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Electronic Arts CEO Comments On The State Of Social Gaming

firefly2003firefly2003 Los Angeles, CAPosts: 2,555Member

Electronic Arts' CEO John Riccitiello had a few things to say about the supposed declining state of social gaming.

He had some positive things to say like, "The companies that are now suffering will have another day." He also commented that among the lessons that can be learned is that “Consumers won’t pay for crap," which begs the question, if they won't buy anything, are they still considered consumers at that point?

The quotes come from a conference on Friday where Riccitiello spoke on the supposed boom of social gaming. At the conference he also said that "Great gaming starts with truly good entertainment, not viral marketing involving spamming your friends to get a shovel."

[via All Things D]

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Comments

  • aphydorkaphydork Boring, ORPosts: 133Member

    The Secret World did something like that in its beta stages. Tell all your friends, and you get a chance to enter beta and items!

    I am never participating in those. It's like chain letters all over again.

  • kb4blukb4blu Fuquay Varina, NCPosts: 683Member Uncommon

    “Consumers won’t pay for crap,"

    Is he having a Mass Effect 3 , or Dragon Age 2  flashback ???

     

  • Ex0dUs101Ex0dUs101 ManchesterPosts: 268Member
    Coming from the company that destroys everything good about gaming, and constantly churns out recyclyed crap, I find this quite hilarious.
  • PurutzilPurutzil East Stroudsburg, PAPosts: 2,924Member Uncommon
    To bad the CEOs of EA have as much to do with gaming as a guy eating cake in a third world country. Its insulting and only mocks those people who truly could use it.
  • RobokappRobokapp Dublin, OHPosts: 5,205Member Uncommon

    can someone translate his statement for me please?

     

    is he saying 'consumers won't pay for anything" or "consumers won't pay for weak quality" ?

     

    the word 'crap' is quite potent in the english language...

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  • ignore_meignore_me Apple Valley, CAPosts: 1,987Member
    Originally posted by Robokapp

    can someone translate his statement for me please?

     

    is he saying 'consumers won't pay for anything" or "consumers won't pay for weak quality" ?

     

    the word 'crap' is quite potent in the english language...

    he is referring to Star Wars The Old Republic

    Survivor of the great MMORPG Famine of 2011

  • RobokappRobokapp Dublin, OHPosts: 5,205Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by ignore_me
    Originally posted by Robokapp

    can someone translate his statement for me please?

     

    is he saying 'consumers won't pay for anything" or "consumers won't pay for weak quality" ?

     

    the word 'crap' is quite potent in the english language...

    he is referring to Star Wars The Old Republic

    well played, sir.

     

    but im serious. is he doubting that there's revenue in the market anymore or raising awarenss towards quality?

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  • tank017tank017 Glendale, CAPosts: 2,192Member
    Originally posted by ignore_me
    Originally posted by Robokapp

    can someone translate his statement for me please?

     

    is he saying 'consumers won't pay for anything" or "consumers won't pay for weak quality" ?

     

    the word 'crap' is quite potent in the english language...

    he is referring to Star Wars The Old Republic

    lol,thats what I was thinking..

  • tank017tank017 Glendale, CAPosts: 2,192Member
    Originally posted by Robokapp
    Originally posted by ignore_me
    Originally posted by Robokapp

    can someone translate his statement for me please?

     

    is he saying 'consumers won't pay for anything" or "consumers won't pay for weak quality" ?

     

    the word 'crap' is quite potent in the english language...

    he is referring to Star Wars The Old Republic

    well played, sir.

     

    but im serious. is he doubting that there's revenue in the market anymore or raising awarenss towards quality?

    well seeing how wealthy EA is due to consumers,Im sure he is talking about quality.

     

    Consumers said "no thanks" to a poorly made MMO,where most of the money went to voice acting it seems..

     

    and now Consumers are realizing that EA is also putting out the same game,but just slapping a new title on them..

     

    So I take it as,he thinks majority of consumers are retarded.

  • RobokappRobokapp Dublin, OHPosts: 5,205Member Uncommon

    I was hoping for the other one...took me a while to realise he isn't talking about what I thought he's talking about.

     

    maybe in the belly of EA, a long forgotten artifact named Westwood can be reclaimed by mankind.

     

    I swaer when I turn 50 i'll play a game of tiberian sun....

     

     

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  • ignore_meignore_me Apple Valley, CAPosts: 1,987Member
    Originally posted by Robokapp
    Originally posted by ignore_me
    Originally posted by Robokapp

    can someone translate his statement for me please?

     

    is he saying 'consumers won't pay for anything" or "consumers won't pay for weak quality" ?

     

    the word 'crap' is quite potent in the english language...

    he is referring to Star Wars The Old Republic

    well played, sir.

     

    but im serious. is he doubting that there's revenue in the market anymore or raising awarenss towards quality?

    My guess is that he is looking at the performance of various titles that the subdivisions have made, and taken notice of the poor performance by those products that had failed to meet customer demands.

     

    In all seriousness he is using the low-emphasis scatalogical reference here to mean products that do not meet consumer needs.

     

    Survivor of the great MMORPG Famine of 2011

  • RobokappRobokapp Dublin, OHPosts: 5,205Member Uncommon

    scatalogical...

     

    don't mind if i borrow that word...TO THE INTERNET!!

