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Randy Pitchford – Aliens: Colonial Marines Lawsuit Was “A Huge Waste of Time”

Speaking for the first time about the subject since Gearbox was dropped from the Aliens: Colonial Marines lawsuit to Games Industry.biz, Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford has said that the lawsuit against Gearbox for the false advertisement of Aliens: Colonial Marines was ” a huge waste of time” and that their standing up against the lawsuit was “all it took“:

“That whole thing was a huge waste of time. The market proved it was doing its job perfectly. The market is dispassionate – rewarding what it likes and punishing what it doesn’t. There is an objectivity and fairness in the open market’s harsh, firm justice.

For every place the market succeeded, the legal system failed as it was being manipulated by what appeared to me to be essentially mafia style extortion tactics. Sadly, the manipulation would have actually worked, as it had in other cases with those same guys and to the detriment of the industry and gamers and actual, you know, justice. But those guys made a mistake in naming us as defendants because we stood up to them That’s all it took – someone to stand up yo them. And so they lost since they didn’t have a legitimate case.”

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What do you guys and girls think of Randy Pitchford’s comments? Is he right? Thanks to Destructoid for the news.



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  1. jimbob30
    still cant believe that gearbox failed this game big time after the video from E3 was really looking forward to this.to me this just proves borderlands is all they got.rebellions avp 2010 was miles better than this and they deserve another chance as sega failed that franchise by canning support a month after release for consoles it could have been soo much more had they listened to fans.i do believe that rebellion given free reign could deliver the game we would all like avp 2010 was not the best game but it was still fun and multiplayer was much better than gearbox trash.or atleast get a new developer to remake aliens colonial marines for X1 and ps4 and make sure that they can do the task at hand
  2. gabgrave
    That first part about him being a professional magician? That's what's happening here. It's all smoke and mirrors... He's basically doing it every single time something goes wrong. He tries to smoke out the key parts of the questions that people want to know, and when pinned down, he makes some excuse about not wanting to talk about it, then suddenly talks about it when he figures out how to show the rabbit coming out of the hat.
  3. Engineer
    I just read his interview... I wanted to hear what he had to say about it. He's so full of sh!t... I lost count of how many times he contradicted his previous statements/comments in THIS interview!
  4. Chris!(($$))!
    What's sad is that back in the day we use to blame Sega for everything. Why we weren't getting new info, this, that. But I feel bad now cause it was clearly Gearbox's fault all along.

    "Sega's a publisher -- they never'a could've disrespected the fans. But I didn't know until this day that it was -- Gearbox all along... "
  5. windebieste

    Funny that they thought we would forget by now. Sorry GBX, what you did is unforgivable unless you correct it. And thats the funny part... they can actually correct their mistake but are simply unwilling or to stupid to realise that it is the first step to prevent these public humiliations. Media...learn to use it.

    Oh Hell, yes. 

    If you do good by this Community, you get remembered for your deeds and the praise comes for years.   Just ask Scott and Cameron.

    ...but if you screw this Community over, then it's very unkind for no less amount of time. 

    This is true no matter who you are Pro or amateur.  There are fan artists, amateur film makers, game modders and all manner of people  who receive praise for their efforts and such praise lasts for years.   

    If a Professional like Pitchford comes along to bless us with big promises during the course of a 6 year development cycle and then delivers rubbish, it's up to him to accept that he's sunk to the lowest level and to accept that the many, many members of this Community are legitimately pissed at his continued deflective attitude.

    You deserve this sh!t, Pitchford. Lap it up.  ...or just shut up.   

    You're an embarrassment to us all.  You're continued bullsh!t won't be forgotten for a very, very long time.   Especially if you continue to fail to acknowledge your failings and blame the people who are dissatisfied customers.

    -Windebieste.
  6. Hemi
    No...they won't of course. They should, but never will.

    Silly thing, this game industry. While the little man (indie devs) try to keep their paying customers happy with weekly updates of their small games, the big company's go for the quick buck and seem to care less about the dedicated fanbase. Not saying it doesn't happen the other way around, just far less. Also a shame you have people vocally defending this mess on the gearbox forums. I don't know what to think of those people. Either disgust or pity that  they don't use that grey matter in their skulls.

    This should have been the game this fanbase was waiting for after all these years since AVP2. Damn shame...

  7. Engineer
    Randy has "no regrets" about A:CM...

    http://www.ign.com/articles/2015/07/17/randy-pitchford-address-alien-colonial-marines-claims

    Neither do the gamers that are nailing him to the cross atm. The people have spoken:

    https://twitter.com/search?src=typd&q=askrandy

    Might not win a trial, but we can sure as hell take you down some way or another.

