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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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burning_phoneix
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.

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