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cazsim83
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 07, 2008 5:23 am Reply with quoteBack to top

[ Community -> Editorial ] - More info on Company: Bethesda Softworks | More info on Game: Fallout 3

A member at OnlineFandom, who, presumably is a Professor at the University of Kansas (USA), has a student who made his Master Thesis about Fallout fans.

Because it is really meant to be taken as a whole, I'd ask that you read the whole thing here.

I'll try to post a few highlights that tie the feel of the article together:

You could pick up with Dragnet or Full House midstream and be fine. But Lost requires a more devoted viewership. One that rewards producers with a niche group to market DVDs and digital games to (or in the case of Heroes, sell Nissans to), and rewards consumers with a full universe to expand on and explore, and a deep story to enjoy, one full of self-referential mysteries and clues. Therefore, this enjoyment may be directly correlated to the knowledge one has of the universe.

So how do producers and fans of media texts relate in this era of sudden interactivity?

A few things impressed me. One of the first things I noticed was that even in a marketplace where geek is in, the producers still seemed to hold all the cards. It was Bethesda’s game. It was Bethesda’s site. It was their vision of Fallout that, whether valid or invalid, would hit the shelves. Fans, recognizing a lack of official ownership or control, acted as lobbyists and watchdogs, attempting to indirectly influence the integrity of Fallout 3 through pleas and petitions spread across thousands of forum posts. Bethesda employees, fittingly, treated fans like outsiders in their responses. Whether cordial or hostile (and different producers interacted in different ways at different times), the undertone was clear: we are the organization, you are the public. We’ll let you suggest, but we will decide. The text is ours.

Fallout 3 MUST be like Fallout…the best answer for every question on this forum besides “I have the holy sacred duty to watch over my beloved game”

But the tone on the Fallout 3 forum seems to mirror the tone of many media producers. Fans are a great niche market to sell things to, and a ready-made audience to focus-group and beta test. But they are not productive partners in the development of media texts. They are still a rung down on the production ladder. I have to wonder what the media market would look like if producers forgot the words “audience” and “consumer” and began to think of fans as co-laborers in a community of enthusiasts.

Then, I think we could definitively say geek would be in.

Spotted @ Briosafreak's Fallout 3 Blog

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 07, 2008 6:51 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Short:

Glittering gems of hatred?
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 07, 2008 1:21 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Caszim. Have you noticed that no one actually reads any of these gay posts. We just use them to spam and say mean things about your close relatives and their herpes.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 07, 2008 4:58 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

rabidpeanut wrote:
Caszim. Have you noticed that no one actually reads any of these gay posts. We just use them to spam and say mean things about your close relatives and their herpes.


rule #6 icon_eyebrow

I see an awful lot of views per news item compared to how many people post insults about me, etc.

I would say "noone" is a bit of an exaggeration, don't you think?
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 07, 2008 5:04 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

yeah dude i just read this one. It is actually not bad. Fucking devs are money whores.

but w/e

NO MORE INTERVIEWS. plz

srsly. n mr rvws.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 07, 2008 9:02 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

I wish I could post a few more reviews, but unfortunately Bethesda is not yet in the mindset to show us any real gameplay footage, besides pre-rendered sets for the 'big guys' like GameInformer, etc.

When they do though, I'll be glad to honor that request icon_joy

This one wasn't so much of an interview as an outsider's take on the nature of Fallout fans, which I'm glad you liked (I think?).
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 07, 2008 10:07 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

I usually don't read the actual news post, unless someone who's judgement I trust gives it the thumbs up. I just skim through the posts to see if there are any posts that need to be split at sent to the Wasteland at a moderator's discretion.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 08, 2008 4:20 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

cazsim83 wrote:
I wish I could post a few more reviews, but unfortunately Bethesda is not yet in the mindset to show us any real gameplay footage, besides pre-rendered sets for the 'big guys' like GameInformer, etc.

When they do though, I'll be glad to honor that request icon_joy


Seriously, this game comes out in 4 months, you'd think they'd be showing a little more gameplay footage. This does not bode well...

Okay, so it bodes worse.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 08, 2008 6:27 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

cazsim83 wrote:
I wish I could post a few more reviews, but unfortunately Bethesda is not yet in the mindset to show us any real gameplay footage, besides pre-rendered sets for the 'big guys' like GameInformer, etc.

When they do though, I'll be glad to honor that request icon_joy

This one wasn't so much of an interview as an outsider's take on the nature of Fallout fans, which I'm glad you liked (I think?).


yeah it was good since this guy hit the nail on the head, i just wish he would use that hammer of his to break a few skulls at bethesda then use the hammer to 'format' their dev pcs..
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 09, 2008 4:12 am Reply with quoteBack to top

HAHAHAHahehe....
I read the main post, the ni read the rest, and its funny how the other comments most of the time dont relate to the topic at hand...not even this ..HAHAA
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 09, 2008 4:54 am Reply with quoteBack to top

I wish this all was one of cazsim's simpleton-dreams. And he wakes up tomorrow morning and it turns out Bethesda doesn't even exist. Haha... ha.... Ha. icon_sad
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 09, 2008 9:42 am Reply with quoteBack to top

The guy that made this used DAC for research, he thanks you guys.
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It's cause we are totally freaking awesome
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*hit himself with a big wooden mallet*
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Now that DaC finally has cool newsposter(s), it really needs better newscommenters

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 09, 2008 7:30 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Brother None wrote:
Now that DaC finally has cool newsposter(s), it really needs better newscommenters

You guyz suck icon_dance


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Brother None wrote:
Now that DaC finally has cool newsposter(s), it really needs better newscommenters

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