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  moosecatlol

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3/18/13 4:36:42 PM#21
Does this count as Schadenfreude? Just for a brief moment I get a giddy joy, too bad nothing will change. Simply a self mutilation PR stunt, almost humorous to think they can cut out the infection after it has already spread.
  kakasaki

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3/18/13 4:40:17 PM#22
Originally posted by Psychow

I wonder how many more careers need to be destroyed before the gaming community is satisfied with their bloodlust...

 

I wonder how long it will take companies to realize they can't keep screwing with their customers and not expect repercussion...

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  Calerxes

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3/18/13 4:41:46 PM#23
Originally posted by Psychow

I wonder how many more careers need to be destroyed before the gaming community is satisfied with their bloodlust...

 

 

Though you are pretty much spot on Psychow when you cut through the "spwaned lov... sorry gamer" bullshit EA haven't really been knocking it out of the park lately have they and eventually the head honcho has to go.

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  SBE1

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3/18/13 4:41:50 PM#24
Originally posted by Yamota

One suit down, houndreds left who will take his spot.

EA is the symbol of big corps who favour profits over good games so this will most likely not change anything. They will continue to buy up, and destroy, good gaming companies to make a profit. They are the vulture capitalists of gaming.

Sorry, but this is just really really misguided.   If a game is very popular, it will make lots of profits.   Equating good games with low profits is just silly.  Low profit because the games are bad.  You seem to have it backwards.

EA certainly thought, as did many companies, that copying the success of WoW (which is very profitable because it was/is a good game), would make them lots of money.  Instead, they found out that it was either really hard to copy WoW or just too expensive (e.g., SWTOR and voice acting).  Once they spent $100m, $200m or so, they had to eventually release it.  How much would you prefer they spend? 

Going forward, companies are looking to copy Eve Online, where the development expense is low and the players make the content, which is of course quite profitable.  

Under your analysis, game companies should just make games and lose money.  Yeah, that's gonna work.

 

  Paragus1

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3/18/13 4:43:15 PM#25
Finally some accountability...
  User Deleted
3/18/13 4:48:51 PM#26
Originally posted by Psychow

I wonder how many more careers need to be destroyed before the gaming community is satisfied with their bloodlust...

 

None, once companies stop screwing people over in the name of profit.

  Volgore

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3/18/13 4:54:36 PM#27

It's nothing but a PR stunt, and a costly one for EA.

This guy very likely made more money stepping down and up again elsewhere then he would have made if he remained in his position.

So we probably aren't the only ones who like this whole thing...i bet he parties, too.

  User Deleted
3/18/13 4:56:02 PM#28
Originally posted by Volgore

It's nothing but a PR stunt, and a costly one for EA.

This guy very likely made more money stepping down and up again elsewhere then he would have made if he remained in his position.

So we probably aren't the only ones who like this whole thing...i bet he parties, too.

 

Yeah, but no more free EA games for him...so...it's not all roses...

  Calerxes

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3/18/13 4:59:50 PM#29
Originally posted by asmkm22
Originally posted by Psychow

I wonder how many more careers need to be destroyed before the gaming community is satisfied with their bloodlust...

 

None, once companies stop screwing people over in the name of profit.

 

Simple solution to this... don't buy what you don't think is good value. But the same gamers that scream the house down at any indiscretrion are the same ones who are so ready to... well my mate Fry has the answer..

 

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  Sevenstar61

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3/18/13 5:08:27 PM#30

EA has a very  bad  industry image problem right now. The best way to change it to hire somebody new to EA, preferably well liked/respected person and see how it goes from there.

 


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  BadOrb

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3/18/13 5:13:36 PM#31
Originally posted by Psychow
Originally posted by Volgore

It's nothing but a PR stunt, and a costly one for EA.

This guy very likely made more money stepping down and up again elsewhere then he would have made if he remained in his position.

So we probably aren't the only ones who like this whole thing...i bet he parties, too.

 

Yeah, but no more free EA games for him...so...it's not all roses...

Well he has allways got F2P EA games to play but he will have to buy his clips :)

I'm not too bothered about him leaving really , I only play SWTOR and not many sports games. I do like criterion games though but wish they would allow them to make a new burnout , having said that they made the NFS series great again. Anyways , when they find someone new i hope they change this all games should have micro transactions , as we the gamers don't appreciate spending too much extra money , especially in stand alone one player games.

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  Brenics

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3/18/13 5:18:30 PM#32
I see this as great news. But only if they get a good leader that understands gaming and profit. If they get a great CEO this could be a big plus for SWTOR and the next EQ or UO game. But then again I may be wishing on a star.
  Distopia

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3/18/13 5:18:35 PM#33
Originally posted by Paragus1
Finally some accountability...

....that really won't change anything, just look at the statements throughout the article by EA, this guy applied the corporate policies/strategies, just like they expect the next guy to. EA has an agenda that won't change simply because the public face of the corporate ladder isn't as familiar or notorious. This will certainly have no impact on their strategy toward expanding DRM avenues or buying up popular franchises/studios.

