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2022-05-21 12:10:04 PM  
I'm not a huge fan of EA, but them getting swallowed up by Disney or Amazon would be even worse.  We'd never see them let go of any of their exclusive licensing deals.
 
2022-05-21 12:42:25 PM  
Disney should buy the Star Wars license back from them, and any other licenses that they otherwise hold, but that's about it.
 
2022-05-21 12:42:42 PM  
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2022-05-21 12:45:06 PM  

Bootleg: Disney should buy the Star Wars license back from them, and any other licenses that they otherwise hold, but that's about it.


I think the exclusive window for EA on that one already ended.
 
2022-05-21 1:00:18 PM  

potierrh: [Fark user image 680x613]


Honestly, Electronic Arts should be in the EA graveyard. The vision when they were founded was radically different from what it became after its soul was sacrificed before the altar of ultracapitalism.
 
2022-05-21 1:07:23 PM  
Yeah, I'll let you trade it in used for a 5 bucks and a 10% coupon off a used Hasbro Interactive.
 
2022-05-21 1:10:43 PM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: Yeah, I'll let you trade it in used for a 5 bucks and a 10% coupon off a used Hasbro Interactive.


Gamestop, is that you?
 
2022-05-21 1:29:04 PM  
It's gonna have to be a company that isn't already in gaming. With all the huge mergers going on, regulators are gonna have to pick someone to make an example of.

And someone like Microsoft or Sony buying EA would be the example they choose.
 
2022-05-21 1:33:45 PM  

Gubbo: It's gonna have to be a company that isn't already in gaming. With all the huge mergers going on, regulators are gonna have to pick someone to make an example of.

And someone like Microsoft or Sony buying EA would be the example they choose.


I could see Disney doing it. Then keeping all of their licensed video games in-house.
 
2022-05-21 1:38:54 PM  

NeoCortex42: Gubbo: It's gonna have to be a company that isn't already in gaming. With all the huge mergers going on, regulators are gonna have to pick someone to make an example of.

And someone like Microsoft or Sony buying EA would be the example they choose.

I could see Disney doing it. Then keeping all of their licensed video games in-house.


I dunno. I don't see Disney wanting to put themselves in the position of needing Song/Microsoft/Nintendo.

Disney+ was many things for them, but presumably at least a small reason was to free themselves from cinemas that they don't own.
 
2022-05-21 3:37:14 PM  

potierrh: [Fark user image 680x613]


Those are just the major ones. The entire rest of that graveyard can be filled with smaller studios they destroyed.
 
2022-05-21 3:39:30 PM  
EA is where good game companies go to die.  So where does EA go to die?
 
2022-05-21 3:40:12 PM  

Sum Dum Gai: EA is where good game companies go to die.  So where does EA go to die?


Activision-Blizzard?
 
2022-05-21 3:41:06 PM  

NeoCortex42: I'm not a huge fan of EA, but them getting swallowed up by Disney or Amazon would be even worse.  We'd never see them let go of any of their exclusive licensing deals.


EA and Disney merging would be an apocalyptic event.  Like two supermassive black holes merging, or every molecule in the universe stopping then exploding at the speed of light.
 
2022-05-21 3:42:53 PM  

NeoCortex42: Bootleg: Disney should buy the Star Wars license back from them, and any other licenses that they otherwise hold, but that's about it.

I think the exclusive window for EA on that one already ended.


From the article:
its exclusivity deal with Disney for the Star Wars license isn't going to be renewed when it expires in 2023.
 
2022-05-21 3:43:57 PM  

Learned Hand Job: potierrh: [Fark user image 680x613]

Honestly, Electronic Arts should be in the EA graveyard. The vision when they were founded was radically different from what it became after its soul was sacrificed before the altar of ultracapitalism.


Yeah. Cut my gaming teeth on Bard's Tale and Arcticfox for the IIe.

Also Autoduel, 2400 A.D, and Space Rogue from Origin.
 
2022-05-21 3:48:18 PM  
Am considering taking EA private at $144.20.  Funding secured.
 
