"I was interested in your comments on the entire John Madden label of football games (Hammer, “No Maddenoliday for Me,” Aug. 15-22). I’ve never found any football video games that exciting, in fact. That a version of the game with essentially the same rules keeps on getting released and re-released is pointless to me. But will people continue to buy this stuff?
As a local video game designer myself, I assure you I detest the “corporate” video games a helluva lot more than you could ever imagine. And the fact that players are even allowed to cheat in release after release — this reeks of poor quality development, something unbecoming of a corporation with deep pockets. The number of times I’ve said, “EA can suck my d***,” numbers in the high double digits.
But I suppose EA decided long ago to give up on genuine human creativity as a driver of their sales, instead opting for record-company-like squeezing of developers for both wages and hours. I don’t know why the in-house production staff doesn’t unionize. Maybe you should write about that next.
But I’m comforted by the fact that any indie group can still make a major title even today. Companies like Microsoft are finally catching on, and they’re trying to rejuvenate the hobbyist developer market (of course, their intent is still to capture the entire market share for their game systems). As for EA, though, I’m proud to say I own zero of their so-called “titles” and intend to keep it that way.
Keep ripping them a new one.