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If ever you bring up Disney in a conversation, people immediately recite tired old issues with the company that haven't been true for a long time. For example, complaining about the excess of half-assed sequels. That was part of Michael Eisner's regime. When he left the studio the quality Disney was producing suddenly skyrocketed considerably. Likewise the excessive merchandising and branding of Disney related products has also ceased to be as all-consuming now that Eisner is gone. In fact, a lot of the main issues people had with Disney during the 90's and early 2000's was a result of Eisner.

Since Eisner left, the Disney studio has done a REMARKABLE job in clearing their name of many of the atrocities they had committed during his regime. They promptly turned the animation department around and have even begun doing 2-D animated films again after Eisner said "no." Granted, at the moment 2-D is still in hiatus, but the situation isn't as dire as it use to be and there's still promise of a unique 2-D 3-D hybrid coming out eventually thanks to their award winning short Paperman.

It's frustrating to see people criticizing Disney for things they did 10-20 years ago when they're not doing those things now. Especially since a lot of the "bad" things associated with Disney (like all the dirty subliminal messages in their cartoons) were false accusations to begin with started by religious groups trying to get funding in the activism racket.

Bottom line, Disney of 2013 is entirely different from the Disney of 2003. So why is everyone freaking out now? Because Disney is closing the doors to Lucas Arts.

Link to the Article: kotaku.com/disney-shuts-down-l…

As we all know, Star Wars was recently bought for an obscene amount of money by Disney, taking the creative reigns away from George Lucas (thank god). In that deal came Lucas Arts, a game company that has a long and prestigious history of great games. However, despite how great those older games were... the studio hasn't really produced anything worthwhile in a LONG time. In fact that last game they produced was Star Wars Kinect which was universally panned and hated.

Disney has looked over Lucas Arts, determined that they're not worth the funding (which isn't surprising given how much they just spent acquiring the rights to Star Wars), and has promptly shut the studio down. 150 employees were laid off, and 2 promising Star Wars games were canceled in the process. Naturally people are freaking out, but dear god people... read between the lines.

First off, Lucas Arts will still be around, just in the form of a licensing name. It's not like any of the original programers who made those classic games are still there. They've all gone on to do bigger better projects. And there will ALWAYS be more Star Wars games. Disney is not trying to kill your precious fandom.

Second, the two games that were canceled might still eventually see the light of day. As I understand it, one of the title was very close to being done and was receiving positive attention. Just because the studio is closed, doesn't mean Disney can't still have a 2nd party come in and do the final tweaking on the game and release it under the Lucas Arts brand (which is probably what they will end up doing).

Third, anyone who listens to the news in the video game industry knows that this is a COMMON TACTIC. Companies fire employees, and even whole teams, all the damn time. This isn't anything new. Just as an example: This past week the team responsible for the Tomb Raider revival was fired. Yes, it's a douchy business method, but stop acting surprised, please.

I don't know about the rest of you, but I'm just getting really sick of the reflexive hatred against Disney for doing what all other businesses do openly and without shame. You're still getting a whole new trilogy of Star Wars movies, plus movies set in the Star Wars universe being directed by big name directors that will likely be epics. Disney doesn't want to kill Star Wars, they want to make sure it flourishes and thrives for their benefit. Axing a studio that, although had a history of good games, hadn't been producing anything worthwhile in ages seems to me to be a fairly standard surgical business decision.

So grow up people... this is not the end of the world. Stop freaking out. Stop trying to sensationalize something that's not that sensational.
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NativeFaery Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm still for George Lucas. Though I am interested about the new movies. I wouldn't have minded so much but Disney stopped Star Wars the Clone Wars. That I mind. A lot.
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HikariMichi Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Student General Artist
Well, it's interesting to see this opinion after all the shit Disney's purchasing of Star Wars has been getting. I personally don't know what to think and probably won't know for sure until I've seen those new movies. I'm a Star Wars fan and well, honestly, even if Disney has good intentions (which I'm not sure of, you never know with companies looking to earn money) I'm getting kinda sick of Disney buying everything. It feels like there's nothing Disney doesn't own anymore, and even if there is, it probably will belong to Disney in the future. When companies get too big I think it's kind of intimidating. Like other companies don't have a chance. I often feel like it's easier to sympathize with smaller studios who show their independence and integrity at the same time as they're producing stuff with heart and quality. Sure Disney has done some really nice stuff, I just don't like the idea of them taking over the world.

One idea that I really oppose myself against is that of Leia becoming a Disney Princess. I don't like that franchise and IMO only female royal characters created by Disney alone should be allowed to be Disney princesses. I don't like that Merida from Brave is going to be a Disney Princess either because she is a Pixar creation. And well, the franchise itself just seems to keep up the old views of what young girls are supposed to like and look up to. I think they should combine it with a Disney Prince industry so that it would be called "Disney Royalties" instead, not only would that make the lineup of characters more varied but it would also open for more people to be fans of the franchise without feeling ashamed.
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DTJB Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Best way to deal with nerd rage? Don't listen in the first place. Works for me. :thumbsup:
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MRottweiler-Dog Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013
I agree with this, Disney is not like 20 years ago...
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Popgal120 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013
You just spoke my mind
..or wrote, whatever
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Eqneathewriter Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013
thank you for your insides on the matter :)

also this could mean that the next kingdom hearts would feature star wars? :D if so i hope they first use the original trilogy
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the-sidewinder Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013
The only real issue I have with Disney (as a consumer) these days is that they will not let me buy their content via my Xbox, I can only rent it

I hope this will change in time, but at this moment, it keeps me from buying a lot of content from them that I would otherwise
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Homsarsumo Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013
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joshanne Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013
There may be light at the end of the tunnel for the new Star Wars film. J.J. Abrams is directing episode 7!
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sethisnumber1 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013
i agree with everything but except for one thing

Disney still makes bad squeals, they just made Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3.
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