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EA wants open gaming platform

Discussion in 'Gamers Hangout' started by greenbrucelee, Oct 19, 2007.

  1. greenbrucelee
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    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/7052420.stm


    I think this is a good idea, epecially because it should create a faster turn around on game development and evreyone can get a copy instead of having to wait untill a game appears on their particular console.
     
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    Good? yeah probably. Likely to happen? Thats a negative. Too much money to be made in getting people to buy into your brand.
     
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    I agree...i mean i dont think this will catch on...at least not anytime too soon. as for me...i am happy getting my games on PC...since I dont play consoles...:biggrin
     
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    Yyyyeah... all that'll mean is an increase in the number of poorly developed, weak-UI, dumbed-down, last-gen-looking console ports for the PC. :thumbdwn

    No thanks. :dry
     
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    This is actually the best point. what drives quality games development and the push games technology is the element of competition. Plus the idea of a 'single platform' or anything close to such a concept will lead to stale content that could lead to the downfall of the games industry.

    Right now, the industry is lead by the demands of the consumer (a greater variety of games over a number of platforms), suggesting that one all-emcompassing platform is infact a pipe dream. Ask the average gamer about platforms and they will either always own more than one, or wish they owned more than one. This is for a variety of reasons: games available on the platform and the technology driving the games available on that platform.

    I'm stopping now.
     
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    Yep... there's a reason I don't buy console ports. :rolleyes:
     
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    I think there already working on cross platform games, like unreal tournament 3... players on a 360 can compete against players on a ps3... i carnt find my source where i read this, could be years in the making like the bbc report suggests...

    I think its a great idea... but im not sure each console manufacture will agree do you??:dry

    Take fifa 08 for example, what difference would it be playing someone on a 360 or ps3 apart from the controller being used to play? I carn't wait then ill be able to beat some ps3 noobs :p

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    I wouldn't buy fifa anyway its been crap since 97, pro evo for me, but the last pro evo was pants aswell.
     
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    This is already the case with Shadowrun. Cross-Platform gaming:

    http://uk.gamespot.com/xbox360/action/shadowrun/news.html?sid=6167440&mode=all&page=2&cpage=2
     
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    Translation: We've dumbed down the controls in Windows so that PC users won't have so much of an advantange. We've also ensured that users with top-of-the-line PC graphic cards can't take full advantage of their hardware... even though we require they purchase Windows Vista for graphics that look 2 generations (or more) old.

    Yeah, I'll pass. :dry
     
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    I didnt say it was good, just that it existed
     
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    It is interesting to see how it would turn out though. I mean it might not be the best ever, but we never know.
     
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    Gotta love this guy!

    Got it down to a T
     
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    Yeah, I know... not frustrated with you... just frustrated with the sorry state of games that are ported from console. If game developers don't think there's a noticeable difference in a game ported from console and a game developed from scratch... then they've lost touch with the PC gaming market.
     
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    Go easy on us, mate! :blink We do realise that the average gamer is smart enough to notice a ported game. It all comes down to the budget allowed when a game is ported, and this can be a great deal of money, usually not less than half of the original budget to create the game in the first place! It must also be remembered that when a game is ported to any platform it must go through cetification and QA in just the same way as a new game is. Also the time allowed to port is normally months, where a game from scratch is allowed years to be developed.
     
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    Mmm.... that makes sense... half the budget... and far less than half the sales due to the PC gamers abandoning weak console ported games. :blink Wait... the math's gone wrong here somewhere...

    EA's sports titles are a prime example of this... cut corners here and there, and kill features that work great on a PC... and suddenly they find themselves with their latest titles getting a 5/10 in the review mags.

    Sorry, I'm all about quality. If you're going to do something, do it right. Why bother, if you're not going to put the effort into it to do it right? (Not meaning YOU, specifically, Math... "you", meaning the game dev companies...)
     
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    Yeah, i know you didn't mean 'personally me'. :p

    The games industry is like any other business, where 'doing it right' means doing something in a way that earns the most revenue. Unfortunately the purists are in the minority on that score, hence the consistent sales.
     
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    But that's the point... EA's sports titles are losing PC customers in droves... especially when I can get a more-functional game with their OLDER titles that are in the bargain bin.
     
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    Within the last nine-odd months, I attended an EA presentation on the tech that they are going to use in 'next year's' sports titles, meaning the ones that are currently out. Alas, there appears to be no such new tech in their games.

    Once sales are significantly low, I'd expect to see something new on the horizon.
     
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    That's the point... there's no new tech offered... and some features have even been REMOVED that they used to have... coincidentally, those features that don't exist in the console versions. They slap some new "eye candy" on there, and think that's enough to sell a game.

    Meh.
     
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