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(Gamespot)   In a bid to truly prove that yes, they are the worst company on the planet, EA is closing its most popular Facebook games down. This headline would be longer but I ran out of diamonds   (gamespot.com ) divider line
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2013-04-15 07:58:57 PM  
If you invest real money in an EA game hosted on Facebook, you deserved to get fleeced.
 
2013-04-15 08:18:12 PM  

Snarcoleptic_Hoosier: If you invest real money in an EA game hosted on Facebook, you deserved to get fleeced.


The people who consider this an investment are the target market for commemorative plates and lottery tickets.
 
2013-04-15 08:55:11 PM  
VIVA LA EA SPOUSE!
 
2013-04-15 09:08:01 PM  

RedPhoenix122: Snarcoleptic_Hoosier: If you invest real money in an EA game hosted on Facebook, you deserved to get fleeced.

The people who consider this an investment are the target market for commemorative plates and lottery tickets.


Oh yeah.

For example, not Facebook, but I've played a lot of Mass Effect 3 multiplayer. You can spend real money to unlock equipment, or just play and see what you get. Some people have spent hundreds and thousands of dollars, buying more stuff for a game that cost a tiny fraction.

Rubes.

No way in hell I'd spend money on that crap.
 
2013-04-15 09:16:27 PM  
Someone ated my emoticon of a sad face in the headline ....   : (  was after closing down. sigh.
/off to collect from my businesses and factories.

This is also a lot bigger than the one i linked to- Playfish is close to being doa also.
The really mad folks are the pet society players, mostly younger girls .Their forum has filled up a lot
http://forum.playfish.com/showthread.php?t=2968220">http://forum.pla yfish.com/showthread.php?t=2968220
 
2013-04-15 09:21:28 PM  
This is exactly why I won't be buying any games that are required to be "always online." There's nothing stopping a company like EA to just stop supporting it, rendering it unplayable. Yea, no thanks.
 
2013-04-15 09:21:41 PM  
EA and Facebook "games" -- two things that deserve to die together.
 
2013-04-15 09:39:17 PM  
Sid_6.7:

No way in hell I'd spend money on that crap.

Bet you brought all the DLC though.

Rube.
 
2013-04-15 09:40:57 PM  

Cheeseface: This is exactly why I won't be buying any games that are required to be "always online." There's nothing stopping a company like EA to just stop supporting it, rendering it unplayable. Yea, no thanks.


Yup.  And usually there's some brilliant soul in each of these threads who chimes in with "who cares if you have to be online to play, I always am!"
 
2013-04-15 09:42:30 PM  

Snarcoleptic_Hoosier: If you invest real money in an EA game hosted on Facebook, you deserved to get fleeced.


As if they're never going to take down the servers for any other game.
 
2013-04-15 09:43:03 PM  
EA will make a "special offer" available to players of the affected titles in the form of an unspecified PopCap game.

Used to work with one of PopCap's founders, though I didn't even know that until about a year ago.

/csb
 
2013-04-15 09:47:26 PM  
I'd bomb a marathon if they shut down Bejeweled Blitz.
 
2013-04-15 09:48:48 PM  
I just went through and deleted all my Facebook games so.......
 
2013-04-15 10:00:28 PM  
EA will make a "special offer" available to players of the affected titles in the form of an unspecified PopCap game. Further details on this promotion will be made available in-game "soon," EA said.

I'm not sure what they're promising here, but I'm betting there are some people who would like to pop a cap in EA's ass.
 
2013-04-15 10:06:46 PM  
[clears throat]
[stands up]
"F/ck EA."
[sits down]
 
2013-04-15 10:08:31 PM  

Vaneshi: Sid_6.7:

No way in hell I'd spend money on that crap.

Bet you brought all the DLC though.

Rube.


Nope. I bought a version that came with the "From the Ashes", but I didn't bother with the others.

ME3 wasn't nearly as compelling as the other entries in the series, except for the multiplayer, which has been pretty damn good.
 
