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"Prettier games cost more to make. Better games satisfy consumers," he added.

Riccitiello referenced to the late 90s to illustrate his point, speaking about how the push for 3D graphics in most strategy games caused costs to skyrocket but didn't increase sales."Revenue remained the same because they weren't innovating."

 

 

I completely agree with his point, the irony is, this is coming from someone that is very well hated in the Gaming Community and was EA's CEO, we all know how that went.

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OK...so...why didn't he convey these idea when he was CEO of a major game publisher?
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No man, games need to look pretty.

I just love how I have to try 3 times to initiate a jumping animation in BF3 which makes me teleport 3 meters forward and then 2 meters backwards in 2 seconds. That's what a good game should be, full of "undocumented features" and surprises .

Can't wait for BF4, I'm going to spend so many hours, full of joy and excitement, just watching skyscrapers tumble down. And then I'll let everyone on Battlelog (when it works) know how awesome it was because I can't tell them in-game via VoIP. And water combat is definitely something the BF series was missing, already wondering what the underside of the map is going to look like.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Vagrant Storm View Post

OK...so...why didn't he convey these idea when he was CEO of a major game publisher?

He was just another figurehead for EA. That's why I don't hold out much hope for EA regardless of who their "leader" is.
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He was just another figurehead for EA. That's why I don't hold out much hope for EA regardless of who their "leader" is.

Yeah, I always closely watch a company when there is a CEO change. Most often you can't pick up any signs that anything changed and I have a feeling that EA is definitely one of those types of companies. EA has already gone an entire fiscal quarter without a CEO. I think that shows how important the position is to the company.

Still...if he had said this while the company's CEO it might have been forced to react...after they fired him of course.
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Well not many CEOs have real power, most of the power is within the Board of Directors, those are the real people in charge, the CEO is just the guy making sure the Board of Directors is happy.

QUite sad, non the less this is a pretty ironic statement.

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I find it even more ironic that he couldn't convince the board of directors that ruining their own brand and franchises would hurt them long term if it only brought them short term profits.
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I find it even more ironic that he couldn't convince the board of directors that ruining their own brand and franchises would hurt them long term if it only brought them short term profits.

Its because they know that the general consumer is typically too retarded to do what is good for them and will buy any game they put out. Hell look at COD. It's been basically the same damn game since CoD4 but every time Acti releases a new rehash, its legions of fanboys lap it right up. It's just that EA has screwed themselves on such high levels MULTIPLE times that their mostly brainless consumer base actually picked up on it and turned on them. Here are some high profile recent EA failures:

- Spore with SecureROM
- Sim City launch and always on-line requirement
- Mass Effect 3's lack of relevant choices and ending
- Dragon Age 2 in general
- Microtransactions and used game passes
- General disrespect for gamers as a whole
- Peter Moore (every time this human excrement opens his mouth, he somehow manages to make EA look worse)
- Origin

These are just fairly recent high profile missteps by EA. You can only keep screwing up over and over for so long before it finally catches up to you.
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Well, I don't have much experience with EA games, except for Madden. So, having owned each one since '01, I have to say that I don't thing EA was ever concerned with a push for better graphics.

"What should we change for this year?"
"Lets make the helmets shinny, and add 3 new tackling annimations, and 5 new things for John to say."
"Done. Madden '14 ready for release."

Then again, the scource is blocked from my work computer, so I couldn't read it yet. Durring which years was he the CEO?
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