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26 July 2006
You lost me at that ridiculous first line
This week's Pimp My Videogame Executive at about Steve Stamatiadis of Krome stopped me dead with this incredible first line:
Ty the Tasmanian Tiger is one of gaming's most enduring character franchises.
Say what?

I thought that maybe, just maybe, I've been remiss in my appreciation of Ty the Tasmanian Tiger games. So I checked Wikipedia and Mobygames and they agree: the "enduring franchise" has only had three games (each on the New Millenium Trio -- Xbox, PlayStation 2, and GameCube). It's only been around since 2002, for crying out loud! To top it all off, Metacritic shows average review scores for all of the Ty games between 63 and 71 (out of 100).

Steve Stamatiadis of Krome might be a great guy, but I'm sure not inclined to read a single word more of this journaltisement.

(I reserve the right to finish reading the article anyway in the hope that there's more stuff to make fun of further on.)

Addendum: Perhaps "endearing" instead of "enduring"? That almost makes sense, except that the games have been reviewed so poorly.
--Matt Matthews at 10:26
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I realize I don't do console game development, and the Aussie's have that whole fancy island-continent thing, but WHO the HELL is Ty the Whatever Whatever?

By Blogger Neuraljazz, at 26 July, 2006 13:33  

I've heard of Ty the Tasmanian Tiger (who I imagine to be the Tazmanian Devil's poor relation), but know practically nothing about it. So much for his endurance.

By Blogger JohnH, at 26 July, 2006 17:30  

This is the third exec to come under Matt's cg ire, correct?

Welcome to the market in the "real" world. This is where I spit out the tired line of, "They're just trying to make a buck, bless their hearts."

Reminds me of the business communication (not writing, mind you) textbook that I use. Each chapter begins with a quick letter from someone in "the biz", so to speak. Each letter includes a headshot of the person who wrote it.

Most of these letters sell the letter's author, but in one, we see a guy throwing back a drink from Burger King (or he's got a bag with the BK displayed or the like). I tell my classes that *that* guy's got it. He's an ad developer or such (I really need to brush up notes before next semester, huh?), and the loyalty he shows his customer is pretty impressive.

These guys are selling only their employeer, but the point's the same. If you find yourself in the public eye, pimp your product. Reminds me of the Jordan Olympics fiasco with the flag. You're now property of your sponsor or, in these cases, employeer.

Cease to be surprised when the pimping occurs. Let us know the ones that don't. Even Jewett pimped hard. You just seemed to like his rhetoric a bit better.

By Blogger rufbo, at 26 July, 2006 21:25  

I remember Ty pretty much entirely from the commercial for I think his first game.

The commercial had a hospital room with various other gaming mascots in varitions of full body casts.

I don't know anyone that has had much positive to say about either the game or the character though. Seems to me, someone like Tak is more popular. At least I know people whose kids have played Tak games.

By Anonymous Baines, at 27 July, 2006 00:47  

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