2013-04-15 10:14:26 PM  
The unfortunate thing about social games is just what you see here. You only get to play while it's still profitable for you to be playing. Meanwhile, a consumer friendly game like Morrowind actually seems like a worthwhile way to destress. It even gets new content (albeit unofficial)
 
2013-04-15 10:25:17 PM  
Yeah, that's 'cause they're closing a bunch of offices and firing people.
 
2013-04-15 10:35:59 PM  

starsrift: Yeah, that's 'cause they're closing a bunch of offices and firing people.


They'll all go home to the nearest house with an empty parking space, taking the shortest route there regardless of traffic.
 
2013-04-15 10:39:10 PM  
They did this with their MLB baseball game as well, and their NHL game is ending in May.
 
2013-04-15 10:49:10 PM  

Mytch: The unfortunate thing about social games is just what you see here. You only get to play while it's still profitable for you to be playing. Meanwhile, a consumer friendly game like Morrowind actually seems like a worthwhile way to destress. It even gets new content (albeit unofficial)


I agree. Horse armour blamage aside, I have no problems giving Bethesda money for DLC. They sell you an add-on for a fixed price. You know what you're getting, and once you have it, you can play it forever. If it's not your cup of tea, you don't buy it. They went a little off track with Oblivion, but even then I once bought a castle for three bucks that I though was rather cool.

This social micropayment system, on the other hand, is just miserable. A buck here, a buck there, a buck everywhere, and before you know it, it all goes down the oubliette because it's no longer profitable to provide you with access to the things you already paid for. EA in particular needs to be on one of those dead company watchlists - they're hemorrhaging money and their only response seems to be to double down on the kind of shiat that got them where they are today. They want to turn desktop and console gaming into the same vapid wasteland that Zynga invented to fleece the feeble-minded on browser games, while buying and trashing once respected labels as fast as they possibly can. Had they set out five years ago with the explicit goal of destroying themselves with corporate wishful thinking and a complete disregard for reality, they couldn't have done a better job.
 
2013-04-15 10:49:38 PM  
I've been checking on the Simcity forums every other day, hoping for good patch notes, or just to see how mad people still are. And it's pretty common for people to deride Simcity as being more like a Facebook game, instead of a proper PC game. I wonder if they're hitting a nerve with that, and EA realized it had tainted their game design.

/More likely it's about the monies.
 
2013-04-15 11:07:25 PM  

Sid_6.7: For example, not Facebook, but I've played a lot of Mass Effect 3 multiplayer. You can spend real money to unlock equipment, or just play and see what you get. Some people have spent hundreds and thousands of dollars, buying more stuff for a game that cost a tiny fraction.

Rubes.

No way in hell I'd spend money on that crap.


Seconded. I really am enjoying the trend of Free 2 Play games, though, so I guess I should be thanking those rubes for making that model possible.
 
2013-04-15 11:10:05 PM  
What a great business model. Get people to buy your product, then when it no longer is profitable you take it away and offer them a product that the people didn't want to begin with. I can't imagine why someone wouldn't want to do business with EA.
 
2013-04-15 11:17:25 PM  
So the only thing constantly online is the cash register.
...Until they get tired of taking your money.
 
2013-04-15 11:24:39 PM  

I Like Bread: Sid_6.7: For example, not Facebook, but I've played a lot of Mass Effect 3 multiplayer. You can spend real money to unlock equipment, or just play and see what you get. Some people have spent hundreds and thousands of dollars, buying more stuff for a game that cost a tiny fraction.

Rubes.

No way in hell I'd spend money on that crap.

Seconded. I really am enjoying the trend of Free 2 Play games, though, so I guess I should be thanking those rubes for making that model possible.


That.

I still subscribe to swtor and play fairly often. I'm perfectly happy to subsidize some f2p folks, but damn does the biatching get old.
 
2013-04-15 11:37:53 PM  
Figures that EA is the shiatty ass company that runs Bejeweled Blitz. Even if a person specifically doesn't want to share, it still shares. It also shares stuff that it doesn't ask you to share. It sends out invites on its own, etc.

I freaking blocked the freaking thing.

