02-08-2018 03:26 PM
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  1. Guest_aotf's Avatar
    With Phil Spencer as SVP in charge of gaming, it's unlikely that an acquisition like this would go to s*** like some one had said earlier. Nadella may not be guiding MS in a consumer-centric direction, but the fact that Phil was appointed to his current position in the company shows that MS is serious about their gaming department.

    I'd like to see MS buy EA and put a stop to this stupid lootbox craze. MS needs to turn an EA acquisition into a turnaround story: MS buys EA (the latter, a widely despised and money-hungry company known for shady practices - promoting in-game gambling and pushing out incomplete games at times), push out the EA executives that are responsible for such anti-consumer practices, and start injecting $$ and nurturing the IPs that are on shaky ground right now (Battlefront2, anthem), all the while helping nurture the independent developers. I just want a studio and developer to show the amount of love for it's consumers as CD Projekt Red has shown with Witcher 3.

    This could be a really good thing for consumers, and for MS in the eyes of some butt-hurt consumers. Whether we like it or not, EA has their greedy little mitts on A LOT of really good game IP, and if MS can reverse this horrible trend of unfairly squeezing as much money out of consumers, then it'll only look good for MS.
    1) Spencer was in charge when the bs with Twisted Pixel, Lionhead and Press Play, Darkside... Killing off Scalebound, Xbox fitness, Project Spark, Fable Legends, project knoxville, Phantom Dust...

    2) We are talking of MS not CD Projekt Red. MS are also very focused on that games as a service bs. microtransactions, lootbox, countless sponsored DLC's/VIP or other bs passes, multiple different versions and "Pay money or you'll get the game late"...

    3) Good thing for consumers??
    As a gamer or a consumer and not as a MS "fan":
    Would you prefer them investing 40b on EA just to make their games exclusives to XB or would you rather they invest 40b on 10-15 new studios that make amazing content for XB gamers all while keep getting EA games. Be honest
    02-05-2018 02:16 PM
  2. Guest_aotf's Avatar
    I would prefer that they buy Steam.
    Why?
    02-05-2018 02:17 PM
  3. Hilltoppot's Avatar
    I hope Microsoft does purchase EA if they can. Microsoft needs to do something big try to not end up in last place out of the 3 main consoles. they buy EA and let them do their own thing except maybe squashing microtransactions. only in time will tell.
    02-05-2018 02:48 PM
  4. argeniszurita's Avatar
    I would prefer they buy Sony :]
    02-05-2018 03:43 PM
  5. Vincent McLaughlin's Avatar
    There are many people for and against this transaction. I don't care if they do or don't. What I do care about is, whoever buys it has to maintain the current franchise of games and do them well. i haven't done any research into why EA has been trying to sell, but what other company can buy EA and consumers will not have to necessarily worry about all EA titles becoming Xbox One exclusives. There may be system exclusive content, but I believe PS ownwers will still get to enjoy EA games. EA has too many loyal fans of their games for MS not to continue to that route. Besides, with MS current business model, "services everywhere" I don't think other platforms have anything to worry about.