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  mmoguy43

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3/18/13 5:21:09 PM#34
Originally posted by Sevenstar61

EA has a very  bad  industry image problem right now. The best way to change it to hire somebody new to EA, preferably well liked/respected person and see how it goes from there.

 

Or turn it into a reality tv show for the Next Greatest EA CEO.

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  Elikal

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3/18/13 5:22:22 PM#35
Originally posted by BadSpock

Honestly not surprised after SWTOR and SIM5 and ME3 and MOHWA...

The EA hate train has been rolling really, really hard since Ricci took over.

 

With all due respect, but I can't agree here. First, the outrages against EA are overall not worse than against others, it just seems so, because EA produces simply more games. Also: HELL EA DESERVED IT.

Sorry to yell. Just felt that way. I mean, heck, EA crapped and ruined *every single series* they touched.

 

EA is like a reverse King Midas. Like to King Midas all things he touched transformed into gold, under EA's hands all gold turns to shit. Dragon Age, Mass Effect, SWTOR, SimCity - all based on the most prosperous and biggest chances to make epic games, partially based on the cool IPs, partially based on the great previous experience.

DA and ME had great first parts. SWTOR had SWG as referrence what people loved in a Star Wars MMO. SimCity had great previous incarnations. And yet, somehow EA managed to turn EVERY SINGLE ONE of them artistically and creatively into shit. At least RELATIVE to their potential. Sure, none of these games under EA were shit, but they were shit in relation to what they COULD and SHOULD have been given the tons of money and tons of previous experience. Nobody has such a big chance to make epic games out of Dragon Age, Mass Effect, SWTOR and SimCity and none screwed so royally.

And the failure was always the same. A vast potential was narrowed down in scope in art and creativity down to a boring, simplistic lowest common denominator. A shallow watering down, playing safe and running behind what some desktop boss thinks is hyper hyper. Best example of what is wrong with EA is how they treated the Ultima RPGs. Ultima VI and VII before EA were EPIC games. But as soon as EA got their hands on Ultima, suddenly Ultima VIII had consolish jump elements. Why? Because  Super Mario was so succesful and EA thought, hey why not add a SuperMario jump element? And to hell if that fits to an Ultima RPG. Same with Ultima IX. At the time 3d with Lara Croft became a success and suddenyl EA thought, hey why not make the new Ultima like Lara Croft in 3d, and to hell if that fits to Ultima. EVERYTHING in Ultima was BROKEN and tossed out of the fucking window to shoehorn Ultima into a Super Mario and then into Lara Croft. THAT is what always HAS been wrong about EA and apparently still IS wrong.

It was the problem with SWTOR. "Oh look, our dialogue heavy KOTOR won awards, let's make the MMO the same way." And to hell with everything people loved about SWG and open world Star Wars MMO. So SW the MMo was forced down the single player story idea, no matter if that made any sense.

It also is now the problem with SIm City 5. "Oh look Farmville and Online Facebook games are so popular, let's shoehorn Sim City into some Facebook-Farmville style game!"

It's always these shitty CEO/Boss/desktop ideas of people who have NO CLUE what made these games great or don't care and shove their absurd ideas into games. That's whats wrong with EA: they totally lack any empathy and respect for their games. They always want to follow some perceived trend, always greedily thinking, oh if we follow THIS trend we will get even MORE money instead of jus the fuck STICK with what was WORKING and being respectful to the game series, but oh no some desktop smartass thinks he knows it ALL better and all must be tossed over and shoehorned into some mindfuck idea.

 

For EA I can only say, they are not part of the solution, they are the problem!

So if Riccitiello steps back - good riddance. And let him take the entire bosses with him.

A forum is a place where people can discuss about different opinions. So what I don't get is, how people react offended when they come to a forum and then find... well different opinions. If a different opinion offends you, what are you even doing here?

  User Deleted
3/18/13 5:25:46 PM#36
Originally posted by mmoguy43
Originally posted by Sevenstar61

EA has a very  bad  industry image problem right now. The best way to change it to hire somebody new to EA, preferably well liked/respected person and see how it goes from there.

 

Or turn it into a reality tv show for the Next Greatest EA CEO.

 

Not a bad idea...hmm...and...and they could sell each episode on Origin!!

  Distopia

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3/18/13 5:29:14 PM#37
Originally posted by Psychow
Originally posted by mmoguy43
Originally posted by Sevenstar61

EA has a very  bad  industry image problem right now. The best way to change it to hire somebody new to EA, preferably well liked/respected person and see how it goes from there.

 

Or turn it into a reality tv show for the Next Greatest EA CEO.

 

Not a bad idea...hmm...and...and they could sell each episode on Origin!!

The should call it "EA presents: The next top patsy".

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  dinams

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3/18/13 5:32:34 PM#38

EA is like an hydra made of shit

Cutting one of the heads wont solve the problem

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  sacredfool

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3/18/13 5:34:44 PM#39
I want to know how much he got for stepping down. I also want 1% of that and i'll be happy.


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  AlBQuirky

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3/18/13 5:51:09 PM#40

And yet the Board of Directors is till in place. The same board he answered to. I don't see much changing in EA's future...

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