Whilest many may put an element of the demise of the Dreamcast down to the lack of support from EA thus starving the machine of several (wrongly) revered franchises, I look at things differently.
Dreamcast is a machine that doesn’t have one EA game. How can you get better than that?
In much the same way, it looks as though 3DS and Vita are going to become a li’l shy when it comes to EA’s buh-ware as they take their shovels and umpteen sacks of their finest manure over to the glistening lights of phone/tablet town to soak its streets in a diarrhitic ocean of their trademark excrement.
For indeed, in a recent interview with Gamesindustry International, Peter Moore, EA slave, decreed from his shackles the following:
‘We were supportive of both of those platforms (3DS/Vita), but then you’ve got finite resources and you’ve got teams that say, ‘We really think that two or three years from now, these are the platforms that people are going to be consuming games on.’ And you look at the quality of what you can do on phones and tablets… Sometimes strategy is not about what you do but what you don’t do, and you have to make some hard calls when you’ve got only so many people. To my point, we’ve got to be planning for FY 17 and 18. Do you think the Vita and 3DS are going to be around in some shape or fashion by then on a scale level?’
Roughly translated – there’s gold in them hills!
Them hills being the phone and tablet markets, by the by.
Well, EA certainly tapped the ‘quality of what you can do on phones and tablets’ in their most recent microtransaction rip-off fest, Dungeon Keeper – a game so panned for its low down dirty milking schemery that EA actually attempted to distance themselves from it… while leaving it unchanged on the iOS and Android stores of course.
And thus the list of offences grow, and while many see the bowing out of EA as a negative that increasingly is spelling the demise of gaming devices as we’ve known and loved them for many many years, at least in 2020 you won’t have to trawl hopefully through the gazillion unwanted titles lining charity shop shelves looking for the one good game lost in a sea of FIFA’s or one of their other annual sporting spewings.
Me? I fully plan on downgrading to my old Nokia and looking into investing in a 3DS and Vita now the coast is clear.
‘Til next time.
The vita is worth having just for Gravity Rush alone. you can also have half the final fantasys on it. not to mention some minecraft action soon, and Sword Art Online. if anything Vita and 3DS are becoming the better platforms. Even Wii U is looking more appealing than xbox one and 360 at the moment
EA has one good game and that’s mirrors edge. I would like to see a sequel. And unless they have controller support i don’t want to see it on mobile
Y’know it’s funny – and I’m not gonna say much here cos I don’t wanna do spoilers before you read the book diki – but in that console wars they made such a big deal out of ea.how getting them onto mega drive was so crucial. And at the time? Sure, FIFA and desert strike were ok games. But they’re a classic are of no classics – they’re churn. They make mass produced tosh (mostly) – so let em go to the mass produced market of the phone. Totally agree. AND totally agree that wii, vita and 3ds are the most attractive consoles. Because the people that own those are much more likely to be gamers rather than goons – not exclusively , but much more likely. Which means the real gems will land there. The ONLY exclusion To that is the handful of awesome indie games – the big platforms do make that possible. (Before they decide to make it impossible, that is… )
Bah, Amazon said there was an error, they cancelled the pre order of the hard copy. Haven’t re orded
I’ll have to lend you my spare kindle at the weekend!