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OSers, you've heard the rumors by now -- and no doubt you have your own opinion. So what do you think? If Activision were to acquire Take Two would the result be a net win or loss for sports gamers? Give us your thoughts!

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# 1 VoltronViking @ 02/14/11 03:29 PM
I wonder if Activision would be more agressive in aquiring NFL license and reboot the college hoops series...If so, go ACTIVISION GO!!!
 
# 2 The GIGGAS @ 02/14/11 03:33 PM
Unsure but pessimistic. I think it's a double edged sword... 2k Sports would instantly have resources to rival EA. But at the same time, the higher ups would be able to meddle with the process by switching out devs and what have you. For example, if Activision managers decide that NBA isn't worth the money and VC's talent, they might shove VC to some random shooter (Call of Duty, perhaps) and make them make that, while they give NBA to someone who wouldn't love the game as much.

On the other hand, if Activision lets 2k perform like they had been, but with more money... that's the best case scenario. I feel like it would be unlikely, though.
 
# 3 jyoung @ 02/14/11 03:59 PM
Unsure but pessimistic.

Activision has already killed good franchises like Tony Hawk, Guitar Hero and Call of Duty.

2K Sports could be next.
 
# 4 DirtyJerz32 @ 02/14/11 04:02 PM
Unsure but pessimistic.

Giggas took the words right out of my mouth. You just never now how are what will happen when companies take over each other.

I guess, as gamers we just hope for the best.
 
# 5 statum71 @ 02/14/11 04:10 PM
There's BOUND to be some changes for the worse to what many consider the best sports game ever.

The NBA 2K Series
 
# 6 videlsports @ 02/14/11 04:20 PM
Giggas had some good thoughts on this.. I am nervous about this.. take two has many profitable IP's but why not go to Warner Brothers or go back to Sega? would make sense to me.
 
# 7 CM Hooe @ 02/14/11 04:28 PM
Voted "unsure but pessimistic" given that I don't really have a positive view of Activision right now, other than Blizzard.
 
# 8 Diagnus @ 02/14/11 05:05 PM
I am unsure but optimistic. Activision was infamous for milking there franchises, generally by bringing out yearly versions of gamesthat don't need them like Guitar Hero, Tony Hawk etc. That isn't an issue with sports games. Unless they try to exploit a franchise such as NBA2K by making say a backyard 2k then there could be issues. But there games year to year are generally updated more than anything EA does year over year so I am optimistic.
 
# 9 superbus @ 02/14/11 05:50 PM
DEFINITELY pessimistic. Anyone who's optimistic about this is short-sighted, and forgets Activision's treatment of other developers. Take one look at Red Octane and too many other to list to see just how they treat the people they purchase. Take Two doesn't have the leverage that Blizzard had, so this will not be an equal value purchase. Think more along the lines of what Konami just did to Hudson (they bought them, immediately closed the US company, and picked their bones clean. Hudson now makes "social" games).

Forget what this would mean to other properties outside of sports games (prepare to have Bioshock and GTA shoved down your throats). If Activision buys Take Two, and with it the 2K series, right off the bat, NHL 2K is dead. It's been shown that it's no longer profitable, which led to the longer development cycle. Secondly, it would put Major League Baseball 2K in serious jeopardy. Even with the semi-exclusive (read: no EA) license, it doesn't perform that well, or at least as well as MLB: The Show. Activision has shown through their actions over the years that all they care about is the bottom line, and the only sports series that does that is NBA 2K (which I think they'd have the smarts to leave alone, though we wouldn't see price reductions like we recently saw. Also, we'd get more paid DLC at a high, premium price). Speaking of, someone said "they can bring back College Hoops! GO ACTIVISION!". Without getting personal, are you daft? Have you considered the lawsuit currently brought against EA by Ed O'Bannon and other former college athletes that threatens the very model that those games have? If that suit is successful - and it has a chance - then companies will have to pay royalties to all athletes, past and present. Forget College Hoops, that would put NCAA Football at risk. Even if it's not, the NCAA license is by far the most expensive in all of sports. Activision's the *last* company that would revitalize that on a whim and a prayer.

The only benefit to Activision buying Take Two is that EA wouldn't be buying it (which keeps NBA 2K alive). But it's NOT a good thing, just like the consolidation that's going on with big companies. We're killing off the proverbial middle class in this business, with two or three big publishers and a bunch of ****ty indies. Look past what series might get revitalized - especially if you're completely off the mark - and look at the bigger picture. As a sports gamer, it's very bad news if it happens. As a gamer in general, it's even worse.
 
