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Thread: what's happend to 3do?? [ This thread is 3 pages long: 1 2 (3) ]
DBear
DBear

Tavern Dweller
posted March 23, 2009 04:00 PM

It wasn't a merger, Ubisoft just bought the M&M rights when 3DO went into bankruptcy.

BTW, Heroes 4 & MM9 were released when 3DO was in its death throes, and I have not so much as seen them anywhere in my area.  This is in direct contrast to MM3 and 5, which were easily available.
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DagothGares
DagothGares


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Undefeatable Hero
No gods or kings
posted March 23, 2009 04:01 PM

Actually, I can rent HIV (lol!) in my library... Along with FF VIII, so don't think it's awesome because of that
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BrianKemper
BrianKemper

Tavern Dweller
posted October 15, 2012 05:00 PM

THE REAL TRUTH ON 3DO'S DEMIS

The reason 3DO went bankrupt was simple.  Trip Hawkin's ego got in the way of him making logical, sound, financial decisions.  He poured out over $24 million dollars on a "Snuggles the Bear fabric softener" campaign which consisted of commercials for the game "Army Men" showing them blowing the stuffed bear to bits.  The commercial was immediately pulled because of trademark infringements.  There was then another commercial with the same theme, again pulled after only one airing.  Trip was thrilled at this "game" he was playing, as he told us when we had our annual company meeting, and seemed to be oblivious to the large amounts of money he was throwing away.  

The other main reason for 3DO's extinction is that for the last few years that they were in business, it seemed like almost daily we were introduced to more and more middle-management managers.  The ratio grew to what seemed like 3 managers for every R&D employee.  They layoffs that ensued hit the hard working employees the hardest, leaving nothing but a company made up of managers managing managers managing other managers.  No one was left to do the actual work.  

And to show his "thanks" to us hard working employees who had been with the company for years, waiting for our "stock" sharing, game-based profits to begin, as promised over and over again, we were laid off within weeks of collecting our 5 week sabbaticals, which were earned for working for New World and 3DO for 5 years or more.  Two weeks severance pay and that was that!

Please realize that this is just one employee's observation and opinion, from the inside looking out.  Personally, my career and livelihood have never recovered fully from this disaster unlike Trip Hawkins who continues to climb mountains........ of money made from the hard work and blood and sweat from so many fallen heroes.  ......

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MengTzu
MengTzu


Hired Hero
posted October 24, 2012 01:54 AM

Wondering about something:

If I have the Ubisoft version of the original game, can I add an expansion if the expansion was produced by 3DO?

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MengTzu
MengTzu


Hired Hero
posted October 25, 2012 11:55 PM
Edited by MengTzu at 23:57, 25 Oct 2012.

Another Ubisoft question:

The Ubisoft version seems a little weird.  There are some spells not even mentioned in the manual (like "Cold Resistance" spell.)  Is that anyone else's experience?  Where do these spells come from?
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Fauch
Fauch


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posted October 26, 2012 11:54 AM

Quote:
The other main reason for 3DO's extinction is that for the last few years that they were in business, it seemed like almost daily we were introduced to more and more middle-management managers.  The ratio grew to what seemed like 3 managers for every R&D employee.  They layoffs that ensued hit the hard working employees the hardest, leaving nothing but a company made up of managers managing managers managing other managers.  No one was left to do the actual work.


except Dilbert

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MengTzu
MengTzu


Hired Hero
posted November 08, 2012 11:22 PM

So I got the 3DO original game and 3DO gathering storm.  However, Gathering Storm still won't install - it still says that the original game is required!  Has anyone come across this problem?

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Evaline
Evaline


Hired Hero
posted November 09, 2012 06:26 AM

Quote:
So I got the 3DO original game and 3DO gathering storm.  However, Gathering Storm still won't install - it still says that the original game is required!  Has anyone come across this problem?

It seems that you are trying to install Gathering Storm expansion pack on an incompatible version of Heroes of M&M IV.
Few hints:
1. US versions of expansion packs should be installed only on the US versions of main game. Same with UK ones, i.e. US and UK versions shouldn't be mixed.
2. Original 3DO game releases shouldn't be mixed with Ubisoft or Soldout/xPlosiv crap.