2022-05-21 3:49:24 PM  

Gubbo: NeoCortex42: Gubbo: It's gonna have to be a company that isn't already in gaming. With all the huge mergers going on, regulators are gonna have to pick someone to make an example of.

And someone like Microsoft or Sony buying EA would be the example they choose.

I could see Disney doing it. Then keeping all of their licensed video games in-house.

I dunno. I don't see Disney wanting to put themselves in the position of needing Song/Microsoft/Nintendo.

Disney+ was many things for them, but presumably at least a small reason was to free themselves from cinemas that they don't own.


But it would give them more IP to make content for D+. I would bet someone is arguing how they could make a Mass Effect show to them right now.

Alternatively I can see Warner Bros deciding to buy in and expand WB Interactive.
 
2022-05-21 3:57:59 PM  

Learned Hand Job: Honestly, Electronic Arts should be in the EA graveyard. The vision when they were founded was radically different from what it became after its soul was sacrificed before the altar of ultracapitalism.


Damn right.

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Throw in Archon II, Mail Order Monsters, Seven Cities Of Gold, Racing Destruction Set, Dr. J and Larry Bird One on One, and Realm Of Impossibility on top of these and you don't ever need another videogame again.
 
2022-05-21 4:13:22 PM  

Uzzah: Learned Hand Job: Honestly, Electronic Arts should be in the EA graveyard. The vision when they were founded was radically different from what it became after its soul was sacrificed before the altar of ultracapitalism.

Damn right.

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Throw in Archon II, Mail Order Monsters, Seven Cities Of Gold, Racing Destruction Set, Dr. J and Larry Bird One on One, and Realm Of Impossibility on top of these and you don't ever need another videogame again.


And wasteland.
 
2022-05-21 4:14:40 PM  
EA: Because FU was taken.
 
2022-05-21 4:27:37 PM  
I went to the wiki to see which IP's they own and was wondering which value the company
would have if it merged with another conglomerate to be this all encompassing Voltron of Suck.
Seeing some of the remaining studios I remember their overall past strategy, and I
just hope they farking die on the vine and the studios they own are purchased piecemeal.

/I remember the 1st three "Burnouts".
//Still annoyed about what happened to Criterion.
///Still annoyed by Maxis.

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/much like Blizzard, they were already dying when
we thought they were still ok.
 
2022-05-21 4:28:18 PM  
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2022-05-21 4:31:53 PM  
My money is on Sony. With Microsoft buying Activision, this announcement is the answer to their prayers.

On a side note, with Ubisoft looking for a buyer, who do you think will step up? My guess would be Take Two Interactive, since they also specialize in open world games and international development studios. A less likely pick would be Google, since Ubisoft is about the only big name still supporting Google Stadia - and this includes Google!
 
2022-05-21 4:40:14 PM  
Just give me Command & Conquer: Generals 2, you cocks.
 
2022-05-21 4:41:17 PM  

Ivo Shandor: [massivelyop.com image 375x750]


Fark needs a "Sad" button because you're not wrong. :(
 
2022-05-21 5:06:29 PM  
Microsoft's still digesting multiple acquisitions, I don't know if Sony has the budget considering they've been scooping up a ton of smaller companies like Bad Wolf, Crunchyroll, and Bungie.  The NBCU deal fell through.  I don't think Disney is going to be interested in getting into game production and distribution.  Apple, maybe?
 
2022-05-21 5:26:14 PM  

Gubbo: NeoCortex42: Gubbo: It's gonna have to be a company that isn't already in gaming. With all the huge mergers going on, regulators are gonna have to pick someone to make an example of.

And someone like Microsoft or Sony buying EA would be the example they choose.

I could see Disney doing it. Then keeping all of their licensed video games in-house.

I dunno. I don't see Disney wanting to put themselves in the position of needing Song/Microsoft/Nintendo.

Disney+ was many things for them, but presumably at least a small reason was to free themselves from cinemas that they don't own.


Could Disney go the route of Amazon with the way that with Prime you can play some games online with your Prime membership?

Don't underestimate the routes they will go for revenue.

/thank you grandma and grandpa for buying me Disney stock when I was born
 
2022-05-21 5:56:31 PM  
EA needs a WATA grading to boost its sales price
 
2022-05-21 5:57:45 PM  

WoodyHayes: Just give me Command & Conquer: Generals 2, you cocks.


