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  I was saddened to hear this news earlier this week.  I’ve always held Turbine in high regard, and appreciated the fact that they were an independent studio.   

  I’ve felt that Blizzard suffered when the “suits” at Vivendi bought them out, and I expect that it’s obvious that Vivendi has been siphoning off cash from World of Warcraft for years, to fund what appears to be unreasonably high salaries and inept ventures.  I don’t know if it could be termed a greed or incompetence “tax” on WoW subscribers, but think what more they would have if they got an honest return on their subscription dollars?  And, the poor Blizzard employees who have to now suffer with clowns like Bobby “The goal that I had in bringing a lot of the packaged goods folks into Activision about 10 years ago was to take all the fun out of making video games” Kotick.  😦  

St. Patrick’s Day in Puzzle Pirates

    Altho, to be fair to Warner Bros., it’s not always corporate greed that hurts studios like Blizzard and games like WoW.  I do like the Three Rings Design studio, but they’ve poured millions into their Whirled game project, and it does seem that Yohoho! Puzzle Pirates would have benefitted from having those resources invested back into it.  Three Rings has acknowledged issues in Puzzle Pirates that have gone unaddressed for years, such as significant issues with their Atlantis rewards allocations which they are finally actively working to fix.  I do like the independence that Three Rings has, so while I’m not often in the mood to puzzle for hours, I do not mind occasionally sending them some money to participate in and casually enjoy Puzzle Pirates.   8)

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