Forbes writes: "Electronic Arts Chief Executive John Riccitiello has moved, methodically, to cut off rival Take-Two's avenues of escape in his attempt to snare the videogame publisher.
So you've got conflict, monster deadlines and high-stakes strategizing. Would this make a great videogame, or what? Steve Meretzky thinks so. A senior designer at game studio Blue Fang, Meretzky has worked on titles such as "Zoo Tycoon" and "Leather Goddesses of Phobos," as well as on a game dubbed "Videogame Tycoon" before the project was scrapped about three years ago.
"It was a lot of fun writing it," Meretzky says. "There were publishers who were thinly disguised versions of real publishers, quirky programmers who were based on people you'd worked with over the years."
Since Meretzky worked on "Videogame Tycoon," the idea has only grown more relevant, with Vivendi seizing control of Activision last year and Electronic Arts launching its hostile bid for Take-Two. Even software giant Microsoft's effort to grab Yahoo! plays into the theme, since Microsoft publishes a vast array of videogames for PCs and its Xbox console, and Yahoo! runs a Web-based gaming hub of its own."