the word "p*ssy" as a joke about eating and now it's been discovered that I am the culprit with any kind of incriminating tone I would quit too.

Comment Re:Common cause of termination in bad startups (Score 1) 1006

I think there's a very strange attitude towards FOSS with some business managers or small business owners. I have mentioned these alternatives to people (it's not my job, but you meet people in these situations) who complain about the cost of upgrading windows software and always encountered a weird resistance. They don't usually say flat out no, but they always hedge around it so you get the idea they aren't the slightest bit interested. I think it's about a fear for their image (at least that's the only way I can make sense of it). They're imagining having to call a client and ask for a word document saved in some weird format, basically outing them as too cheap for "professional" applications. Maybe that's not it, but it's certainly the impression I've gotten over the years whenever I try to broach the subject. IMO saving a couple grand (at least, the larger the company the larger the savings) annually on readily available free software without any concerns for piracy makes such incredible sense for so many small business, it's really a shame people aren't willing to do the hour or two of research finding out about the alternatives and getting rid of their own misperceptions.

Comment Re:A simple solution (Score 1) 383

Having a place for comments is good. If it's moderated effectively that's even better. Turning your comments into a significant portion of your on-air broadcasts for a news network is terrible. The only reason is if you're too lazy to generate content, or your trying to pump up your website's traffic. Either way it's not worthy of being on the air, CNN knows it, but does it anyway 'cause they're working on revenue generation, not news delivery. If there was a once a week, heavily edited and researched half-hour show finding the most insightful stuff posted on their comments, that might be an interesting show, but using the comments section in every news story for a "here's what you have to say" moment is beyond atrocious.

Comment Re:Gosh! (Score 1) 398

Totally on point. Obviously, a move like this leads /. to assume the worst of the police, and that's fine, but now it's on the Swedish police to present a case showing why they went after tpb for child porn. If it's being used for that and tpb is doing nothing to stop it, then by all means, byebye tpb and good riddance. However, they are innocent until proven guilty (I'm just assuming that's true in Sweden as well) and this does reek of a misuse of power. Hopefully, we'll get to find out in the end, but I'm guessing it'll all be rumors and some jokey tpb posted correspondence.

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