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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.

Comments

samuraiter
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.