Escapist News Network: EA's Corporate Vision On Track

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EA's Corporate Vision On Track

Good news, EA continues to lose money, but at a slower rate.
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Eruanno

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Hmm I don't know if I'm just stressed, but wasn't that a really short ENN?
 

Nimbus

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Interesting move. I'm not sure that I like the background music playing during the first few anchorman bits, but the sound effects overall seem greatly improved. Good to see the return of Sir Fragsalot, although I can't say I hope to see more of him in the future. I suspect that joke would wear thin really fast.

Overall, it's good to see you're mixing things up, trying to keep things fresh. It's good to see the focus shift off the main story a bit, especially since the one-liner anchorman bits are such pure, solid gold.
 

A Pious Cultist

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Eruanno said:
Hmm I don't know if I'm just stressed, but wasn't that a really short ENN?
Sign you need to get out more #239: Complaining there isn't enough video game news.

Actually yes I think you're right. I quite like short videos though, they don't outstay their welcome.
 

Jared

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Yeah, did seem a little short.

I did like the music at the opening though, makes it seem like a breaking news story.

Great as always, keep on developing!
 

Barantas

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Great news as always. At about three mins tho, felt a bit too short. Sir frags alot was dressed ALOT like yahtzee.

Also, cathleens Right eye looked oddly dark... I'm not going mad right? just hair shadow...
 

CK76

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EA's biggest mistake financially was sadly to actually try new ideas. Meanwhile Activision rolls in money by milking tried and true concepts.

This has always been my biggest concern for the gaming industry stagnating if innovation is punished and laziness is rewarded.
 

Zivlok

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Interesting new format. Glad you aren't afraid to experiment. Was "Facebreaker" a New Moon reference, or an actual game? Also, alas, my dream of living inside a house made of tits has yet to be realized...
 

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I kind of miss the old format, but still enjoyed this one since it seems more fast-paced.
 

Archemetis

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There was just something that put me off this instalment...
I just can't place my finger on what.
Good Molyneux gag at the end too.
 

Graham_LRR

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That was an odd change of pace. It wasn't a great episode but it was far from bad.
 

tkioz

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Best part of this show is by far the fade to black, always the best jokes. Structurally unsound lol.
 

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i love all the LRR references at the bottom

"Olympic slackers"

Also i loved the greater focus on the real stories as an opposed to a 100% fabricated one
 

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"EA sucking less" plan sounds a lot like Capcom's "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" agenda :p

The ending quip about Molyneux was very funny. Structurally sound; ha!
 

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Excellent video. Though I feel the complains about EA making sequels was questionable...given it wasn't them who decided that only sequels can sell in big numbers (hint: It was us, the customers ;))
 

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I, for one, welcome our new fast-paced video game news delivering overlords.
 

Leodiensian

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Barantas said:
Also, cathleens Right eye looked oddly dark... I'm not going mad right? just hair shadow...
No, I noticed that. Like she had a black eye or something.

Graham, I'm looking at you here.
 

Lord_Panzer

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Dear Graham,

I enjoy the Rapidfire series. I enjoy ENN. The combination, however, seems less than the sum of its parts. It was still good, it just wasn't as good as usual. Please tell me this was just an experiment and not a full-fledged revamping.

Please?
 

powercall

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I really liked the whole "Nobody is using their Wii" thing. I'm sure Axel and Roxas might play theirs from time to time.
 

Graham_LRR

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EA is only making a "loss" because they keep constantly buying small companies at considerably large prices:

They bought Bioware / Pandemic late 2008 for 775 million $ (they closed Pandemic but they'll rake money in with the new Bioware MMO anyway, that was what the acquisition was all about)

They recently bought Playfish (a social-gaming company) for ~400 million $: http://www.playfish.com/press_releases/?release=09_11_2009

Heck, remember when they wanted to buy THQ for 2 billion $?: http://www.joystiq.com/2008/02/24/ea-proposes-acquisition-of-take-two-for-2-billion/

That all goes into the general "losses" number even if the games sell well...
How are they supposed to make a profit if they constantly buy companies at exhorbitant prices just to close em down 2-4 years later?
 

Onyx Oblivion

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EA took risks with good, original game IP and it didn't pay off. Because we didn't buy enough copies of Boom Blox.
 

