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1 Sat Nov 13, 2010 12:03 pm

Today, InstantAction informed employees that it will be winding down operations. While we are shutting down the InstantAction.com website and Instant Jam game, Torquepowered.com will continue to operate while InstantAction explores opportunities with potential buyers for Torque. We thank all of our past and current customers for their support. - Torque Management

http://www.torquepowered.com/community/blogs/view/20495
What Lou Castle plans for what's left of the company has yet to be seen.

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2 Sat Nov 13, 2010 5:31 pm

Right. So, they manage their company badly, fail to sell anything, act like they have more money than they do, and now they're surprised that they're having to lose everything?

Lou Castle needs to stop acting like a manager and get back in his basement playing video games.
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3 Sat Nov 13, 2010 6:28 pm

I doubt they were completely shocked this would happen. Some had been looking for jobs over the past year, while others simply left a few months ago. And I don't think all the blame should be placed on Castle. As one of the Torque employees put it, he was dealt a losing hand.
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4 Sat Nov 13, 2010 6:33 pm

Yeah, but he should have folded sooner.
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5 Sun Nov 14, 2010 8:54 am

Perrinoia wrote:Yeah, but he should have folded sooner.


Everybody else kept raising and he thought he could stay in, eh?
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6 Sun Nov 14, 2010 8:58 am

He has a terrible poker face. He went into the job, announced that he's never played before, and everyone at the table exchanged winks.
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7 Sun Nov 14, 2010 10:51 am

god bless Dynamix
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8 Sun Nov 14, 2010 11:22 am

Imagine what we'd be playing had Dynamix never folded. Just take a second, and think about that.
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9 Sun Nov 14, 2010 6:39 pm

I imagine a glorious torque engined opengl4 epiphany of a game.
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10 Sun Nov 14, 2010 7:34 pm

We'd all be playing Starsiege 5 by now. DirectX10, destructible buildings and terrain, foot soldiers, flying vehicles... HERCS!
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11 Sun Nov 14, 2010 8:03 pm

You think they would have produced nearly 2 versions per year? I don't think I would enjoy trying to keep up with that.
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12 Sun Nov 14, 2010 8:08 pm

Perrinoia wrote:You think they would have produced nearly 2 versions per year? I don't think I would enjoy trying to keep up with that.


Starsiege = 1999
Nearly 2 years per version, you mean? :P

Alternately, Tribes: Vengeance wouldn't have sucked.
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13 Sun Nov 14, 2010 9:59 pm

Yeah, I viewed my imaginary fraction through imaginary dyslexic eyes.
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14 Mon Dec 06, 2010 7:44 am

It's all about the people who were making the game.
The more Dynamix key people you put in a group, the better their games will be.

But if you think of it, why would Sierra shut down the master servers and stop supporting Tribes so quickly if its such an awesome game?
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15 Mon Dec 06, 2010 5:48 pm

They couldn't figure out how to squeeze blood out of a turnip... Noobs.
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16 Thu Dec 09, 2010 3:28 am

Lou did an IAmA on reddit a while back:
http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/b ... eneur_ama/

I asked him about PlayTribes:
http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/b ... ma/c0oya5o

lulz.
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17 Thu Dec 09, 2010 2:27 pm

Damn, welcome back
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18 Sat Dec 11, 2010 7:32 am

Wow, I started off reading every thread in there... Then got sick of reading question after question after question that asked 1 of 2 things. #1: How do I get a job in the gaming industry. #2: I love C&C, blah blah blah.

I started skipping any questions that sounded like those 2 and scanned the page for the word Tribes.

There is no mention of the Hi-Rez purchase, and every response from Lou on the subject of Tribes is denying the fact that they aren't working on it at all while instructing us to wait.

Absolutely no new information at all was discussed there. LAME.
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19 Sat Dec 11, 2010 10:34 am

Erm, it's from 7 months ago as it says at the top. Long before things happened, including Hi-Rez acquiring Tribes.
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20 Sat Dec 11, 2010 6:57 pm

I'm aware of that... What I meant was that I learned nothing new from reading that, despite the fact that I hadn't read it 7 months ago.
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