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2009’s Gaming Turkey Award

November 27, 2009

      Today, being Thanksgiving, many gamers sat down with family and friends to enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner, and many of those dinners probably had turkey as the main meat of the meal.

     How is it, that turkeys seem to be loved most by Americans, only after turkeys have been baked/roasted/fried and are being eaten off our plates, instead of when they’re flying around, gobbling, or running like crazy?
    I think the same sort of thought pattern happens in the gaming world.  We tend to favor certain gaming companies, whether it’s Microsoft, Nintendo, or Sony.  If you game, you probably have a favorite console or gaming company. 
     Though we may enjoy the games and consoles, I would say gamers don’t always agree with every decision a gaming company makes, or sometimes with what a representative may say.  Instead of enjoying the companies flying high, we prefer to roast them with our words, like many turkeys on Thanksgiving are roasted in ovens, when the gaming companies do or say something we don’t agree with.
    So, what’s all this turkey talk?  The Gaming Turkey Award!  
    The Gaming Turkey Award goes to either a gaming company or a person within the gaming industry, that through actions or words have caused uproars and have been roasted/baked/fried by the community of gamers.
The 2009 Gaming Turkey Award goes to…
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…Robert “Bobby” Kotick, CEO of Activision Blizzard.
Why does Bobby Kotick get the 2009 Gaming Turkey Award? 
Kotick seems to be the man in the gaming world that was roasted more than any other, and mostly because of things he has said.
Two Famous 2009 Bobby Kotick phrases:
When questioned during a conference call: “…if you don’t mind, just your comfort level regarding pricing of some of your new games that have some expensive controllers and any feedback that you had from retail as we move through the holidays. Thanks, guys.”
Bobby Kotick’s reply: “And Tony, you know if it was left to me, I would raise the prices even further.
A Kotaku.com article said this, “Speaking at the Deutsche Bank Securities Technology Conference in San Francisco yesterday, Kotick said, “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.

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2009’s Gaming Turkey Award

November 27, 2009

      Today, being Thanksgiving, many gamers sat down with family and friends to enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner, and many of those dinners probably had turkey as the main meat of the meal.

     How is it, that turkeys seem to be loved most by Americans, only after turkeys have been baked/roasted/fried and are being eaten off our plates, instead of when they’re flying around, gobbling, or running like crazy?
    I think the same sort of thought pattern happens in the gaming world.  We tend to favor certain gaming companies, whether it’s Microsoft, Nintendo, or Sony.  If you game, you probably have a favorite console or gaming company. 
     Though we may enjoy the games and consoles, I would say gamers don’t always agree with every decision a gaming company makes, or sometimes with what a representative may say.  Instead of enjoying the companies flying high, we prefer to roast them with our words, like many turkeys on Thanksgiving are roasted in ovens, when the gaming companies do or say something we don’t agree with.
    So, what’s all this turkey talk?  The Gaming Turkey Award!  
    The Gaming Turkey Award goes to either a gaming company or a person within the gaming industry, that through actions or words have caused uproars and have been roasted/baked/fried by the community of gamers.
The 2009 Gaming Turkey Award goes to…
 (click photo to enlarge)
…Robert “Bobby” Kotick, CEO of Activision Blizzard.
Why does Bobby Kotick get the 2009 Gaming Turkey Award? 
Kotick seems to be the man in the gaming world that was roasted more than any other, and mostly because of things he has said.
Two Famous 2009 Bobby Kotick phrases:
When questioned during a conference call: “…if you don’t mind, just your comfort level regarding pricing of some of your new games that have some expensive controllers and any feedback that you had from retail as we move through the holidays. Thanks, guys.”
Bobby Kotick’s reply: “And Tony, you know if it was left to me, I would raise the prices even further.
A Kotaku.com article said this, “Speaking at the Deutsche Bank Securities Technology Conference in San Francisco yesterday, Kotick said, “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.

Do you agree or disagree with this choice?  Leave a comment and let me know who you would choose!

What do Activision’s CEO Bobby Kotick and Nintendo have in common?

September 4, 2009

Activision’s CEO Bobby Kotick has been under a lot of scrutiny ever since he made a comment about wanting to raise the price of games, on Activision Blizzard’s Q2 2009 Earnings Call.  It was then announced that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 will sell for £54.99(Pounds), an increase of £5($8.16) more than the first Call of Duty: Modern Warfare was brand new.  Some gamers have been outraged over it, promising to boycott and not buy Activision Blizzard products and asking other gamers to do the same.

Outrage and disgust against Activision Blizzard really started showing after Mr. Kotick’s statement, “And Tony, you know if it was left to me, I would raise the prices even further.”  Many people think it’s Mr. Kotick being greedy and trying to take advantage that the game is going to presumably sell millions of copies.

