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Randy Pitchford Talks Aliens: Colonial Marines

Randy Pitchford CEO of Gearbox Software has recently commented on the reception of Aliens: Colonial Marines via Twitter. Pitchford has acknowledged the disappointment from many fans that Aliens: Colonial Marines has caused by saying:

I feel like we exist to make people happy and it’s painful when for some we do not succeed. We learn and grow.” “I’m afraid it looks like I will lose a huge amount of money. We pay for our education.” he added.

The Gearbox Software CEO has also confirmed that they are looking at ways to discuss the game beyond the scope of Twitter. He has also replied to criticism from people in regards to the differences between the final game and the demos:

That is understood and fair and we are looking at that. Lots of info to parse, lots of stake holders to respect.”

Additionally, he has stated that “Borderlands success actually helped to finance all other projects.”

For more Tweets from Randy Pitchford you can visit his Twitter account here.



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  1. ShadowPred
    Neither am I, was planning on getting both Borderlands games brand spanking new, but I think I'll just go and buy them used. Gearbox deserves not one cent from me after this bullshit.
  2. YutaniDitch
    Okay, this is the end of the week... Where is the apology we were promised? Not that it would matter to me... But hell, just seeing that arrogant bastard admit he was a douche, it would be worth it! Well,maybe he said that so everyone would get off his back! Another lie! When we will learn? HAHAHAHA

    Seirously though, an apology will not get my money back! Nor will it give Gearbox any credibility back from now on! They will make games, they will deceive some more, people will applaud if it's a success, bemoan if it's not, and so on and so forth... Nothing ever changes... Nothing ever will... c'est la vie... :(
  3. Sexy Poot
    Also when I'm shooting with the precision of a mouse it still relates to an Xbox controller ala Ive got a 1 in 5 shot of my bullets hitting the target. Such piss poor hit detection in this game!!!
  4. Aceburster
     Even on PC it looks bad in plenty of places. The first room of the game has a texture on the monitor consoles near the door that literally looks like it was hand drawn in crayon and scanned, go look at it lol. The EXACT same texture is used in the SAME level later in "Keyes hive" room upside down, and in the first room you meet ONeal to the right of the door on the wall at higher quality.

     Did they think people wouldnt run around with the flashlight on?

    The sync issues arent bad and I dont see jitter or clipping unless I walk through someone, but I do see some lousy animations. Like they werent even trying. Think the only nice animations in the game are when you set the PMCs on fire and im pretty sure those are ripped right out of Borderlands.

    Sure it runs smooth maxed out with full frame rate on PC without too many weird things happening but it makes the ugly stand out so much more. Game looks (on pc) like a 2001 game that people spent 6 years modding without the right tools. Cant imagine what it looks like on consoles. DNF pc has more polish than this game. D:
  5. PRI. HUDSON
    I just got it for PC cause I just bought a Geforce 660. SO much better on PC. The jittering and mouth syncing issues are almost all gone. Seems like the consoles got shafted the most.

    I've seen the PC shots. Looks way better not including the modders efforts. The modded screens I saw looked good. If I had a gaming laptop or a decent desktop I would have gotten ACM for those. Not my Xbox. I hope they do a high res texture download like Battlefield 3 did for Xbox. Who knows.
  6. Sexy Poot
    I just got it for PC cause I just bought a Geforce 660. SO much better on PC. The jittering and mouth syncing issues are almost all gone. Seems like the consoles got shafted the most.
  7. skull-splitter
    Crysis 3 already has a patch. They should have been working on a Day 1 patch for A CMs right outta the gate.  The games been out plenty long enough now to have  seen a MAJOR patch update.  You know? A patch that afterwards, you can easilly tell stuff has been upgraded in the game.

    Add to the fact that Crysis, Crysis 2, Crysis 3 and their engine-components have been written in the same time it took from licencing to release of ACM by a company that is relatively young and puts Gearbox to shame when it comes to finishing, polish, coherent design and detailing.

