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Acclaim Back From the Dead

Zonk posted more than 8 years ago | from the mmmmm-mmmmm-oooooo-gggggg-sssss dept.

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GameDailyBiz reports that Acclaim is back from the dead (again), and this time it's a MMOG publisher. From the article: "Acclaim's first title will be BOTS, a multiplayer online robot fighting game that is completely free to play. 'The game is designed with accessibility and a positive community experience in mind. A sports-like ranking system allows players to challenge themselves against their friends in a cleanly rendered, safe and youth friendly environment as they develop their skills and evolve their own personalized BOT,' says Acclaim." They're also planning a more traditional MMOG called 9Dragons.

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Dear Acclaim, (1)

AKAImBatman (238306) | more than 8 years ago | (#14819875)

Thank you for your wonderful offer. However, I feel that I must in good conscience, decline. I will not rename myself or my first born son to "BOTS", nor will I chisel the tagline of your new game "9Dragons" onto my great grandfather's tombstone. In fact, many of my collegues find your practices quite reprehensible, and will not support your company if you continue them. Thank you for your interest, and I hope that we won't do business again in the future.

Sincerely,
Your Customers

Reference 1 [geek.com]
Reference 2 [wikipedia.org]

Re:Dear Acclaim, (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14825920)

You do realize that you're just falling for their little marketing scheme, right?

These events were nothing more than marketing stunts - there's no such thing as bad publicity.

Of course they were in bad taste. That was the whole point.

Wait, what? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14819889)

Back from the dead and offering a free-to-play MMO? I don't really get how that's going to solve their financial woes.

image word: nipple. interesting.

So either they're buying up this website... (1)

Channard (693317) | more than 8 years ago | (#14819920)

http://www.bots2.net/ [bots2.net] or they'll have some serious copyright issues on their hands.

Re:So either they're buying up this website... (1)

MindStalker (22827) | more than 8 years ago | (#14819980)

I remember when I was a kid (late 80's early 90's) there was a game where you programmed little robots with a programming structure similar to the logo turtle commands, except they had the ability to shoot as well. You would then battle out these programmed bots. It was great fun, anyone remember or know of this.

Re:So either they're buying up this website... (1)

Gromgull (209379) | more than 8 years ago | (#14820083)

you could always try robocode from IBM (google for link - too lazy). It's in a java - but really quite advanced and good fun.

Re:So either they're buying up this website... (2, Informative)

Pluvius (734915) | more than 8 years ago | (#14820091)

There are a number of games that have gameplay similar to what you describe. You're probably referring specifically to Origin's Omega [the-underdogs.org] .

Rob

Re:So either they're buying up this website... (1)

Throtex (708974) | more than 8 years ago | (#14823940)

If you're talking about a board game rather than a computer game, maybe you mean RoboRally [roborally.com] ?

Re:So either they're buying up this website... (1)

LarsWestergren (9033) | more than 8 years ago | (#14826259)

There is an updated version created by IBM called Robocode [sourceforge.net] , teaches Java and AI. Now released as Open Source.

B.O.T.S. ][ (1)

Southpaw018 (793465) | more than 8 years ago | (#14819934)

Um, how is this different than Bots 2 [bots2.net] ?

Re:B.O.T.S. ][ (1)

MrDoh1 (906953) | more than 8 years ago | (#14820144)

Well, having never heard of Acclaim's B.O.T.S. or B.O.T.S. ][ before, it didn't take very long to figure out. The very first sentence on the http://bots2.net/ [bots2.net] site says "...text-only..." and TFA for http://botsgame.com/ [botsgame.com] speaks of "cleanly rendered" and the site itself is full of graphics, well, that was my first clue anyway.

Re:B.O.T.S. ][ (1)

randomErr (172078) | more than 8 years ago | (#14821217)

Lets take at a couple of points from original post:
Cleanly rendered
* Bots 2 - Text version
* BOTS ][ - 3d rendered

Safe and youth friendly environment:
* Bots 2 - Has a parental advisory on the homepage
* BOTS ][ - Claims to be as safe a MySpace

'nuff said

Re:B.O.T.S. ][ (1)

Corbu Mulak (931063) | more than 8 years ago | (#14823599)

BOTS ][ - Claims to be as safe a MySpace

but myspace is TEH EVIL and will RAPE YOUR CHILDREN.

NOOOOOOOO (1, Offtopic)

Pluvius (734915) | more than 8 years ago | (#14819945)

DO NOT WANT

Rob

V3? (1)

Fiver- (169605) | more than 8 years ago | (#14819996)

Will they be rebooting the Valiant comic universe yet again? This time Magnus Robot Fighter is set in umm..2006! And he's a girl! Sure! And she magically transforms when she plays B.O.T.S! Why not!

