Originally Posted by TheShawn
Whether or not it was the NFL's fault, or EA's fault, it still hurts gaming when competition is destroyed. Maybe by complaining about it, it makes it less likely to happen. Bad press can cause a company to reverse decisions, sometimes.
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It cites a GameTap interview, which has a dead link. GameTap got rid of all of their old news articles and blog posts when Metaboli took over, by the way. So yeah, if EA hadn't been the highest bidder, we'd basically be whining about how 2K sports is releasing the same NFL game every year with an updated roster, and whining about how they stiff-armed the NFL into an exclusive deal. Which wouldn't be true either, by the way.
I still hate EA though.
Meh, I only found this out last week myself. Not really anyone's fault that it wasn't made clear enough to begin with.Originally Posted by The 1 2 P
Last edited by BetaWolf47; 06-18-2012 at 09:05 PM.
Other companies can still make football games, they just can't use the team names or names of the players. Not sure why no other companies are trying, make another game like Mutant League Football or something else creative.
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You've also got what happened with Blood Bowl. It gets announced. Everyone immediately thinks a next gen version of Mutant League Football. Then what happens? It's a TRPG game based on football. WTF? If it was a regular football game with fake names based on real teams and real players Mutant League Football style, the game probably would have sold for that reason alone. But they had to screw what everyone who saw the game thought would be a cool throwback title.
While EA might not develop the very best football games, you also have to think of the worst football games out there, or like Blood Bowl, the most stupid ideas out there. The EA football games nowdays are atleast good games to football fans. There was some real crap back on the SNES and Genesis. Super Play Action Football anyone(I only mention SPAF because it's probably the worst football game I've ever played?)
Meh, they ruined Bullfrog. That alone warrants my distaste for them.
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I don't hate EA. They've definitely ruined a number of game franchises they bought up, but that was kind of to be expected since they no longer had the original people. It's not EA's fault that companies like Origin couldn't keep their financial house in order. I've enjoyed their Bond games and NFS games in the past. Just not much else original coming from them.
Why do people hate EA? Let's ask EA instead of the people who hate EA.
Overcharging for DLC/excessive and not giving players what they are used to having or want.
Battlefield 3 example of missing features:
1. MOD tools
3. new/additional game modes (i.e. gungame, moh-style, titan, etc.)
4. voice chat
5. ping filter in server browser
6. off-line bots
7. epic maps from previous BF titles
8. Special forces kits (i.e. zip lines, grappling/rappelling hook, etc.)
Kinda the same ballgame with recent companies like Blizzard and Diablo 3, no mods, no LAN?? Fuck them...
They forget where they came from and why people liked them in the first place, that's why people hate on EA largely.
Also, where the fuck is Star Flight.....yeah, fuck EA for just those exact things listed, to be "specific".
^^Battlefield 3 has become more and more a disapointment as time goes on and the excuses for why those things aren't implemented are so frustrating that I've pretty much stopped playing.
EA's buying out of, excessive meddling in, and eventually gutting of Westwood still hurts to this day.
I don't hate EA and I understand they are a business but those past actions will always paint a black mark that they can't really redeem.
You can't talk with your own team in BF3? Whaaaaat?
Last edited by duffmanth; 06-20-2012 at 08:44 AM.
This link pretty much says that EA fought for the right to have an exclusive license and not that the NFL only wanted to work with one company.
Electronic Arts has signed the biggest sports free agent on the market. In a devastating blow to competitors--and in a deal sure to reshape sports gaming--the software giant signed an exclusive agreement with the National Football League and the NFL Players Inc., a subsidiary of the NFL Players Association.
The deal, one EA admits to having lobbied for over the past few years...
They cpuld have a perinnial contract with every spots agency n creation and i would not care one iota. I don't care about sports games and EA gave me Dead Space amongst numerous other games that I've loved over the last 20 years so, I dont hate them at all personally. Sure they do some rather irritating things like the online pass thing and that does piss me off but I can still laud the positive things too.