EA CEO John Riccitiello has been speaking in a conference call about the proposed offer for Take-Two and his thinking behind the combined mega company that would rival the likes of Activision Blizzard.
"I wouldn't change a line of code in BioShock nor would I in GTA or Max Payne... what we would do is sell more of it"
"We would take your successful, well-designed franchises and - completely ignorant to the fact that the thought and craftsmanship that goes into each release is what makes them successes in the first place - mass produce those little b*tches until the only thing left of these once-admirable game franchies is the rotting husk of a corpse we have repeatedly raped and driven into the ground."
Of course, maybe I'm over-reacting.
they would most likely sell more of them.
they would most likely take their SOUL in exchange.
you are not over-reacting... EA piss me off, Monopolizing Sports games on Consoles, I still can't believe that is taking place.
If these corporate vultures ruin the GTA franchise the gates of hell will open and eat EA alive. That all every gamer left that doesn't already hate EA will see the light of day.
FIGHT THE POWER!
At the risk of being skewered, let me just say that you've all been brainwashed. GTA hasn't had a good game since GTA III, neither has Rockstar. You people are just so obsessed with sex and violence that you forget what good games are actually comprised of. Go watch MTV.
What you say is true. EA must be stopped. Giant corporate take overs like this ruined movies and now they are going to ruin gaming. We cannot let this happen!
And permutated, you're a jack ass. This isn't about GTA, I am not a fan of this game series. This is about video gaming in general! We can't let gaming turn into another Hollywood.
Sorry you feel that way, but if you can state your opinion as fact, then I can do the same.
"Go watch MTV?"
Go to Hell.
You're wrong. Vice City and San Andreas are awesome games, and the reasons have very little to do with violence or sex. I love sandbox games, and the GTA series are the king of the genre. I mean, unless you want to point me to another game where I can fly a harrier through downtown "LA" or "Las Vegas".
Regardless, this isn't just about GTA. It's about Bioshock, and any number of franchises. Beyond that, it's about EA having a history devouring game companies and ruining amazing game franchises in their desperate search to make a few more million for their damn shareholders.
Silellak, agree with you both times. Rockstar is an awesome developer and GTA VC and SA prove that they`re willing to make great changes to their games and listen to what the people want in their games and implement it very well too. Red Dead Revolver was a broken Capcom project, until Rockstar took over. Bully was also a great game and a lot more than GTA in school as some seems to think. Permutated, you`re entitled to your opinion, but i think the few games i listed above prove you wrong. Feel free to list the great games EA has made during the past few years, i don`t think it`s many (and no Crysis and Burnout dosn`t count since EA didn`t make them). I`m sure the games would have sold more under EA,but it would mean less competition and creativity, and but the cost be worse games for us gamers.
Agreed and bubble up
EA Bioshock 2008, Bioshock 2009, bioshock 2010 etc...
and just think how much "better" GTA will be with real ads on the radio and buying nike clotes and you use a motorola phone.
please stop buying everyone EA.
(Bubbles for freedom)
thats just 59.99 put towards another game....wow i wish ppl would just stop buying there $hit. how are they makin money every year? jesus the thought of playin NBA live makes me so angry .... if anything they should just keep the ppl who make the 2ksports games cause they know wat there doing.
agree,I wish everyone would boycott EA games,let them know that innovation sells not stolen ideas.it's always the same thing wash,rinse,and repeat.
But at what cost?? EA would just dumb down the quality of those games the way they've done all their other franchises (skate and burnout are exempt for now). Then we'll see a new gta and bioshock every year. Then they'll charge people $60 for it knowing the game has little to no improvements (just look at the sports games and need for speed for proof of that) I remember back when I used to like EA. But now I haven't purchased an EA game in eleven years (and counting) People listen, we all know EA's quality and business practices suck. But if you keep buying their crap, they'll keep giving us crap. And that is a normal business practice. This is their take on it : "If the people are going to buy our sub standard stuff, then why SHOULD we car about quality and innovation, the people will buy it anyway" As gamers and consumers, we ALL need to make a stand against this kind of capitalism.
and the titles that they put out. There are a few that shine above the rest (Burnout) but, they generally put out crap. The thing is, the casual gamer doesn't know they put our crap. They don't care either. Most of the casual gamers will never notice a small framerate drop or the difference between two ports. The causal gamer will keep buying Madden year after year without any concern for innovation in the series. As long as the casual gamer exists, so will EA. There's just nothing you, or I or the serious gamer can do about it.
The casuals are buying their games. But that can lead to a problem for EA in the end. Casuals can either go two ways 1- They can stop buying/playing. I say this because casuals are just that, CASUAL. There is no guarantee they'll keep forking over money to EA simply because they don't play games much. This is ESPECIALLY true if EA loses the exclusive license with the NFL (and assuming Take Two continues to reject the buy out offer) or 2- They can be converted to hardcore. And if that happens, they will be come more aware of the gaming world. It will open their eyes to EA's competitors. At which time, they'll realize there is a better product out there.