# 10 Onpoint17 @ 02/14/11 06:16 PM
As long as EA isn't buying 2K then I'm hopeful that the NBA 2K series will only improve with the resources of Activision.
 
# 11 TexasBorn1 @ 02/14/11 06:29 PM
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Originally Posted by wEEman33
Unsure but pessimistic.

Activision has already killed good franchises like Tony Hawk, Guitar Hero and Call of Duty.

2K Sports could be next.
This is what has me worried! Really don't like the milking of Call of Duty and Guitar Hero. I don't think these guys are good for gamers
 
# 12 BlackRome @ 02/14/11 06:55 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by TexasBorn1
This is what has me worried! Really don't like the milking of Call of Duty and Guitar Hero. I don't think these guys are good for gamers
I would rather see EA take over 2k. They could hire the devs who do basketball and give them the resources to actually test the game before they release it. They could also give them the servers they need to support the game online. Far as NBA2k11 both are lacking.

When it comes to sports games 2k dropped College basketball and MLB2k9 should have never been released.

I know you guys love NBA2k11 but the game is lacking. Lacking so much they decided not to fix the problems. See MLB2K09.
 
# 13 dickey1331 @ 02/14/11 11:37 PM
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Originally Posted by The GIGGAS
Unsure but pessimistic. I think it's a double edged sword... 2k Sports would instantly have resources to rival EA. But at the same time, the higher ups would be able to meddle with the process by switching out devs and what have you. For example, if Activision managers decide that NBA isn't worth the money and VC's talent, they might shove VC to some random shooter (Call of Duty, perhaps) and make them make that, while they give NBA to someone who wouldn't love the game as much.

On the other hand, if Activision lets 2k perform like they had been, but with more money... that's the best case scenario. I feel like it would be unlikely, though.
I was thinking the same thing. I just dont see this going very well given that its Activision.
 
# 14 NFLHITMAN @ 02/15/11 01:22 AM
Whatever will get an NFL game back in the hands of 2k sports I am for. Not saying that would happen but its better than where its at right now.
 
# 15 Dazraz @ 02/15/11 04:10 AM
My gut feeling is to hope that this deal doesn't go through. I like where 2K is going with their sports games & I'd hate to see this changed in the wake of new ownership.

That said I'm confident that Take Two will make the right decision. This is a company that has already proven that they are not willing to sell out if it is not in their best interest.

What we really don't want is EA getting into the mix of any buyout. EA would love to get their hands on Take Two, but unlike Activision, who's intention is to expand upon their resourses as a Developer, EA's aim is to eliminate the competition.
 
# 16 savoie2006 @ 02/15/11 05:29 PM
I agree with those that say the Tony Hawk and Guitar Hero series have been ruined, though that is kind of to be expected when you have a long running series like that. However, how anyone feels the Call of Duty series has been ruined, is far beyond me.

As for the future of 2KSports and the purchase of Take Two, I'm optimisic. As previously stated, so long as they allow the developers to continue doing what they are doing and Activision acts as support for patches and such. This is what is wrong with 2KSports right now, there is not enough support for their games. It's not so much how the games are made, but the fact that Take Two isn't giving them the budget they need for game support and the marketing is terrible. Hopefully Activision would be able to fix this.
 
# 17 theycallmeryan @ 02/15/11 07:08 PM
Hopefully Activision will do what EA did with BioWare, they didn't tell them to do anything other than "keep doing what you're doing, and her's a boatload of money."
 
# 18 boritter @ 02/16/11 02:02 AM
I think it would increase the probability of 2K gaining access to the NFL and/or NCAA license down the road. More competition would mean better football games.
 
# 19 Ike04 @ 02/16/11 01:26 PM
it could be a good thing, even though activision isn't the "perfect" company. 2k sports is a growing brand though and if i were them i'd stay as an indiviual. On the other hand it would be nice to see some competition wake up the madden devs. Who knows, it might be just what they need
 
# 20 WyxHarmon @ 02/16/11 07:01 PM
Remember Guitar Hero?


Guitar Hero 1, 2 Rocks the 80s, 3, Aerosmith. All fantastic games. Activision sees they're a great selling game after 3. GH:WT is absolutely terrible. Guitar Hero Metallica. NOW STARTS THE MILKING OF THE SERIES.

The DS spin off starts. Then they make Van Halen which was such a bad game they gave it to you FOR FREE.


Now look at them, they've been dropped. Don't know how they'll saturate sports games, but I'm sure Kotick will find a way.
 

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