    I really think ACM isnt that bad of a game (just hope it stops crashing every uneven session), but the lack of attention for storytelling, scripting, poor distribution of textures, sub-par lighting effects and apparent choice for a more mainstream look (largely responsible for the look it now has) are just examples of poorly managing a project involving one of the dearest franchises in both film and gaming.

    Fox, SEGA and Gearbox are equally wrong IMO, smaller studio's just provide what is asked.
  8. Shai`tan
    Crysis 3 already has a patch. They should have been working on a Day 1 patch for A CMs right outta the gate.  The games been out plenty long enough now to have  seen a MAJOR patch update.  You know? A patch that afterwards, you can easilly tell stuff has been upgraded in the game.
  9. RagingDragon
    Gearbox may go down and Randy may lose out on cash, but at the end of all this I think he probably will get away with it. I doubt he'll ever be poor. And he probably knows that given time things will blow over. It's only been a couple of weeks but the rants have already calmed way down compared to the week of the release. I think he's known what was coming for a long time and was prepared for all this hate. There's no way he didn't realise the amount of s**t he was gonna get. Sat behind his twitter account I don't think he gives a f*** about what anyone has to say anymore, unless it's positive of course.

     His whole "lets be positive" thing is all he is trying to do in order to save himself. Sorta like if someone gets drunk, drives home and on the way manages to smash into the side of a building and stumbles out of his car saying "this is a learning experience so lets all try to remain positive here, but im totally not gonna fix the damage" when the police arrive.

     If enough people think thats cool then yea he gets a free pass, but I would hope that people treat the situation for what it is, until something concrete is done about it. Its up to everyone who is a fan and a gamer or just has a sense of right and wrong to hold the guy accountable and punish him.

     I think that everyone who holds his feet to the fire helps him become a better person and the more painful it is, the greater the understanding he will achieve.

     I hope that people will take every opportunity they can from here on out in order to help Randy become a better person, rather than the real life Handsome Jack he has become. Maybe he wont have any personal growth from this experience and "just not give a f***" but thats really only if the customers think its ok.
    Ahahaha why yes, that was great!

    http://i.imgur.com/c4MTO7P.gif
  10. WarriorRidged
    Gearbox may go down and Randy may lose out on cash, but at the end of all this I think he probably will get away with it. I doubt he'll ever be poor. And he probably knows that given time things will blow over. It's only been a couple of weeks but the rants have already calmed way down compared to the week of the release. I think he's known what was coming for a long time and was prepared for all this hate. There's no way he didn't realise the amount of s**t he was gonna get. Sat behind his twitter account I don't think he gives a f*** about what anyone has to say anymore, unless it's positive of course.

    His whole "lets be positive" thing is all he is trying to do in order to save himself. Sorta like if someone gets drunk, drives home and on the way manages to smash into the side of a building and stumbles out of his car saying "this is a learning experience so lets all try to remain positive here, but im totally not gonna fix the damage" when the police arrive.

     If enough people think thats cool then yea he gets a free pass, but I would hope that people treat the situation for what it is, until something concrete is done about it. Its up to everyone who is a fan and a gamer or just has a sense of right and wrong to hold the guy accountable and punish him.

     I think that everyone who holds his feet to the fire helps him become a better person and the more painful it is, the greater the understanding he will achieve.

     I hope that people will take every opportunity they can from here on out in order to help Randy become a better person, rather than the real life Handsome Jack he has become. Maybe he wont have any personal growth from this experience and "just not give a f***" but thats really only if the customers think its ok.