    Now, what I would worry about is, MS selling off certain titles to other studios that may not continue the legacy of quality in EA games. Hopefully, if MS does make the make the purchase, there would be something in the deal that keeps MS from selling of the rights to individual titles. Like I said, EA is a money maker and MS is about making money. The other thing to consider, EA is a large company and MS will have to customize it to its business model. That may mean some layoffs and cuts of EA services that would be redundant.
    Laura Knotek likes this.
    02-05-2018 03:54 PM
  6. Dush Ku's Avatar
    buy EA, take all the dev studios and IP they own, then shut down EA publishing and bring that inhouse to Microsoft
    02-05-2018 05:37 PM
  7. Guest_aotf's Avatar
    I hope Microsoft does purchase EA if they can. Microsoft needs to do something big try to not end up in last place out of the 3 main consoles. they buy EA and let them do their own thing except maybe squashing microtransactions. only in time will tell.
    Why do you hope that? Does MS not finishing 3rd means that much to you?
    With the amount of money that they are talking, as a consumer don't you rather want to see them invest in making their own studios, new IPs or revive existing franchise?
    Getting EA's games exclusives or getting a whole bunch of exclusive while still getting EA's games as 3rd party games?
    02-05-2018 07:49 PM
  8. Guest_aotf's Avatar
    I would prefer they buy Sony :]
    Right. Because not having competition is a great thing for gaming and gamers...
    Unless your priority is MS over gaming... hmm
    02-05-2018 07:50 PM
  9. will christiansen's Avatar
    Being that u are an ea fan explains your reasons for thinking why ms would turn It into garbage... Look at bungie when they had them b4 Activision bought them bungie made some of the greatest games of all time. But now they make some of the worst..
    02-05-2018 10:08 PM
  10. will christiansen's Avatar
    Actually fable 4 is all but confirmed.. And that's bs they will learn from ea's mistakes..
    Richard Loveridge likes this.
    02-05-2018 10:09 PM
  11. will christiansen's Avatar
    I think it would do wonders for Ms to buy them cause they basically let the producers do what they want with the game opposed to ea where they for them to make the game 100% money focused to the point where balanced gameplay and enjoyablity doesn't matter just retention and $$$$$
    Richard Loveridge likes this.
    02-05-2018 10:11 PM
  12. randyoaks187's Avatar
    Separate all games from the Windows store and merge them in with Steam and rebrand it to Xbox store. The store for games on any device. Keep apps with apps and games with games. Work on tying in Steam features deep into Microsoft gaming on any platform.

    This is all to say that I think Microsoft is not lacking a top like game studio, but more to align with what I see is what the vision of the company, and that is cloud services, and Steam fits that to a T.
    02-06-2018 01:44 AM
  13. Richard Loveridge's Avatar
    Yay. I'm famous. Hahahaha. Jokes. Nice to be part of a main article though. Felt weird. But kinda cool. Love Windows Central. And only ever use your reviews for games.
    02-06-2018 03:24 PM
  14. Richard Loveridge's Avatar
    Being that u are an ea fan explains your reasons for thinking why ms would turn It into garbage... Look at bungie when they had them b4 Activision bought them bungie made some of the greatest games of all time. But now they make some of the worst..
    Bungie is an ironic situation i think. They wanted to be independent again. Yet ended up under Activision which has stifled their games tremendously. Destiny has lost all that storytelling and cohesive universe that Bungie was known for. It's pretty sad what happened to Bungie.
    02-06-2018 03:29 PM
  15. Guest_aotf's Avatar
    Yay. I'm famous. Hahahaha. Jokes. Nice to be part of a main article though. Felt weird. But kinda cool. Love Windows Central. And only ever use your reviews for games.
    You often ran away when I ask for proof. But this time it looks like you're trying to avoid answering this question that I asked earlier:

    "But seriously answer this as a gamer or a consumer and not as a MS fanboy:
    Would you prefer them investing 40b on EA just to make their games exclusives to XB or would you rather they invest 40b on 10-15 new studios that make amazing content for XB gamers all while keep getting EA games. Be honest..."
    02-06-2018 08:59 PM
  16. Dradzk's Avatar
    "But seriously answer this as a gamer or a consumer and not as a MS fanboy:
    Would you prefer them investing 40b on EA just to make their games exclusives to XB or would you rather they invest 40b on 10-15 new studios that make amazing content for XB gamers all while keep getting EA games. Be honest..."
    Personally, I have zero preference. Whichever delivers the most high quality games for me to choose from that are trying to earn my money rather than treat me as a cash cow. As I don't have a crystal ball, I do not know which of the current options would better fit that. Microsoft has a spotty history with many of their studios, but so does EA. I have never gotten the impression that Microsoft was trying to swindle me though.

