Randy Pitchford Thumbs His Nose At Aliens: Colonial Marines Criticisms

Written by gregsuarez on Sun, Feb 17, 2013 5:34 AM
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Gearbox Games head honcho Randy Pitchford took to Twitter recently in the wake of the resounding THUD that was Aliens: Colonial Marines crash landing from a deafening wall of boos from...

well, pretty much everyone that stood down wind of the game...

Most notably, angry Tweeters pounded Pitchford over the quality of the final product versus the game's yummy E3 2012 demo video, which does not come within a parsec of the gold code.

Pitchford's response to angry Aliens gamers:

I've always profited from criticism and, thankfully, I have never been in short supply. However, insult or threaten me and I want nothing to do with you. Expect block/ban/whatever I can do.

And then someone dared call him a liar:

No one likes to be called a liar, especially if their intent was pure and they always spoke the truth when they spoke it.

According to some board posts I've read, Pitchford is now blocking followers from his Twitter account who are actually proving the instances of him lying. Classy.

The rumors are Gearbox had very little to do with this game, and the bulk of the production was done by TimeGate Studios. With such incredible, massively successful games under their belt, such as F.E.A.R. Perseus Mandate and Section 8, you have to wonder what kind of brain would put this developer in charge of a platinum-caliber franchise like Aliens. 

Probably the same brain that preferred to spend the bulk of his studio's resources developing Borderlands 2 instead. At least, that's one of the theories.

Last year, a former employee of Gearbox Games made a public forum post, which, in hindsight, more people should have taken seriously:

Hate to say it, but I wouldn't get your hopes up too high for Colonial Marines. I used to work at Gearbox, and the development of that game has been a total train wreck, going on what, 6 years now? Gearbox isn't even making the game, except for the multiplayer. Primary development was outsourced to TimeGate Studios, which has a less than stellar past.

If I may interject a little thought of my own: I am officially befuddled by Randy Pitchford, at this point. How can the same person who delivered the Brothers in Arms series, Borderlands and Borderlands 2, also have his name within the same paragraph as Aliens: Colonial Marines and Duke Nukem Forever?

Yes!... did you forget about that little (butt) nugget of a game, my lovelies? Pitchford was the same dude that dug up Duke Nukem from the grave, took a giant dump all over his head, and then left the corpse out in the sun to stink up our hard drives. Here's Pitchford commenting on DNF:

I don't know if you've played Duke Nukem Forever. It's awesome.

No, Randy... no, it certainly is not. And neither is ACM.

As irritated as I am over the complete and utter disappointments that were DNF and ACM, nothing, short of my untimely demise (stay tuned), will keep me from Borderlands 3. And that's too bad, because I really hate supporting a guy who obviously has such contempt for the people who buy his games. 

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Shame on me for believing Pitchford's hype machine for Aliens: Colonial Marines. 

From now on, if it does not say "Borderlands" on it, Randy Pitchford can sit and spin.

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00:18 Mar-22-2013

This dude is not a player is a hustler.

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14:29 Feb-18-2013

@gregsuarez nice article dude

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15:49 Feb-18-2013

Thanks!

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12:11 Feb-18-2013

I never played Aliens: Colonial Marines or neither have I seen it. Was it really that bad that it wasn't like its trailer or demo?

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10:21 Feb-18-2013

Please Greg...we do not speak of the one which is called "Duke Nukem Forever" in these lands...

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10:27 Feb-18-2013

I had a John Cleese "Don't mention the War"-flashback when I read that comment.

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11:45 Feb-18-2013

Picthford must pay for his sins.

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11:49 Feb-18-2013

Anal rape with Pitchfork?

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12:06 Feb-18-2013

Randy Pitchfork.

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12:09 Feb-18-2013

Pun intended

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12:21 Feb-18-2013

He should be forced to give his naked grandfather a sensual massage.

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12:23 Feb-18-2013

Ahahahaha :D

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12:25 Feb-18-2013

With happy ending?

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12:26 Feb-18-2013

Of course.

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14:52 Feb-18-2013

I can't stop laughing :D
But yeah, when someone who thinks DNF is awesome is involved in making a game the end product can't be nothing else then... well ACM :P

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09:23 Feb-18-2013

The sarcasm in this made me LOL :D

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08:51 Feb-18-2013

I just gotta say F.E.A.R. (only the first) was a great game. But the other 2 sucked. Im glad i didnt buy this game with all the bad press its received. But what do you expect no one ever comes out and just says "we ****ed up". Everyone thinks/knows so, so just say it and than never touch the aliens franchise again. 90% of movie licence games suck so bad companies that do it just are trying to make a quick buck by putting in piss poor effort than selling it for full price.

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15:56 Feb-18-2013

I liked the main three F.E.A.R. games; I still play them on occasion. The two expansions for the first game (Extraction Point and Perseus Mandate), did not live up to the parent game. They were not created by Monolith, who developed the main game. After the first F.E.A.R. released, Monolith went on to Condemned: Criminal Origins.
Speaking of Monolith, they really need to reboot the No One Lives Forever franchise. Anyone remember those games? They rocked so hard.

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20:09 Feb-18-2013

Yeah those games were awesome :D
And so was Condemned ;)

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21:07 Feb-18-2013

IMO, Condemned was far and away the best launch game for the XB360. I was thrilled when it finally showed up on Steam. I wish the second game (Condemned 2: Blood Shot) would get ported over to PC, because I thought it was even better than the first; it was definitely an overlooked gem.
Unfortunately, I think Monolith has gotten themselves caught up in the FTP world. I wish they would sort of bring themselves back to where they were 10 years ago: a world-class FPS developer.

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21:49 Feb-18-2013

I'd definitely get Blood Shot :D

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08:20 Feb-18-2013

LOL XDXD

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14:48 Feb-17-2013

Nobody is funnier when they're pissed off than you, my friend!

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15:05 Feb-17-2013

Beware my scathing wit!

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14:44 Feb-17-2013

Aliens ? Lol xD

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