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2013-02-27 04:41:45 PM  
Meh.
 
2013-02-27 04:46:38 PM  
Look at how much Angry Birds Friends is making just on Facebook and then tell me why EA shouldn't be looking green with envy.
 
2013-02-27 05:06:55 PM  
As long as you don't have to make these purchases to play, even if it takes longer without, carry on.
 
2013-02-27 05:08:31 PM  
I'll stick with Steam, thx. I like the way they roll.
 
2013-02-27 05:15:14 PM  
It's not always appropriate, but sometimes it works. But EA will probably find a way to f*ck it up. The only thing they do right is Soccer. Oh, and they published mirror's edge. Other than that, 2K took most their milkshake a looooooooooong time ago.
 
2013-02-27 05:28:29 PM  
GreenAdder to stop purchasing EA titles.
 
2013-02-27 05:29:08 PM  

GreenAdder: GreenAdder to stop purchasing EA titles.


Wait. Then again, I don't think I have in a couple years, unless you count a couple used Genesis games. Skitchin' FTW.
 
2013-02-27 06:02:44 PM  
Right above this is an article stating that a lot of people like being in abusive relationships....
 
2013-02-27 06:09:03 PM  

Duke Phillips' Singing Bears: It's not always appropriate, but sometimes it works. But EA will probably find a way to f*ck it up. The only thing they do right is Soccer. Oh, and they published mirror's edge. Other than that, 2K took most their milkshake a looooooooooong time ago.


Yeah, FIFA is still mad fun to play.  Of course, I'm expecting EA to ruin it any day now.
 
2013-02-27 06:12:14 PM  
Last EA game I ever bought was Mirror's Edge.

Won't be buying any more.
 
2013-02-27 06:14:10 PM  

GreenAdder: GreenAdder to stop purchasing EA titles.


So will blacksharpiemarker.

fark you EA.
 
2013-02-27 06:14:52 PM  

gopher321: I'll stick with Steam, thx. I like the way they roll.


Um... Steam offers the same cheap-ass DLC and add-ons, provided they come from the game company. See: Horse armor for Oblivion, or all of the skins available for Borderlands 2 (15x $.099 skins, btw).

Might help to learn that distributor != publisher.
 
2013-02-27 06:16:20 PM  
Well, glad I swore to never buy another EA product after Mass Effect 3.
 
2013-02-27 06:18:27 PM  
In the long, long ago...

EA put out games that were fun!
 
2013-02-27 06:18:34 PM  
If the purchases aren't required to progress, and aren't too obtrusive, this doesn't bother me much. Given that EA is involved, my confidence isn't exactly high though.
 
2013-02-27 06:18:53 PM  
I haven't bought an EA product since Madden 13. After hearing this, I'm going to continue not buying them until Madden 14.
 
2013-02-27 06:19:01 PM  

RoxtarRyan: gopher321: I'll stick with Steam, thx. I like the way they roll.

Um... Steam offers the same cheap-ass DLC and add-ons, provided they come from the game company. See: Horse armor for Oblivion, or all of the skins available for Borderlands 2 (15x $.099 skins, btw).

Might help to learn that distributor != publisher.


At 9 cents for a skin (or similar "useless" add-on) I probably wouldn't complain, however I expect you meant 99cents, which is foolish for anybody to waste their money on.
 
2013-02-27 06:19:33 PM  
dammit, knew I shoulda hit preview.

www.consoleclassix.com
 
2013-02-27 06:20:50 PM  

unlikely: Look at how much Angry Birds Friends is making just on Facebook and then tell me why EA shouldn't be looking green with envy.


Because ABF isn't selling retail for $60?
 
2013-02-27 06:20:54 PM  
Chris Roberts and Star Citizen are the best hope for rescuing gaming from the D-bags that have taken over the industry.
Let a crowd funded game stick it up EA's Originhole.
 
2013-02-27 06:21:21 PM  
No. I want a game. Not a device riddled with interaction disguised as 'fun' so you can parasitically suck me dry.