    "LOL" and "LMAO" are bandied about too much these days - but this analogy truly made me LMAO! Excellent! :)
  11. Aceburster
    Gearbox may go down and Randy may lose out on cash, but at the end of all this I think he probably will get away with it. I doubt he'll ever be poor. And he probably knows that given time things will blow over. It's only been a couple of weeks but the rants have already calmed way down compared to the week of the release. I think he's known what was coming for a long time and was prepared for all this hate. There's no way he didn't realise the amount of s**t he was gonna get. Sat behind his twitter account I don't think he gives a f*** about what anyone has to say anymore, unless it's positive of course.

     His whole "lets be positive" thing is all he is trying to do in order to save himself. Sorta like if someone gets drunk, drives home and on the way manages to smash into the side of a building and stumbles out of his car saying "this is a learning experience so lets all try to remain positive here, but im totally not gonna fix the damage" when the police arrive.

     If enough people think thats cool then yea he gets a free pass, but I would hope that people treat the situation for what it is, until something concrete is done about it. Its up to everyone who is a fan and a gamer or just has a sense of right and wrong to hold the guy accountable and punish him.

     I think that everyone who holds his feet to the fire helps him become a better person and the more painful it is, the greater the understanding he will achieve.

     I hope that people will take every opportunity they can from here on out in order to help Randy become a better person, rather than the real life Handsome Jack he has become. Maybe he wont have any personal growth from this experience and "just not give a f***" but thats really only if the customers think its ok.
  12. Taxemic

     I think Pitchford cant come to terms with the fact that he played the typical Alien gamble and managed to be the first to actually fail. I mean yea weve had 2 decades worth of @#$% sandwiches but even Prometheus and AvP:R got a pass money wise, so did AvP2010 right?

     That really does put Pitchford in a really bad place, not only because his game sucked and failed, but he bombed out on the franchise lol.

     It never gets old when fans come out of the woodwork, people who you dont even expect to be fans of the series and say "I am a fan of the series and this thing sucked" and it makes me happy that reviewers and fans and gamers have all banded together to put this this game in its place. You dont f**k with Aliens and get away with it.

     He should catch hell over this for forever, he should be an example of something wrong with entertainment (especially games (especially the Alien franchise)). If it means no more Borderlands then fine, im willing to trade that franchise for the one I love.

     He has tried to point at his body of work to try and diminish the mistake he has made but Im gonna think "this company maimed my favorite movie" every time I hear their name. I hope everyone else does. Rebellion got what it deserved for AvP2010, this guy deserves worse.

    Gearbox may go down and Randy may lose out on cash, but at the end of all this I think he probably will get away with it. I doubt he'll ever be poor. And he probably knows that given time things will blow over. It's only been a couple of weeks but the rants have already calmed way down compared to the week of the release. I think he's known what was coming for a long time and was prepared for all this hate. There's no way he didn't realise the amount of s**t he was gonna get. Sat behind his twitter account I don't think he gives a f*** about what anyone has to say anymore, unless it's positive of course.
  13. Aceburster

     I think Pitchford cant come to terms with the fact that he played the typical Alien gamble and managed to be the first to actually fail. I mean yea weve had 2 decades worth of @#$% sandwiches but even Prometheus and AvP:R got a pass money wise, so did AvP2010 right?

     That really does put Pitchford in a really bad place, not only because his game sucked and failed, but he bombed out on the franchise lol.

     It never gets old when fans come out of the woodwork, people who you dont even expect to be fans of the series and say "I am a fan of the series and this thing sucked" and it makes me happy that reviewers and fans and gamers have all banded together to put this this game in its place. You dont f**k with Aliens and get away with it.

     He should catch hell over this for forever, he should be an example of something wrong with entertainment (especially games (especially the Alien franchise)). If it means no more Borderlands then fine, im willing to trade that franchise for the one I love.

     He has tried to point at his body of work to try and diminish the mistake he has made but Im gonna think "this company maimed my favorite movie" every time I hear their name. I hope everyone else does. Rebellion got what it deserved for AvP2010, this guy deserves worse.
  14. teras
    I bought Borderlands a long time ago.
    It was the Game of the Year Edition and I found it dirt cheap in a bargain bin. I decided to try it because of all the fan raving and the good critical reception. At about 3-4 hours into the game I stopped playing. I found it very generic and boring and the cell shaded art design didn't click with me. Thankfully that experience saved me from Borderlands 2.