While that may be true, now, the question I’m thinking is, “Where is the outrage, disgust, and videos calling for the boycotting of Nintendo and their products?”

Nintendo is now just as guilty, as Activision Blizzard is, for raising prices.

Rewind a little bit and think about it.  Before the Nintendo Wii, which Nintendo console sold for $250 when it was released?  I believe the Wii was the first Nintendo console to retail new for $250, $50 more than their previous consoles.  I don’t remember a lot of people being outraged and calling for boycotts on the Nintendo Wii because Nintendo raised the MSRP by $50 on the Wii from their previous consoles in the past.

Some may say, “The Wii is a console, it’s different from games.”  Okay, that is true, but Nintendo just recently announced that Wii Fit Plus, the sequel to Wii Fit, will retail bundled with the Wii Balance Board for $99.99.  A price increase of $10 more than the original, and $1.84 more than Activision Blizzard is raising the price of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 overseas.

Nintendo is also going to be selling Wii Fit Plus as a stand-alone retail game for $19.99.  Please explain for me, how the new Wii Fit Plus bundle with the Balance Board is retailing for $99.99, only $10 more than the original, but Nintendo is going to charge $20 for the game by itself…shouldn’t the stand-alone Wii Fit Plus be retailing only for $10 based on the price difference in bundles?  I know Nintendo of America’s, Denise Kaigler, already came out in defense of the price increase and gave her reasons for it, but it’s still a price increase on a sequel to a game, just like Activision Blizzard’s on Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.

If you’re a Nintendo fan like myself, you may not care a lot that Wii Fit Plus is increasing by $10 for the bundle, and that’s fine.  If you’re a Nintendo fan that’s angry about Bobby Kotick’s comment and the price increase of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, I think you should be just as angry at Nintendo…

So, what do Activision Blizzard’s CEO Mr. Kotick and Nintendo have in common?  Price increases!


Do you think the price increases on games like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and Wii Fit Plus are justified?

>What do Activision’s CEO Bobby Kotick and Nintendo have in common?

September 4, 2009

>Activision’s CEO Bobby Kotick has been under a lot of scrutiny ever since he made a comment about wanting to raise the price of games, on Activision Blizzard’s Q2 2009 Earnings Call.  It was then announced that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 will sell for £54.99(Pounds), an increase of £5($8.16) more than the first Call of Duty: Modern Warfare was brand new.  Some gamers have been outraged over it, promising to boycott and not buy Activision Blizzard products and asking other gamers to do the same.

Outrage and disgust against Activision Blizzard really started showing after Mr. Kotick’s statement, “And Tony, you know if it was left to me, I would raise the prices even further.”  Many people think it’s Mr. Kotick being greedy and trying to take advantage that the game is going to presumably sell millions of copies.

While that may be true, now, the question I’m thinking is, “Where is the outrage, disgust, and videos calling for the boycotting of Nintendo and their products?”

Nintendo is now just as guilty, as Activision Blizzard is, for raising prices.

Rewind a little bit and think about it.  Before the Nintendo Wii, which Nintendo console sold for $250 when it was released?  I believe the Wii was the first Nintendo console to retail new for $250, $50 more than their previous consoles.  I don’t remember a lot of people being outraged and calling for boycotts on the Nintendo Wii because Nintendo raised the MSRP by $50 on the Wii from their previous consoles in the past.

Some may say, “The Wii is a console, it’s different from games.”  Okay, that is true, but Nintendo just recently announced that Wii Fit Plus, the sequel to Wii Fit, will retail bundled with the Wii Balance Board for $99.99.  A price increase of $10 more than the original, and $1.84 more than Activision Blizzard is raising the price of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 overseas.

Nintendo is also going to be selling Wii Fit Plus as a stand-alone retail game for $19.99.  Please explain for me, how the new Wii Fit Plus bundle with the Balance Board is retailing for $99.99, only $10 more than the original, but Nintendo is going to charge $20 for the game by itself…shouldn’t the stand-alone Wii Fit Plus be retailing only for $10 based on the price difference in bundles?  I know Nintendo of America’s, Denise Kaigler, already came out in defense of the price increase and gave her reasons for it, but it’s still a price increase on a sequel to a game, just like Activision Blizzard’s on Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.

If you’re a Nintendo fan like myself, you may not care a lot that Wii Fit Plus is increasing by $10 for the bundle, and that’s fine.  If you’re a Nintendo fan that’s angry about Bobby Kotick’s comment and the price increase of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, I think you should be just as angry at Nintendo…

So, what do Activision Blizzard’s CEO Mr. Kotick and Nintendo have in common?  Price increases!


Do you think the price increases on games like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and Wii Fit Plus are justified?