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« on: February 26, 2008, 06:06:35 AM »

The Take Two thing came to mind when I found this list of companies EA has bought and closed. Some bigs in there like Westwood and Origin. I HATE EA.

http://www.computerandvideogames.com/article.php?id=183194
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« Reply #1 on: February 26, 2008, 09:32:59 AM »

If they buy Take Two, it will be another dark day in the history of gaming.
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« Reply #2 on: February 26, 2008, 10:30:13 AM »

It'd be a doomsday for sports gaming.

Our choices would then be:  EA for EVERY sport but Baseball and basketball.
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« Reply #3 on: February 26, 2008, 10:52:49 PM »

What other basketball games are there besides Live and 2K?
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« Reply #4 on: February 27, 2008, 05:32:08 AM »

Sony's got their own for the PS2/3, just like they do for MLB.
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« Reply #5 on: February 27, 2008, 07:53:57 AM »

Oh yeah, duh. I forgot about PS2/3.
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« Reply #6 on: February 27, 2008, 08:45:19 AM »

And it appears the #1 reason EA wanted to buy Take Two WAS their sports franchises.
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« Reply #7 on: February 27, 2008, 12:57:43 PM »

I just don't get it.  They already have a monopoly on football.  They've got market share in everything else.  Wouldn't it just be easier to spend a billion dollars to make their games better?  Then they'd have a billion dollars left over to torture orphans.
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« Reply #8 on: February 27, 2008, 01:03:17 PM »

Quote from: IkeVandergraaf on February 27, 2008, 12:57:43 PM

Then they'd have a billion dollars left over to torture orphans.

Yeah, but anybody can torture orphans. That extra billion dollars is EA's investment towards torturing the gaming community in perpetuity.
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« Reply #9 on: February 27, 2008, 01:44:48 PM »

Quote from: IkeVandergraaf on February 27, 2008, 12:57:43 PM

I just don't get it.  They already have a monopoly on football.  They've got market share in everything else.  Wouldn't it just be easier to spend a billion dollars to make their games better?  Then they'd have a billion dollars left over to torture orphans.

Why make your games better when you can buy out the competition? It's already proven that the masses will consistently buy EA Sports games, so who cares about quality?
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« Reply #10 on: February 27, 2008, 01:47:13 PM »

When is the NFL exclusivity up? I think there may be some strategy in this.
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« Reply #11 on: February 27, 2008, 01:51:26 PM »

Quote from: Purge on February 27, 2008, 01:47:13 PM

When is the NFL exclusivity up? I think there may be some strategy in this.

They just renewed it for several more years. 
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« Reply #12 on: February 27, 2008, 01:53:15 PM »

Quote from: Purge on February 27, 2008, 01:47:13 PM

When is the NFL exclusivity up? I think there may be some strategy in this.

"EA Sports Extends Exclusive NFL License Until 2013"

http://www.dbtechno.com/gaming/2008/02/12/ea-sports-extends-exclusive-nfl-license-until-2013/
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« Reply #13 on: February 27, 2008, 02:53:41 PM »

This is why I think Bioware is naive to think EA will "leave them alone." God help them if one of their games isn't a smash hit. Something modestly successful like Jade Empire would probably bring EA's "Men in Black" to the Bioware offices with a summons...  paranoid "Your new, original game has failed to meet EA revenue projections. Beep. We require that your next game be: "Mass Effect: Sims Spore 3". Beep. This represents the best opportunity for continued corporate growth. Beep. If you refuse, you shall be terminated. Beep. And development will be transferred to our new studio in Botoswana where labor is much cheaper."

I tend to compare EA to The Borg, but when I think of EA I also tend to hear the Darth Vader music from The Empire Strikes Back...

DAH DAH DAH da da DAH da da DAAAAAAAAAH (repeat ad nauseam)  eek

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« Reply #14 on: February 27, 2008, 04:26:37 PM »

I believe that particular number is referred to as the Imperial March.

As to EA's rape-n-pillage they haven't recently done as much harm as they have in the past.

Who knows, maybe the 2K sports stuff will actually HELP their sports franchises.

