April 27th, 2006

Feeling Vimes-y, Discworld

Strange Days in the Gaming Industry.

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I apologize if this was already posted. I didn't see it and it seems an important and telling event about gaming, our sub-culture and our marketplace. Palladium Games has been dealt a strange blow to their business. Here's a quote: "For legal reasons, I cannot go into details about exactly what happened. Suffice it to say that betrayal of trust, theft, and embezzlement has inflicted what we estimate to be $850,000 to 1.3 million dollars in damages to Palladium. "

I never was a dedicated player of RIFTs and never cared for the system, but I do appreciate what they meant to the Marketplace and always thought the setting was a rich and amazing one. I'd hate to see the industry take this kind of blow. Is this is a case for marketplace darwinism? Probably, I guess it will be up to us to decide.

There are a lot more details, but suffice to say they have a last ditch sort of plan that might be of interest to us as gamers. It is also a strange litmus test of whether gamers are just another group of consumers or actually ARE a community.

I will let the folks at Palladium speak for themselves.