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Someday and its really not too far away Larry F

first_imgSomeday, and it’s really not too far away, Larry Fitzgerald will no longer be an Arizona Cardinal.And who knows, maybe he will be a Seattle Seahawk or a New England Patriot or a Minnesota Viking or retired.The point is, sooner or later every player moves on. There are no exceptions. Sports can be a tough business, but it is a business. Thursday’s news that Darnell Dockett had left the Cardinals for the San Francisco 49ers came as a bit of a surprise to some. Top Stories Though the Cardinals released Dockett less than a week ago because they did not want to pay him a $6.8 million salary, it was believed — in part because of Dockett’s own comments last year when Karlos Dansby left for the Cleveland Browns — that the defensive lineman would not jump ship to the highest bidder.But while it has been reported he gave the Cardinals an opportunity to match the offer made by the 49ers, he clearly chose the team that offered the best financial package. Oh, and a chance to play the Cardinals twice a season.Can you blame him? Should you blame him? Not really. Dockett, who will be 34 when the 2015 season begins, still thinks he has something left in the tank. The 49ers must agree, otherwise they would not have offered him the kind of contract that they did.But at the same time, the Cardinals are not in the wrong for allowing this to happen.Remember, there is a difference between losing a player and letting one go.Back in the day, the Cardinals used to lose players — Tim McDonald, Ken Harvey, Jamir Miller, Simeon Rice — nowadays they’re the ones making the call. It happened with Adrian Wilson in 2013, Dockett in 2015 and Fitzgerald in the future. For the longest time, the Cardinals did not really have anyone worth keeping around for a decade or longer, players whom the fan base was proud to call their own. Comments   Share   But their paths diverged, and this is the result. In fact, it was inevitable. Things have improved, though, and now the team has had some of those guys. Which, of course, means they have to move on from them at some point.Hey, it’s better to have loved and lost than to never have loved at all, right?If you’re a Cardinals fan, while it will sometimes be painful to watch, them ending on the team’s terms should be as comforting as anything as the organization moves forward.It is often said that it is better to let a player go one year too early than one year too late, and the NFL’s best teams seem to have a knack for doing just that. You rarely see the Pittsburgh Steelers hand out a third contract, and hell, the New England Patriots just cut Vince Wilfork, a franchise stalwart since 2004.It’s how things work.In the coming days and weeks, and then again when Dockett returns to Arizona to play against the Cardinals, you will likely hear plenty of discussion about loyalty — or a lack of — in sports. But the truth is a player need only be loyal to himself, just as a team need only be loyal to its cause.Often times their goals align and what you get is a partnership that can be very fruitful, just as the one between Dockett and the Cardinals has been since he was selected in the third round of the 2004 NFL Draft out of Florida State.center_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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Anthems leads moved to Dragon Age 4 after it shipped

first_imgUS$19.96 $19.96 TodayYesterday7 days ago30 days ago $14.99 Today a report says two of BioWare’s key lead devs have left Anthem to work on Dragon Age 4. But this has actually been the case since Anthem shipped.   As detailed in a long expose from Kotaku, Anthem was made by two of BioWare’s major studios–its Austin, Texas branch, and its main studio in Edmonton, Canada. This is the norm for all of BioWare’s biggest games, and titles like Dragon Age: Inquisition and Mass Effect: Andromeda were collaborative efforts. But what remains unclear to some is how the company shifts its personnel to new projects, a process that actually happens shortly after games are officially released.  Once a big game like Anthem is shipped, the core team at Edmonton moves onto the next game in the pipeline (in this case Dragon Age 4), which is typically how the AAA games industry works. In the case of Anthem, its live service handling and curation was handed off to BioWare’s Austin branch after shipping, and that team now handles Anthem’s evolution. Key developers like Anthem executive producer Mark Darrah and lead producer Michael Gamble are now working on Dragon Age 4 alongside the main team at Edmonton. Gamble could even be helping shape early phases of the new Mass Effect game. This was always the plan and is an extremely common occurrence in the games industry. In fact, Dragon Age 4 was actually in development before Anthem. The new RPG was rebooted once shortly before Mass Effect: Andromeda, and was put on hold when Anthem’s dev team ran into big problems endemic at BioWare (huge morale issues, lack of vision, massive dev anxiety, etc). It was clear Anthem’s team needed some help. So Dragon Age Executive Producer Mark Darrah was called in lead, and the Edmonton branch pivoted away from Dragon Age 4 to Anthem, a customary move when one project needs all hands-on deck. Now with reports that Dragon Age 4 will have live elements possibly leading to co-op play and globally reactive worlds, BioWare’s Austin branch, who typically handles online portions of its games, will come in once again to help bring Dragon Age online. That doesn’t mean BioWare is giving up on Anthem. It’s just slowing down from the weeks of breakneck high-speed crunch that BioWare deemed necessary to get the broken, confused mess of a game into a release-worthy state. Key developers like lead producer Ben Irving and game director Jonathan Warner are still working on Anthem alongside live services director Chad Robertson, global community manager Jesse Anderson, and global community lead Andrew Johnson. Yes, Anthem’s timeline has been disrupted, and yes, its future doesn’t look that good.  But these key BioWare developers didn’t abandon Anthem because it’s a sinking ship. They moved on to new projects because that’s how games development works, especially at studios like BioWare that have multiple big franchises in the works at any given time. center_img $23.74 Anthem: Legion of Dawn Edition – PlayStation 4 Buylast_img read more

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