    After the A:CM fiasco I will never ever buy anything with the Gearbox logo on it.
    Although the game is something of a guilty pleasure to me and I plan to be replaying it from time to time, I hate the Randy Pitchford/Gearbox treatment. I don't appreciate being scammed and lied to. I also don't appreciate the silent/denial line of defence that he exhibits. It shows bad character and weak personality. I have respect for people who admiit their mistakes because we all make them. It is what you do after that matters.

    I won't care if Gearbox's next game is a real gem. I will not be buying it and I suggest others who feel like me do the same.
  15. spinksy
    Listen, and understand. That Randy Pitchford is out there. It can't be bargained with. It can't be reasoned with. It doesn't feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And it absolutely will not stop, ever, until you are ripped off and he's rich.
  16. Killa-Hawke
    I am really...really hoping this doesnt just die away and get forgotten. Gearbox really did a disservice to the fans of this franchise and to not only put half and effort into a product but try to mis-represent it to the public is insulting
  17. Porkus Maximus

    I'm a vivid watcher of Jims videos since he appeared on the Escapist (Didn't know he was on Dest back then) and he knows what most of us want from the industry but you've got lying f**ks like Randy "playing it smooth" and hell even a few people are now starting to side with randy simply because he's "smooth talking" compared to Jim's apparent "raging and frothing from the mouth" and that just makes me really sad, sad that some people will willingly bend over and take all the lies and fabricate them as truth.

    What you say is not as important as how you say it, it's as simple as that.
  18. Roargathor
    People have found ways to improve their game by tweaking their InI files to recognize their hardware properly.  Why there is no word of a patch or fixes yet is astonishing.  It's really hard not to see a bait and switch with all this.  Still waiting for an official response.
  19. CONKERSBADFURDAY
    Anyone reading the articles by Jim Sterling of Destructoid? Dude has been SHITTING all over Pitchfraud. It's good stuff. Sterling has been a HUGE advocate for trying to get to the truth of what happened with this game.

    Also, saw a dude tweet that he got blocked by Pitchfraud for simply putting the E3 demo link on his page and asking for answers. LOL. Pitchfraud is such a POS.

    I'm a vivid watcher of Jims videos since he appeared on the Escapist (Didn't know he was on Dest back then) and he knows what most of us want from the industry but you've got lying f**ks like Randy "playing it smooth" and hell even a few people are now starting to side with randy simply because he's "smooth talking" compared to Jim's apparent "raging and frothing from the mouth" and that just makes me really sad, sad that some people will willingly bend over and take all the lies and fabricate them as truth.

    Also here's another one of Jims recent videos on Pre ordering after he watched Total Biscuits latest on pre ordering.

    IMO I want to see Randy crumble to nothing and have Gearbox sued into the ground because the last 6 years was nothing but utter fabrication and robbery from Sega.

    http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/jimquisition/6863-Previewed-Preordered-Prescrewed


    I can only speak from personal experience, but the guy who's going ape shit and frothing at the mouth is probably gonna end up the bad guy 99 /100 times. Meanwhile "Mr cool" will stroll back over to his buddies and have a good laugh at the nut-so's expense. Staying calm and composed makes you look good every time.
    Jim pulls off the "bad guy" pretty well though. He's done it before and knows how to handle the backlash.

    He's also pretty awesome.
  20. Njm1983
    Anyone reading the articles by Jim Sterling of Destructoid? Dude has been SHITTING all over Pitchfraud. It's good stuff. Sterling has been a HUGE advocate for trying to get to the truth of what happened with this game.

    Also, saw a dude tweet that he got blocked by Pitchfraud for simply putting the E3 demo link on his page and asking for answers. LOL. Pitchfraud is such a POS.