Graham_LRR

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I hope EA is going to make new IPs and give IPS a second chance like mirror's edge and dead space.
 

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gee is it me or do the host look like jehovah's wittiness ,the same ones who try to recruit me every other month , they live up tyhe street from me , and always bug me during game play , drinking or eating ... oh yeah ,hope ea goes tits up because i hate ea games
 

Macgyvercas

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Good show, but the slight change in format was a bit wierd. No dialouge at the beginning?? I live for that!
 

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I miss the pre-report non sequiter, it was occasionaly the funniest part of ENN. At least you kept the closing non sequiter. Please don't loose this.
 

Jer_LRR

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Yeah, we're playing with the format a bit to give the show more energy. We like it, but keep telling us what you think; it's still a bit of a work in progress. Give yourself some time to acclimatize too; it's natural to dislike unexpected changes, even good ones.

Coming up next week, we're adding a Google Buzz tab to the side of the video that will expose every Escapist forum post you make to the ridicule of people you hate ... so look forward to that :).






... and to clarify before someone takes it seriously: yes, the above is a joke.
 

raankh

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As long as you don't stop playing with the format too early, you should have ample results. XD

I like diversity, so I'd like to see both more of the longer and this shorter format; or whatever else you think would be fun to do. Maybe a longer special report occasionally in the shorter format. The shorter format seemed to be more to the point, which is good. The pacing allows less time to be surprised and amused though; "getting" a joke is a lot quicker if you wrote/acted/recorded/edited it when viewing it of course.

Really though, just keep messing around if that's what brings us more in the spirit of what you've done so far!
 

messy

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The Mario bit was genius burning both Nintendo and Australian video game law
 

BrownGaijin

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To quote Garth from Wayne's World, "It's like a new pair of underwear. At first it's constrictive, but then it becomes a part of you."

dot dot dot
 

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Damn it, I'm surrounded by game devs and educators at a conference right now, and they're all looking at me like I'm insane because I'm giggling over the "tits are structurally unsound," joke. Granted, it's lunchtime, so I'm not interrupting anyone's speech, but still. Not exactly helpful. *snickers*

And thank you, Graham, for not going for the cheap shot and making a joke about sucking. Bold acting/writing choice, that was. ;)
 

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good stuff good stuff... ChadX is supposed to be the worst human being alive, yes?

i'm british, could i sell Kathleen stuff? like a bikini? or an all-day access pass to my pants? ¬_¬
 

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On another note, I like the omission of the opening pre-show banter. Keeping it at the end was a good choice, though. Diving right into the show works for me, strangely enough.
 

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Jer_LRR said:
... and to clarify before someone takes it seriously: yes, the above is a joke.
Speaking of jokes (as you comedic-type folk are often wont to do), is Kathleen's possible black eye in this video a reference to that Commodore Hustle episode where Geoff slanders Graham?

Or is it in fact a mere shadow over her eye that just happens to look exactly like an imprint of Graham's fist?
 

Graham_LRR

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The rapid fire story telling makes it seem more proffesional and news like, but too much so. Methinks you should find a happy medium between this and what you had before in terms of speed.

Oh and I loved the Starcraft 2 joke.
 

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UtopiaV1 said:
i'm british, could i sell Kathleen stuff? like a bikini? or an all-day access pass to my pants? ¬_¬
Leodiensian said:
Or is it in fact a mere shadow over her eye that just happens to look exactly like an imprint of Graham's fist?
So now we just have to wait for Graham to kill you both
 

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Its still clever and funny comedy, but the newer format makes it harder to laugh at.
The upped speed, and background music makes it seem rushed and incomplete; the same content could have been delivered over 5 minutes if things were said slower, steadier and more 'professionally' (although i hate to use that word in this context, LRR is great and professional).
 

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I liked the Peter Molyneux ending. He's a very good speaker... I just wish he would actually do everything that he says.

Good video. I await next week's ENN.
 

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The new format of that ENN was a bit fast for my liking, but glad to see you aren't afraid to experiment, keep up the good work XD
 

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If they really wanted to suck less they would make dungeon keeper 3. If you have to pump out sequels all the time you might as well make one for a series that is good.
 

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That reviewer was a complete moron. No questions asked.

Loved the part about EA though with one exception.....Mirrors Edge was an AWESOME game and I look forward to Mirrors Edge 2.
 

