Grand Union: “Just Give Up On Square Enix Already…”

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Square Enix’s latest exciting new title has been announced as “Grand Union” – a social card battle game for mobile phones, prompting the usual howls from the few remaining gamers who expect anything more from the company.

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Aside from the usual moaning about Square Enix focusing on facile card games instead of endless JRPG sequels, the declining quality of the art employed in their card game has also aroused comment.

The game is due for release on smartphone platforms, although Square Enix has already demonstrated it has more than enough gall to consider porting such titles to handhelds as well.

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    Avatar of Rene
    Comment by Rene
    20:00 17/05/2013 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Cards! Oh please Square, give me more card games for my phone/ipad/whatever because there is nothing better than a mediocre card game that will nickle and dime me to death!

    Meanwhile, I'll just look to other game developers to, y'know, produce some fucking decent games.

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    Comment by HouseLife
    20:45 17/05/2013 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    The worst part is after the information about social gaming surpassing Nintendo, they're not really doing anything evil or stupid considering their financial woes. Something that I can't even begin to wrap my head around is happening and it's scaring me like the older person I'm becoming. For the first time in my life I can understand the past generations when they can only shake their heads in incredulity at the younger generations, because it just quite simply does not compute in our perceptions how the tumbling fuck anyone would not only buy card games, but cards from them that don't actually exist in reality for that matter.

    Even facebook's uselessness made sense because all their crap is modern day Populus or Tetris with friends, which has some merit. Even phones with Fruit Ninja are merely the new Minesweeper. But the days of engrossing story and atmosphere proving itself a viable component to gaming has apparently waxed and waned into a new NES era where everything is basically short and mindless with a smattering of epic on the fringe.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:09 17/05/2013 # ! Good (+0.8)

    I dunno. I think this can't be compared to older generations, who, for example, had absolutely no idea what a computer even really was, let alone what you could do with it.

    We have a perfect understanding of how modern things work and what the theoretical appeal is. We know exactly the inner workings and goals of social apps, so the opinion that they are manipulative non-games is highly informed and not just based on feelings of "ugh, kids these days".

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:03 20/05/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    It's the same with most MMORPGs. If you look into the psychology of habitual gamblers you'll understand why MMORPGs can be addicting. Provide a carrot and people will follow. "Invested time" mindset hoping for a payoff. In the case of "social gaming" (multiplayer gaming?? are we using new buzzwords now?) it's only value is giving people an easy excuse to interact with people. IMO if a game is only fun just because it provides opportunity to interact with people, then it just sucks. You're not actually there for the game. You can go to a bar or social event without the game.

    The ultimate reality is, the social addiction is causing people to be duped to sit around and play scrabble. FUCKING SCRABBLE. Oh I'm sorry, "Words with Friends."

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:01 18/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    @00:04 18/05/2013

    They've been watching MTV too, so even that's tentative.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:04 18/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    You do know.

    Why? All you said is nothing but pure truth. Only fanboys and shills paid to distort forums on the internet would deny you.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:21 17/05/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    I'm absolutely with you there. For several years I'm not really going with trends anymore and don't understand what's so great about most stuff... and I'm turning only 23 this year!

    Be it video games that only serve as eyecandy for graphics whores, social networks, smartphones, Apple products, tablets, Windows 8 + Metro, "cool visually pleasing websites with huge fonts, huge double spacing, so narrow it's definitely pandering to tablet/smartphone users", "friends" who you can only 'meet' via the internet... and lots of other stuff.
    Wow, I feel old and misplaced in our modern world. If only I were born 1 generation earlier to live the 70s and 80s...