EA are truly becoming the Monsanto of the gaming world.
 
2013-02-27 06:23:43 PM  

sunnewswebguy: Chris Roberts and Star Citizen are the best hope for rescuing gaming from the D-bags that have taken over the industry.
Let a crowd funded game stick it up EA's Originhole.


I'm considering building a new comp just for that game.  Loved me some old-school Wing Commander (goddam those secret missions expansions were hard as a kid).  and Privateer was just awesome.
 
2013-02-27 06:25:56 PM  
For those wondering, yes, Dead Space 3 has micro-transactions. However... they don't do anything that you can't "earn" in-game. Don't waste your money.

Aside from that? Honestly, DS3 was actually kind of a let-down. I was hoping for another horror/survival game, where medkits and ammo were scarce, instead we got a game where you can become a tank early on by maxing out your armor, health and carry a full pack of ammo and medkits 20 minutes into the game. The shock and suspense of the series is no longer present, and it just seems kinda predictable. Also, far too easy, even playing the first playthrough on Hard.
 
2013-02-27 06:26:11 PM  
Step 1: Wait for ultimate/goty edition.
Step 2: Wait for ultimate/goty edition to drop to a reasonable price.
Step 3: Enjoy the complete game at a reasonable price.
 
2013-02-27 06:26:45 PM  

Shan: At 9 cents for a skin (or similar "useless" add-on) I probably wouldn't complain, however I expect you meant 99cents, which is foolish for anybody to waste their money on.


Word. I'm kinda drunk. Should probably sober up a bit before I got to work at the bar.
 
2013-02-27 06:27:43 PM  

yelmrog: dammit, knew I shoulda hit preview.

[www.consoleclassix.com image 256x224]


one of my favorites!!

EA is moving to a freemium model.. they have a hit on their hands with The Simpsons: Tapped Out.. buying in-game donuts for real money (which is easily spent accidentally).
 
2013-02-27 06:29:04 PM  

unlikely: Look at how much Angry Birds Friends is making just on Facebook and then tell me why EA shouldn't be looking green with envy.


Parallel, unrelated markets?

Anyway, the top-level gaming industry feels like it's about to have a collapse. I'm surprisingly okay with it. Hell, where's my 'jump, you farkers' sign?
 
2013-02-27 06:30:03 PM  

sunnewswebguy: Chris Roberts and Star Citizen are the best hope for rescuing gaming from the D-bags that have taken over the industry.
Let a crowd funded game stick it up EA's Originhole.


As much as I *really* want Star Citizen; I don't think it's going to be the mega-success needed to make the AAA players stand up and take notice, if only because it's not the type of game that has ever been a massive juggernaut.  If it were, then companies would still be making games like it.  Unfortunately, games like codblops ARE what sells in large numbers, hence why they get made.

My point being, if Star Citizen comes to fruition, AND is as good as we all hope, then we'll likely see more crowd-funded games being made, but by their very nature I doubt they'll be "major players."  I think what's likely is a group of dev's will get together, pitch their kickstarter / whatever, potentially make a game, and then disperse.
 
2013-02-27 06:31:30 PM  

Duke Phillips' Singing Bears: It's not always appropriate, but sometimes it works. But EA will probably find a way to f*ck it up. The only thing they do right is Soccer. Oh, and they published mirror's edge. Other than that, 2K took most their milkshake a looooooooooong time ago.


I rather like the way micros work in ME3 multiplayer (I don't know about this site's consensus but multiplayer is pretty fun to me. The gameplay is great and teamwork is essential on the higher difficulties). You can earn everything just fine with enough playtime, but you can also drop money to purchase packs outside of in-game currency. All their multiplayer DLC's have been free, and the incentive to buy is when that new DLC comes out adding a bunch of new stuff. About $1 buys you a pack worth 100k in in-game currency which can be gotten over the course of 3 silver matches or 1 gold (or .6 platinum), so you're either playing the heck out of the game in the weeks beforehand to stockpile credits in hopes for the new stuff or put down 10 dollars to skip over about 8-10 hours of gametime and hopefully get one of the classes/weapons you wanted to try out ASAP.
 
