War never changes? It is an EA-scalating problem!

Subject: Editorial, General Tech | January 24, 2019 - 01:19 PM |
Tagged: ea, dice, battlefield V, rant, editorial, gaming

At some point EA and DICE will cross another even more absurd line than they already have, but it is hard to figure out how.  They are scratching their heads about why sales of Battlefield V have been so abysmal, and come up with bizarre scenarios such as a lack of realism or that there was a female on the cover art.   There are of course other explanations for the poor performance, and somehow they have decided to continue emptying a Luger into their foot.

Today they have found yet another reason to convince people not to buy the game, on top of so many other reasons; they've rescinded their promise to include the Rental Server Program that was included on each and every other one of their recent BF releases.  This is, of course, after they went after customers who had the temerity to keep older BF games alive on their own servers after Gamespy went off to silicon heaven. 

That is just the most recent of their blunderful performances, which include such highlights as rebranding loot boxes as booster packs and once again delving into microtransactions.  We won't even mention that the killer app of the engine is still slowly being implemented and that you need to buy a $1000 piece of hardware just to have the opportunity to see the work in progress; assuming your eyes are good enough to spot it. 

One hoped the declining sales figures might have a positive impact on EA and DICE's treatment of their customers but for now it seems they are just doubling down on being ...

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"Battlefield V developer DICE now says it's not sure whether it will be able to "deliver" the series' traditional Rental Server Program (RSP) for the latest game in the franchise."

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January 24, 2019 | 01:42 PM - Posted by Isaac Johnson

As soon as the priority shifted from 'let's try and make the best games possible' to 'let's try and make as much money as possible' the entire game industry has been going downhill.

And as long as the average moron keeps buying loot boxes and micro-transactions and paying for games before they're finished and, even worse, paying for future DLC when even the developers don't know what that DLC is going to be, it's never gonna change.

January 24, 2019 | 01:51 PM - Posted by Anonymously Anonymous (not verified)

I honestly think this is entirely EA's fault. Dice is more than capable of making a great game, but much like all other games under EA, they are basically shit upon by EA in some form or fashion.
As Jim Sterling has pointed out time and again, EA is bowing to the shareholders because they have set a precedent of an unsustainable business model,which in turn means EA puts pressure on all of their studios to make their games the next Fifa.

January 24, 2019 | 02:29 PM - Posted by UnfinishedGamesAndCrappyADsThatAllAreFoistedUponUs (not verified)

In your "Tech Talk" section:

"• As netizens, devs scream bloody murder over Chrome ad-block block, Googlers insist: It's not set in stone (yet) @ The Register"

Looks like Google is up to its usual EVIL again! Just like Google always is and was from the beginning, EVIL!

Also Wikichip's website has been ruined by Google's damn ads that cover up the Wikichip content. Wikichip needs to force all ads be anchored off to the side and not anchored over the top of the content. And even reporting the ad still does not prevent the ad's client area from covering the Wikichip content.

Google and other Ad pushers need to be fined when their ad content covers any website content and the ad industry needs to add a required close button that makes the offending ad completely disappear from in front of the webpage content that the ad covers.

Really webpage ads need to be regulated and relegated to the left and right margins of any webpages with no other areas allowed to be used for any AD content! Ad content should not be allowed more than about 35K of download size, script included, so as to not eat up anyones bandwidth caps!

On the gaming subject:

The Games Makers are becoming like little ISPs with all their nickel and diming efforts to get more cash for their greedy investors. I say give them a few business quarters of a deep resession and that's what will happen as more folks grow tired of throwing their money into those bottomless cash pits the games makers have created.

January 24, 2019 | 04:21 PM - Posted by spartibus

"Don't buy the game" -Patrick Soderlund

Looks like some people listened.

January 24, 2019 | 07:26 PM - Posted by Jeremy Hellstrom

I, for one, resemble that remark.

January 24, 2019 | 05:44 PM - Posted by Gustation (not verified)

Battlefield 2142 was a steaming pile of buggy hell.
I didn't expect this to be different, so I didn't treat it
as though.
EA is like Charter Cable.
Not allowed in my house.

January 24, 2019 | 07:27 PM - Posted by Jeremy Hellstrom

You are not wrong, but i have wonderful memories of single shotting the walkers.

 

Vietnam on the other hand ....

January 24, 2019 | 10:26 PM - Posted by odizzido2 (not verified)

I hope EA just goes out of business. They're a cancer of the game industry, consuming perfectly good studios, leaving nothing but awfulness behind.

January 25, 2019 | 02:57 AM - Posted by Michael4576 (not verified)

EA, Killer of games
whatever they acquire will turn to dust.

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