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LucasArts Employees Hold Wake & Eulogy; Vader Still Roams 170

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Dawn Kawamoto writes "LucasArts employees held a wake Friday night, days after Darth Vader Disney slayed their studio. Taking the high road, two LucasArts employees put together a eulogy that offers a retrospective on the culture, memories and accomplishments of the team. Most of us who've witnessed a blood bath at the workplace aren't as charitable. Darth Vader Disney is expected to strike again in the next two weeks at its studio and consumer product divisions."
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LucasArts Employees Hold Wake & Eulogy; Vader Still Roams

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  • Re:Disney says... (Score:4, Informative)

    by meerling (1487879) on Sunday April 07, 2013 @08:37PM (#43387275)
    Probably the Mousketeers. We already know an entire platoon of Stormtroopers can hit the broadside of a Deathstar even if they're standing in it.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday April 07, 2013 @08:38PM (#43387283)

    LEGO Indiana Jones
    LEGO Indiana Jones 2
    LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy
    Star Wars: Battlefront
    Star Wars: Battlefront II
    Star Wars: Jedi Knight - Jedi Academy
    Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
    Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II
    Star Wars: Republic Commando
    Tales of Monkey Island

    All great LucasArts games released within the past 10 years.

  • Actually.... (Score:2, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday April 07, 2013 @08:43PM (#43387297)

    With the exception of Tales of Monkey Island (Which I'm less sure about) all of the rest of those were sublicensees, which will remain. It was the LucasArts game development arm that was axed, not the licensing department. As someone else mentioned only the Force Unleashed games and a few other odds and ends came out of them in the past decade.

    One thing I was curious about however, was if any game assets for other licensees came out of LA during that time, given that Star Wars Galaxies, TOR, and a few others were producing during that period, and might (or might not) have had assets produced by the LA art staff.

  • by viperidaenz (2515578) on Sunday April 07, 2013 @08:59PM (#43387375)

    Lucas sold out in 2012 because Disney gave him a butt load of cash. Don't kid yourself.

  • Re:The Dice Angle (Score:5, Informative)

    by guttentag (313541) on Sunday April 07, 2013 @09:02PM (#43387389) Journal
    The author of the Dice "news story" and the "business intelligence story" is also the submitter. Dawn Kawamoto is a Dice employee [slashdot.org] who has had two story "submissions" accepted in the last three days. Her other one was the H-1B visa cap story [slashdot.org], which notes her as "First time accepted submitter Dawn Kawamoto." She's not an accepted submitter, she's a shill [wikipedia.org] for your corporate overlords, Timothy. Again, a story about people looking for jobs and how tough the market is.

    Bottom line: if you see Kawamoto's name listed as the submitter, you know it's a Dice ad right away.

    Dice: You bought slashdot. Fine. But if you're going to try to pass your content off as news, instead of sponsored content, people will leave and you will have wasted your money. If you want to post an ad, call it what it is. Deception will get you nowhere on this site. You said you weren't going to interfere with Slashdot's editorial independence. Honor your commitment.
  • by viperidaenz (2515578) on Sunday April 07, 2013 @09:12PM (#43387423)

    LEGO Indiana Jones - Traveller's Tales
    LEGO Indiana Jones 2 - Traveller's Tales
    LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy - Traveller's Tales
    Star Wars: Battlefront - Pandemic Studios
    Star Wars: Battlefront II - Pandemic Studios
    Star Wars: Jedi Knight - Jedi Academy - Raven Software
    Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic - BioWare
    Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II - Obsidian Entertainment
    Star Wars: Republic Commando - Lucas Arts
    Tales of Monkey Island - Telltale Games

    FTFY
    All the games by Lucas Arts in the last 10 years:
    2009: Lucidity
    2003: RTX Red Rock
    2005: Star Wars: Republic Commando
    2008: part of "Star Wars: The Force Unleashed", amongst many other games studios, same with Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II in 2010

  • by mark_reh (2015546) on Sunday April 07, 2013 @09:56PM (#43387585) Journal

    Holy crap, how do people manage to miss my point? I wasn't complaining that they expected employees to follow specific rules, I was pointing out the tone of the "training" which was extremely disrespectful, and the fact that it took less than 10 minutes on day one to be treated like crap by the management.

  • Re:The Dice Angle (Score:3, Informative)

    by jklovanc (1603149) on Sunday April 07, 2013 @09:58PM (#43387591)

    It's called full disclosure. If a reporter or columnist at The New York Times or The Washington Post owns stock in a company they mention

    That is not what is happening here. Does Dice have controlling interest in Disney? This is not a conflict of interest between a source and a subject. There is a huge difference between linking and article about a parent company and an article by a parent company.

    if Slashdot is going to promote its parent company's content as news, the connection should be noted in the summary.

    It is news content; The fact that a writer is from a parent company is irrelevant.

    Also, this is Kawamoto's second accepted submission. Her first was two days ago

    Which was also an employment related article. Wow that's strange for an employment related writer. It must be a plot. /sarcasm

    The Reuters story had all the key facts that the Dice story did, but Dice owns Slashdot so its two stories went on top. See the pattern yet?

    The writer puts her articles first; it must be a plot. /sarcasm

    If you want to see plots everywhere go right ahead.

  • by Fallen Kell (165468) on Sunday April 07, 2013 @10:48PM (#43387779)
    Yeah. I do have to agree with you here. The games that the teams at LucasArts themselves havn't really put out a decent game in 15 years. To be honest, that is never the fault of the employees who are getting canned, but the management who made bad decisions (either unrealistic deadlines, not enough talent, wrong kinds of talent, poor allocation of talent, bad game pitches/approvals).

    Seriously, what other studio has been consistently been in the top 5-10 demands for a sequel and not even considered it (I'm talking about X-Wing/Tie Fighter here)? They didn't even consider it when Episode 1-3 came out. I mean, really? The Star Wars Universe just had a several billion reboot and you didn't take advantage by making a game which you can pilot the most bad-ass, and cool things which exist from it? Seriously? Yeah, the management had no clue, and as a result, it has been dead for a long time.

    There once was a great game studio called LucasArts, who made some of the most innovative and cutting edge video games, X-Wing, Tie Fighter, Full Throttle, Day of the Tentacle, Grim Fandango, Manic Mansion, Metal Warriors, Monkey Island, Zombies Ate My Neighbors.... It turned into a Zombie about 15 years ago....
  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday April 08, 2013 @04:25AM (#43389143)

    Actually, no. First, Lucas is old. Second, none of his three kids had any interest in running the company in his absence. Say George dies, it probably goes into a trust and is disassembled. No more ILM. No more Skysound.

    In hindsight, it looks like Disney is gutting the company for IP. As a soon to be former employee (more than just Arts got cut this past week, more about the bloodbath will probably come out over the next couple weeks) we have nothing but respect for George for giving us the opportunities that we had. Selling to Disney (or someone else) seemed like the right thing to do at the time. It sucks worse than you know to take a job at a company specifically because it's 40 years old and 'rock solid', then to be unceremoniously shown the door like that. It's downright traumatic.

    P.S. 1313 was not several years away from being done, it was much closer than that. Like holiday 2013 close, by my estimation.

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