Originally Posted by Leck
Starcraft 2 is going to be just like Starcraft - not to say it was a bad game but Blizzard is like Nintendo, they just keep beating a dead horse.
And on and on we go...
This is kind of a nonsense argument.
First, it's not like Blizzard is pumping out tired rehashes of their franchises year after year. The time between games within a franchise is generally huge. Starcraft was out ten years ago
, for pete's sake. Warcraft I and II were only a year apart, but it was seven years
before Warcarft 3 came out. And there were four years between Diablo and Diablo II, a completely average length of time between non-expansion pack sequels.
And WoW doesn't even factor into this list; just because it's set in the same world as the Warcraft RTS does not mean it's rehashing the same game. Mario Kart is not a rehash of Super Mario Bros. just because they both have Mario in them.
Second, you can't really say they're beating a dead horse when there are three games
you're complaining about. Honestly, one developer having a stable of three A-list games (four, counting Wow) is absolutely phenomenal. Has Blizzard even had a failed game? I can't think of one...their quality control is so high that they seem to kill off the bad projects before they ever hit the street (e.g. that old Warcraft adventure game, and presumably Starcraft Ghost). Find me another developer with that kind of track record: four killer franchises, releasing highest quality and market dominating games for fifteen years. It's practically unheard of. That's why publishing giants like EA gobble up smaller development houses: having even one
AAA franchise is a standout accomplishment!
And finally, even if I were to grant that Blizzard and Nintendo are "beating a dead horse", here's hoping they continue doing exactly that. That dead horse has resulted in some of the best games ever made. When the other developers can do better than Blizzard and Nintendo, that will be great for us all. Until then, keep doing what you're doing, guys.