Hey all, long time no see.
Sorry I haven't been on, I just finished with my publisher to release my third book and I'm working on more projects (games) so I'm real excited about that.
Anyways, I want to talk a minute about EA and their recent announcement that they're planning 100% all digital.
I don't want to say it, but, I told you so.
I have been in this industry for over 10 years, I have made contacts, friends, enemies and I have been in the board rooms and at the desks. From teams of 10 people making games where everybody shared every part of the game, to dedicated teams working on particular aspects of a AAA game, I know.
You need to start listening to what I've said and understand what it means for the future of gaming. Most people will see this and just think "no things won't be bad, stop being an idiot" well, guess what, it is that bad. The Gaming Industry has changed and it will never be the way it was again; but, that doesn't mean it's over.
I'm sure you've read all the articles about all of the executives and CEO's and heads of companies coming out and saying many things, such as digital gaming is the future or we need innovation, etc. etc.
I will tell you all the truth about why they're all saying this. As usual, they're forced to. The publishers are demanding that they support whatever they want or they won't publish for them and be able to get a mass-released game. It's not easy distributing your game to millions of people across the world; just look at the average sales of an Independent Game vs. a Mass-Released game by a Publisher.
Publishers such as EA and Activision (which is really Vivendi, the Mass Media Conglomerate) are Greedy as fuck and they want to control the gaming market the same way Microsoft controls PC's with Windows. Microsoft/Sony/Nintendo are cooperating with EA/Activision to a certain extent, and just how far those companies will go together depends on how the Gaming Community reacts to what they're doing.
I've been telling you over and over what their ultimate plan is now, and every week you see more articles telling you things I've already told you yet people still won't stand up and believe. The Gaming Industry is going to turn into nothing. People like Jean-Bernard Levy (Chairman of Vivendi/Activision-Blizzard), Robert Kotick (CEO & President of Activision-Blizzard) and others are Media Moguls and they are taking over and running these Gaming businesses into the ground in the name of profits.
Now, as you've all heard in the news, the board (including Jean-Bernard) are thinking about unloading Activision-Blizzard from Vivendi. Well, that can be good news or bad news. Their controlling stake in the company (Roughly 61%) can either be sold to a single entity or divided up, but either way the new majority holder (if they choose to unload it) could be a lot better or a lot worse.
This type of "management" is also happening over at EA, though Activision-Blizzard is actually trailing EA because EA came up with these ideas first (as I said in my other posts) so Activision-Blizzard aren't quite as bad as EA yet, but that's not for the lack of trying.
Gamers need to stand up and NOT SUPPORT these companies. DO NOT BUY A SINGLE EA OR ACTIVISION GAME EVER. If we do this, we will send a message to those companies that they cannot own our rights. Small developers and their teams, including myself, are being destroyed by this Greed. The higher-ups are controlling everything and doing everything the way they want. If you don't go with them, you don't have a job, it's as simple as that.
Stand up, tell them you'll fight back and don't support these Greedy Bastards. If you think this is being taken too far and over the limit, just sit and think for a minute about how you'd feel if there never was another video game coming out that was worth playing. All you have to play for the rest of your life are the games you have now. Think about it.
Gaming is a part of many lives, some more than others, but either way it's important.