/Die Bejeweled Blitz Die
 
2013-04-15 11:42:27 PM  
Those monsters.
 
2013-04-15 11:46:13 PM  

starsrift: Yeah, that's 'cause they're closing a bunch of offices and firing people.


We all pay for the mistakes of our betters (i.e. job creators). EA employees walk home to their rented hovel with nothing but uncertainty in tough times. The people who actually caused the mess get home by surfing a wave of cash into a mansion overflowing with hookers and blow.
 
2013-04-16 12:18:35 AM  

nmemkha: starsrift: Yeah, that's 'cause they're closing a bunch of offices and firing people.

We all pay for the mistakes of our betters (i.e. job creators). EA employees walk home to their rented hovel with nothing but uncertainty in tough times. The people who actually caused the mess get home by surfing a wave of cash into a mansion overflowing with hookers and blow.


Most people who work for EA make pretty good money.
 
2013-04-16 12:19:41 AM  
EA games is literally NAZI germany and whoever pulled the plug is literally hitler
 
2013-04-16 12:27:56 AM  

jake3988: /Die Bejeweled Blitz Die


The Bejeweled Blitz, The?
 
2013-04-16 12:31:21 AM  
Game servers are shut down all the time. Usually because of freetards trying to usurp the system with charge backs and then terrorizing legitimate players with stories of how totalitarian the system is. FUD will close down more games than idiotic producers and marketers.
 
2013-04-16 12:34:55 AM  
I highly doubt the "freetards" as Seamer so rudely called them had anything to do with this
 
2013-04-16 12:36:48 AM  
Oh, didn't see the chargebacks thing when I posted and you're talking about something else. Whoops
 
2013-04-16 12:44:26 AM  

TalenLee: jake3988: /Die Bejeweled Blitz Die

The Bejeweled Blitz Lightning, The?


FTFY
 
2013-04-16 12:45:49 AM  
They make Facebook games and people biatch, they take down Facebook games and people biatch.

It's Facebook, nothing of value was lost
 
2013-04-16 12:49:19 AM  

J. Frank Parnell: I've been checking on the Simcity forums every other day, hoping for good patch notes, or just to see how mad people still are. And it's pretty common for people to deride Simcity as being more like a Facebook game, instead of a proper PC game. I wonder if they're hitting a nerve with that, and EA realized it had tainted their game design.

/More likely it's about the monies.


I remember reading somewhere that they deliberately designed the new Simcity to be social media friendly, or some such nonsense.  It was why they claimed always online was needed, and I think they even said the server issues were because they thought people would only play the game for a few minutes at a time, like a facebook game.  I don't know if that is true, but it certainly sounds plausible, and I can just picture a room full of self important know-nothings congratulating themselves for thinking it up.

Full disclosure:  I purchased myself a premium account for World of Tanks.  I tell myself it is because I have responsibilities these days and generally have more money than time to sit around all day and play games, but... when I started I swore I'd never pay a cent.  Then I hit tier 8.
 
2013-04-16 12:55:17 AM  

Seamer: Game servers are shut down all the time. Usually because of freetards trying to usurp the system with charge backs and then terrorizing legitimate players with stories of how totalitarian the system is. FUD will close down more games than idiotic producers and marketers.


An EA white knight???  You are truly history's greatest monster.
 
2013-04-16 01:05:41 AM  
I know it's very trendy to sneer at all the people who play Facebook games but you're dealing with a lot of elderly people as well as foreign kids. So you're cooler and better than some old woman in Wisconsin who likes to take care of virtual purple cows. Or some teenage girl in Indonesia who built a virtual beach house for her bikini babe avatar while in real life wearing a hijab and is bound for dental school. You might as well be bragging you're too cool to crochet doilies.
 
2013-04-16 01:09:38 AM  
I used to play Castle Age. Problem was the new players were always subject to the oldest ones and were always and would always be at a disadvantage. You get someone upset, they get their upper level buddies start jumping on you, and that was that. At that point you'll never advance in level again. Game became pointless at that time.
So they quit getting my money, they win! I used to throw some money at the game as a way of support, now none of them get my money. You don't let the inmates run the asylum.
 
