"Electronic Arts will be 'totally digitally-focused' in the future, moving away from the traditional packaged goods model to embrace digital distribution in a bid to avoid becoming 'another music industry'."
Certainly not with their pathetic online service
I would agree with you, cause I've heard bad stuff about EA servers. However, I've never experienced any problems. I've been playing Battlefield:BC since launch and haven't had a single disconnect or lag.
at the rate they keep buying and signing off studios , we sadly will ...
EA has a long way to go with online gaming. I'm trading in Battlefield due to the poor online service.
I'm guessing that fans of a certain console will call for the boycott of EA over that statement.
EA should have taken into consideration the storage capacity/ abilities of the Xbox 360/ Wii. Not being a fanboy, but if they plan on primarily using digital distribution that means that the mentioned consoles will have an upgrade in storage capacity. Now that I think about it its much more needed for the Wii than the 360. The 360 currently has the option to either a 20, 60, or 120GB hard drive. Though expensive the option is still there. But the Wii...? Laurent Fischer is going to have to really consider his statement if this comes into being because not only will "geeks and otaku" need hardrives but those who just want to play will need them too.
Even though I hate the thought of it, I have a feeling that the industry will end up doing this. However, I highly doubt it will be in the next 3-5 years, I'm thinking 10 years time at the earliest.
I want my game boxes to have on my shelf!
You will still be able to have the hard copies. It is something that will entually happen though, but it will not be the only option. It will be like CD's and MP3's. Can you still buy MP3's, yes, but now people have the option of getting a digital copy. Do you have CD's and CD cases or MP3's?
...don't want to have to go online with every game I purchase. I also would prefer to not have large games that are download only. I've been a pc gamer for longer then I've been a PS360 gamer and I honestly think as time progresses console developers will use online and DLC with more frequency. Duh! Likewise, it will give developers the fiscal reasons why they can distribute poorer quality games for greater profit. Why release crap games you say?! Because they can just patch the problems later to get it into the hands of consumers now so that they get your money. Why result to patching problems, shouldn't developers just wait to release the product when it's ready? Hell nah!! That cost too much. So why does every game have to have online content associated with it? Also will games with offline content be considered old or antiquated? I'm glad you asked that question, well all games need online content so we can eventually finish and polish the game which we should finished before we shipped it. And lastly because everyone is online...aren't they?
Screw you EA!You don't control us or the market.We control you! That is why I will buy single-player games like Prototype,Infamous,God of War 3,and Infinite Undiscovery.You ain't getting a cent from me no more.
Music and games are very different Music CDs typically had a few good songs and the rest were garbage. No one wanted to buy the whole thing. Games on the other hand are not like that, unless they are a collection of mini games (Wii) in which case the belong on the PSN/Arcade Either way, I dont mind. We are too far off for full, huge games to be like this. Once enormous HDDs are standard and the internet is faster for most people, then it would be great.
Remember times changes rapidly and so does technology.
Digitally distributing the games will make them a ton of money. No longer you will be able to go into GameStop and buy a used copy of the game that you didn't want bad enough to buy new. No longer will you be able to put the game that you bought for $59.99 and found that it has no replay value on eBay to get some of your money back. Basically. they will make sure that every penny goes into their own pocket. Say good bye to the used game market.
I personally don't enjoy online. I much prefer sitting quietly in my home and playing games locally, and if it involves friends, I'd rather play with them locally too. I didn't buy Motorstorm for the PS3 because it had no offline co-op. I can understand why companies want to force the online or digital distribution model.. but I'm going to push back as hard as I can. I stopped buying things from the PSN and the Wii's online service and I don't think I'll be buying any more. My games need discs.
if EA believes "online only" is the way to go, then i'll just quit gaming. i love the stories of games in the single-player/co-op experiences.
It's inevitable, nothing will stop it.
... when the tools and services match the consumer's wallet.
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