Seconded. I miss its brand of near-real-but-caricaturish take on modern warfare. I doubt a sequel (or even a remake) would be made (though they tried), I suspect the stereotypes portrayed would be considered too likely to be interpreted as offensive for their MBA's to maximize profits...

/the voice acting still makes me laugh
//we're going to ruin somebody's day
 
2022-05-21 6:01:51 PM  

Electrify: My money is on Sony. With Microsoft buying Activision, this announcement is the answer to their prayers.

On a side note, with Ubisoft looking for a buyer, who do you think will step up? My guess would be Take Two Interactive, since they also specialize in open world games and international development studios. A less likely pick would be Google, since Ubisoft is about the only big name still supporting Google Stadia - and this includes Google!


Nah, none of Sony's recent moves would support that. They wouldn't likely have the cash needed either, but they're current moves are all around creating much more Games As A Service and building the infrastructure to support that goal.

I can see them maybe making a move for Ubi since they got the Ubi+ classic catalogue and service soon tied into their PS Plus benefits. But even then I really don't think it's aligned with their current goals.

Microsoft is too tied up in ActiBlizzard.

Honestly it's probably just bullshiat because buying a company of this size has a lot of steps that quietly need to be done first and take a while.

I'll throw out a wild one and say Netflix since they want to get into game streaming as an additional service line and show adaptations tend to draw viewers.
 
2022-05-21 6:28:25 PM  

Uzzah: Learned Hand Job: Honestly, Electronic Arts should be in the EA graveyard. The vision when they were founded was radically different from what it became after its soul was sacrificed before the altar of ultracapitalism.

Damn right.

[gamepressure.com image 720x474]

Throw in Archon II, Mail Order Monsters, Seven Cities Of Gold, Racing Destruction Set, Dr. J and Larry Bird One on One, and Realm Of Impossibility on top of these and you don't ever need another videogame again.


Early days of EA when they were a small company making Amiga games.  Hard to believe it's the same company, wonder where these people are now.

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2022-05-21 6:39:08 PM  

Learned Hand Job: potierrh: [Fark user image 680x613]

Honestly, Electronic Arts should be in the EA graveyard. The vision when they were founded was radically different from what it became after its soul was sacrificed before the altar of ultracapitalism.


I listened to a podcast (Wizbru) about their history and it's a damn shame. When they were founded, they made great games to make great games.

But it was more profitable to make pay to win loot crate shovelware for the stonks, so that's the direction they went
 
2022-05-21 7:03:26 PM  
Disney getting EA would mean that they could have full control of their Marvel, Disney, Pixar, and Star Wars games. It would make some sense. Probably not enough to get 1313 a new lease on life, but then again, with The Mandalorian, The Book of Boba Fett and the new series under way, if Disney were to acquire EA, that would mean much greater control for their game content.
 
2022-05-21 7:03:40 PM  

ThreadSinger: WoodyHayes: Just give me Command & Conquer: Generals 2, you cocks.

Seconded. I miss its brand of near-real-but-caricaturish take on modern warfare. I doubt a sequel (or even a remake) would be made (though they tried), I suspect the stereotypes portrayed would be considered too likely to be interpreted as offensive for their MBA's to maximize profits...

/the voice acting still makes me laugh
//we're going to ruin somebody's day


Yeah, and all of the different challenges with the types of generals gave it a lot of replayability.
 
2022-05-21 7:17:35 PM  

ThreadSinger: WoodyHayes: Just give me Command & Conquer: Generals 2, you cocks.

Seconded. I miss its brand of near-real-but-caricaturish take on modern warfare. I doubt a sequel (or even a remake) would be made (though they tried), I suspect the stereotypes portrayed would be considered too likely to be interpreted as offensive for their MBA's to maximize profits...

/the voice acting still makes me laugh
//we're going to ruin somebody's day


Oh the Helix super heavy helicopter.  That's my favourite quote from probably the whole unit roster.
 
2022-05-21 7:22:09 PM  
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I remember playing Star Control 2 and thinking, "Wait... have I already played this?"
 