SQUEEEEE! (1)

randomizer9 (595107) | more than 8 years ago | (#14823535)

I liked the original Valiant Comics [valiantcomics.com] run though they went into the proverbial crapper after they became Acclaim Comics. Curiously enough, one of their first books was the "Nintendo Comics System" [pressthebuttons.com]

Magnus, Robot Fighter was one of my favorite books, though it went to hell after the end of the Malev War. The reboot sucked...the less said about "Slagger, Robot Fighter" the better.

And you wonder why they keep dying? (1)

Kaldaien (676190) | more than 8 years ago | (#14820105)

Apparently, Acclaim does not quite grasp the concept that you need to charge money for your products if you do not want to hemerage money. Of course, that only works if the products you publish are worth paying money for.

Re:And you wonder why they keep dying? (1)

Pranadevil2k (687232) | more than 8 years ago | (#14830537)

Ever play any of the little Korean MMOs like Gunbound or MapleStory? You can play for free, or buy stuff from their online shops for stuff in-game. Or Guild Wars? You buy it once and never pay again unless you want one of the (still unreleased) expansions.

Dear god their website (1)

AuMatar (183847) | more than 8 years ago | (#14820112)

You know, I would have like to have seen what bots was about. But the acclaim website is the graphically loudest website I've seen in years. Enough flashing on random animations to give you a seizure. The bots homepage is even worse. I had to shut it off without reading for the sake of my sanity.

From the *what* dept? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14820233)

from the mmmmm-mmmmm-oooooo-gggggg-sssss dept.

I think BRRAAAAIINNNS would be far more fitting.

Missing the point of branding? (2, Insightful)

Rimbo (139781) | more than 8 years ago | (#14820585)

The idea behind having a big name doesn't work if the name isn't associated with anything. Irnfrogramresr buying "Atari" makes sense -- there's Pong, that whole old-school feeling, the funky "A" logo. Activision buying "Acclaim" is... Well, I'm trying to come up with an association here, and "Turok" isn't registering on the ol' 'leet-o-meter.

If Activision couldn't buy a bigger name, seems they're better off creating a new brand of their own, a la Toyota's creation of Lexus and Scion.

Re:Missing the point of branding? (1)

EnsilZah (575600) | more than 8 years ago | (#14820781)

Well, i distinctly remember their logo on the Mortal Kombat games.

Re:Missing the point of branding? (2, Insightful)

Pluvius (734915) | more than 8 years ago | (#14821709)

Irnfrogramresr buying "Atari" makes sense -- there's Pong, that whole old-school feeling, the funky "A" logo. Activision buying "Acclaim" is... Well, I'm trying to come up with an association here

I'll give you one: "crap." The fact that anyone would think that buying a brand name with such a terrible reputation is a good idea is honestly mystifying.

BTW, the article says that a co-founder of the modern Activision bought the name. Don't know it it's independent from Activision or not.

Rob

Letter A? Adultry? (1)

antdude (79039) | more than 8 years ago | (#14822100)

Maybe it is scarlet letter A [sparknotes.com] for adultry. [grin]

Re:Missing the point of branding? (2, Interesting)

Castar (67188) | more than 8 years ago | (#14822951)

On the other hand, Acclaim was a big enough name to justify a Slashdot story. So their money got them some benefit, at least.

Acclaim meant nothing to me... (1)

Thrymm (662097) | more than 8 years ago | (#14820693)

Outside of their wrestling games and Wizards and Warriors on the NES was pretty good, I thought their games overall sucked. Any sports game was absolutely horrible!

It will be interesting to see how they are now and in the immediate future.

No, Wizards and Warriors sucked too... (1)

xxxJonBoyxxx (565205) | more than 8 years ago | (#14821072)

No, Wizards and Warriors sucked too. I think it took me something like 2 hours to win it. Maybe I died once or twice, but it seemed like an incredibly easy Ghosts and Goblins rip-off to me.

Re:No, Wizards and Warriors sucked too... (1)

Thrymm (662097) | more than 8 years ago | (#14821265)

Yeah it did suck and was kinda easy to beat, but it was playable...

I think there was silly shit like bees attacking you too in it for some odd reason. Who knows, i'll load up the emulator when I get home from work and find out how sucky it really was!

Re:Acclaim meant nothing to me... (1)

Pluvius (734915) | more than 8 years ago | (#14821468)

Wizards & Warriors was good, but it was also a Rare game. You know, made by the guys who did stuff like Battletoads and GoldenEye. Associating that game with Acclaim is like associating Mortal Kombat and NBA Jam with them (like another poster did) even though those were really Midway games.

The only "good game" that Acclaim could really be given credit for was Turok. And a lot of people thought that that sucked. There have been bad games made by other companies, but no one quite had a reputation for making horrible video games like Acclaim did.