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:45 20/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    No, things have regressed to Atari levels of basicness. It's multiplayer Atari and it's popular with this generations youthful zombies.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:18 17/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Pokemon trading card game was fairly fun and addicting on nintendo gameboy, and the Yugioh games took that and incorporated and RPG feel into it, so i can see the potential of a card game that takes a que from the MMOs with real money stores, after all, real money stores take advantage of a certain type of person that can't controll thier spending, and they are a lot of people like that, add the option to bill your cell phone and they've just created a bunch of kids secretly billing their parents phones.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:42 26/05/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Have you not heard of magic the gathering...... pokemon did not start the card craze.... fucking younglings everywhere.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:42 18/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Problem is: Yugiou and Pokemon are big successful franchises. And they started the whole card game / collection boom back in 199x / early 2000s.
    Whereas this Grand Union game is just 1 out of hundreds of similar games! There are far too many of these games and most are so bad that the number of players dwindles until the game is discontinued (social games are like MMOs, no players = dead game).
    One might give this a try and like it, but why should I play this when there are dozens or hundreds of competitors?
    Heck, why should I play some social card game that will die after several months, when there are addictive Pokemon games since the 1990s? The SIXTH generation comes this year and will be a success, Grand Union comes and will be a failure (btw haven't played Pokemon since Silver)
    Well, like you said they'll still make some cash through backdoor traps and billing phones.^^

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    Comment by Myballz
    00:59 18/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Speaking of Nintendo they are enforcing copyright on YouTube which any movies made or produced featuring their video games the Ad Revenue money Youtube users make off this goes directly to Nintendo.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:54 20/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    At best they can get a cut. But why shoot themselves in the foot? It's free advertising. It's like asking for a cut when a magazine makes money off reviewing and previewing your games.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:27 18/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    good luck decent games are rare

    Comment by Tenno Seremel
    01:47 18/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Consuming bad games because there is nothing else left isn't something smart either way.

    Comment by John Hayabusa
    00:07 18/05/2013 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    If this game will be as good as Senran Kagura (and I am not talking about boobs and fanservice), I think I will give it a try.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:08 18/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    You know it is not an action games or JRPG game right? It is another rubbish social mobile game that will suck out you money. The interface is just like any browser games, much worse than flash games.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:34 18/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    The game looks more like Neptunia with more colors.

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    Comment by jamesownsall
    20:05 17/05/2013 # ! Good (+0.6)

    SE's programmers, composers and 3D modellers must be having the time of their lives right now. Welcome to Twitter, Facebook and a little porn, suckaz! THIS is deskjob life! lol

    1. Code some simple plusminus stat game.
    2. Throw in static 2D illustrations, apply tweening effects and make them glow a bit for 'graphics'.
    3. Shoot any gibberish notes that barely resembles rhythm and melody in FL Studio for 'music'.
    4. Compile the 'game' for mobile platforms and charge retards for every little thing they have to do to win.
    5. ?????
    6. PROFIT!!

    Brilliant plan, Yosuke Matsuda! Just fucking brilliant!

    *single-man applause*

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    Comment by Pyrus
    04:13 20/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Whatever it takes to stay afloat until someone decides to actually come up with a good idea for a real game that will sell. Cellphone/smartphone games are probably the gaming industry's version of the anime industry's OAV/OVA: Stuff you put out there to make some quick cash to stay afloat or to build up funds to produce your real work. Probably. I could be wrong.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:15 18/05/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Video game fanatics are the funniest of any product consumers. They often get emotionally attached to the idea of products that will never be made. But ultimately games are just products. Buy the ones you like, and move on if they don't make something you like. Stressing about things they are not making for you seems like a waste of energy to me.

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    Comment by Pyrus
    04:31 20/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    The problem seems to be that no one is making something they like. And since a lot of video game fanatics don't know how to code their own games (for whichever gaming system they've bought), all they can do is wait for someone to do it for them. It seems that they've put out a lot of money buying various gaming consoles, but can't find anything they would consider worthwhile to play on them.

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    Comment by Pyrus
    13:13 20/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Did someone get upset!?

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:50 18/05/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I am not convinced at all in the whole social-mobile gaming business can ever make money. SE is taking a lot of exposure by continue adding into such business. I would rather SE goes back and look at why FF6 is so successful, instead of trying something completely out of whack that has BUBBLE and FAD written all over it.

