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Take Two, take two.

The latest word out of the EA vs. Take Two merger is that the stocks are selling like hotcakes; they're being bought by the bucketfull, and prices are up almost 50%, with a lot of stock being bought by arbitrageurs (companies that buy shares in large volume and sell at a small profit; source: here.

Though Blacken's pissing his pants in glee at the utter demise of the sports gaming industry (if he doesn't like it, no one should, and I came THIS FUCKING CLOSE to blocking him over this last night, he was getting on my tits so much), to me, this not only kills the entire market, it will mean the absolute destruction of Grand Theft Auto, Bioshock, all of Sid Meier's games, as more and more companies come under EA. Furthermore, as EA locks up exclusive publishing of any consequence of every major and minor sport out there (the only games left would be MLB: The Show and Pro Evolution, and if this trade goes through, I'm thinking that Sony Sports boycott over REALLY hard), they'd also lock up the remaining licenses that haven't gone exclusively to EA (National Basketball Association, National Hockey League), and they'd acquire - and likely change - the one license that they didn't manage to get (Major League Baseball). Once they lock those up, it's over; no one will ever break into the sports market again. There's not enough money to be made to bother making a realistic style game without a license, it will never sell, the bovines will never buy it. But hey, maybe the other games in EA's plate will make massive strides the way Madden has over the ye-- oh, wait. Madden hasn't changed jack diddly shit since '04. Not only that, but with the exception of the NHL games, every other franchise that EA competes with is superior to their product; NBA 2K8 is a better game than Live, College Hoops 2K8 is a better game than March Madness (it's not close), and it's debatable whether MLB 2K8 plays better than NCAA Baseball, but Sony has the best baseball game. Games won't be worth the $60 anymore.

Oh, wait, who am I kidding. They'll be $80-$90, after you get past the near-mandatory DLC you'll need to buy just to be competitive online.

I should clean these thoughts up and turn them into an edition of Unbranding the Sheep, but right now, I'm too angry.


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Feb. 26th, 2008 04:03 am (UTC)
Even though I'm not at all into sports games, I feel like I can relate. What with Microsoft buying up everything it can online, like the Yahoo! buyout. It's only a matter of time until Microsoft and Google are the only ones left and while I like Google, I feel there should be much more competition in the field than just two companies (and let's face it, eventually one will prevail over the other, and I would predict it falls to Microsoft). The industry does best when you've got a lot of companies actively trying to sway buyers to their side rather than just one big company becoming the only choice.

Teal deer, I want my choices, dammit!

[edit] and I also can't type at all!

Edited at 2008-02-26 04:04 am (UTC)
Feb. 26th, 2008 05:03 am (UTC)
Logic says that, even if 2K is bought out, EA could just as easily keep open as a separate functional entity named 2K Games and continue to allow them to do whatever; hell, by passing off the EA named sports games to the 2K developers, you'd be getting far superior sports games, even if they DID have EA's name all over them.

I'm not saying that's likely, but considering it's not like we can do a goddamn thing about it, it's better to look at the scenario and try to evaluate what could potentially come from it on all sides rather than simply focus on the negative.

Also, while I'm not a sports game fan, who in the fuck would seriously be pleased at the demise of the sports gaming genre? There's a difference between "not liking a genre" and "shitting on a genre"; I don't like 3D platformers (Ratchet and Clank, for instance), but fuck man, delighting in their demise? Pass.
Feb. 26th, 2008 05:49 am (UTC)
You obviously haven't met Blacken. He has three attitudes towards any given subject: "I like this so much that everyone who doesn't like it is a sheep," "I don't give a fuck about any of this," and "This is a disease upon the face of the earth that must be completely wiped out by fire, pain, torture, mutilation, and death."

Attempting to be contrary with him on any of these attitudes will generally make you wish you hadn't even brought it up in the first place.
Feb. 26th, 2008 06:27 am (UTC)
Ah. He sounds fun.

This then begs the question: why is Mr. Bus friends with someone who apparently pisses him off so greatly?
Feb. 26th, 2008 06:35 am (UTC)
There are numerous reasons:

1) Nothing stays personal. Even if we kick the shit out of each other, it's over within a day, usually within the hour.

2) The man is loyal, almost to a fault. If I want one man on my side in a fight, it's Ed Ropple.

