Friday, December 17, 2010

LucasArts Rapes Nerd's Childhoods to Increase Sales

The last 48 hours saw a fury of blog posts around the Interwebs about the DLC for The Force Unleashed II where the apprentice kills Han Solo and Chewbacca and rapes the childhood's of nerds everywhere.  I realize that they had killed off Chewbacca in one of the books (if you actually read the books, which I don't - I am a movie only kind of guy) so it isn't a huge stretch for them to kill off favorite characters from the movie and disembowel us.  To me, the reason for LucasArts to pull this one is pretty clear, to boost sales.  Doing a quick check of sales, The Force Unleashed II hasn't even hit one million sales yet whereas the original raked in tons of cash. 

The reason for the sales problems is they didn't clean up the control issues from the first game (I discuss more here -, the storyline is weak (LucasArts game developer: "we don't need to worry about the story, we'll just throw Yoda in the game - that will make everyone happy"), and the overall enjoyment of the game isn't there.  So, what is the easiest solution - throw out some sensationalized storyline to anger the masses, get the Internet in a frenzy, and hopefully make up enough sales to be able to push for a third game.  Pretty weak LucasArts…pretty weak.

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