    Oh man, there's some funny stuff in there. I wish I'd known about that Q&A. My question would have been:

    "How does it feel knowing that the announcement of Alien Isolation was delayed because they didn't want any of the A:CM stink getting on it?"  :D

    Funny that they thought we would forget by now. Sorry GBX, what you did is unforgivable unless you correct it. And thats the funny part... they can actually correct their mistake but are simply unwilling or to stupid to realise that it is the first step to prevent these public humiliations. Media...learn to use it.

    They won't correct it... Randy made comments about "dropping expensive customers," and I think we'd all fall into that category for gearbox (which is their fault). My opinion is, don't release defective products that require expensive corrections in the first place! I don't think gearbox has the foresight to realize that it's probably more expensive NOT to correct things either...
  8. Hemi
    Randy has "no regrets" about A:CM...

    http://www.ign.com/articles/2015/07/17/randy-pitchford-address-alien-colonial-marines-claims

    Neither do the gamers that are nailing him to the cross atm. The people have spoken:

    https://twitter.com/search?src=typd&q=askrandy

    Might not win a trial, but we can sure as hell take you down some way or another.

    Oh man, there's some funny stuff in there. I wish I'd known about that Q&A. My question would have been:

    "How does it feel knowing that the announcement of Alien Isolation was delayed because they didn't want any of the A:CM stink getting on it?"  :D

    Funny that they thought we would forget by now. Sorry GBX, what you did is unforgivable unless you correct it. And thats the funny part... they can actually correct their mistake but are simply unwilling or to stupid to realise that it is the first step to prevent these public humiliations. Media...learn to use it.
  9. Saberous
    Randy PitchBitchtheAssford can say what ever he likes to make himself feel better or whatever. Gearbox paid off the right people to get themselves out of this. There is clear evidence that GB lied. Game Trailers with Power-loaders with flamethrowers, battling a queen. The whole fall from operations and then run from the charger and slide under the door, What happened to that? Or the video images of two Conestoga-class ships falling and breaking a part? How about the early game commentary footage showing one thing, and we as consumers get something else on game release. I liked how I saw him in a video joke about how bad ACM was.

    We as the community know how full of it Randy and the rest of GearBox. I'll never buy another Gearbox game, nor recommend one. This is the only thing I can do. If Steam had their refund at the time. I think things would have went very differently.
  10. Engineer
    Randy has "no regrets" about A:CM...

    http://www.ign.com/articles/2015/07/17/randy-pitchford-address-alien-colonial-marines-claims

    Neither do the gamers that are nailing him to the cross atm. The people have spoken:

    https://twitter.com/search?src=typd&q=askrandy

    Might not win a trial, but we can sure as hell take you down some way or another.

    Oh man, there's some funny stuff in there. I wish I'd known about that Q&A. My question would have been:

    "How does it feel knowing that the announcement of Alien Isolation was delayed because they didn't want any of the A:CM stink getting on it?"  :D

    this is what I would have #AskRandy - "can I call you 85? I'd enjoy alien 3 a lot more then..."
  11. Mr. Clemens
    Randy has "no regrets" about A:CM...

    http://www.ign.com/articles/2015/07/17/randy-pitchford-address-alien-colonial-marines-claims

    Neither do the gamers that are nailing him to the cross atm. The people have spoken:

    https://twitter.com/search?src=typd&q=askrandy

    Might not win a trial, but we can sure as hell take you down some way or another.

    Oh man, there's some funny stuff in there. I wish I'd known about that Q&A. My question would have been:

    "How does it feel knowing that the announcement of Alien Isolation was delayed because they didn't want any of the A:CM stink getting on it?"  :D
  12. Corporal Hicks
    Randy has "no regrets" about A:CM...

    http://www.ign.com/articles/2015/07/17/randy-pitchford-address-alien-colonial-marines-claims
    Smells like bullshit and damage control. IGN would be the people he'd run to. They're so far up the corporate ass they don't care.

    Maybe as one of the few outlets to give Isolation a bad review he thinks they'll be his friend.
  13. Engineer
    Randy has "no regrets" about A:CM...

    http://www.ign.com/articles/2015/07/17/randy-pitchford-address-alien-colonial-marines-claims

    Holy christ.

    First he accuses the game's detractors of just trying to get site hits and ad revenue (what about the vast majority of us that don't have game sites, Randy?), and then he likens them to 911 Truthers.

    Also, the 'B-side' analogy is pretty weak. DLC is a 'B-side'. The game itself is the A-side... it's what we dropped $70 for.

