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Could it happen and would you buy it? Check out the article at VideoGamer.
"When I first heard of the astonishing deal it got me to thinking that maybe, just maybe, EA wanted Take-Two not just because it wants to sell more sports games at a high price, but because it believes that now, finally, the time is right to take on the might of Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft by releasing its own video game console."

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# 1 callmetaternuts @ 03/03/08 09:58 AM
Hopefully they dont make their own console. Consoles are already high priced and im sure most EA games would then be excusive for their own console, causing consumers to have to buy EA's and Microsofts (to play Halo, GTA etc) or a Sony (to play metal gear or any exclusives). This is getting out of hand.......
 
# 2 Mintsa @ 03/03/08 10:25 AM
I really hope not.....but I can really see it as a possibility. Maybe all of these buyouts and exclusive liscences are all part of one BIG move like releasing there own console ???

Something to really think about.
 
# 3 bkfount @ 03/03/08 10:45 AM
how is this any different than what nintendo does? They have amazing 1st party games to get people to buy their consoles. The 3rd parties can choose to support it or not. The only reason EA would even do it would be to cut time and money spent on developing equal games for different consoles.

I've figured EA would be interested in a console for awhile, they were the ones to mention an industry standard console back in the day. The interesting thing is, EA could take the razor blade approach to the console war. Sell their console at the cheapest price possible, while raking in money with all of their franchises.
 
# 4 Brophog @ 03/03/08 01:17 PM
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Originally Posted by bkfount
how is this any different than what nintendo does?
Your answer should be in the past tense.....what Nintendo DID. And what they did was develop simultaneously consoles and games, and obviously those games were first party. In doing so, they literally re-created the entire industry, and had a stranglehold on both the consoles and games for quite some time. There was no decision to be made as their market share for consoles at the time was well over 90%, therefore making any decision of games vs console an absolute moot point.

That's an entirely different ball of wax than having an established platform of games and then forcing consumers of those games to buy a needless console.

FWIW, I saw nothing in that article but straight conjecture. Personally, I think the idea is completely and totally fabricated, and barely worth even discussing. Just not enough meat to the story to develop any real discussion, and almost certainly sides would be drawn merely on pre-existing notions of the company involved.

But to tackle the probability of it, why would they? There is zero money to be made in hardware these days, so anything they would get would be licensing, and I don't see why companies would jump at the opportunity to develop for yet another console. Plus, I believe several of their sports licenses stipulate multi-platform access, causing a needless set of headaches if EA were to go exclusive.

Why do it? Furthermore, why bring up the stupid idea in the first place?
 
# 5 Heelfan71 @ 03/03/08 02:15 PM
EA's console would be buggy as hell just like all their games.
 
# 6 SageInfinite @ 03/03/08 02:26 PM
@ an EA console. Now thats a console worth bashing.
 
# 7 eDotd @ 03/03/08 03:05 PM
Why do we keep getting more consoles?! Will we ever see one MAIN console? People should be able to play GoW, Halo, MGS and MLB The Show (yes, emphasis on MLB the show) on the same console. I understand it's business but come on now. Seems like there's talk about a new console/sku every couple months now.
 
# 8 forensicd @ 03/03/08 03:10 PM
They make way way way too much money selling their games, no way they would take a risk on a console. That would be like Texaco saying instead of just making gas, lets make the car too.
 
# 9 Computalover @ 03/03/08 03:34 PM
yeah... let EA sink billions into R&D and bring out a console.. so we wont buy it and they sink into financial ruin! then have to let the other companies go and the gaming world will once again be whole again..

EA Apocalypse is coming.. lol!
 
# 10 allBthere @ 03/04/08 03:37 PM
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Originally Posted by forensicd
They make way way way too much money selling their games, no way they would take a risk on a console. That would be like Texaco saying instead of just making gas, lets make the car too.
I agree, although if they acquire 85% of developers and publishers they would have TONS of exclusives - and that would be the EA way, so that the other consoles stink because they have no games.

---that won't happen though, microsoft has a lot more money to burn than EA, and 1st time consoles never win 'the console war'.
 
# 11 t216 @ 03/04/08 06:28 PM
It'll be funny, and it wouldn't possibly work out. For one, EA has to be truly globalized. Let's admit it, EA isn't that good or popular outside the US. I found an interesting link below which relates its globalizing strategy..

