Actualy, some interresting news regarding holywood....
Warner Bros. To Punish Poor Quality Games
According to reports officials from Warner Brothers are to planning fluctuate the licensing fees paid by publishers for their properties, according to how well the resultant games are received by reviewers.
According to Jason Hall, senior VP of the newly formed Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment, "The game industry has had its time to exploit movie studios all day long and to get away with producing inferior products. But, with Warner Brothers, no more."
Hall has mentioned sites such as GameRankings.com, Metacritic.com and GameStats.com specifically, indicating that future Warner Bros. licensed games must achieve at least a 70% rating or incur an increase in royalty rates.
However, this tough stance has already caused controversy in relation to Enter the Matrix which despite making $250 million world-wide was critically panned by most reviewers.
Hall has been adamant that “sales don’t equal quality” but Atari boss Bruno Bonnell, whose company publishes Enter the Matrix, has claimed that, “I will never, ever sign this sort of agreement, which effectively insults our business."
Source: Hollywood Reporter
Just out of curiosity, I checked Enter the Matrix at Gamerankins and its just over 70 on the XBox and GameCube but just under 70 on PC and PS2 so it would have been right on the line.
Maybe the sales are meaningless in this case. After all if it made $250 mill but wasn't that good, doesn't it follow that it was the movies that made the game so popular and if it had been better, it may have made even more. Hard to say but I think as a rule, Gamerankings ends up being pretty accurate about the quality of a game.
Actually, come to think of it, Gamerankings is where I found out about Korsun Pocket and HTTR by searching for best WWII strategy games.
< Message edited by mavraam -- 5/28/2004 2:55:06 PM >