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Peter Moore has posted another blog on his official blog site called Addressing the Core Issues.

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"The PC as a platform for authentic, fully-licensed, simulation sports games has declined radically in the past three years as the next generation consoles, with their high definition graphics and 5.1 sound capabilities have attracted millions of consumers to eschew the “lean in” PC sports gaming experience for the “lean back” full room console experience."

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# 1 savoie2006 @ 07/01/08 01:13 AM
Don't see this making computer gamers anymore at ease,but he's right.Time to make the switch computer gamers,especially with Sports titles.
 
# 2 BrianFifaFan @ 07/01/08 03:01 AM
I don't disagree with any of it, but I think that he fails to grasp the allure of PC gaming in regards to modding. Maybe if they allowed that type of freedom over PSN that would quell some anger. It'd be nice to have modded venues for 360 games, but MS will never allow that type of freedom.

Oh well, I will say this. Complete package (gameplay,graphics, AI) I'll take the new console games over the last-gen rehashes they put out for PC. I don't have to buy more RAM or a new Graphics Card or download my umpteenth set of drivers trying to get my performance up anymore. I guess if the games on PC were comparable I'd have more beef. But that's not really the case. I'll just miss the mods like CEP for Fifa and the old MVP Mods stadiums. So long, PC. Goodbye Dual Shock Rumblepad. Now put the PC guys on helping Ian and Phil fix Madden!
 
# 3 mercalnd @ 07/01/08 09:50 AM
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Originally Posted by BrianFifaFan
I'll just miss the mods like CEP for Fifa and the old MVP Mods stadiums. So long, PC. Goodbye Dual Shock Rumblepad. Now put the PC guys on helping Ian and Phil fix Madden!
FIFA and NHL are still coming out on PC.
 
# 4 BrianFifaFan @ 07/01/08 10:57 AM
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Originally Posted by mercalnd
FIFA and NHL are still coming out on PC.
Yeah, I know about Fifa on PC. But it's so "last-gen" I've already said my farewells. I put 07 to bed after about 2 days of owning 08. I still have a feeling Fifa might be on borrowed time on PC.... But who knows? There are a lot of guys that buy it overseas. And then you have the FM franchise as well. But there has been a lot of complaining about it being stagnant and "last-gen" so who knows? I'm just glad I'm out of the upgrading loop. It got expensive after about 6 graphics cards. And Surround Sound speakers, and the new sound card for it. And the 2 gigs of faster RAM, etc........
 
# 5 bjf1377 @ 07/01/08 09:53 PM
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Originally Posted by BrianFifaFan
Yeah, I know about Fifa on PC. But it's so "last-gen" I've already said my farewells. I put 07 to bed after about 2 days of owning 08. I still have a feeling Fifa might be on borrowed time on PC.... But who knows? There are a lot of guys that buy it overseas. And then you have the FM franchise as well. But there has been a lot of complaining about it being stagnant and "last-gen" so who knows? I'm just glad I'm out of the upgrading loop. It got expensive after about 6 graphics cards. And Surround Sound speakers, and the new sound card for it. And the 2 gigs of faster RAM, etc........
Yeah, you're very correct about FIFA on the PC being pretty "last-gen". I got 08 for the PC cause it was only $10, but I was still expecting a little bit more than I got
 
# 6 Nza @ 07/09/08 01:30 AM
09 FIFA PC will feature enhanced graphics. Not sure if EA means the same engine as 360/PS3, but it will look as good apparently.

One point he forgot to mention is EA never gave the PC a real shot, and they know it. They put out crap and wondered why it didn't sell. The neglect to Madden PC alone was appauling and EA should be ashamed of their efforts. If a PC first developer somehow managed to get hold of the NFL license for PC, there is no doubt in my mind the results would speak for themselves. Of course, EA would never agree to such a thing, as they are still interested in blackballing the PC platform, forcing gamers to go to the console versions. Nice ethical practice that is.

Bottom line is, EA were never really interested in exploring PC sports games, only doing the bare minimal to exist in the genre. They also found out first hand the same stuff that sells on the console record breaking year after record breaking year doesn't fly on the PC, particularly when users can edit a lot of the things EA call "features" from year to year. In general, PC gamers are more involved with their games, particularly ones like Madden, and you need to do more than try and sell them the same product each year. It may work on the console where casuals generate the profit margins, but not the PC, but rather than rise above that, EA didn't want the challenge.

If PC is such a small obscure platform not worth EA's time, then it must be a pretty low risk platform to try and maximize, right? EA claimed they didn't go all out because most people's computers wouldn't meet the requirements. Besides the fact that is faulty logic (it's called an options menu, EA), it clearly hasn't worked, so why not try one last stab at PC with an effort that does maximize the potential on offer? And there is plenty of potential on offer. The reason is EA, again, aren't intersted in PC and never really were, and are hiding behind excuses for their exodus.

It would be entirely different if they ported the new engines across as soon as they could and put a lot of effort into the PC versions only to see them sell like crap, but they did the exact opposite - they ported dated code, put zero effort in making the ports more PC friendly, and put zero effort in marketing the PC versions (because there was nothing to boast about). It would be remarkable if the game sold well under those conditions imposed by EA.
 
# 7 mattsb84 @ 07/09/08 05:07 PM
Peter Moore rarely knows what he's talking about.

EA was the only company providing major sports games to the PC. EA didn't upgrade the PC versions. Sales declined. Shocking. If he can't see the correlation there...


If you make a good game, chances are, it will sell well. If you do the bare minimum, don't expect good sales.
 

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