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If you are still playing some of the older EA Sports titles, you might want to read this.

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"The following is an important update regarding online service for some older EA titles.

Servers for the games listed below will be shut down on the indicated dates. You may continue to play the games online up until these dates, but certain community programs may begin to close down prior to the shutdown dates.

All of us at EA would like to thank you for your valued participation in our online gaming community and hope that your enthusiasm for these games extends to our current lineup and beyond."

Member Comments
# 1 jaosming @ 01/04/10 06:45 AM
well, so much for trying to convince my friend to buy homecourt with the promise of online games to play against me

he's gonna be piiiiissed
 
# 2 elgreazy1 @ 01/04/10 11:08 AM
More revenue towards game development? Are you crazy? This is EA we're talking about. Most of this is simply being done to A) cut costs, B) force consumers into buying new(er) versions of recycled EA-game goodness and C) to fatten the wallets of share holders. Don't get me wrong, this isn't bad business by EA because it makes sense to pull the plug on older games, but it sure is ill-will towards their supporters, ie: the consumer.
 
# 3 LucianoJJ @ 01/04/10 05:22 PM
Kill off the old games so we buy the new games.
A totally logical business model. I used to get killed online playing UEFA CL online against those Euro dudes.
 
# 4 videlsports @ 01/10/10 12:15 AM
I just hope nobody loses their Job other than that I could careless about EA. Free up NFL contract (FAT Chance) then well talk, LOL.
 
# 5 Skyboxer @ 01/18/10 03:14 PM
If online play was a selling point (Especially for Madden 09) wouldn't the non support for such a newer game result in some ticked off people? I can understand a game from 5-10 years ago but 1 year?
 
# 6 sheredia @ 01/19/10 11:47 PM
that's fine, gotta cut costs, i guess....however, we should be allowed to trade in any of these games for credit towards the purchase of an upgrade to the newer EA game. that would be fair.
 
# 7 bcduggan @ 01/20/10 06:08 PM
You guys know it says in the instruction books for the games that EASports can stop inline play for those games after a date, usually the date is 30, 60, 90 days after the new release comes out the following year. They also say they will notify at least, i believe it's 30 days in advance on when they will stop providing online access for those games.
 
# 8 bkfount @ 01/20/10 11:01 PM
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Originally Posted by bcduggan
You guys know it says in the instruction books for the games that EASports can stop inline play for those games after a date, usually the date is 30, 60, 90 days after the new release comes out the following year. They also say they will notify at least, i believe it's 30 days in advance on when they will stop providing online access for those games.
Sure, but it's just a lame thing to do. You can still fire up a launch 360 game and play online, but EA shuts down their titles a year later. Some of it is to push sales of newer versions, and some of it is probably due to low online population for those titles. Facebreaker, lol...

It's not even like anyone is using EA's servers to play these games, their servers are just required for authentication purposes and the games are still p2p. This was the deal EA made with MS to get on Live, and they use it for PSN as well.

This is why digital distribution will suck. MS or Sony could flip a switch preventing you from even playing a downloaded arcade game if they wanted.
 
# 9 Skyboxer @ 01/21/10 12:34 PM
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Originally Posted by bkfount
Sure, but it's just a lame thing to do. You can still fire up a launch 360 game and play online, but EA shuts down their titles a year later. Some of it is to push sales of newer versions, and some of it is probably due to low online population for those titles. Facebreaker, lol...

It's not even like anyone is using EA's servers to play these games, their servers are just required for authentication purposes and the games are still p2p. This was the deal EA made with MS to get on Live, and they use it for PSN as well.

This is why digital distribution will suck. MS or Sony could flip a switch preventing you from even playing a downloaded arcade game if they wanted.
This
(Only the second time ever I used the "This" post.)
 
# 10 TheRealGooch @ 01/21/10 12:48 PM
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Originally Posted by superstarshad
No more Face breaker online! (in Florida Evans voice from Good Times) Damn, Damn, Damn! -that was sarcasm
Nice Florida Evans reference! The one where James dies right? Lol!!!
 
# 11 43Chargers4Now @ 04/21/10 03:29 PM
No madden 09? wow.
 

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