> I'll start at the top. You don't think their products are good enough? You must
> be in the minority, considering the sales. And it looks like that money isn't
> wasted, if they're selling that much via advertising.
Just because something sells a lot doesn't mean it's good. But most people aren't so discerning, so they're more susceptible to a massive ad campaign, instead of actually looking up good things. You're a movie fan right, do you rate a movie's quality by how much it earns in the box office? I hope not.
It's my oppinion that this is the same with EA in the game market. They're becoming a mega-monopoly so they can afford to spend more money in advertising than smaller companies, thus reaching more people. That doesn't make their shit good.
> I listen to a local sports station up here. Before every Vikings game, they have
> Jordan Edelstein, the product manager for EA sports. You know why? They have
> such a good football simulator that they run a matchup, then call the local
> radio stations and report the statistics of the simulation. It's a great bit.
> From listening to those bits, I've learned that they have 100 people in the
> Madden department working on the game 24/7/365. I think they do some work on it.
> You're also telling me people are dumb enough to buy the new Madden for the
> roster. It's clearly not the same thing, since the roster has changed.
> Apparently, that's enough of a change for most people. I can tell you that I
> probably wouldn't buy the new game if it JUST had a roster change, but if you
> actually played one version of Madden to the next, there are thousands of subtle
> changes. And hell, the roster is a pretty big deal.
Yes, but don't you agree that all these "subtle changes" and roster updates are hardly worth the price they charge? The budget titles Sega came out with seemed like a more worthy price, but now that EA will hold the monopoly over this shit, they'll feel justified in charging 50 bucks for it, and like i said, people will still be dumb enough to pay for it. Newsflash people, if you bitch about a game or movie the company won't give a shit. If you don't buy said shitty game or movie, the companies will feel the revenue loss and may start actually improving their products. ( ok, not even i'm buying that one, we know they just blame piracy instead of actually admitting they're making shit :-) )
> I guess you could equate it to all the "dumb" people that shell out dough every
> couple months for another Britney Spears album, or another recycled pop star.
> You and I might think they're dumb, but those gold records probably don't look
> very dumb on the latest pop stars' wall.
Same arguement as the first paragraph, just because it sells, doesn't make it good. I still hold my oppinion that people with such a mediocre sense of what's good should be shot. You may say, oh, it's a matter of oppinion. I say fuck it. There's just some stuff that is purely bad and is only popular because most people are too fucking dense to think for themselves and just accept the crap they're fed by the mass media without any discernment.
Gives us a kiss precious.