Originally posted by Gardavsshade
Originally posted by Ozmodan
People forget this is a business. It is quite obvious that 38 studios was not run like a business. 400+ employees with only a single player game as an income source equals only one result. All I can say is what were they thinking? They were doomed before they started and I do not feel sorry for them. Why should anyone feel sorry for someone that is doing something in a stupid manner.
I do feel sorry for Sanya's company though, they just could not get funding, they were not piling on the employee's in this case. Money is tight right now and unless you have a rich champion you are on the outside looking in.
I had hoped you all would have figured this out by now....
MMOs are not supposed to be a business. They were NOT originally designed to be businesses. They can not work as a conventional business no matter how you tweak them... That's most of the problem right there.
Take the Capitalism mentality and get it out of MMO Gaming before MMO Gaming is ruined beyond repair. There is no large quarterly profit to be made here in this genre... nor was there ever supposed to be.
The only Investors that should have anything to do with MMO Gaming should be the Nerds glued to their favorite MMO 80 hours as week... as a PLAYER. Investors like that don't bail out at the first sign a focus group is feeling a little under the weather. They get ingame and find out what the other Players think... the Devs, the Testers, the other Investors... that is how MMOs are supposed to work. No "small group" decisions being made in secret and all that nonsense.
One day maybe some of you will figure this out. Maybe one day you will realize that the reason that so many MMOs fail is because the MMO Model was never designed to be a business in the first place. If you attempt to run a MMO as a conventional corporate business you have already handicapped it.
This simple fact is not going to change. Any MMO worthy of the title won't be run as a business and any MMO run as a business won't be worth playing from a MMO gamers point of view.... hence there will never be the kind of profit in it the Investors are hoping for because the Players won't stand behind the product and support for very long!
Some Corporate types know this very well, and have even gambled on this characteristic of MMOs... a few "MMOs" that have been released in the last year "capitalized" on taking advantage of this and the Investors made a tidy profit (but hurt the genre overall)... so don't be so quick to dimiss my comments here are uninformed or incorrect...
This is really simple Folks. You all are not that stupid. Wake up.
To the original Poster... you have my sympathies that yours and many others hard work and dream has been lost. My condolences.