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Top 10 Industry Feuds

Top 10 Industry Feuds

Usually, gamers get along exceptionally well with each other.  I'm not sure what it is, but almost every other gamer I meet I tend to hit it off with.  However, not everything in this industry is all peaches and cream.  There have been some nasty feuds, feuds that have really divided the incredible gaming community.  Here are the Top 10 battles that made us choose a side.

10.  Take 2 vs.  3D Realms:  Duke Nukem.  One of the longest running jokes in the industry.  Before Gearbox stepped up to finally deliver the punch line, however, it was beleaguered 3D Realms Studios and their squabbles with Take 2 that was making our sides hurt...and not with laughter.  Take 2 claimed that 3D Realms had no intention of following through on their promise to deliver a quality Duke game.  3D Realms countered by accusing Take 2 of trying to cheat them out of their money and rights.  We may never know the full story, but one thing is clear:  While Mommy and Daddy were fighting, it's the little Duke's that paid the price.

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9.  Notch vs.  Bethesda:  Minecraft.  Elder Scrolls.  Two games that were so much more than the sum of their parts.  They will both be remembered forever as two of the most influential games of this generation.  So why are their creators squabbling?  Early this year, Notch (creator of Minecraft) trademarked a title for his new game, Scrolls.  Bethesda felt that was too similar to their Elder Scrolls franchise, and brought in the lawyers.  Neither side has been above poking a little fun at the other, but I think Notch's idea to settle it was the best:  Quake 3 Deathmatch!

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8.  Infinity Ward vs. Activision:  With as many billions of dollars as the Modern Warfare series has brought Activision, you would think they might be a little more grateful towards its creators, Vince Zampella and Jason West.  Instead, they called them a pair of "self-serving schemers" and promptly fired them.  Then they had the pleasure of watching half of the rest of the team follow the duo out the door.  It was an ugly battle between two of the industry's heavy hitters, and the shockwaves can still be felt.  West and Zampella left and formed Respawn Entertainment with EA, and Activision continues to pump out CoD games with reckless abandon.

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7.  Call of Duty vs.  Battlefield:  Speaking of Call of Duty, this year saw the high profile franchise go toe-to-toe with another EA big wig: Battlefield 3.  The military shooters certainly pander to slightly different audiences, but they are both looking for the console FPS crown.  Call of Duty, with its massive install base, has the initial edge, but Battlefield is coming on strong with an improved Frostbite engine and intense marketing.  We'll have to wait till the sales numbers are confirmed, but it seems that Call of Duty still has the edge...for now.

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6.  Guitar Hero vs.  Rock Band:  The ultimate Battle of the Bands, these two have a typical rock band story.  Neversoft and Harmonix, developers of Guitar Hero and Rock Band respectively, worked together on the first two Guitar Heroes.  After the runaway success of Guitar Hero 2, they let success get to their heads, and decided they might be better off without each other.  Moving on to their respective franchises, they both found a modicum of success...for awhile.  Obviously, Activison made some...questionable...decisions regarding their franchise, and Guitar Hero hung up its axe.

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5.  EA vs. 2K Games:  Was their ever such a good time to be a football fan and a gamer as 2004?  The excellent Madden '04 and NCAA '04 football franchises are probably the best EA has ever done, and NFL 2K5 might be the best football game ever.  Of course, EA had to go and ruin everything by purchasing the exclusive NFL license.  Football games just aren't as good (i.e. Backbreaker, All-Pro Football) without that all-important license.  It makes me so sad that we may never see first-person football or Chris Berman in a football game again...

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4.  Xbox vs. PS3 vs. Wii:  While a ot of people own multiple consoles, in this day and age it gets a little expensive staying up to date on all the new games and systems.  Inevitably, choices need to be made.  Each of today's consoles have merit:  The Wii has an install base far beyond the others, and you won't find a better first-party stable.  The Xbox 360 has perhaps the best controller ever, along with an impressive stable of games and the best online service in gaming.  The PS3 has an awesome collection of exclusive games, and free online play doesn't hurt.  Choose your weapon!

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3.  SNES vs. Genesis:  The First Great Console War, young gamers like myself had a real choice to make when the Genesis and Super Nintendo came to market.  Mario was tried and true, and Super Mario World was a gimme.  However, Sonic was a blast in his own right, and there was something sexy about that slick black console and its odd three-buttoned controller.  However, I feel like the turning point was the Blood Code, that infamous cheat that allowed Genesis owners to experience blood in Mortal Kombat.  Sega may be out of the game now, but the Genesis, and Super Nintendo, were as good as they came.

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2.  EA vs. Activison vs. Ubisoft:  The Big 3.  These are the heavy hitters, the best of the best when it comes to third-party publishers.  Ubisoft is arguably a step behind the other two in terms of money and power, but all three have incredible portfolios.  Call of Duty, Mass Effect, Battlefield, Assassins's Creed, Rayman, World of Warcraft, Madden, Splinter Cell, the list goes on and on of what these three have to offer.  All three have bought shares of each other at one time or another, but imagine if these three teamed up and created their own console.  My mind is bursting thinking about the possibilities.

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1.  Nintendo 64 vs. PS1:  Releasing in 1996 and 1995 respectively, these two formed the backbone of the fifth generation of consoles.  I would argue that this is when video games became truly more than niche items, and really crossed into the mainstream.  The camps were divided bitterly, with staunch Nintendo fans and converted PlayStation fanatics heatedly arguing the merits of their particular system.  Crash Bandicoot was calling Mario out at Nintendo offices, and Goldeneye was tearing up the charts for the N64.  Few video game arguments have torn households apart like this one, and it gets the nod for the greatest industry feud.

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