2013-02-27 06:33:06 PM  

sno man: As long as you don't have to make these purchases to play, even if it takes longer without, carry on.


This. If the purchases enhance the game, or make it easier: fine. If the purchases are needed to play the game through to the end, then fark 'em.
 
2013-02-27 06:35:52 PM  

GreenAdder: GreenAdder: GreenAdder to stop purchasing EA titles.

Wait. Then again, I don't think I have in a couple years, unless you count a couple used Genesis games. Skitchin' FTW.


My God skitchin' I have waited 20 years for that game sequel, I'm going to have to dig that out now
 
2013-02-27 06:38:34 PM  
The big North American gaming companies have been trying to do this for ages.  It makes game companies over seas big bucks.  Give the game way for free, but everything is pay to win.

Unfortunately, they screw it up every time they attempt it.

Example the SWTOR FTP bungle.  They took a problem of not enough people for an already anemic end game PVE and PVP and made it worse.

They commoditized hiding your head slot for godssake.  I can understand the some of the other restrictions, like mail, chat, auction house, etc. but hiding your head slot?
 
2013-02-27 06:38:40 PM  

Whistling Kitty Chaser: Step 1: Wait for ultimate/goty edition.
Step 2: Wait for ultimate/goty edition to drop to a reasonable price.
Step 3: Enjoy the complete game at a reasonable price.


winner winner chicken dinner!

http://www.commandandconquer.com/collection/

20 years of awesome RTS storylines
 
2013-02-27 06:39:48 PM  
Oh, and this won't work unless you're in a multiplayer environment competing against others.

I'd wager a good portion of micro-transactions are just so you can keep up with your "friends".
 
2013-02-27 06:40:51 PM  

TalenLee: Parallel, unrelated markets?


Absolutely true and correct. But they're looking for a way to take advantage of that pricing model, and they're probably not entirely wrong about how well it will work.

Iczer: Because ABF isn't selling retail for $60?


Presumably they'll drop their main-box pricing to get the software onto as many suckers' hard drives as possible. It's the only way this pricing model will work.
 
2013-02-27 06:41:24 PM  

unlikely: Look at how much Angry Birds Friends is making just on Facebook and then tell me why EA shouldn't be looking green with envy.


But first, EA has to start making games worth paying for.
 
2013-02-27 06:48:29 PM  
There hasn't been a good game made in decades.  Companies used to know how to do it, they weren't evil soulless husks who churn out mass produced flavor of the month crap for the idiot kids today to gobble up by the truckload.  Back in my day, games were games, intricate tapestries of storytelling and interactivity and were of such quality that can't even be compared to today.  Even the Mt. Dew tasted better.
 
2013-02-27 06:50:56 PM  

unlikely: Look at how much Angry Birds Friends is making just on Facebook and then tell me why EA shouldn't be looking green with envy.


That sort of works... EA are the green pigs systematically losing their castles to Angry Nerds.

Let's see... last EA game I got was... well, SWTOR, but it couldn't run. So uh... Beatles RockBand, and that was a gift. Let's put it this way EA, I've spent more money in the last 10 years with Eidos Montreal than you.

/Starflight 3 and we'll talk
 
2013-02-27 06:51:04 PM  
They do this because people will pay. We've no one to blame but ourselves.
 
2013-02-27 06:51:07 PM  
What gets me is when companies remove content with the intention of making them micro-transactions, rather than letting the transactions exist for convenience.
 
2013-02-27 06:51:11 PM  

Yuri Futanari: There hasn't been a good game made in decades.  Companies used to know how to do it, they weren't evil soulless husks who churn out mass produced flavor of the month crap for the idiot kids today to gobble up by the truckload.  Back in my day, games were games, intricate tapestries of storytelling and interactivity and were of such quality that can't even be compared to today.  Even the Mt. Dew tasted better.


