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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.


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.


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