    So long story short, I won't be disappointed if MS doesn't buy EA, but I will be interested to see what happens if they do.
    02-06-2018 11:34 PM
  17. Richard Loveridge's Avatar
    You often ran away when I ask for proof. But this time it looks like you're trying to avoid answering this question that I asked earlier:

    "But seriously answer this as a gamer or a consumer and not as a MS fanboy:
    Would you prefer them investing 40b on EA just to make their games exclusives to XB or would you rather they invest 40b on 10-15 new studios that make amazing content for XB gamers all while keep getting EA games. Be honest..."
    I'd rather they do niether. I'd rather they buy EA and put all the games in Game Pass day and date of launch. I don't particularly have alot of money to spend on Gaming. Would much rather pay £7.99/month abd that be it.

    I'm quite happy with the games I play each year. I don't really struggle with needing more. Looming forward to spending probably upward of 200+ hours on Sea Of Thieves soon. The beta was amazing.
    02-07-2018 08:20 AM
  18. Guest_aotf's Avatar
    I'd rather they buy EA and put all the games in Game Pass day and date of launch. I don't particularly have alot of money to spend on Gaming. Would much rather pay £7.99/month abd that be it.
    Wait. If MS make their own games they'll all be on game pass so that argument really doesn't stand. Plus there'll still be EA access for ea games.

    It's not about the "need to play more". It's having MORE choice more variety. Companies investing money to make us games is important. If MS didn't put money into making Sea of thieves but instead put that money to acquire a some random 3rd party franchise, you wouldn't be talking about playing SoT.
    02-07-2018 02:37 PM
  19. Richard Loveridge's Avatar
    Wait. If MS make their own games they'll all be on game pass so that argument really doesn't stand. Plus there'll still be EA access for ea games.

    It's not about the "need to play more". It's having MORE choice more variety. Companies investing money to make us games is important. If MS didn't put money into making Sea of thieves but instead put that money to acquire a some random 3rd party franchise, you wouldn't be talking about playing SoT.
    Buying EA doesn't mean they will stop Rare making games though. I would be entirely happy for EA to continue to be able to put their games on Sonys console. It's games as a service I want per month. I'd rather not have to pay EA Access if its all under 1 roof.

    I have a very different view as to why MS would buy EA. It really has nothing to do with Exclusives. Sure on PS you would have to pay £50 a game. But on Xbox you would pay just a monthly subscription. That would be quite a big draw for Xbox anyway.

    I think MS are trying to get out in front of the competition for a monthly service of free games. And if they bought EA they would stay on Game Pass forever. While also stopping he competition able to have any of those titles on their own monthly service.

    That's how I see an acquisition like this going.
    02-08-2018 04:55 AM
  20. Guest_aotf's Avatar
    Buying EA doesn't mean they will stop Rare making games though. I would be entirely happy for EA to continue to be able to put their games on Sonys console. It's games as a service I want per month. I'd rather not have to pay EA Access if its all under 1 roof.

    I have a very different view as to why MS would buy EA. It really has nothing to do with Exclusives. Sure on PS you would have to pay £50 a game. But on Xbox you would pay just a monthly subscription. That would be quite a big draw for Xbox anyway.

    I think MS are trying to get out in front of the competition for a monthly service of free games. And if they bought EA they would stay on Game Pass forever. While also stopping he competition able to have any of those titles on their own monthly service.

    That's how I see an acquisition like this going.
    It almost look like your purposely trying to ignore the whole point being made. It's not about EA being on game pass.
    Its about getting a whole bunch of other whole new games.

    You are an obvious fan of MS's games as you already praise and hype Fable, Halo, Gears, Sea Of Thieves, Crackdown 3, Ori 2 A LOT MORE than any current EA game is making or made.
    Don't you want more of those MS-made game rather than games that you show a lot less interest towards? Or are you just hyping those games because they are MS games?
    It almost looks like you are saying stuff because you know MS are more likely to buy EA than build their own studios...

    I told you to not think as a MS/XB "fan" but as a gamer (if you're one)

    It's really simple question. There are 2 cases:
    1) MS games opens 10-12 studios and regularly provide a whole bunch (along with current studios) of games on game pass + stilll having the ability to buy/rent EA games seperately.
    or 2) Just have EA games on game pass. No new games no new studios.

    This should be a no-brainer for an actual gamer.
    02-08-2018 03:26 PM
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