You are right. I would not be surprised to see some kind of petition in the works. Anyone up for some kind of online petition which we could send to the NFL for one and ESPN for another. It would basically give a giant list of names saying that we would love it if they didn't let them advertise (ESPN) and the NFL that they are ruining their product.
EA creates one "good" game a year, but create around 10-13 games in a given year. The single good game will be reproduced each year after. A future example will be SKATE as well as Burnout. Look at Madden... could they F' that up any more (for the PS3)?
Step 1: EA buys Take-Two Step 2: ..... Step 3: Profit
Ahahaha... nice reference :D
It's funny couse it's true.
Does he mean by forcing developers to develop annual titles and announcing tons of new DLC which was suppose to be included in the retail version.
Keep your hands off of Bioshock. You've already got your hands on Mass Effect and lawd knows what you are going to do to it.
Your mass production for mass consumption has jaded gamers on your company. The world doesn't need any more of your lame multiplatform garbage titles.
SO damn true.
ME 2 is going to the DS, PSP, PS2, Wii, PS3, and 360, watch. jk
They would probably sell more because they would rebrand it as Bioshock Extreme 2008 or whatever.
people are smarter nowadays and don't want to buy games with the EA logo on the box, which represents crappy porting, optimization and gameplay... so if EA would sell these games, they would surely interfere with the developing process and would ruin the whole game.
Those two franchises would sell less copies with EA's logo on the cover of any new entry. The gaming community hates EA and that's not going to change any time soon.
....I'm still looking forward to Army of Two (pls don't suck).
Translation: "We'll sell more Bioshock and GTA...by franchising the %$#@ out of them until they are milked completely dry. Then, like locusts, we'll move to the next vict...*ahem,* acquisition."
he means to say is that they would have allot more marketing behind those games if they we "EA" titles. I don't care who EA buys, as long as they let those companies work as an individual studio and offer support (like insomniac) when asked for.
Of course all this may be too much to ask for.
I see why EA wants Take Two but what in the world is in it for Take two to gain... For one GTA doesn't need any help selling, the dam game sells it's self. It's a franchise all on it's own. It's like the biggest game in console history, and when GTAIV comes out it will be a system seller. Helping sell both Xbox 360's and PS3's. Someone else would be a better buyer... Someone who could make the company better, not exploit them. For one 2 billion is too low. they better come back with a 2.5 billion if they really want it. Hell maybe even 3 billion. Because you need some serious money if you want one of the biggest games of all time. GTA-Franchise - Controlling that is just too much power for EA. They would mess it all up and make the game awful. killing innovation and just start mass producing the game. Coming out with one every year which would of course mess up the game.
Wii Sports would then be their biggest sporting competitor? Is he serious? Sure Wii Sports sells like hot cakes but not because it is going toe to toe with Madden.
I imagine EA is desperate to get Take-Two before GTAIV releases so they can reap the monetary rewards they are so deserving to get for all the hard work they put in supporting Rockstar development and Take-Two advertising/marketing/publishi ng/distribution of the title. Plus, the stock price might take a nice bump after that release.
cool can't wait until Bioshock 2K9 with a roster update and new "superstar mode" then it will sell like hot cakes i agree fcuking EA
The over all strategy of quantity over quality has to end from EA. There are some exceptions, Maxis for one, but they have EA by the balls in some aspects. But really. Take Two's share holders and board of directors are hopefully not too stupid to sell out on the eve of GTA IV.
EA sucks. I hope take two has the integrity and balls to stand up to these no talent vultures.
EA reminds me of a really ugly dude with lots of money. He buys his friendships, his women, and he thinks his d*ck is bigger because he drives a ferarri. The corporation that IS EA is a disgrace to gaming.
If you have the money too buy anything then no one should be able to stop you
EA is probably going to own most of the big developers and Activision will try to do the same and at the end it's about company who has the most MONEY and the sad part is that there is nothing we gamers can do anything about it..
Wow, they are too coky. They are trying to monopolize the gaming industry, screw them.
and we would buy less
makes no sense whatsoever...how can a company sell more if we buy less? get off the crack
People talk crap about EA but they still buy thier products brand new and support them getting bigger and bigger.
If you really don't like EA then dont' buy their games!
I have no issue in buying a EA published game if it's good but I'd be crazy to buy an EA developed game.
EA, Ubisoft, Capcom etc all are developers I've said I WILL NOT BUY THEIR GAMES BRAND NEW NO MATTER HOW GOOD THEY MAY SEEM.
