I thought blizzard Diablo 3 required a persistant internet connection to play? Not true? EA should have seen the disaster that was Diablo 3 (so I heard/read) and learned from them. A great step in the direction to stop piracy a terrible step in the direction to cut create revenue. I don't care about piracy I do care about the price of this stock. EA isn't doing the shareholders a service by doing this. Or did it work for Diablo 3 and Blizzard made more money because the pirates had to go buy it if they wanted it? I don't know... anyone?
You're a moron.
1. There is no SimCity 2003.
2. Blizzard doesn't require a persistent online connection for my Starcraft single-player game.
3. Valve (Steam) is even more liberal with their DRM. I have 20 games on Steam that they just need me to log in once in a while and I can play offline to my heart's content.
What EA is doing goes completely against the industry norm and you will see the stock price drop correspondingly in this coming quarter. Most game sales happen in the first week of release and they've botched this so badly that sales will plummet. It's really unfortunate as this could have been such a cash cow for the company.
doesn't matter. nobody can even play the game even if they wanted to. As for thqisbankrupt, he doesn't know the difference between DRM and always online. You can buy a game from steam and play it offline. Even if you lose your connection you can still play because your purchase has already been authenticated. With the junk that EA is peddaling you have always have a broadband internet connection to play the game... even if you just want to play solo. EA scrood the pooch on this one.
Wow really? You know zero about modern video games. When was the last time you purchased from Steam? What about Blizzard? DRM is the rule, not the exception. You're crazy if you think they are somehow targeting the gamers in the military with the intention of #$%$ hem off.
Sim City (all of them) sucks. If you liked Sim City 2003 then that probes you have bad taste.
Sim City will turn out to be the biggest disaster at EA in 20 years. Sim City 4 was published in January of 2003. It had a loy fan base, these people playing the same game with mods for 10 Years. EA wanted some more revenue from the fan base, pushed out a new release taking little from the existing game that everyone loves. Single player requires a connection to the internet? Claimed gold status on pre-sales but dont have any servers for people to play on. DRM that breaks the game. At the time of this post 700 reviews on Amazon - 620 have a 1 Star rating. This is the evolution of the new business model. Complete design of the game based on what the EA wants and ignoring the players. An absolute disgrace. EA really needs to offer refunds. I refused to buy the game because the always on internet requirement for single player discriminates against the military.
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According to a filing with the SEC, John Riccitiello, the CEO of Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ:EA), purchased a little over 31,000 shares of the company’s stock on February 1st at an average price of $15.90 per share. Riccitiello now owns almost 450,000 shares directly, and his children’s trust owns a small number of shares as well.
Wonder why a post I made this evening expressing my utter contempt with EA and its Origin Service after what is turning out to be a disastrous launch of SimCity has disappeared?
Does EA think forcing players to connect to their servers. even play a solo game. is a good idea when they can't handle the player load or keep the servers up? Forums, Twitter and Facebook are full of outraged gamers swearing they will never bother with another EA game because of their experience thus far with SimCity. People are at least claiming to be seeking refunds for the game and if the issues are not resolved by tomorrow evening I think I will join them in that pursuit.
Publishers/developers are going to really alienate a bunch of people with these online services. Provides no real value to most players and just results frustration and annoyance most of the time. You think we want these services running in the background of our computers? Like having ads and specials pop up when we launch or close a game? Wait till the first round of old games become unprofitable to keep a server up and running? No more pulling out a old favorite you paid for and still enjoy from time to time.
Some one will wise up to this sooner or later and start putting out player friendly games/policies. When they do, that's the company I want to be invested in.
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This has become the most quiet msg board since we have entered the beginning of the console release cycle. I understand the missing bashers that lurk and try to cash in on things like the Newtown murders but is there no dialog regarding EA and their $4 billion revenue diverse portfolio, multi-platform, social, mobile, digital platform distributing business?... interesting. I guess that is why the stock just keeps going up. Where are all you genius's that were selling at $15 and $13? Shorty! Where are you?! Come on, this is the most hated company (beating BAC) of 2012! Certainly intelligence hasn't taken over and lead to this rise from a 14 year low of $10.77 to today's $18 per share. Who would want to make 80% profit in merely 8 months? Seriously people, customer service and a bad Mass Effect ending should still have this stock at $10 per share. Where are all you brilliant sellers?