    Trust me if they follow the recipe of FF6, SE will do fine... Look at how many FPS and rhythms games that Activision makes, and Activision is making money.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:21 17/05/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    this is like watching a train wreck it motifying and awe droping awsome to watch but you know deep down its relly just tragic. and nothing good is gona come out of it.

    - Lost

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    Comment by warjoke
    23:18 17/05/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Welp, time to hire a new CEO once again.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:17 18/05/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Knowing them, they'd just rehire Wada wearing a mustache.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:01 18/05/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I bet when this game bombs, Square will blame it on Tomb Raider or Hitman.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:12 18/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    seems like i cant have a friend as long as square enix is alive... what a disapointment. NOT.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:26 18/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    But SQ is just a publisher for those games. You actually believe that SQ still has a decent talent pool to create good games lol. Tomb Raider was by Crystal Dynamics and Hitman by IO Interactive. Getting another publisher instead of SQ would still yield success.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:55 18/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    "decent talent pool"

    Well, they still have Tetsuya Nomura, the man responsible for all of the same-looking, visual kei faggot characters... the man who started as a debugger and created 2D sprites for monsters and characters... and after the departure of the FF creators rose to a high position in SE, turning the franchise into shit. He directed Advent Children (graphics aside, the story was either too slow or too rushed, plenty plotholes and most characters were just background fanservice... even Sephiroth was fanservice) and directs other titles... and look at them characters... no diversity at all

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    Comment by Accelerator
    20:15 17/05/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    They should just disband.. leave with the money while you have it, and if your in dept.. take what ever the company has and run.

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    Comment by HouseLife
    20:48 17/05/2013 # ! Good (+0.4)

    These comments never cease to reveal how little people think or know about anything they don't even try to understand.

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    Comment by Mauvais
    01:27 19/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    It simply reveals a lack of knowledge in economics, House. If you please...

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:57 18/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    The only way to save this company is to bring out Just Cause 3 using Luminous Engine. And maybe, maybe, bring out Deus Ex HM but with the new game engine.

    Forget about Final Fantasy, its dead, same for Kingdom Hearts

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:26 18/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Kingdom Hearts is nowhere near dead. Dream Drop Distance was pretty darn good, all things considered.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:27 18/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Kingdom Hearts 3 is dead, all thanks to FFvsXIII

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:16 18/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Embarrassing. Please don't give them money.

    Square, the only card game you are allowed to release is a mobile version of Triple Triad! (why haven't they done this yet?!)

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:44 18/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Because they give too much attention to FF13/11/7 and too little to 8.

    Seriously, Triple Triad was a good mini game. They could make a version with monsters, summons and characters from all FF games

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:14 18/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Edit: it was supposed to be FF10 instead of 11

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:46 18/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    I won't play this game...Actually I;m never play card game in android..It's just a waste of money...Play real TCG still better and you can always sell them to get some of your money back

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:52 18/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)


    Comment by Anonymous
    09:42 18/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hey where did SquareEnix go? there supposed to be here voting down all the comments?

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:59 18/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Square has been making toilet games for a while now, which is why they pretty much lost the core market.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:58 18/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    well, they are dead to the core gamers. They are a casual whore now.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:25 18/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    I like the cards. :3

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:22 18/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    When they saw what a failure Final Fantasy 13 was they should have gotten the hint then and there. BUT what do you know they make 3 sequels too a shit game that nobody wanted anymore. It's like they thought we would love the game and lightening if they just kept shoving it down our throats.

    Square Enix was already a lost cause when they tried to make the sequel to FF13.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:06 18/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Although SE is pretty much shit up to this point, at least their girls are decently fappable, just not FF series quality fappable.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:11 17/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Why is Inori from guilty crown there?

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:04 17/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    And why do the armors, weapons and gay colors remind me of the "crystallization" in Guilty Crown? BTW they really like that azure color, don't they?

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    Comment by Castian
    05:10 18/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Anyone else saw the Hyperdimensionan Neptunia look-alike?

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