Rob

Re:Acclaim meant nothing to me... (1)

Thrymm (662097) | more than 8 years ago | (#14822354)

Certainly says Acclaim right on the cart to me:

http://www.nesfiles.com/NES/Wizards_and_Warriors/W izards_and_Warriors_cart.jpg [nesfiles.com]

Re:Acclaim meant nothing to me... (1)

Pluvius (734915) | more than 8 years ago | (#14823209)

Yes, because Acclaim published it. Anyone can publish a game as long as he has money; it's the developer that makes it worth playing. And it's not like Wizards & Warriors was so unusual that no one else would risk publishing it; someone up there even called it a Ghosts & Goblins rip-off (though that's a bit harsh and off-base).

Rob

Thought this was Atari... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14820790)

For a moment I thought this was article was Atari back from the dead. I guess the French haven't finished killing it off yet.

God! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14821117)

These guys are like pubic lice! You can douse your crotch with battery acid and they'll still come back.

Acclaim (2, Interesting)

payndz (589033) | more than 8 years ago | (#14821565)

Ah, I remember them well from my games journalism days. When they wanted some coverage from you, they were all smiles and helpfulness. When you asked for something from them, they were bastards of the first order.

I was actually kind of hoping that TFA would announce that they'd signed up as publishers for the Infinium Phantom. That would be about on the same level as their other business decisions!

Hey... (1)

Perseid (660451) | more than 8 years ago | (#14821626)

Maybe if this goes over well, we'll get that Turok MMORPG we've been waiting for. Or maybe some deathmatch BMX XXX.

Sorry, no offense to Acclaim, but...wait a minute, what am I saying?

Second Dawn of the Red Star? (1)

Firefly1 (251590) | more than 8 years ago | (#14821732)

The game they'd developed based on the Red Star comic series was practically ready to go out the door when they'd folded; a fact which disappointed me greatly. Whether or not the paralell world of that comic is a good basis for an MMOG is an excercise I leave to you fine chaps, but I hope their notional resurrection means they'll at the very least find someone to hand it off to.

Re:Second Dawn of the Red Star? (1)

despisethesun (880261) | more than 8 years ago | (#14828931)

If you're willing to dig a bit, you can probably find a torrent for the XBox version of Red Star, and it's apparently mostly complete. I wouldn't know, though. I've downloaded the game, but I haven't modded my XBox yet.

I can see the quests now... (1)

wuie (884711) | more than 8 years ago | (#14821791)

Wouldn't You Like To Be A Pepper Too?

One of your former colleagues, Number Five, has separated itself from its owner's commands and controls, and is now lurking somewhere in the countryside. The last known transmission from Number Five was "Wouldn't You Like To Be A Pepper Too?".

Find it right now, [generic fighting robot name], and eliminate!

Quest Objectives: Find the location of the rogue Number Five and exterminate.

Quest Rewards: [Improved Firing Laser]

Not Acclaim! (They perfected dead-vertising, too) (1)

Headcase88 (828620) | more than 8 years ago | (#14822695)

*horrified victim in a zombie movie* NO! Noooo! Nooooo! *runs away, but not quickly enough. . . Dead.*

I've always hated Acclaim's games and marketing strategies (but especially the games). Some of the really old stuff was good, but they just turned into an uncreative, "bottom-line" company that wasn't afraid to release horrific games that tarnish the reputation of the licenses they use. ECW Hardcore Revolution [gamespot.com] anyone?

The last great game they published IMO was Aggresive Inline. A lot of the good features in THPS4 were on Aggressive Inline first. Plus, they started the Burnout series too, but those games were buried under all their bad games. Now that Acclaim has been "resurrected", let's hope they have good management and publish good games 8)

Re:Not Acclaim! (They perfected dead-vertising, to (1)

Pluvius (734915) | more than 8 years ago | (#14823290)

Acclaim didn't "turn into" a greedy, uncreative publisher, they just used to hide that fact better. (Well, not the uncreative part, just the greedy part.) Remember LJN? Those guys who released aggressively bad NES games like Back to the Future, Jaws, and Marvel's X-Men that relied entirely on their big-name licenses? That was an Acclaim subsidiary.

Rob

Flawed Business Model? (1)

wbren (682133) | more than 8 years ago | (#14823133)

According to TFA: The new Acclaim, based in Beverly Hills, California, will not only offer free online games, but it also will incorporate multiple business models such as in-game advertising and the option for gamers to purchase in-game items.

I have doubts about the business plan described in the article. Games cost money to develop, and MMOGs cost even more due to hosting costs, maintenance, expansion, etc. I find it very hard to believe that companies will pay Acclaim enough money to pay for employees, servers, bandwidth, and ongoing development. The in-game purchases might bring in some money, but I think many people will either feel cheated or somehow wronged by the game/company if someone with a large amount of money in real life beats them because that person could afford to pay more.

Maybe I'm incorrect, and maybe advertisers are clamoring to give Acclaim money for what is essentially product placement in an unproven game. And who knows what the "multiple business models" actually consist of. Anyway, it's something to think about...
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