April 29, 2004 at 12:08 pm #24508
Woo-hoo two new topics in one day!
Ken, I apologize for reopening this topic again but I had to share my superior opinions.
Anyways, I guess the world is not usually logical so trying to discuss this topic logically may not do any good but I’ll give it a go. Why would a company want to buy Sierra? Here are my stupid, ignorant reasons.
1.) Get the Sierra name which sold millions of games.
2.) Get franchises like kings, space, police, quest for glory etc.
3.) Decrease competition in the marketplace.
4.) Money burning holes in their pockets.
Okay lets start off with numero uno. I guess the first two go hand in hand so why would someone buy the company unless they wanted to continue to get the revenue the company was already generating? So the company is already successful and you take it over so that you can benefit from that success. Is it just me or does it seem like whoever owns Sierra now is not benefiting from any of Sierra’s historical success. They aren’t using the franchises and they aren’t making adventure games so why do they want the name Sierra? Do they think that name recognition works that well. I mean people used to buy Sierra games because of Sierra. They knew you’d get a great game because you trusted Sierra. Do they think that people are still living in the past and are buying Sierra games now because of the games they played in the ’80s and ’90s? I’ll leave that open for interpretation.
Okay and the whole thing about decreasing competition. Come on, if you can’t beat ’em join ’em is one of the oldest mottos but was it smart in this case? Sorry there are way to many question marks in this post. So someone owns a company who’s games suck so they buy Sierra so that they can make their games suck too. Nice.
I just wanted to end this post by saying that even though I am not a huge fan of the current Sierra that I must admit I wasted 2 years of my college life playing Counterstrike incessently. Thanks for listening.
April 29, 2004 at 6:01 pm #24509
(re: Why the hell did anyone want to buy Sierra?)
When you’re dealing with crooked businessmen and multinational corporations, common sense and logic don’t always apply. Unfortunately, that’s the real world. Study the corporate history of Atari and you’ll see some of the same horrendous decisions that ended up ruining a great company, made by stiff suits who wouldn’t know a quality computer/video game if they were smashed over the head with one. Ken didn’t want things to turn out the way they did, and he certainly didn’t think they would when he made the sale.
If a sad lesson can be learned from Sierra, it’s that sometimes good things can be ruined by people with greedy and dishonest intentions. The american dream becomes the american nightmare.
If you want to learn a positive lesson from Sierra, you can look at from a different perspective and the nightmare becomes a really nice dream – a young couple discover a great idea, they bust their humps turning it into product and building a company, they become rich, and now they’re retired, still relatively young, and boating around somewhere exotic for the next couple of months while the rest of us toil from 9 to 5.
If that sounds good to you, then borrow some money and start your own computer game company. We’ll be happy to purchase your games if they’re good. I’m working to open my own bar – capitalism, ingenuity, hard work, a little luck, mix it up and you have success!
May 1, 2004 at 12:45 am #24510
(re: re: Why the hell did anyone want to buy Sierra?) I wasted 2 years of my college life playing Counterstrike incessently
Didn’t we all? 😉 (those of us in that generation, that is)