How to distinguish between the US and UK game releases? Look at the readme.txt (readmeGS.txt, readmeWW.txt) file contents on the play CD (CD2 for HoMM IV):
UK HoMM IV:
Quote:
The 3DO Company
Heroes of Might and MagicŪ IV
March 2002
Version 1.0


Thank you for purchasing the Heroes of Might and Magic IV game.  We
recommend that you read this file to get the most up-to-date information
about installing, running, and maximizing performance of the Heroes of
Might and Magic IV game.   This document contains information you might
find useful, and we think will help you to get as much enjoyment out of
this game as possible.

Note: The information within this document is accurate as of the date of
the release of this product...

UK Gathering Storm:
Quote:
The 3DO Company
Heroes of Might and MagicŪ IV: The Gathering Storm(TM)
September 2002
Version 2.0GS


Thank you for purchasing the Heroes of Might and Magic IV: The Gathering
Storm game.  We recommend that you read this file to get the most
up-to-date information about installing, running, and maximizing
performance of the Heroes of Might and Magic IV: The Gathering Storm game.  
This document contains information you might find useful, and we think will
help you to get as much enjoyment out of this game as possible.

This game is intended for use with English (United Kingdom) versions of
Windows.  Use of the game on other language versions of Windows may result
in errors that can render the game unplayable on your system.

Note: The information within this document is accurate as of the date of
the release of this product...

UK Winds of War:
Quote:
The 3DO Company
Heroes of Might and Magic(R) IV: Winds of War(TM)
January 2003
Version 3.0WOW


Thank you for purchasing the Heroes of Might and Magic IV: Winds of War
game.  We recommend that you read this file to get the most
up-to-date information about installing, running, and maximizing
performance of the Heroes of Might and Magic IV: Winds of War game.  
This document contains information you might find useful, and we think will
help you to get as much enjoyment out of this game as possible.

This game is intended for use with English (United Kingdom) versions of
Windows.  Use of the game on other language versions of Windows may result
in errors that can render the game unplayable on your system.

Note: The information within this document is accurate as of the date of
the release of this product...

US HoMM IV:
Quote:
The 3DO Company
Heroes of Might and MagicŪ IV
March 2002
Version 1.0


Thank you for purchasing the Heroes of Might and Magic IV game.  We
recommend that you read this file to get the most up-to-date information
about installing, running, and maximizing performance of the Heroes of
Might and Magic IV game.   This document contains information you might
find useful, and we think will help you to get as much enjoyment out of
this game as possible.

This game is intended for use with English (United States) versions of
Windows.  Use of the game on other language versions of Windows may result
in errors that can render the game unplayable on your system.

Note: The information within this document is accurate as of the date of
the release of this product...

US Gathering Storm:
Quote:
The 3DO Company
Heroes of Might and MagicŪ IV: The Gathering Storm(TM)
September 2002
Version 2.0GS


Thank you for purchasing the Heroes of Might and Magic IV: The Gathering
Storm game.  We recommend that you read this file to get the most
up-to-date information about installing, running, and maximizing
performance of the Heroes of Might and Magic IV: The Gathering Storm game.  
This document contains information you might find useful, and we think will
help you to get as much enjoyment out of this game as possible.

This game is intended for use with English (United States) versions of
Windows.  Use of the game on other language versions of Windows may result
in errors that can render the game unplayable on your system.

Note: The information within this document is accurate as of the date of
the release of this product...

US Winds of War:
Quote:
The 3DO Company
Heroes of Might and MagicŪ IV: Winds of War(TM)
January 2003
Version 3.0WOW


Thank you for purchasing the Heroes of Might and Magic IV: Winds of War
game.  We recommend that you read this file to get the most
up-to-date information about installing, running, and maximizing
performance of the Heroes of Might and Magic IV: Winds of War game.  
This document contains information you might find useful, and we think will
help you to get as much enjoyment out of this game as possible.

This game is intended for use with English (United States) versions of
Windows.  Use of the game on other language versions of Windows may result
in errors that can render the game unplayable on your system.

Note: The information within this document is accurate as of the date of
the release of this product...

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