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Foolish Mortal
02-28-2009, 06:44 PM
Man, I hate EA, but that line from one of EA's peons killed me. http://img401.imageshack.us/img401/8182/biglaughdd7.gif


Activision Threatens to Sue EA Over Brutal Legend, EA Likens Activision to a Jealous Ex-husband (http://www.shacknews.com/onearticle.x/57242)

by Chris Faylor Feb 13, 2009 2:45pm CST

Activision Blizzard has reportedly threatened to sue Electronic Arts for publishing Double Fine's upcoming action-adventure game Brutal Legend (PS3, 360), claims Variety.

Though Electronic Arts claimed to pick up the publishing rights for Brutal Legend back in December, Variety's sources indicate that Activision Blizzard views the agreement as invalid due to a belief that it was still engaged in negotiations regarding the game.

Brutal Legend was originally set to be published by Vivendi, which merged with Activision to form Activision Blizzard last year. Following the merger, Activision said that the new company would not publish Brutal Legend and several other games, including 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand, Ghostbusters, and The Chronicles of Riddick.

Variety speculates that Activision is seeking a cash payment for the publishing rights, especially as the company has said it has no interest in publishing the game.

As for Electronic Arts, a company representative expressed doubt that Activision would actually sue, explaining that it would "be like a husband abandoning his family and then suing after his wife meets a better looking guy."

Kirblar
02-28-2009, 07:03 PM
Yeah, EA seems to be in the clear here.

Shawn_Kehoe
02-28-2009, 07:04 PM
The theory goes that once you achieve #1 status in the 3rd party publisher market, absolute evil takes over. Thus Activision has become the evil that EA once was.

Foolish Mortal
02-28-2009, 07:06 PM
Yeah, EA seems to be in the clear here.

Yeah I don't see how Activision has a leg to stand on here.

LordKinbote
02-28-2009, 07:55 PM
I really don't know what Activision was thinking.

They told the creator of Grim Fandango that they wouldn't make his game!
They told the creator of Psychnauts that they wouldn't publish his game!

Yes, neither of those games were huge moneymakers, but they were critical darlings. To continue EA's metaphor, sometimes having a trophy wife can be beneficial.

Nick Spencer
02-28-2009, 08:01 PM
Wow, the much-vaunted "Cuckolding" defense. :)

Whip
02-28-2009, 09:23 PM
As for Electronic Arts, a company representative expressed doubt that Activision would actually sue, explaining that it would "be like a husband abandoning his family and then suing after his wife meets a better looking guy."

Did EA just...compare itself to... :rofl:

YouStayClassy
06-05-2009, 02:01 PM
http://www.blogcdn.com/www.joystiq.com/media/2009/06/brutaltweet.jpg

Win.

JoeE
06-05-2009, 02:05 PM
Activision? More like Twactivision!

YouStayClassy
06-05-2009, 02:06 PM
Activision? More like Twactivision!

Yeah! Or-or-or, uh, Activi$$$$$$ion! LOL! Pwn3d!

Lanowar
06-05-2009, 02:13 PM
Yeah! Or-or-or, uh, Activi$$$$$$ion! LOL! Pwn3d!

or "Cunts" as people call them usually

YouStayClassy
06-05-2009, 02:14 PM
or "Cunts" as people call them usually

Yeah, but there IS the possibility of money to be had here afterall.

XXXenophile
06-06-2009, 03:31 AM
Activision? More like Twactivision!

I would call them 20th Century Fox.

They're clearly pulling a Watchmen.

CWebb
06-06-2009, 04:05 AM
I would call them 20th Century Fox.

They're clearly pulling a Watchmen.
But is this the Watchmen of video game suits? ;)

Brad N.
06-06-2009, 03:10 PM
Yeah, fuck Activision here. They dropped a bunch of games a lot of people thought looked cool and people were looking forward to and they figured that would be the end of it. So another company picks it up and now EVERYONE is talking about how kick ass it looks and it's poised to make good money and they now decide they wanted it in the first place? Fuck em.