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Old 04-05-2006, 08:48 PM   #58
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Then that is their fault. If they don't want to get what is required to play a game, then developers shouldn't be expected to cater to them.
Doesnt mean they need to have ridiculous requirements for a game that they know alot of people dont have yet. They dont always need to make these games run on the latest thing.

They are rushing no one. No one is forcing anyone to buy a DVD player.
If they make all games only run on DVD then yeah they are forcing people to buy a dvd player if they want to play those games. Maybe these people wanna spend their money on other things.

But you can't expect them to always handle the lowest common denominator. DVDs are by no means new technology. The main reason you are seeing a switch is because the vast majority of customers have them.
They can still make a few on cd for the people who wanna play it that way. Im not saying they should make the majority of them on cd, just enough to please those who still use cd drives.

Why should they spend extra (and it may not be a little bit)? They are a business, not a charity.
So they can try to make everyone happy and keep people wanting to come back and buy more games. They need to treat their customers as people and not just as numbers in their checkbook.

They rightfully do what will make them the most money (and that includes pleasing customers), not worry about some guy who is too cheep to buy a $30 DVD drive.
Why do they always have to make the "most" money? Why cant they try to make everyone happy and just make a reasonable amount of money? Who cares as long as they stay in business and keep people happy and keep them comin back for more.

And rightfully so. In general, they can't accomidate every person.
They can come pretty darn close to doing that.

They have to draw the line somewhere. They may see that they do not gain anything by providing it on CD.
Oh sure, but it still seems like there are enough people out there who still use cd-roms that they'll still make sometihng out of it.

First of all, Lucas has nothing to do with it, and Lucasfilm and Lucasarts are seperate companies, as are the other companies that make other SW merchandise. The money from one does not go to the other.
Im sure Lucasarts still has to give Lucas some credit for allowing them to make games from his stuff.

Just because the films make X dollars doesn't mean that that money goes to making games.
The more people go to see the movies and the more money the movies make the more people wanna go buy the games and the more money the games make for Lucasarts to go and make other games.

Lucasarts makes money based on the games they sell, and they have to justify their costs. They need to make a profit based on that.
They probably make plenty of money, most people will go buy anything for the sole reason that it has the title "Star Wars" slapped on it. Thats the way it was with alot of those old Star Trek games that turned out to be garbage, people still bought them just cuz they had Star Trek on em.

Plus, Lucasarts outsources most of their development to third parties, so much of the gross goes to them anyway.
Theyd probably do better if they just did all the work on the games themselves and then they could make sure theyre done right because itd be their own ideas and not some ideas from some person that may or may not know anything about Star Wars.

And the fact of that matter is neither you nor I have any idea what Lucasarts budget is, and whether it is large or small.
Youre right but just the fact that Star Wars and all its merchandise is still going to this day indicates that it must be making some money.
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