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Old 04-06-2006, 11:20 AM   #61
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Originally Posted by DarthVandar205
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.
But it isn't a ridiculous requirement. The majority of people have them already. And to make a sellable game, it needs to standout against other games. That means solid graphics, gameplay, etc. That means reasonably high end hardware.

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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.
If people decide that they want to spend money on other things, that is perfectly within their right. But that may also mean they are unable to play the game. They need to decide how badly they want to play. If they desire it enough, they will invest in a machine that can handle it. They can't have their cake and eat it too.

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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.
But making CDs is a rather large expense, and it isn't totally dependent on the number they make. So if there aren't enough people buying the CDs, the may actually lose money that way. But they will make that decision based on the numbers.

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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.
Oh DarthVandar205, if only the world though as you do.

The reason is that the company has a legal responsibility to its shareholders to make as much money as reasonably possible. So in short, the shareholders care. That is the nature of business in a capital system.

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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.
That may be true. If that is the case, they will indeed make a CD version of the game. If there aren't that many (i.e. enough to make it worthwhile), then they won't.

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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.
Indirectly yes. The point is that some of the money taken in by the films is not given to Lucasarts the game company.

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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.
Ain't that the truth.

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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.
They used to do it that way. Back in the 1980's and 1990's Lucasarts developed may of their games themselves, and actually had a reasonably solid reputation as a developer (with games like Rebel Assault, etc.). But over time that quality diminished and there was a lot of criticism leveled at them. They then turned to high profile third parties to develop games for them (Bioware and KOTOR, and Raven and JK2 being great examples).

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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.
No doubt they are making money. But remember that developing a game requires a huge amount of money, as in millions. So that means even if a game makes millions of dollars in sales that does not mean they will make a profit, or that the profit will be large.

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