    I'm a vivid watcher of Jims videos since he appeared on the Escapist (Didn't know he was on Dest back then) and he knows what most of us want from the industry but you've got lying f**ks like Randy "playing it smooth" and hell even a few people are now starting to side with randy simply because he's "smooth talking" compared to Jim's apparent "raging and frothing from the mouth" and that just makes me really sad, sad that some people will willingly bend over and take all the lies and fabricate them as truth.

    Also here's another one of Jims recent videos on Pre ordering after he watched Total Biscuits latest on pre ordering.

    IMO I want to see Randy crumble to nothing and have Gearbox sued into the ground because the last 6 years was nothing but utter fabrication and robbery from Sega.

    http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/jimquisition/6863-Previewed-Preordered-Prescrewed


    I can only speak from personal experience, but the guy who's going ape shit and frothing at the mouth is probably gonna end up the bad guy 99 /100 times. Meanwhile "Mr cool" will stroll back over to his buddies and have a good laugh at the nut-so's expense. Staying calm and composed makes you look good every time.
  21. Elicas
    Listening to Randy do a voiceover on the livestream for the PS4 reveal, what a dick, talking about the deep experiences he can bring to his customers with the new console.
  22. PRI. HUDSON
    Some girl ROCKED him with a twitter post. I knew he wouldn't respond to that one.

    Yes, because women are bloody good @ complaining about things; increadible @ it when its none of thier business, anyway.

    Unacceptable attitude. Any more sexist shit from you and you'll be gone.

    I know, right? She's not a even a girl in this case. She's one of us consumers who vented about a crappy product. She has every right even as a girl to begin with.
  23. Elicas
    Some girl ROCKED him with a twitter post. I knew he wouldn't respond to that one.

    Yes, because women are bloody good @ complaining about things; increadible @ it when its none of thier business, anyway.

    Are you Randy's best friend? Jesus.

    I think he's one of those crazies who pops up to berate the game in one thread, then seems to defend it in another, then goes on a completely random tangent to accuse Michael Biehn of being responsible all the franchises faults, and that that is a fact because he is ex military and knows these things.

    The guy can't decide what he's on about, basically.
  24. teras
    It amazes me how immature this guy seems to be.

    It's like when somebody cheats on his wife and when she finds out he just pretends it didn't really happen instead of taking what's coming to him like a man and try to make up for the lost respect and trust.
    Then his friends come in and make up all kinds of excuses trying to make him feel better, saying that it wasn't his fault or that they would have done the same in his shoes and he doesn't have to take the heat for it. And he stands there with a drink in his hands smiling and thanking them for the support :p

    Humans: worst species on the planet :D

  25. Shadow-Phoenix
    Anyone reading the articles by Jim Sterling of Destructoid? Dude has been SHITTING all over Pitchfraud. It's good stuff. Sterling has been a HUGE advocate for trying to get to the truth of what happened with this game.

    Also, saw a dude tweet that he got blocked by Pitchfraud for simply putting the E3 demo link on his page and asking for answers. LOL. Pitchfraud is such a POS.

    I'm a vivid watcher of Jims videos since he appeared on the Escapist (Didn't know he was on Dest back then) and he knows what most of us want from the industry but you've got lying f**ks like Randy "playing it smooth" and hell even a few people are now starting to side with randy simply because he's "smooth talking" compared to Jim's apparent "raging and frothing from the mouth" and that just makes me really sad, sad that some people will willingly bend over and take all the lies and fabricate them as truth.

    Also here's another one of Jims recent videos on Pre ordering after he watched Total Biscuits latest on pre ordering.

    IMO I want to see Randy crumble to nothing and have Gearbox sued into the ground because the last 6 years was nothing but utter fabrication and robbery from Sega.

    http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/jimquisition/6863-Previewed-Preordered-Prescrewed
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