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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.

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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.
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.
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:
MRottweilerDogBarks Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013
I agree with this, Disney is not like 20 years ago...
Popgal120 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013
You just spoke my mind
..or wrote, whatever
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
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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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!
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.
Vicsor-S3 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
But that's not so much bad sequels as a bad franchise that for some reason got popular, isn't it? It's not like they are ruining existing characters and storylines.
mosobot64 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Student General Artist
Honestly, at this point I'm just praying that Disney will see fit to either let another party like TellTale tackle Monkey Island again, or develop a whole new creative LucasArts Team and actually get some real creative computer games out again. They did a great job with Marvel films, there's no reason why they can't succeed a second time.

Though, I find the increased firings from the computer game industry lately to be an extremely alarming trend...the industry is going to go through a dark age if publishers keep insisting on not paying their developers...
Ofa20 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thank you, logic and sound reasoning.
Morggehan Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
how can you hate a game where you can see Darth Vader dance?
slashoneye95 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013
GoldenSama Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Professional Writer
Thank you. Seriously. Reddit has been a flood of nonstop complaining about the Lucas Arts thing and it's soooooooooooo nice to have someone act rationally and logically instead of just an instinctive fanboy whining.

So thank you for bringing some much needed sanity into things.
Clovis15 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013
I came to same conclusion you did the second I heard the news, Lucasarts of today is a company that was a shell of its former self that I had long stopped caring about. The lucasarts I used to love I long ago held my burial ceremonies for, Disney just finally put the unholy shambling zombie corpse out of its misery.
TruReality Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'll admit I freaked out almost viciously when I first heard the news, but this puts things in a rational perspective. I can't deny that LucasArts hasn't been release very good games anymore, so this does make sense.
I'm really glad I read this, I was all for completely ranting and putting down Disney for what they did. Thanks for helping me see ^^
AisforInterval Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Student Filmographer
Companies come and go all the time, so I'm not too worried...

Though I am somewhat fearful of there being any future of the Monkey Island series. That's my only real concern though.
Inkweaver22 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013
You sir are a beacon of sanity in this raging storm of hate that we call the internet.
kingdomdisney Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013
Thank you for being the first to comment on this and be a sane person. As a Disney fan (you can tell by my username, can't ya?), I get angry when people say all the bad stuff that happened with Disney is still going on and complain. Thank you very much for being a reasonable person, as usual.
LordStephen Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
well i think it's good to hear that disney's actually fixed a lot of problems. Yes, i had problems with disney's movies back in the 90's but to see that they've fixed them (and I've even seen some of the movies that prove it), i no longer have any major complaints about them. I do feel sorry for the programmers but since gaming is still an extraordinarily large industry I doubt they'll be out of work for long. I do expect companies that haven't really done much work or work that just wasn't as good as it could be to be cut down or even bought out or shut down completely since the people want a good quality product as well as a decent quantity of that product. If we only get the quantity and not the quality then we'll either complain or just switch brands altogether.

My concern for shutting down most of LucasArts is primarily for Star Wars 1313 since it is very near completion I would like to see that released before they stop production completely. I'm fine with not seeing some other games from LucasArts for a while but so long as they can finish the current game that's great.

So long as the newer companies that Disney asks for create good games i really don't care who's brought in.
MrPwner911 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
My only complaint to LA closing down is that one of the games, Star Wars 1313 was in development, for it looked promising and a number of people were considering it the first Mature Star Wars game in the franchise. I hope Disney puts the game back in development and see it through.

On a side note, Disney had Touchstone publish Turok '08, IMO an underrated game.
Vicsor-S3 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you
Toxic-Ramen Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
But does Disney still owns the games that LucasArts created? When I first heard about it, I thought that Disney didn't want anything to do with the LucasArts games. When I found about Disney buying Star Wars/LucasFilms/LucasArts, I was hoping that they would revive old LucasArts games like Zombies Ate My Neighbors, Big Sky Trooper, and Metal Warriors.(And maybe the those adventure games like Monkey Island) I'm hoping that closing down LucasArts doesn't mean Disney's not doing anything with its past games.
Mr--Kite Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
At first I was a bit "Omg! Why Disney?" but after some thought I came to some of the same conclusions you've described. (Find it a bit funny that the company I want to work for now has shut down a company I used to want to work for)
JadtheDog Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013
I just hope they re-release the rest of their classic point and click adventure games one day.
LittleOcean Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013
I was suprised to hear that news but I wasn't sure about it (I guess it was true but I read from FB, lol).

