Unless you have been living under a rock for the last year or so, then you know that THQ is coming to the end of its lifespan. It was announced today that bids are being invited for all its studios & franchises, which means that is bye bye time for Toy HeadQuarters.
Now I am not going to postulate where the studios will end up, but I will say that I hope each and every good employee who has busted ass for THQ over the years gets taken care of with a new job. The ones who have helped drive the company into the ground however can all piss off and work for KFC.
Lets take a look at some franchises that are up for grabs, and where I feel they would find the best home (note that this is pure spitballing, and does not reflect on the legal aspects of licenses for some franchises):
South Park – Microsoft
Lets start off with a totally wild one! South Park: The Stick of Truth becomes an MS exclusive. Note I did not say XBox… MS have the cash to pick this up, and have the title & various spinoffs available on Xbox, Windows 8, Surface, Windows phones etc. They are already very entwined with the title following the E3 presser of 2012, so this might not be too loony.
Metro – Bethesda
Metro is a dark, story driven action game. Now let me see…who does these games better than most? Oh right! The people who did Fallout, Skyrim, Dishonored etc. This would fit into Bethesda’s portfolio seamlessly and raise the prospect of some mouthwatering DLC down the line!
WWE – 2K
No brainer for me. 2K have a track record in sports games. They know how to deliver every year and this would fit in so well. Ubi would be an outside bet, as they don’t have a sports franchise. My preferred destination however is on 2K.
Saints Row – Ubisoft
Ubi does not have a dog in the open world/ sandbox battle. Yes I know they have Watchdogs coming, but SR is something unique. Its fun, silly, over the top and just mental. This would be a bold departure for Ubi, but one I would encourage. Hell I would encourage it just to see the PR campaign alone! This would also fit well at 2K, but I think they have something similar coming out this year…
Darksiders – Ubisoft / Square Enix
Ahhh Darksiders. The franchise that needed (but never got) just that little extra amount of love and has always been crippled by lousy marketing. Did you see the campaign for DS2? Well I did see one poster, on a billboard, and it was rubbish. This could find a great home at either Ubi or Square. I think either could up the quality and make it a true heavyweight in the games space. As long as it doesn’t go to Capcom…
Warhammer – Bethesda / WB / Ubisoft
Another franchise that should be dominating charts whenever it comes out. I could see any of the 3 publishers mentioned doing a damn fine job with this series and making each new title worth waiting for.
EDIT: I forgot to include Company of Heroes – Need I say more than 2K & Firaxis? Nope, didn’t think so…
The kids stuff: WB / D3 / Namco Bandai
Do you really care where they end up? Me either.
So there be my thoughts. Let me know what you think via Twitter!. I am @annoyedgamer
So yes, I am taking part in ‘Movember’.
Why? Well Movember is all about helping to fight and promote men’s health issues, in particular Prostate & Testicular Cancer.
Now I am lucky, I don’t know anyone personally who has suffered from either disease, and hopefully no one I know will ever get it. However the odds are that myself or someone close to me will develop a cancer of some sort over the coming years.
For the next month I am going to be looking like a criminal from a 70′s cop show. Every show I do including my NBC segment will show off my crazy journey towards facial hair silliness.
As you can see, it has begun!
So please donate, if you can spare just $1 that would be great, although $5, $10 etc would be brilliant if you could spare it!
You can donate here!
Thanks for reading this, please share it and lets SAVE SOME BALLS! (AND BUMS!)
So I just got sent a bunch…nay a slew of beta codes for MechWarrior Online. Some I will give away on Twitter this weekend, but most of them are going to be offered to the lovely peeps who populate the AG Forums as a reward for hanging out there and chatting, something I wish I could do more of!
If Meching around is your thing (and really, who doesn’t love a good long mech session?), then head on over to the forums and help yourself to a code!
Those nice people at Trion Worlds have sent me a 100 use beta code for the End of Nations closed beta that is happening right now!
Here is what you need to do:
1. To redeem your code and get started, just log in with your Trion Worlds account or register now at https://eon.trionworlds.com/account/reg/account-registration-flow.action?request_locale=en_US&flow=eon-beta .
a. New BETA Account Holders:
i. Select the APPLY CODE tab and enter the key below.
ii. Select the Manage Games Page and END OF NATIONS BETA
iii. Accept the EULA
iv. Download the client
v. Jump in on Friday 7th September from 12.01am EST!
b. Existing BETA Account Holders
i. Update the client
ii. Jump in on Friday 7th September from 12.01am EST
And here is the code, good luck with being one of the first 100 to get to use it:
Well you can…with one condition – I must approve you!
Why do that you may ask? Simple really, I want to keep this site free of trolls & spammers & the only way to do that is to personally approve each and every registration!
Yes it might be time consuming, but that is the way I want it to be. It also means that sometimes people may not get approved for a while if there is a backlog, so if you don’t want to wait, simply follow me on Twitter @annoyedgamer then tweet me your username. Makes it quicker for me to check things out & get you chatting with the other top folks who visit the forums!
It’s up! My very own show on Gametrailers.com!
Let me know what you think please!
I have been Mr Tease on twitter this week, hinting about this ‘secret project’ that I am working on, getting questions from people etc.
Well I can finally reveal whats been going on…
I am getting my own show on Gametrailers.com!!
Yep indeed, the Annoyed Gamer Webcast is moving to Gametrailers.com in the next 10 days or so. The show will be shorter and the format has been tweeked, but it’s basically me doing what I love, namely answering your questions and having a rant!
We are in pre-production (or beta if you will) right now, but the show will be appox 8-10 mins long, recorded & weekly.
I have two sets of people to thank for this, firstly the GT crew & Shane for giving me a chance to bring my sunny disposition to a wider audience, and most of all you good people who have supported me over the years! If you didn’t watch my ‘Worst of E3′ stuff, follow me on Twitter or come to this site to chill, this would not happen… so THANK YOU!!!
More info to come soon!
If for some reason you missed any or all of our Invisible Walls E32012 editions, here they are. Its also a great way to watch us all get more exhausted as the week continues!