EA's buying Take-Two and, of course, the end result will be terrible for the industry, right? Maybe not. Kombo examines why Electronic Arts no longer deserves the stigma gamers so readily attach to the company.
Um no. EA still sucks. I'm still waiting for another Team Fortress patch to fix all the problems on the PS3. EA = SUB QUALITY.
They are not evil....they are just really bad at making games. Scratch that... Really, really bad at making games.
....really, really evil
The root of all evil.
Ash Williams couldn't smite that evil.
EA trying to buy companies only to strengthen their own power is what is evil about them. Currently, if EA decided to make their own console they would control every movie licensed game and the majority of sporting rights. EA is monopolizing the industry.
"DEVELOPER FRIENDLY." nor do they think about the end product.they think about the profits as the end result. we have seen many a company get screwed under their leadership. we have seen their huge marketing dollars run other companies out of business or change their strategy on what to make next. do you think of nba street or nba jam now? do you think of nfl street or nfl blitz now? do you think of nfl 2k5 or madden now? if it wasn't for the NBA,live would have taken over as well as the only licensed basketball game. and they sneek behind companies back and buy shares like they did ubisoft. and they aquire you if they can get your games or game engine to kill competition,make you license the tech you used to make games with or take credit for games that they didn't make with their own devs.criterion survives only because burnout continues to be a hit. i boycotted this company long,LONG ago.they do not deserve gamers money.their attempt to get take-two is a sign that they have not changed one bit.and not having refs in madden continues to spread the lie that "it's in the game." f#ck EA! megaton..............
I miss NBA jam and Blitz. :(
they are trying to kill off 2k sports so they can rule with Madden which they keep rehashing every year.
Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
Of EA trying to make battlefield all nickle and dime dlc they simply disgust me.. and i hope no other company gives into their monopoly plan..
Somehow I don't think anyone on N4G reads anything past the headline.
so true. I also believe not many know anything for themselves.
And I still disagree with it. EA is too damn big for the industry's good. They are like the walmart of gaming. They do not need to monopolize the sports games, which is what will happen. The fact that they are the only ones who can make NFL games anymore is proof of that. Plus, I don't want to see a fourth console in the war, three is enough and that is what they are doing. I don't care if they have alot of money that would allow for the possibility of better games, there is still that possibility if they don't. Plus, they seem way to microsoft bias, the Madden 08 commercials prove that for a company that is mostly Multi-plat. it seems that they are still multiplatformers, just with crappy other-than microsoft versions. Monopolies are bad for the industry because they ruin, in too many different ways to list.
f*ck EA, NBA 2K8 is 1000x's better than Live if that's their main reason for wanting T2, it doesn't change anything
Studios opened or acquired * 1998: EA Tiburon in Maitland, Florida * 1999: EA Canada in Burnaby, British Columbia * 2000: EA Los Angeles in Los Angeles, California * 2002: EA Black Box in Vancouver, British Columbia * 2004: Criterion Software in Guildford, United Kingdom * 2004: Digital Illusions CE in Stockholm, Sweden * 2004: EA China in Shanghai, China * 2004: EA Montreal in Montreal, Quebec * 2005: EA Mobile * 2005: EA Redwood Shores in Redwood City, California * 2005: EA Singapore * 2006: EA Mobile India, Hyderabad, India * 2006: EA Mythic in Fairfax, Virginia * 2006: EA Phenomic in Ingelheim, Germany * 2006: EA Salt Lake in Bountiful, Utah (Formerly Headgate Studios) * 2007: EA Casual Entertainment * 2007: EIS (European Integration Studio) in Madrid, Spain * 2007: BioWare Corp. in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and Austin, Texas * 2007: Pandemic Studios in Los Angeles, California and Brisbane, Queensland, Australia * 2007: EA UK, relocated to Guildford from Chertsey * 2008: EA Korea in Seoul, South Korea * 2008: EA Studio in Bucharest, Romania Studios closed * 1998: Original HQ in San Mateo, California - moved to Redwood City * 2000: EA Baltimore in Baltimore, Maryland - established in 1996 as part of Origin * 2001: Kesmai (known also as GameStorm); acquired in 1999 * 2001: Bullfrog Productions in Surrey, England - acquired in 1995 * 2002: EA Seattle in Seattle, Washington - formerly Manley & Associates, acquired in 1996 * 2003: Westwood Studios in Las Vegas, Nevada - acquired in 1998 * 2003: EA Pacific (known for a time as Westwood Pacific) in Irvine, California - formerly part of Virgin Interactive, acquired with Westwood in 1998 * 2004: Origin Systems in Austin, Texas - acquired in 1992 * 2004: Maxis in Walnut Creek, California - acquired in 1997, moved to Redwood City * 2006: DICE Canada in London, Ontario (created Battlefield 2: Special Forces expansion, Battlefield Vietnam, and all BF2 patches). Acquired DICE fully October 2, 2006; closed DICE Canada studio hours later. * 2007: EA Japan in Tokyo, Japan - closed due to consolidation; moved under EA Partners model * 2007: EA UK in Chertsey, United Kingdom, relocated to Guildford * 2007: EA Chicago in Chicago, Illinois. Closed due to failure to meet profit targets.
Out of those I say EA has 3-4 good studios that still do well. While the rest still put out crap with high expectations that are never met. Bioware and Criterion are only two I like, but there is another one or two that still do their work well. I hope Take Two never submits to EA or GTA will never be the same again.
EA is MORE evil than we ever thought, hence the headline is an epic failure ...
EA's money does not allow for developer creativity. They are a typical American corporation doing what American corporations do best: Buy up the competition and then shut them (read: competition) down so they can maintain their monopoly. It's always the same.
Is there anything EA has made that we cant live with out? Oh, the sims...
reading from what vudu has on his comment EA is not a company, its a walloping evil giant a$$ monster . never realize how much EA chewed up so many companies. now I see take-two is like obiwan -kenobi (star wars) they're sports fans only hope. use the force take-two against evil EA (darth vader) I cant believe EA would deliberately kill off these companies to keep from having competition. well I wish take-two use there light saber and hack off EA greedy a$$ hands. and their stock drops maybe they'll really start listening to gamers and just maybe we'll see a better madden and a worthwhile need for speed game.
Eff them, and eff EA. There is no good to be got out of this merger. All that happens is less competition, especially in the sports industry; while EA gets an "infusion of talent" and arguably becomes a better company, the industry as a whole doesn't get any better and likely will only get worse. Just because it benefits EA does not mean it benefits the industry and the gamers.
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