Anyway, even Disney doing something these kind things, I still like Disney.
It is true that these new games from LucasArts hasn't be so great...but I just let this things be and see what going to happend then =P
Catbot158 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Student Writer
Good points made here. Disney isn't always the evil corporation we try to make it out to be. It's just a really successful company that, for all its worth, is still a company. Just a really famous one. If you're in a company like Disney, and you had to make a decision like that, you'd see why they did it too.
Though I didn't know about the Tomb Raider team getting fired. Bummer.
Passin Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013
As a point of fact, Disney, for all their flaws, are pretty good at what they do. They don't always get it right, but they do at least get more successes than failures.

As for Lucasarts Games going? No, at the very least they'll make movie spin off games for the new movies. (Whether they're any good remains to be seen)
PeyoteShort Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013
LucasArts will become more powerful than you could possibly imagine.
JTravoltaIIVII Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013
Hopefully it works out and some more good stuff starts being generated from the license. Battlefront, for instance, is a good example of what can be done with it but we'll see what shakes out.
waterdancer Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Student General Artist
Thank you for the dose of common sense. -__- everything you said is very true, and people are seriously freaking out over nothing.
TariToons Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Student General Artist
Rest in peace, Lucas Arts. You were the reason, my childhood was awesome.
Silver-Serpent5775 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm not against Disney's ownership of Star Wars at all. I'm stoked that they are continuing my childhood-to-present obsession in a way that I can agree with. Star Wars is Star Wars. Any growth in it is Star Wars. That means my life-time obsession continues to grow along with it.

Furthermore, I wasn't a big fan o' the titles they were working on. Obsidian is still working on, however, KOTORIII. So I'm happy about that. Furthermore, what I ~am~ sick of is the belligerent hatred towards Mr. Lucas. He did what he felt he had to do. No, I don't agree with the remastered versions of the original trilogy. But I still have access to the original trilogy so I can easily just forget about the "new" old trilogy... Star Wars is Star Wars, as I've already said. Fans need to recognize that any development in this fanbase is a continuation of it so it will not die out.
FengFuXi26 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Student General Artist
Reminds me of all the backlash that happened when Disney bought Marvel.
TomPreston Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
And yet we got the avengers out of that...
FengFuXi26 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Student General Artist
Exactly my point! The Avengers is one of the best superhero movies I've seen in recent years, approaching that level of artistry that Christopher Nolan gave the Batman trilogy. The fact that Disney now owns Marvel isn't going to change any of that
Silver-Serpent5775 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yet they did wonders, right? xD I don't understand fanbases and their hatred. I'm stoked about Disney's ownership of Star Wars. Big budget movies! *_*
FengFuXi26 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Student General Artist
Exactly! They're basically just giving them the money they need so they can keep doing their own thing.
Silver-Serpent5775 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Mhm. Fans overreact way too quickly.
FengFuXi26 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Student General Artist
Yeah, but it;'s kind of hard not to when all the facts aren't reported straight away or consistently. I really appreciate what Andrew did with this post, laying out all the facts in an easy-to-understand manner.
Conartist24 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconupvoteplz: Upvote for you good sir
81Scorp Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist
I kinda feel sorry for those people who were laid off though.:(
Hope they find new jobs soon
vindurza Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
you've brought up a lot of good points the only thing i'm sad about is this means a rumored sequel to the starwars battle front series is now completely dead in the water
DEADZ0RS Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013
It's still sad, even if it's in a nostalgic way. I enjoyed the classic point n clock adventure games such as the Monkey Island series, in which they done some more recent HD reboots. I've only seen the first 2 games done so far and had hopes for The Curse and The Escape being rebooted in HD as well, is that not a possibility now? And what about the Sam and Max series too? I for one could care less about the Star Wars franchise (oh noes), games or movies.

I really do hope Disney does a good job with the new trilogy since the last 3 were not well received by fans.
Kal-dA Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm so, so glad I can favorite this journal entry. If only I could favorite it even more times. All the complaining about disney buying star wars and how "it's going to ruin star wars aah!" or "oh no no more lucasarts aah!" and blah blah blah is driving me crazy. x_x
CaptRedJack Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
hear! hear! sound words well argued. it is a shame to see an old legacy die but when it was only plodding allong anyway best to move the talent to greener pastures
Sombrisio Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013
Good words down to the point. It hurts to see LA gone, but "Loom" and all the others are also long gone. This is the free market economy.
DarylT Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Professional Filmographer
That is the single most sane response I have heard. Thank you.
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