@Kokuro_Kun: It might not be as bad as you think. This trend has always been there, and will always be ... as long as there is quick money to be made in the gaming industry.. Big companies looking for ways to get more money.. buying independent studios, and when the studio failed to produce, they bail.. Personally I prefer to have games developed by people who love games, not because some CEOs in Monopoly-ville feel like getting extra income for the coming quarter. The bigger the company, the less attention they pay to the game (not always the case, but majority). How many bug-free games have we played lately? (ed: nothing is bug free, minimum bugs...)... a lot of great games being released prematurely... buggy as hell, terrible tech-support...why? Cuz all their employees have 100 other games with problems to take care of... I'll say quality over quantity, I can live with less awful games.
Label behind Rock Band officially out of the publishing game, but "has not been completely dissolved," according to reps.
Last week, a report out of the UK had MTV Games being closed down following the sale of Rock Band developer Harmonix to a private equity group. Today, reps for MTV Networks made it official--the label is no longer in the publishing game but still exists--for the time being, anyway.
"MTV Games has ceased its publishing operations but has not been completely dissolved," a rep told GameSpot.
MTV's official line jibes mostly with an article last week from British trade site MCV, which had MTV Games' international offices closed down, with a skeleton crew remaining at its New York City headquarters. No mention was made of the MTV Games "incubation" substudio created in collaboration with prolific film producer Jerry Bruckheimer (Pirates of the Caribbean).
The cessation of publishing effectively marks the end of MTV Games' four-and-a-half-year experiment with the gaming industry. It began in September 2006, when MTV parent Viacom bought Harmonix for $175 million dollars plus a generous bonus structure. However, initial success gave way to unprofitability by 2009.
Soon, Viacom was seeking a refund for bonuses paid to Harmonix even before Rock Band 3 launched last October. By November, Viacom announced its intention to sell off the division, which it did in December for a reportedly tiny sum.
For more on Rock Band 3, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.
I dont think many of you understand how bad this is. So many game companys are being hit with lay-offs and shut downs. It's not getting any better folks and this trend has got to stop.
MTV isn't even music anymore, so they play newish songs on there teenie bopper show YAY! Really, with shows like Skins, Jersery Shore, Teen Mom, The Hills, and others. You are no longer MTV your highschool girl drama show. Glad there out douchebags.
Agreed. One should have been wary when sales of The Beatles version were described by the publisher as being 'strong' with no actual sales figures provided.
no if we could only get Mtv to stop making stupid tv shows. I did hear they may bring back Beavis and Butthead but if Mike Judge isn't involved it wont be the same.
Good, MTV is worthless now adays, I used to watch it all the time when i was younger but all the dumb shows they play now made me steer clear of it for years
mtv does suck yea, i remember beavis and butthead pc games! those were the days, alternative rock was at its apex and mtv was very rock, then it went rap in 96 time on wards,now awful pop and rnb crap, ok am done am not surprised by the recent decline tbh :)
BOUT TIME MTV sucks!!! what happen to the music? now with all those shows its more like MTV stand's for menstruation television
Now if we could only get MTV itself to cease operations! Now THAT would be awesome! I am actually old enough to remember when the M in MTV actually stood for something. Now its all just bull****...ALL of it!
People still watch MTV? They might as well call it RealityTV. Next thing you know there will be a game for Jesery Shore.
Perhaps now Music Television (MTV) will start producing more quality products that are more in touch with their current last 10 years of programming.... games for the Wii such as "True Life: I'm a Teenage Mom" or a trivia game for Xbox Live Arcade or PS3's equivalent called "Name That Music Video That Doesn't Appear On MTV" (every answer given would be correct).
"From the makers of Jersey Shore comes the newest RPG from the far away lands of the Jersey Shore!" This news has stopped the apocalypse, MTV is complete trash. Good riddance from the gaming world you will not be missed.
Did MTV Games make anything noteworthy in the first place? If they're anything like the channel has been in the paste decade I think it's safe to say... NO. MTV should be Drunk Gweedos and Pregnant Teenagers TV instead.
and i really dont care about anything mtv anymore, 16 and pregnant???????? i mean really, REALLYYY???? pure trash!!! they have done turned mtv into the junior high girl convention!!!!!
MTV has not been relevent since 1990. Once they started doing TV show (The "Real" World, Liquid Televsion, etc) it was down hill.
MTV should be called SRSTSTBO TV-Stupid reality shows that suck the big one TV LOLI liked MTV in the 80s and 90s tho .
i remember back in the day they use to have music video which made mtv popular but now its gone it a reality network so called no more music videos mtv sucks on tv they should bring down the tv network and bring back music videos
MTV should become RealTV, but they might get sued by Real and how realistic is the junk they show on MTV anyway?
MTV should close down their TV offices too, At least change the name to Reality Network or something....
Just talking the other day about the fact that MTV used to be in touch with youth and music, and now it's the WB-turned-into-CW. And a bunch of others. What went wrong that MTV messed up this Whole Big Thing so badly these past 10 years???
These over ambitious companies spend millions to get in the video game business, realize they can't just fart out games and make money, get frustrated and quit. What kind of industry do they think this is? If you think for one second the money is going to come in fast and easy you got another thing coming. You have to be willing to spend the time and money to build up original IP's, advertising and a face for the company for us gamers to associate with.
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