Lenny Magic

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The lighting seemed a bit weird in this one. But over all not so bad. Still loved the old format better. I am kind of hoping that this fast pace was just a one time thing.
 

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Personally I think it needs to slow back down a bit, at this speeed I feel like I'm missing half the jokes. That said the "main" story is much better in the new format. The show used to lose a lot of its momentum in the main story, usually when I rewatch an old episode I skip the main story unless it's really good.

So I suppose what I would want is to make less of a distinction between the two by speeding up the bigger story and slowing down the other stuff. I think that would lessen the jarring nature of switching between the two. At least that's my theory for now ^^.
 

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It's either a lighting fail, a sleep fail, or a makeup fail ... or possibly a combination. It's certainly not domestic abuse, which is never funny ... unless Sonic is involved :).
 

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LeeshaJoy said:
Zivlok said:
Was "Facebreaker" a New Moon reference, or an actual game?.
It's quite possibly the worst boxing game [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FaceBreaker] ever.
Edited for truth.

Good main story, too bad the news wasn't as zany as it usually is. I don't blame you guys for that though.
 

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i don't know what to think about the new changes... i like that you guys will change it up every now and again, but this episode felt very rushed, like you realised you had left it till the last minute, like me and assignments :p in saying that, i loved the main story and felt that it didn't drag on too long, which is something I've felt on some of the older episodes. i also missed not having the pre-news banter, but like i said, its definitely a good thing that you guys want to change and refine it, rather than let it fall into a permanent routine.

btw, loved the comment about australian censorship, that is, if the australian government allows me to write that comment? :p
 

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HILARIOUS - and I really like the new format and background music! Keep going, this gets better every episode!
 

MattAn24

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I.. Really, really liked this format! Totally forgot about the lack of The Escapist logo. Looks nice! I even liked that "And welcome back", straight into more headlines, as if we never left last weeks episode xD

The multiple stories from one anchor then passing over looks neato as well, as does that satellite cross to Jer! Totally keep that side bar up, almost looks like The Colbert Report's "The Word", which is -awesome-!

All in all, nicely done, guys!
 

dmase

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All i could say was WHAT at the end that was a hilarious tidbit at the end. Great show
 

nmaster64

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I can't say I'm a fan of the changes. The music while talking was really distracting. And I missed having them open with the lights-down joke...
 

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ForgottenPr0digy said:
I hope EA is going to make new IPs and give IPS a second chance like mirror's edge and dead space.
Isn't Dead Space 2 already in the works? I thought I heard that somewhere... Not sure now though.

Also, "replace house with tits" is probably one of the greatest phrases ever.
 

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It was just a tad too quick at the start, I had to watch it twice to see and hear everything.
Good stuff though.
 

Jer_LRR

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This week's rejected ENN stories are up on the LoadingReadyRun blog! http://is.gd/8FWey
 

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mjc0961 said:
ForgottenPr0digy said:
I hope EA is going to make new IPs and give IPS a second chance like mirror's edge and dead space.
Isn't Dead Space 2 already in the works? I thought I heard that somewhere... Not sure now though.

Also, "replace house with tits" is probably one of the greatest phrases ever.
Deadspace 2 has a non confirmed release date and Mirror's Edge 2 was mentioned as being the next franchise continuation they want to attempt to keep running although it was not in the 2010 fiscal year report. Said report was subject to change but DICE is already releasing Bad Company 2 and doing the MP of the new Medal of Honor title.
 

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A bit rushed this week. I hope you return to the earlier format. There wasn't even a lead-in dialogue

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Huh. That kind of supports the "gamers fear change" argument in the main story, doesn't it?
 

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Pfft the Fragsalot joke was way2 american, and what was wrong with Mirrors Edge!?!? I will stand by it till the grave!
 

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I never noticed that Jer was slightly crosseyed. I knew there was something about him that made seeing him interesting, just never noticed the eyes.
 

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CK76 said:
EA's biggest mistake financially was sadly to actually try new ideas. Meanwhile Activision rolls in money by milking tried and true concepts.

This has always been my biggest concern for the gaming industry stagnating if innovation is punished and laziness is rewarded.
Agreed, I love EA, but a few good new games just got avoided like the plague.
I wish they could shake the evil image and I wish people would buy more than just Madden, Call of Duty, etc... and try out something different.