2013-04-16 01:12:11 AM  

Foxxinnia: What a great business model. Get people to buy your product, then when it no longer is profitable you take it away and offer them a product that the people didn't want to begin with. I can't imagine why someone wouldn't want to do business with EA.


This is pretty much the last thing you'll hear from EA until the new consoles release for Christmas. By then, everyone will have forgotten about everything bad, and they'll be rushing out to buy the new EA titles for their new PS4.
 
2013-04-16 01:12:14 AM  

FunkOut: I know it's very trendy to sneer at all the people who play Facebook games but you're dealing with a lot of elderly people as well as foreign kids. So you're cooler and better than some old woman in Wisconsin who likes to take care of virtual purple cows. Or some teenage girl in Indonesia who built a virtual beach house for her bikini babe avatar while in real life wearing a hijab and is bound for dental school. You might as well be bragging you're too cool to crochet doilies.


When you put it like that it all makes sense.
course it also takes the fun out of making fun of facebook.
you sir are an ass
 
2013-04-16 01:20:19 AM  

jake3988: Figures that EA is the shiatty ass company that runs Bejeweled Blitz. Even if a person specifically doesn't want to share, it still shares. It also shares stuff that it doesn't ask you to share. It sends out invites on its own, etc.

I freaking blocked the freaking thing.

/Die Bejeweled Blitz Die


To be fair, that's also the Facebook way.  EA and Facebook - two shiat tastes that taste even shiattier together.

/RIP SimCity 1989-2012
 
2013-04-16 01:24:00 AM  

change1211: Most people who work for EA make pretty good money.


Maybe as a salary, but not as an hourly wage, given the death-march hours.
 
2013-04-16 01:27:22 AM  
You gamers have no one to blame but yourselves. You complained about "Always On" so much, EA decided to try something different. Now you are complaining about "Always Off?" You guys need to deal with it.
 
2013-04-16 01:42:45 AM  

Mithiwithi: change1211: Most people who work for EA make pretty good money.

Maybe as a salary, but not as an hourly wage, given the death-march hours.


I was paid hourly at EA, bought myself a Jaguar with the money.
 
2013-04-16 01:48:22 AM  

miniflea: Full disclosure:  I purchased myself a premium account for World of Tanks.  I tell myself it is because I have responsibilities these days and generally have more money than time to sit around all day and play games, but... when I started I swore I'd never pay a cent.  Then I hit tier 8.


I played that one for quite a while (think I got to tier 6 before I gave up). It's a fun game, but if you don't have the expendable income to be a wallet warrior it gets old fast getting one-shotted by people with tons of premium ammo.
Still, I LOVED playing my Marder...
 
2013-04-16 01:48:57 AM  
Dammit Fark, stop eating my line breaks!
 
2013-04-16 01:53:59 AM  

FunkOut: I know it's very trendy to sneer at all the people who play Facebook games but you're dealing with a lot of elderly people as well as foreign kids. So you're cooler and better than some old woman in Wisconsin who likes to take care of virtual purple cows. Or some teenage girl in Indonesia who built a virtual beach house for her bikini babe avatar while in real life wearing a hijab and is bound for dental school. You might as well be bragging you're too cool to crochet doilies.


Indeed .
Its also a lot of agoraphobes and disabled folks, at least in sim city social. And I have met some fine people that way, via the game. Folks who mostly just want to have something to do, and hey! I can build a city the way i like to....  And I found out that even if I cannot speak or write Russian, or Japanese, or Chinese or even Arabic- these kinds of games took away the language barrier, and we all had fun.
You need a land permit ? it came to me in english. I needed something ? it went to them in their native tongue.

For the always on arguments  this about is the facebook game, not the retail one.

It was the retail game that had server issues, not the facebook one.

I am subby, and I am not a huge fan of facebook. A RL friend asked me to play, as it would help her. The game requires help from friends or it might as well be called podunkville social, as one could not really do anything besides make a gas station and a few houses and perhaps a bakery. I joined just to help her, and then had fun myself.
 
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