Link
 
# 12 Brophog @ 03/04/08 10:28 PM
Was those 4 lines the entire article, or did I miss something?

The problem I perceive with that article is EA doesn't make sports games for sports that are global. American Football.....not global. Baseball/Basketball are growing, but the most popular leagues are still very much American. And EA already makes/made those games. They could do a better job, as all of the American sports leagues, at marketing their products abroad, but FIFA is till their top selling game.....by far, and the ones that buy soccer games other than FIFA are doing so not for marketing reasons, but gameplay reasons!

I'm a huge fan of "global sports"......Cricket, Rugby Union, Rugby League, Aussie Football. The whole shebang of sports, most of which you can't find anywhere close to an American TV set, which requires me no endless amount of trouble to find feeds of these sports.

And the reason you can't find them on an American TV set is the same reason they haven't made for good video games. They are specialized. Cricket, even ODI, is a full day to play. A lot of televised Cricket is only a highlights package squeezed into a few hours. Imagine trying to make that into a realistic sports game? No amount of speeding up the gamespeed, the way we do with the length of quarters in other games, is going to make you feel like its Cricket. It'll just feel dull if you try to make it anything near realistic.

Rugby games have been done by EA, I believe both Union and League have been attempted, although I may be wrong on League. And they definitely could use a bigger budget and a more concerted effort. But, again, the problem with doing a Rugby game is its specialization gets in the way of it being a good video game. It is a game of nuances. Football works well as a video game because it is really just a sequence of set plays, focused in large part on a single player. That's tough to do with Rugby without making it feel cheap and broken. It's a very subtle game that when put in video game form feels like one guy plowing into to people, with a lateral system that makes the most broken option play in NCAA seem smooth. EA can't even get the option to work right in a football game, it's no wonder they can't master something as complex as Rugby!

Which is how EA's Rugby titles have felt to date.

Anyhow, that's how I see it. Thanks for the link.
 
# 13 mercalnd @ 03/05/08 10:03 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Brophog
Was those 4 lines the entire article, or did I miss something?

The problem I perceive with that article is EA doesn't make sports games for sports that are global. American Football.....not global. Baseball/Basketball are growing, but the most popular leagues are still very much American. And EA already makes/made those games. They could do a better job, as all of the American sports leagues, at marketing their products abroad, but FIFA is till their top selling game.....by far, and the ones that buy soccer games other than FIFA are doing so not for marketing reasons, but gameplay reasons!

I'm a huge fan of "global sports"......Cricket, Rugby Union, Rugby League, Aussie Football. The whole shebang of sports, most of which you can't find anywhere close to an American TV set, which requires me no endless amount of trouble to find feeds of these sports.

And the reason you can't find them on an American TV set is the same reason they haven't made for good video games. They are specialized. Cricket, even ODI, is a full day to play. A lot of televised Cricket is only a highlights package squeezed into a few hours. Imagine trying to make that into a realistic sports game? No amount of speeding up the gamespeed, the way we do with the length of quarters in other games, is going to make you feel like its Cricket. It'll just feel dull if you try to make it anything near realistic.

Rugby games have been done by EA, I believe both Union and League have been attempted, although I may be wrong on League. And they definitely could use a bigger budget and a more concerted effort. But, again, the problem with doing a Rugby game is its specialization gets in the way of it being a good video game. It is a game of nuances. Football works well as a video game because it is really just a sequence of set plays, focused in large part on a single player. That's tough to do with Rugby without making it feel cheap and broken. It's a very subtle game that when put in video game form feels like one guy plowing into to people, with a lateral system that makes the most broken option play in NCAA seem smooth. EA can't even get the option to work right in a football game, it's no wonder they can't master something as complex as Rugby!

Which is how EA's Rugby titles have felt to date.

Anyhow, that's how I see it. Thanks for the link.
EA's Rugby 06 and 08 have been very well received here so if you haven't tried them, I urge you to. 06 is available on XBOX and PS2 and 08 is PS2 only. My personal favorite is 06 on XBOX. You can dig old posts in the "Other sports" forum for more info.

EA also did at least one cricket game on XBOX-PS2, which I tried but since I don't know the sport at all I can't say whether it was any good. Plus it wasn't released in North America.
 

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