2022-05-21 7:23:27 PM  
  

stuartp9: wonder where these people are now

... Brian Fargo,Anne Westfall, Jon Freeman

Fargo (Bard's Tale) is still active in game design and production.  He was involved in buying the rights to the Flash game Line Rider and porting it to other platforms.  More recently, he's been involved developing and publishing the Fallout-offshoot Wasteland series, among other things.

Westfall and Freeman are barely in the video game space now.  Last info I had on them was that they were making online card games back in the late '90s and early aughts.  They had been hooked up with Paul Reiche in the EA years and for a while after, and he went on to work on the legendary Star Control 2, but that was after he split from Wesfall & Freeman.   Wesfall has a Twitter account, but other than posting some historical articles back in 2017, she doesn't seem to use it for anything.
 
2022-05-21 8:38:46 PM  
It just seems to me that EA has razed the earth and has budget problems.

At least they're not Activision/Blizzard.
 
2022-05-21 8:41:07 PM  
Whoever picks them up needs to get a new version of this in the works.

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2022-05-21 9:29:22 PM  
Electronic Arts were among the greats in the early 1980s. When they took the pledge at the bottom of this package seriously.

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At that time you could confidently buy anything they published knowing it would be interesting, innovative and enjoyable. What they've become since is an appalling betrayal of everything they once were.

Younger people never believe me when I tell them that EA used to be great. They only know the crass corporate monster it's become.
 
2022-05-21 10:14:56 PM  

Gordon Bennett: Electronic Arts were among the greats in the early 1980s. When they took the pledge at the bottom of this package seriously.

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At that time you could confidently buy anything they published knowing it would be interesting, innovative and enjoyable. What they've become since is an appalling betrayal of everything they once were.

Younger people never believe me when I tell them that EA used to be great. They only know the crass corporate monster it's become.


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One of the best box art and great games of that era.

Creator Dani Bunten would be an interesting person to ask about the evolution from this and her other game M.U.L.E. to today's 4X games, as well as "ethics in gaming journalism," BS, but she died long ago.
 
2022-05-21 10:29:46 PM  
Whoever buys EA, just make NHL for the PC again.

WoodyHayes: Just give me Command & Conquer: Generals 2, you cocks.

Fark thread on a documentary on how C&C Generals 2 was derailed by EA.

I was subby, and yeah, I felt like launching a Scud storm after watching it.

/picked the suicide squads/explosives Middle Eastern general. Dirt bike suicide bomber rush on power plants and bulldozers FTW
//never got to try Chinooks filled with snipers and anti-tank rocket guys strategy against people at the LAN cafe I used to play modded Generals (DeeZire mod, added cut weapons and abilities. American laser general became a freak to behold).
 
2022-05-22 1:38:08 AM  

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Too soon Pandemic. Too soon.
 
2022-05-22 1:48:48 AM  

WoodyHayes: Just give me Command & Conquer: Generals 2, you cocks.


I regret I can only vote once

Hopefully someday buy the ip and does something with it.
 
2022-05-22 8:06:27 AM  

potierrh: [Fark user image 680x613]


I used to work for one of those studios.
 
2022-05-22 8:50:14 AM  
Disney has a five year cycle where they want to keep all the profits of their games, so they hire up and make their stuff in house. Then they get skittish over how much investment it takes to make games, so they shut down all their studios and license everything out instead. Then they don't like sharing the profits and the cycle begins again. Buying EA could break that cycle. There is no way they will do it.
 
2022-05-22 9:39:58 AM  

Gubbo: It's gonna have to be a company that isn't already in gaming. With all the huge mergers going on, regulators are gonna have to pick someone to make an example of.

And someone like Microsoft or Sony buying EA would be the example they choose.


Antitrust law is, today, the equivalent of bird law - a snarky joke.
We don't really have antitrust law anymore, and Trump judges are on track to destroy what little is left of it.
 
2022-05-22 10:22:59 AM  
99.9% of twitter is hot garbage but the only publisher that makes me laugh
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2022-05-22 11:34:14 AM  
One of my favorite childhood memories
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On of my others
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Fark you, EA
 
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