A couple months back, when the whole controversy involving Infinity Ward and Activision exploded, I decided I'd had enough. Activision's antics had become (and still are) too ridiculous and money-motivated for me to have good conscience in buying their products. I decided that unlike the loud mouths that permeate the comment sections of many a Gamespot article, I was actually going to man up and stand by my convictions. Until Activision changed its practices, ammended its approach to game development, and threw Bobby Kotick out of a 10th floor window, I was not going to give them a penny, and I've stood proudly by that. But along comes a curveball...
Oh. Right. Blizzard merged with Activision. Whoops.
Suddenly, my convictions that were once ironclad are contemplating running around in a knit cap and a skirt. I loved the original Starcraft, and from what I can tell from friends and reviewers, this will not do me wrong in that regard. Couple that with the fact that I've never experienced anything but satisfaction from purchasing and playing a Blizzard game, and I've got a real problem on my hands. After passively wrestling with issue for the past few months, I've come to the decision that there is one instance, a loophole perhaps, that would allow me to purchase this game guilt-free.
After hearing about my plight, my friends (who both bought the game at launch) looked into a few things for me. The first thing that was pointed out is that nowhere on the Starcraft II box is there a single trace of Activision, in logo or in name. This is reassuring since they would never miss a chance to remind consumers whose product they're buying. Secondly, it has been speculated/suggested to me that Blizzard is still autonomous. Activision has pretty much been laissez-faire with Blizzard's development process, and in the words of my friend, "exists only to throw money at them whenever they need it." However, this doesn't change the fact that I still don't know where my $60 are going, whether to one, the other, or both as a whole. (Clearly, my knowledge of business is severely limited.)
So I'm putting it up to you guys. Is it breaking rank to purchase this game, suspecting that somewhere behind the scenes Activision is pulling strings and cashing in? Or, assuming Activision is getting something out of this, is this exactly what I want out of the publisher: for them to allow creative and talented developers to do their job without restraint? Your thoughts are most appreciated.