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# 1 BigBlue @ 07/21/05 12:30 PM
Mark:

I am in total agreement with you. Another post that I'll never understand is "Now that EA has the exclusive license, they're under pressure to come through with a great game"

Pressure from who? Their only other competition for football is NCAA, EA!!!!

(Sigh) . . . Oh well

BigBlue
 
# 2 slickdtc @ 07/21/05 12:40 PM


Damned if you do, damned if you don't for EA Sports.
 
# 3 LetsGoPitt @ 07/21/05 12:49 PM
Great article there, Mark.

I totally agree with you that EA is in a tough situation, and that they are going to piss off 50% of the people no matter what they do. Personally, I'd rather they piss off the 2k fans by putting some of their features into Madden. So they "borrowed" a few tidbits from 2k Sports (nee ESPN). Big deal. As long as the game is improved, I don't have a problem with it. It's far better than the alternative: continued stagnation of an already dry product.
 
# 4 burnwood @ 07/21/05 02:39 PM
Nice article. Even though the 2K series was my favorite for the last 2 years I am glad to see EA grab some features I use the most. I still don't like EA much as a whole though.

Mark, the only oversight in the article is the missing [sic] indicator at:

Quote:
"Instead of creating new features and living up to the expectations of being the only football game with the NFL liscense [sic] Madden 2006 jacked 5 features from ESPN 2k5. This is why this liscensing deal worries me.
 
# 5 Brandwin @ 07/21/05 02:41 PM
Great stuff Mark and I agree..posts like that just drive me nuts.
 
# 6 SportsTop @ 07/21/05 02:41 PM
It must feel good to have 25 whole posts and already have a "Post I'll Never Understand" article written in your honor.

Nice post Mark.
 
# 7 80Rice80 @ 07/21/05 04:42 PM
I agree completely Mark. I am a long time member at another Madden site and I have been making these comments forever. The same people who rip EA (usually just for the sake of doing so) for not adding features do the exact same when they do add features. I have been saying for the last year not to expect much "innovation" until the second release of the next gen consoles though. Not much more they are going to do on the current platform and with the second go around on the next gen the programmers will know every little nuance of the systems and be able to push more out of it.
 
# 8 Hellfish76 @ 07/21/05 06:31 PM
another fine article Mark
 
# 9 fossen @ 07/21/05 07:59 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Troller
The person's post was obviously made by someone who was a die hard 2k fan and is upset that EA has pretty much ended the title by the exclusive
deal. Did anyone really think that the poster was mad EA was stealing features? I seriously doubt it.
Then he probably shouldn't post he was.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Troller
How does this fall under "posts I'll never understand"?
Because I don't understand it. Hence the name of the blog entry.

I don't understand blind fanboyism. ESPN was by far my favorite football series ... it doesn't mean I need to abandon rational thought.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Troller
It may be a giant waste of time but is someone allowed to vent?
Yes, I am allowed to vent. Thanks for pointing that out.
 
# 10 Lintyfresh85 @ 07/22/05 11:45 AM
nothing wrong with some Fossen love.
 
# 11 ChicagoSparty @ 07/23/05 09:56 PM
With the caveat that I did not read the actual post and what I am sure was the massive fallout therefrom, the poster's point may very well have been more about Madden being unoriginal (at least now) and possibly setting itself up for stagnancy without any competitors' ideas from which to draw (or, if you prefer, to steal).

So, I agree with most of the substance of the article, but I don't think the article is relevant to the argument at hand. At least from the portion of the post quoted in the article, the poster is not angry at EA for stealing, he simply is worried that EA with stagnate now that it has no competitor from which to steal. So, while we may all agree with what the article says (for instance, we may all wish competitors stole more from one another in search of the perfect game), the article really does not respond to the post.

For the record, I disagree with the poster as well. EA originated virtually everything with respect to what we now recognize as the hybrid arcade/simulation football game, and every year comes out with new ideas to make the series better (for example, this year's passing cones). Moreover, with the new gaming systems ready to launch, new horizons are in sight. EA, Madden, and all of us will be just fine.
 
# 12 FisherPrice @ 07/26/05 03:13 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by ChicagoSparty
EA originated virtually everything with respect to what we now recognize as the hybrid arcade/simulation football game, and every year comes out with new ideas to make the series better (for example, this year's passing cones). Moreover, with the new gaming systems ready to launch, new horizons are in sight. EA, Madden, and all of us will be just fine.
Yeah but until the 2k series we where missing on important aspect of the modern day video football game.....The Strafe on Defense.
 

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