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2013-02-27 06:53:27 PM  

unlikely: Iczer: Because ABF isn't selling retail for $60?

Presumably they'll drop their main-box pricing to get the software onto as many suckers' hard drives as possible. It's the only way this pricing model will work.


Exactly. And that's why EA won't do it. It'll be $59.99 + microtransactions. If they've any sanity left, they'll be things that are grindable anyway... they cross that line and they'll be about as reputable as Zynga.
 
2013-02-27 06:53:44 PM  

Mog32Kupo: Whistling Kitty Chaser: Step 1: Wait for ultimate/goty edition.
Step 2: Wait for ultimate/goty edition to drop to a reasonable price.
Step 3: Enjoy the complete game at a reasonable price.

winner winner chicken dinner!

http://www.commandandconquer.com/collection/

20 years of awesome RTS storylines


Origin? Here comes the DRM
 
2013-02-27 06:55:35 PM  

Psychopusher: unlikely: Look at how much Angry Birds Friends is making just on Facebook and then tell me why EA shouldn't be looking green with envy.

But first, EA has to start making games worth paying for.


I had a tiny sliver of desire to play simcity 5.  The engine looks interesting and could be an interesting sim from the dev videos.  Then EA talked about origin requirements and a persistent internet connection for single player and it evaporated.  They have multiplayer, but it doesn't seem interesting.  They add these things and I don't feel like I get anything out of it.  I'm fairly tolerant of microtransactions or internet connection requirements if I feel that I get something positive out of it.  And EA doesn't seem to do anything well.
 
2013-02-27 06:55:51 PM  

error 303: They do this because people will pay. We've no one to blame but ourselves.


Speak for yourself.

I'll never give them another penny of my money.

They may still sell copies, but they'll sell at least one less than they would have if they didn't shiat all over their customers every chance they got.
 
2013-02-27 06:55:54 PM  

ProfessorOhki: unlikely: Iczer: Because ABF isn't selling retail for $60?

Presumably they'll drop their main-box pricing to get the software onto as many suckers' hard drives as possible. It's the only way this pricing model will work.

Exactly. And that's why EA won't do it. It'll be $59.99 + microtransactions. If they've any sanity left, they'll be things that are grindable anyway... they cross that line and they'll be about as reputable as Zynga.


I think they crossed that line with their "Dead Space 3 weapon crafting system will allow you to just buy the materials you need" gambit.
 
2013-02-27 06:57:15 PM  

palan: Psychopusher: unlikely: Look at how much Angry Birds Friends is making just on Facebook and then tell me why EA shouldn't be looking green with envy.

But first, EA has to start making games worth paying for.

I had a tiny sliver of desire to play simcity 5.  The engine looks interesting and could be an interesting sim from the dev videos.  Then EA talked about origin requirements and a persistent internet connection for single player and it evaporated.  They have multiplayer, but it doesn't seem interesting.  They add these things and I don't feel like I get anything out of it.  I'm fairly tolerant of microtransactions or internet connection requirements if I feel that I get something positive out of it.  And EA doesn't seem to do anything well.


Yeah, I'll wait on SimCity 5 until I see it in the bargain bin.

//Spore wasn't that bad, just not what was promised.
 
2013-02-27 06:59:12 PM  
The saddest thing? The EA of old was so optimistic.
/Warning: pretty large image
 
2013-02-27 07:00:08 PM  

Milo1974: My God skitchin' I have waited 20 years for that game sequel, I'm going to have to dig that out now


You have good taste in video games. Have a month of TotalFark.
 
2013-02-27 07:00:46 PM  

Mog32Kupo: Whistling Kitty Chaser: Step 1: Wait for ultimate/goty edition.
Step 2: Wait for ultimate/goty edition to drop to a reasonable price.
Step 3: Enjoy the complete game at a reasonable price.

winner winner chicken dinner!

http://www.commandandconquer.com/collection/

20 years of awesome RTS storylines


That's a finely cut jib you have there. I like it.
 
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