They may do the COD cyclical thing; odd years from the Madden team, evens from 2K.
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« Reply #15 on: February 27, 2008, 04:33:41 PM »

I wonder if the sales for All Pro Football were good enough to scare them.
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« Reply #16 on: February 27, 2008, 04:34:32 PM »

Quote from: CeeKay on February 27, 2008, 04:33:41 PM

I wonder if the sales for All Pro Football were good enough to scare them.

Ha, ha.  No.  It's a miracle that All Pro Football is even getting a follow-up. 
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« Reply #17 on: February 27, 2008, 06:05:19 PM »

The big 1 on that list that I regret the most was Origin in Austin. That was the studio that ran the Skunkworks team and turned out all the great flight simulators for the Janes series. They delivered nothing but quality and deserved a better fate. The Bullfrog closure was also a real bummer too;  really liked the Populous 3 game they released just before the end.

Another studio that isn't listed but EA had a round about involvement in the closure was Looking Glass studios. IIRC EA bought up one of their IP's -Flight Unlimited 3- and acquired the dev team as the gates were slamming shut. Months later the dev team was let go and we've never seen a sequel to FU3 since.
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« Reply #18 on: February 27, 2008, 06:43:39 PM »

I still want a full blown sequel to Terra Nova..FMV and all.
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« Reply #19 on: February 27, 2008, 07:28:33 PM »

As far as Bullfrog went, I believe the current CEO said that it was a mistake in his opinion to close Westwood and Bullfrog. 

To which I fully agree.
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« Reply #20 on: February 27, 2008, 08:29:07 PM »

Yeah Riccitello seems to be doing some different things at EA. I'm not saying they're suddenly completely different than they were, I'm just saying that maybe all the doom & gloom about the potential 2k deal is a bit premature.
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« Reply #21 on: February 27, 2008, 08:40:51 PM »

They have more history than Activision; it doesn't mean that EA isn't a horrendous money-leeching machine; they've just been more effective than others.

Oh, and the past decisions they've made tanked some pretty beloved games.
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« Reply #22 on: February 28, 2008, 12:44:53 AM »

man, imagine a Syndicate game using the GTA engine...
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« Reply #23 on: March 03, 2008, 09:33:00 PM »

Quote from: CeeKay on February 28, 2008, 12:44:53 AM

man, imagine a Sims game using the GTA engine...

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« Reply #24 on: March 05, 2008, 01:45:19 PM »

Quote from: Daehawk on February 27, 2008, 06:43:39 PM

I still want a full blown sequel to Terra Nova..FMV and all.
Wow, I was a big Terra Nova fan too.  icon_cool Still got the game/box. I even bought about 10 copies of the strategy guide at Micro Center back in the mid '90s because they were selling them for 99 cents (!) to get rid of overstock. Unfortunately, I didn't know 9 fans to give my extra copies to.  icon_lol

I pick on EA, but most publishers understandably simply want profit. Your games sells, they give you another one to work on.

Your game flops. Say hello, pink slip.

They invest millions in your Hot Game, and the sales are OK don't live up to expectations? Then, hold your breath.  icon_neutral I think that's where it's getting tougher for any of them to accept the idea of a big budget PC-only game. Too many of those aren't reaching anywhere near their spreadsheet expectations without some multiplatform sales boosting.

Although I haven't covered the games industry, I've been a business reporter about 15 years now. Once they get beyond the small business stage, most corporations just don't care about creativity, or people, or tradition, or history. It's spreadsheets, and earnings, and pleasing the shareholders. In a way, it's sad the whole gaming industry is so wrapped up in that now (aside from independents and smaller players in the market). It means you end up with a lot of big players owning most of the industry who don't really care about the people in the smaller devs they acquire, or their history, or accomplishments.

Which is why I still think Bioware (EA) and Blizzard (Activision) should "watch their back," no matter how much they are rolling in the gravy right now and no matter how much those publisher/owners claim they won't interfere.  paranoid
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« Reply #25 on: March 05, 2008, 11:25:55 PM »

Quote from: Thin_J on February 27, 2008, 08:29:07 PM

Yeah Riccitello seems to be doing some different things at EA. I'm not saying they're suddenly completely different than they were, I'm just saying that maybe all the doom & gloom about the potential 2k deal is a bit premature.

Yea we will have to see if he puts into actions his words of changing how acquisitions are done and leaving the developers alone to do their thing. Maybe its a new age for EA....or maybe not.
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