    You know what I think? I think he's up shit creek. If everything was fine in Randy World, he wouldn't have to run to the press to defend himself. This is damage control.
    I know right?! Except his version of damage control makes things worse I think! Lol. I think he's got a "lesser mind..." Lmao
  14. Mr. Clemens
    Randy has "no regrets" about A:CM...

    http://www.ign.com/articles/2015/07/17/randy-pitchford-address-alien-colonial-marines-claims

    Holy christ.

    First he accuses the game's detractors of just trying to get site hits and ad revenue (what about the vast majority of us that don't have game sites, Randy?), and then he likens them to 911 Truthers.

    Also, the 'B-side' analogy is pretty weak. DLC is a 'B-side'. The game itself is the A-side... it's what we dropped $70 for.

    You know what I think? I think he's up shit creek. If everything was fine in Randy World, he wouldn't have to run to the press to defend himself. This is damage control.
  15. Hellspawn28
    The game was doom from the start. The game came out in 2013 and yet it feels like game made in 2003. I think the game being pushed back and having no wave of info for a long periods of time was a good sign that this game was going to be bad.
  16. Thomas
    Randy Pitchford on A:CM Backlash – “Some People are Sadists”

    ....... and some people are narcissistic A**holes who needs to grow up and except theire part of the responsibility in this hullubulu.......
  17. Jarac
    Honestly, Gearbox knew what it was doing. Pitchford knew what he was doing. Just like Duke, he knew he could take advantage of an old, respectable IP that has a game people have been waiting on and exploiting it. I call BS on Pitchford spending  $10 million of his own dollars on it. If he did that, he'd have more vested interest in the game, know? Instead he put the game on the back-burner, outsourced it to unproven studios and took SEGA's money and fan support for a ride for 6 years.

    Pitchford probably doesn't believe the bullshit coming out of his mouth. He KNOWS what he did, he just hates that everyone knows it too! It's not some conspiracy theory, a lot of it's based on facts given by SEGA and former Gearbox employees how this went down. But Pitchford can't let the customer win. His ego will not allow it.
  18. skull-splitter
    Quote
    "I don’t know," he begins when asked what happened. "We made an Aliens game. I wouldn’t trade the experience for anything in the world. I got to, the team and us, we got to rebuild the Sulaco. We got to work with Syd Mead to do that. We got to build all of Hadley’s Hope, not just the few hallways of the colony that you see in the film. We built power loaders and APCs and dropships. Holy crap, we went out to The Derelict! I’m just so glad that I got the opportunity to spend time in that space. I understand that there’s some people that didn’t enjoy it and I’m very sorry about that. That’s the nature of entertainment – some of my favourite bands who’ve made some of the songs I think are the best in the world have other songs on B-sides that I completely don’t care for. It’s going to happen. So I don’t know what to say.

    How about defending it's initial backlash by claiming you let other studio's work on it (and not the best ones either...) and you got it in hand about two months before release? Man, does this man comprehend reality?
  19. jimbob30
    i think the problem is gearbox knew what they were doing all along they must have its not like they didn't have enough time to make the damn game i mean 6 years and they release a game that would have been more suited look and gameplaywise on a ps2 and randy blames the fans lol he hates it because we fans know that really they just couldn't be bothered otherwise the game would have been a lot better =.we need sega to get a developer to remake this game they way that they see fit to me avp was much better than this game it looked and played much better and had a damn good multiplayer but sega cut support way to early as there was much that could have been done like new multiplayer modes new story dlc to be honest rebellion should have been given first dibs at aliens colonial marines
  20. Bio Mech Hunter
    My God, Pitchford is so deluded. He's so far removed from the situation. He can't grasp the simplicity of why so many of us are angry? He can't possibly be THAT stupid, can he?

    If he's not going to fess up and offer a sincere apology (an explanation would be nice, too), it'd be better for him to just be quiet. He's only heaping coal on the fire when he does this.
  21. PHANTOM
    Trust me Randy Pitchford knows he f--ked up. He knows the gamer's have every right to hate him. He's just saying these things because the spotlight is still on him and he feels the need to stick up for himself by constantly saying I'm not guilty.

    But as one user said which I agree, it would have been better to shut his mouth and just keep walking. If I was him I'd pretend that this whole mess never happened, no comment, and just move on.
  22. felipescado
    what a douchebag, really, they made a bad game, so it is logical to HATE IT, but he talks as it was supposed to be loved

    “There is always the person who’s got to stand on the sandcastle, they must crush it," - but when it's 95% of your target audience, c'mon, man... what world are you living in?

    “There is always the person who’s got to stand on the sandcastle, they must crush it," - but when it's 95% of your target audience, c'mon, man... what world are you living in?
  23. andrew_jacques_11
    I like this game for one reason only, and thats for keeping Cpl Hicks alive in the Alien universe, i know the game was bad but i still play it on steam..  :-
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