"Reckoning" for Schilling, and a few Rhode Island officials

Former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling will be at a Game Stop in Bellingham, Massachusetts at midnight tonight for the release of his video game company 38 Studios' highly anticipated first title, "Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning."

The game has won positive early reviews and, as the Providence Journal reported this weekend, industry analysts are expecting sales of at least 1 million, which would make the game a moderate success. Sales of 2 to 4 million, according to an analyst quoted by the paper, would be a big success.

Schilling's move to Providence, of course, came with a controversial $75 million loan guarantee from the state - a loan guarantee criticized by gubernatorial candidate Lincoln Chafee, among others, as far too risky.

So what happens if the game is a winner? Well, that doesn't necessarily make Chafee wrong. A big gamble on a single company, with public dollars, may not be the wisest of economic policies.

But in politics, as in sports - a realm Schilling is quite familiar with - the result is all anyone really cares about. And if "Reckoning" fares well, one can imagine smiles of the faces of former Governor Don Carcieri and executive director of the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation Keith Stokes.

And somewhere Steven Costantino, Chafee's Secretary of Health and Human Services, is probably ruing the timing.

As a state legislator, Costantino attached his name to the loan guarantee program that funded 38 Studios and might have hoped, at one point, that he could make the company and the jobs it was bringing to Providence a central talking point in his run for mayor in 2010.

A backlash against the 38 Studios loan guarantee back then ensured it didn't appear in any campaign literature. Costantino, needless to say, didn't win the mayor's race.

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