Electronic Arts: Stock Drops on Lowered Guidance

Video game publisher Electronic Arts (ERTS) just hasn't been able to find its stride ever since the new game console units came out two years ago. The company discounted the marketability of the Wii, leaving R&D woefully behind for the social phenomenon.

Its heralded franchise games (that flat-out print money every year) have also failed to make up for the largely flop-ridden new lineup that the company has floated over the past three years. Even the company's biggest strength in the past - having a bigger piggy bank than all the competitors - has faded as Activision Blizzard (ATVI), Disney (DIS), and Microsoft (MSFT) are all throwing money at video game publishing, which is now a bigger market than the global movie business.

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Senden5741d ago

It's called Karma.. serves them right really for releasing so many half assed games.. for every decent EA game, there is at least 6 crap games. Not to mention, their shoddy business practices with ingame advertising and their (imo) barely videos they release on xbl with fmv sequences which have very little to do with the actual gameplay which they use to lure morons under false pretenses that their graphics are pure eye candy.

Hopefully ubisoft will follow suite and also start going downhill!

SaiyanFury5740d ago (Edited 5740d ago )

While I don't hope for the death knell of either company, I think you're right. In a lot of ways, EA has some really shady dealings going on, and in some ways doesn't seem to really try anymore. They swallow up companies like a black hole and often times shuts those companies down. Then they offer little in the way of innovation half the time, with mediocre updates to their sports franchises. There is some good news out of all the grey; games like Dead Space are fun and original and will keep you dreading going around every new corner where something might jump out and claw at you. As for Ubi, I don't play a lot of their games, but I do think that sometimes they also rest on their laurels. I hope both companies wise up and start thinking about gamers' interests instead of their own.

And one more thing to EA: Stop with the damned draconian DRM. It doesn't help your cause as was the case with Spore. It didn't stop piracy, it increased it and Spore went onto becoming the most pirated game in history. Even people who WANTED to pay for it started downloading it just to get around the stupid DRM. Learn from Spore, EA or your downturn will only continue, at least on the PC.


Debunked: Blowing On Nintendo Game Cartridges Never Worked

We have all been there! Blowing on a Nintendo video game cartridge when the game we were playing just would not launch or appeared to be glitching.

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Neonridr4d ago

I mean it worked for me. Regardless if it was just a poor connection between the cartridge and the console or some random bug that was preventing the game from loading properly, the placebo effect of knowing your breath is what fixed the game is dead set in the minds of plenty of 80s gamers.

wesnytsfs3d ago

Blow on the game and then use something about hte thickness of a deck of cards in my case it a was plastic sport card holder of about 20 cards that would keep the mechnaism all the eway down. Ahh and the famous left to right shuffle hoping the contact would touch.

VenomUK3d ago (Edited 3d ago )

Stupid Zoomer tries to debunk a technique used successfully by millions of people over many years.

Look out for they/them’s next article ‘DEBUNKED! Why the Xbox 360 towel trick is all a myth’.

Cacabunga3d ago

It did work, not only Nintendo but sega genesis and saturn as well

Seraphim3d ago (Edited 3d ago )

I mean, sure it worked, but did it work every single time? If the answer is yes then you were probably just lucky, or more likely, not remembering correctly. Regardless, it did work be that luck or scientific reasons.

thorstein4d ago

Clearing the dust from inside the cartridge by blowing on it did work.

Perhaps YOU are unfamiliar with how easily dust can disrupt electronics, but entire generations of gamers and computer users are.

DodoDojo3d ago

Yup. The pins would get dirty and dusty, anyone that's cleaned a game with a q tip knows that. Blowing the cartridge out would had have to helped.

Relientk774d ago

It worked for me and my cartridges. So I refuse to believe it's just a myth

shinoff21834d ago

It definitely works. They can go on and on about how it didn't but I was there for 100s of games. It was pretty damn common.

Wretchedstain3d ago

The salt in your saliva is conductive

romulus233d ago

Pretty sure people were supposed to blow on the cartridge not hawk tuah on it.

Lulz_Boat3d ago

i see what you did there LOL