hahaha you obviously dont remember the broken release dates of many of their games including, but not limited to, Diablo II. SOE the child company of a little company called Sony...which has another little something called a Playstation 2, only the most popular and successfull gaming console EVER. What does Blizzard have other than it's Diablo's and its Warcraft's. Honestly i dont think any of you can have an opinion one way or the other till you've played it
Oh boy, as a gamer, I HAVE to reply to this. Now before I begin, I wanna say hello again to everybody here and ask why in the world is this topic back up again? Look, FFXI has their own set content and WoW has theirs. Same goes with EQ 2. What will attract people to those respected games will be what they offer. You want hardcore, party focused role playing? Pick FFXI. You want a MMO that focuses on yet not limited to the casual gamer while offering faction vs faction action? Pick WoW. You want old school roleplaying with a classic, familiar setting and realistic graphics? Pick EQ2. There, that sums it up. Please, for the love of god, no more comparing. It seriously gets old.
Now on to the quote that I have provided above. Let me just say this one little thing: TALENTS WITH CONSOLES AND TALENTS WITH GAMES ARE 2 VERY DIFFERENT THINGS!
Now let me offer some history when it comes to Sony's console success. You see, back in the Super Nintendo days, Nintendo and Sony were *gasp* business partners that discussed plans of a upgrade to the Super Nintendo which was a cd rom add on codenamed "Playstation". Sounds familiar? Anyways, after Sony caught Nintendo having discussions with Panasonic and decided to break away from the deal they had with Nintendo. Scrapping the project, Sony took what was supposed to a add on and made it into a stand alone system to compete with Nintendo's upcoming "Ultra 64" which was the Nintendo 64.
During the years of 94 to 95 (forgot the year) Sony released the Playstation, aiming it towards the older walkmen carrying crowd. This is where sony began their dominance. You see, during this time, Nintendo tried extending the life of the Super Nintendo by offering new ways to use its hardware in order to work more on the Ultra 64, which games like Killer Instinct displayed in the arcades. Using this to their advantage, Sony slowly took developers away from Nintendo's roster one by one, who were frustrated with the amount of time Nintendo was taking on their Ultra 64. Well, to keep a long story short, Nintendo actually helped Sony succeed by taking too much time on what they called their greatest system. By the time Nintendo was done, all of their developers were singing the tone of Sony. If Nintendo wasn't driven by blind faith, Nintendo would be ahead by now.
What does this have to do with Sony as a game company? I'll explain. You see, everything that was offered on a competing system, Sony took that idea. Remember the rumble pack Nintendo introduced? Sony took that idea and put it into their duel shock controller. Remember the N64 Anaolog stick? Sony now uses them on their controllers. How about gaming? Remember Mario 64? Sony answered with Crash Bandicoot. I still remember the old Sony commercials that had a guy dressed as the Bandicoot, bashing Nintendo from the company's parking lot. Online play? Sony took that idea from Sega, who introduced this with their ill-fated Dreamcast. The only reason they are stepping up their online plans is basically because Microsoft's X-Box live is becoming insanely popular. Eyetoy is nothing more then a rip off of the old Gameboy camera. It's a wonder why I'm not going to flock to Sony, eh? If anything, only 3 games actually make Sony stand out at all: Everquest, Ico, and Grand Turismo. The only game that wasn't successful was Ico, which I thought was a game of pure genius.
But, if anything, Sony made their success by copying and marketing. The greatest way Sony had their console succeed was basically the mentality of the general public. "Sony, maker of the sexy Walkman making a game console? Where can I sign up?" was what most people said to themselves when they tried to break away from the "kiddish" Nintendo and Sega in favor of a company that most "cool" kids wouldn't be caught dead without their CD players. Simple as that.
Now on to Blizzard. They KNOW how to make games. They were not founded on any hardware company, they were founded as a game company. As of currently, Blizzard has been responsible for 7 #1 selling games, some closing in at the 7 million copy mark. The only game even near this success in Sony's side was Grand Turismo. Not even Everquest reached those numbers. People flock to Blizzard Games not because it's from a "hip" and "cool" company that makes games which has you smacking hoes and killing in classic mafia style like so many games are doing now. The reason is because their games are simply fun. They are simple games to learn, yet complex games to master. Their games are just as enjoyable now as they were years ago. People around the world still compete in Starcraft tournies and that game was released in 1998! This is why people are excited with World of Warcraft. They expect a game similiar to Blizzard's old games, whic are still being enjoyed today.
By the way, Tharnorn, you are wrong about the Playstation 2 being the best selling game console ever. As of so far, Playstation 2 sold over 60 million units world wide. Nintendo Gameboy has sold over 150 million units worldwide. Also, the Super Nintendo has sold over 65 million units with the NES selling as much as the Playstation 2. Just wanted to show you facts ^^. Well, thats my hellishly off topic rant. Time to get lost... *jumps through a window*
One more thing, Blizzard also has Blackthrone and Lost Vikings as finely represented examples of their game designs. I can only pray for sequels in the near future ^^ Edited, Thu Jul 29 23:13:46 2004 by Redmoonxl Edited, Thu Jul 29 23:23:36 2004 by Redmoonxl