If you really don't want EA eating up this industry's great development companies then just don't buy their games.
Regardless if you are a Sony, MS or Nintendo Fanboy... We must stop EA from buying take two.
NO F*CK YOU EA, YOU STAY WAY FROM MY GTA AND BIOSHOCK!!!!
games multi. Would this means that Bioshock 2 could also be on the PS3?.Or could MS strike a deal with them to keep it exclusive?.Interesting times indeed.
Likely EA would incorporate some nice in game advertisements in Bioshock 2 or any other Take Two IP's to maximize $. Maybe place a Gillette Fusion advertisement on the side of your gun. Then turn around and sell you content that's already in the game or should've been included in the first place. Stay away EA!!
EA just ruins games...
EA: We'd sell more Bioshocks and GTAs Yea for the cost of those games souls...
It'd be great! Can you imagine GTA or Bioshock featuring DJ Atomica: Bioshock: "Oooo, great headshot! He's really going to feel that in the morning!" "You got the Rocket Launcher! Time to do some damage!" "You were fragged! Tough luck buddy!" GTA: (You'd have a personal stereo with a radio so that you can listen even if you're not in a car) "Hey, you should go check out the new wares at Ammunation!" "Alright, you found a sports car. Rev it up to the max!!" "Great stunt, buddy! See if you can find more sweet jumps!" etc.
Thats what EA is, they just have loads of money and they shoot a plethoria of games from it most of them mediocre and few being good which are due to the new develpoer they have aquired by thier money power.
Just look at their comments PS3 is our lead platform, but just a second they are not getting their games properly on PS3 expect for few select developers most of their studios cry and talk abt hardship. I ask to all of the PS3 users have you seen Activison, Ubisoft, Capcom or even midway or even THQ giving you degraded quality of games. But EA is really pathetic and now they are trying to buy 2K which is one of the best publishers they make less games but their product is quality.
Good that they rejected the proposal just let time slip and you will see EA proposing to 2K to purchase EA and save their sinking company.
I think the lowest thing EA has ever done is monopolize the NFL franchise. It would be one thing if they actually made a football game that was good. But I never liked the 3D Maddens much. Sega's NFL series was my favorite. Thanks for ruining that, EA, you bastards. You have to be a pretty self-serving sob of a company to jew NFL fans into one sub-par choice like that. But that's big companies for you. They're all about money and not much else.
My friend it is your beloved other evil empire, the NFL that makes the gaming license exclusive...to the highest bidder. The NFL claims by having it exclusive to one publisher the NFL license doesn't get diluted by "inferior" other games. BTW EA has secured the license AGAIN until superbowl in 2012 I believe, not sure. There was a great football game AP2K8, that obviously NO ONE bought because it was $19.99 before Christmas season got underway, where were all you EA haters??? playing Madden??? A great football game with NFL Hall of Famers, customization, online etc. Sending a message to EA means buying a better, competing product. EA can give a $hit less how many "nasty" posts morons leave, in the end you're all still standing in line in August for the same re-hashed crap.....I'll get off my soapbox and go back to my NHL 2K8.
You're right. It takes two the tango. However, EA came to the NFL with this licensing deal. Why? Because Madden was losing market share to Sega's NFL franchise. EA is incapable of making anything of quality. So rather than put in a little extra effort to change that, they simply snag the NFL license so they don't have to.
It is pretty ridiculous that EA tries to acquire outside talent whenever there own dev's don't have the initiative, or even the skills to make a decent game. Really people need to boycott EA, you guys may talk a lot of bullshit about EA but more than half of you actually buy EA games, "just cuz". The fact is, Madden has been the same for the last 9 years, same with every other sport franchise they've released in the time they've been around, they started making bad games along time ago, and people only start catching up now. Big games like "Skate" was EA Canada, almost a separate entity in terms of quality, for there American counter-part, Rock Band? Harmonix, thing is EA ALWAYS gets outside talent, don't delude yourself by thinking, "Well this game is great and its made by EA" bullshit! Half of the things out there with EA's name isn't an EA made game. EA Canada wasn't a separate company at one time who was bought out, by none other then EA, they invade, conquer and implode, it's just a matter of time before the people start boycotting them, I've been doing this for a long time, as long as people keep buying there crap they'll keep producing it.
So if EA bought T2 then Bioshock could come to the PS3?
probably not, because M$ gamestudio has an exclusive deal for Bioshock to be on the 360. What it would mean probably is the end to NHL 2K, NBA 2K, MLB 2K, college hoops 2K, etc. All I know is that it would absolutely suck if EA monopolized the sports game market, because I think their sports titles SUCK!
I don't think enough people are pissed off about this. We are talking about alot of games that would be ruined by EA. They must be stopped at any cost.
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