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  • SuperDonkSuperDonk Vancouver, WAPosts: 781Member Common
    Originally posted by ignore_me
    Originally posted by Robokapp

    can someone translate his statement for me please?

     

    is he saying 'consumers won't pay for anything" or "consumers won't pay for weak quality" ?

     

    the word 'crap' is quite potent in the english language...

    he is referring to Star Wars The Old Republic

     lol

     

    To answer Robokapp - Since it is the CEO of EA I'm guessing he is saying consumers don't want to pay for anything. But since the article is about "social gaming" I don't understand why he doesn't already know this. All of the game apps on my iPhone are free ones that I have never spent a dime on, most of them are not  worth even the .99 that some of them cost to buy. So he must be talking about me. I guess I'm wierd, I'll spend $50 on a game for my computer, but I won't spend a dime on facebook or iPhone games.

  • RobokappRobokapp Dublin, OHPosts: 5,205Member Uncommon

    alright now  i heard it both ways. maybe I should actually read the interview...

     

    I am that hardcore that i'm going to do reading!!

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  • ignore_meignore_me Apple Valley, CAPosts: 1,987Member

    It's hard to know what he is talking about because the quote is couched next to that bit by the writer that seems to infer he is saying people are cheap asses, but what is the context of his quote? maybe I should look for the whole thing

    There are some lessons that all game makers can take away from the current challenges of social gaming. First and foremost, Riccitiello said, “consumers won’t pay for crap.”

    Great gaming, he said, starts with truly good entertainment, not viral marketing involving spamming your friends to get a shovel.

    Riccitiello said that there are some truly great free-to-play social games out there, including some from rivals. He pointed to a competitor’s game — Dragonvale — as well as to EA’s own Simpsons-themed Tapped Out game.

    To highlight his point, he called on a truly unbiased reviewer, showing a video clip of Homer Simpson tapping away on a tablet.

    “This game is life-ruiningly fun,” Homer says.

    ^^ this seems to indicate he is talking about shitty games, not cheap consumers. To be accurate, he is also talking about social networking games, not MMOs or other titles. The general priniciple should apply, crap is crap.

    Survivor of the great MMORPG Famine of 2011

  • RobokappRobokapp Dublin, OHPosts: 5,205Member Uncommon

    well the next line is about 'great bla bla bla" so I imagine by 'crap' he means "opposite of great".

     

    that's what i get from the article.

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  • SuperDonkSuperDonk Vancouver, WAPosts: 781Member Common
    Originally posted by Robokapp

    well the next line is about 'great bla bla bla" so I imagine by 'crap' he means "opposite of great".

     

    that's what i get from the article.

     Yeah you're probably right, which makes the article even more confusing. How does the CEO actually know what a crap game is? Most of his company's games are crap. Does this mean the EA actually knows what they sell is crap but they just don't care or are they incapable of changing thier ways?

  • MumboJumboMumboJumbo LondonPosts: 3,221Member

    “Consumers won’t pay for crap,"

    EA sets about selling "polished cr@p"..

  • mikecacklemikecackle City, ILPosts: 151Member
    EA doesnt polish anything but the rights owners pockets for a license to achieve a monopoly.
  • MumboJumboMumboJumbo LondonPosts: 3,221Member
    Originally posted by mikecackle
    EA doesnt polish anything but the rights owners pockets for a license to achieve a monopoly.

    That's absolutely true.

    Beyond shovelware: Where do social games go from here?

    • Whatever the reason for the slump, that "industry killing" social game force that we were all talking about at GDC 2011 is looking a lot weaker these days.
    • More and more, it appears social games might be moving away from video games and more towards games of chance.
     
    So, just going trait up with the gambling then. The masquerade is over.
  • VardahothVardahoth Temecula, CAPosts: 377Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by firefly2003

    Electronic Arts' CEO John Riccitiello had a few things to say about the supposed declining state of social gaming.

    He had some positive things to say like, "The companies that are now suffering will have another day." He also commented that among the lessons that can be learned is that “Consumers won’t pay for crap," which begs the question, if they won't buy anything, are they still considered consumers at that point?

    The quotes come from a conference on Friday where Riccitiello spoke on the supposed boom of social gaming. At the conference he also said that "Great gaming starts with truly good entertainment, not viral marketing involving spamming your friends to get a shovel."

    [via All Things D]

    Great, so it's like politics where they tell you what you want to hear then fail to deliver.

    I Quit.

    http://www.mmorpg.com/discussion2.cfm/thread/436845/page/1

    http://forums.anandtech.com/showthread.php?t=2316034
    .............
    Retired Gamer: all MMORPG's have been destroyed by big business, marketing of false promises, unprofessional game makers, and a generation of "I WIN and GIVE ME NOW".

  • PhryPhry HampshirePosts: 6,289Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by SuperDonk
    Originally posted by Robokapp

    well the next line is about 'great bla bla bla" so I imagine by 'crap' he means "opposite of great".

     

    that's what i get from the article.

     Yeah you're probably right, which makes the article even more confusing. How does the CEO actually know what a crap game is? Most of his company's games are crap. Does this mean the EA actually knows what they sell is crap but they just don't care or are they incapable of changing thier ways?

    maybe they just get carried away with expensive gimmicks, i don't know, i don't think their set in their ways though, and maybe they can change things, but... we just havent seen it yet image

    but yeah, i think they know what crap is..  they sure spent a ton of cash on defining it too.. image

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