3) When FESS's security was compromised, I had a staff of myself and my three most trusted ass-kickers, who I trusted implicitly to not burn me, and also to kick ass when needed. Blacken, samuraiter, and dmajohnson made that list. That's it.

4) The debates can be infuriating when he pisses on something I care about so deeply, but usually, they're very engaging.

So even if he can be infuriating, he's still probably the best friend I have save my girlfriend and Terrell.

EDIT: Mind you, none of this means I'm not constantly on him to try to tone the rhetoric and vitriol down. He'll learn with age (he's only 20) to calm down a bit.

Edited at 2008-02-26 06:36 am (UTC)
Feb. 26th, 2008 06:38 am (UTC)
Mm. This makes sense, I suppose, and I can understand the concept of appreciation of loyalty.

I guess the fact that Joel and I more or less agree on most things gives me an odd perspective on it, perhaps. Iunno.

Still, though, this is an odd thing to have a disagreeable opinion on to that extent. Sports games? I just can't imagine getting that worked up over a video game version of football. Or hockey, as the case goes.
Feb. 26th, 2008 06:42 am (UTC)
Ed calls it "couch jockery", and wishes people that play them would go the fuck outside and play the sport for real (obviously, I'm an exception to his norm, as I do play sports). Essentially, he hates the Madden crowd, and puts everything else under one broom.

Then again, his gaming tastes tend to revolve around complex FPS games (like Team Fortress), Civilization, and obscure, older games with a lot of depth, like Dwarf Fortress and Nethack. You should have seen the argument we had when he found I bought Zack and Wiki for $20; he said I was one of the reasons the gaming industry was going to shit.

This is someone that wishes we'd have another gaming crash, to weed out all of the shitty games and publishers again. Frankly? On that note, I think I mostly agree with him.
Feb. 26th, 2008 06:54 am (UTC)
What about paraplegics who like Madden? No, seriously?

Um. Okay. So I understand here, was he giving you shit over buying it at all, or for buying it for $20? Just so I understand the perspective.

Ugh. No thanks; shitty devs and pubs will die eventually, but I want my video games, dammit.

Also, I never see you on AIM. Why is this?
Feb. 26th, 2008 07:01 am (UTC)
I... don't know. I would assume that they are exceptions.

For buying it at all. He calls it generic shit.

Honestly, I think if we have another crash, the homebrew and indie markets will flourish. It's the shovelware from companies like Ubisoft and Electronic Arts that frustrate me.

It turns out I'm a retard and never added your AIM name to curlehmustache; I had it saved to superbus. My bad.
Feb. 26th, 2008 07:10 am (UTC)
"destruction of Grand Theft Auto, Bioshock"

Gonna have to upset you here, Bus, I find myself positively drooling at the idea of such a fate befalling those two franchises.
Feb. 26th, 2008 07:12 am (UTC)
That comment doesn't necesarilly upset me, but both of those franchises bring something different to the table; remember, there have only been a few GTA games. If that was an EA property, they wouldn't be as good, and they'd be EVERYWHERE.
Feb. 26th, 2008 07:42 am (UTC)
Well, they'd be forever for a while, until EA dragged their names through the mud and they stopped bothering. :p

Personally, on a more serious note, I'm neutral towards GTA but positively hostile towards Bioshock: the game pretty much defined style over substance (and it had style, to be sure), and then there was the whole SecuROM thing...
Feb. 26th, 2008 07:43 am (UTC)
I should probably add that I associate my SecuROM sneering more with the people who made the game than the franchise itself.
Feb. 26th, 2008 11:14 am (UTC)
from your above comment

He'll learn with age (he's only 20) to calm down a bit.

Holy fucking shit! Blacken is the same age as I am? When did this happen?

I better buy NBA2K8 then. I have NBA live 2008.

I also need NHL 2008.
Though trying to find a copy of any hockey game in Saudi Arabia is like trying to find a soccer game in Canada. :(

And frankly. I'm more worried about what will happen to the FIFA franchise. Sure, only one company (Konami) makes a competing product and it doesn't have anything to do with this buyout but I'm afraid of an EA Blitzkrieg on like every publisher/devolper of sports games on the planet.
Feb. 26th, 2008 10:28 pm (UTC)
Games won't be worth the $60 anymore.

This is assuming they were ever worth $60, 'Bus. There's only a handful of titles that meet the standard, IMO, even now.

And Blacken's going to be lucky to get to twenty-one at the rate he's going, but you already know that.
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