I've seen franchises go downhill from where they began there a plenty of games in which the first in the series is the only good one and then executive meddling ruins any other games later on that's not to say all games go downhill just some of them. However when a gaming company hold the ability to claim copyright of a game or any form of content i think it is wrong. Copyright laws should be changed so that companies can't own the franchises that make them who they are. It should be the original makers of the content that own the copyrights to it not the company they work for. This is especially true when companies become money crazed and prevent beloved franchises like megaman from continuing even though they are well established just because it doesn't earn them top dollar. This is true for anime and film I mean seriously it's an issue when executives decide to run an show into the ground because it makes them money even though the creator doesn't want to continue or the story has finished. It ruins the quality when the comapny controls the rights to stuff like this. Look at how good indies are compared to a lot of the company name games. There have been a lot better indie's more often in recent years then there have been from the gaming companies themselves. It's at this point that you realize that it's not because the guys making the game were bad at it but rather that the companies meddled in it's production or didn't give them the time they needed to finish the product. At this point it's obvious poor quality means bad company. This goes true for animation possibly even music is affected by this. Though company should only be able to fund projects, and even then if a new game franchise is starting and loks like it's not going they can possibly pull the plug, but not on franchises with an already established fanbase. Even if it doesn't make much money the company should only cancel the franchise if it's causes them to lose the money in sales. At this point im wondring if changing copyright laws so that the creative control as well as ownership of these things is to go back to the original makers of the games is already some sort of worldwide movement.