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EA to show off Battlefield 3 at GDC 2011

Via IGN.com

The publisher confirmed to the media it will host an unveil event for the game on Mar. 1, 2011, taking place during the week of the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco.

And for all you peeps who picked up the Limited Edition of Medal of Honor you’ll be able to get in on the beta. At the moment there are no details on when the beta will occur. Battlefield 3 is due to drop sometime in 2011. My guess would be Fall or holiday since it’s possible we’ll see the beta in early Spring. All my own guesses BTW, don’t quote me on that.

 
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Posted by on January 10, 2011 in Battlefield

 

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EA to Shut Down Servers

Sadly the sun will set on Middle Earth, well at least EA’s Battle for Middle Earth II. That title, along with quite a list of other games will have their server cords yanked over the upcoming months. It’s understandable that EA should pull some of these titles offline. If percentage of users is low for a considerable amount of time, it’s time for the game to retire.

Here are the casualties…

Via EA.com

Jan 11, 2011 Online Service Shutdown

The Lord of the Rings™, The Battle for Middle-earth™ II for Xbox 360
The Lord of the Rings™, The Battle for Middle-earth™ II, The Rise of the Witch-king™ for Xbox 360

Jan 17, 2011 Online Service Shutdown

The Sims Carnival

Feb 8, 2011 Online Service Shutdown

FIFA 07 for Xbox 360
FIFA 08 for PlayStation Portable, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii
FIFA 09 for PC, PlayStation Portable, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii
FIFA 09 Ultimate Team for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360
FIFA Street 3 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360
EA SPORTS™ FIFA Manager 10 for PC
EA SPORTS™ Fight Night Round 3 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360
Madden 09 for PlayStation Portable (all regions), PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii
Madden 10 for PlayStation Portable (all regions), PlayStation 2 and Wii
NBA LIVE 08 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360
NBA LIVE 09 for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii
NCAA® Basketball 08 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360
NCAA® Basketball 09 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360
NCAA® Football 07 for Xbox 360
NCAA® Football 08 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360
NCAA® Football 09 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360
NCAA® Football 10 for PlayStation 2
NFL Head Coach 09 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360
NHL® 08 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360
NHL® 09 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360
Tiger Woods PGA TOUR® 09 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360
UEFA EURO 2008™ for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360
2010 FIFA World Cup™ for PlayStation Portable and Wii
2010 FIFA World Cup™ Demo for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360

Mar 1, 2011 Online Service Shutdown

Tiger Woods PGA TOUR® 09 for Wii

 
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Posted by on January 5, 2011 in EA

 

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EA Sports takes a stab at the used market

Starting with the 2011 series (Madden 11, NHL 11, etc.) each game will contain a one time use code. This code will give the player access to online play and bonus content. Should you buy the game used, you will need shell out another $10 for a code if you want to play online.

Now I’m not a huge sports game player. I get NHL every year and that’s about it. But that’s not the point. It’s the concept that interests me. I’m actually surprised something like this hasn’t happened already. Not only for EA Sports, I mean for the entire gaming market.

Publishers lose money when games are sold and bought used. This code system could be a solution to the lost money. For players who focus on online play they might decide to buy it new rather than shell out for a used game PLUS the extra cash for an online code.

In all honesty I support the code idea because of the money lost from people buying used. But It can only really apply to games with a strong online presence but it’s not a bad idea. And it would not surprise me if other companies followed suit.

 
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Posted by on May 12, 2010 in EA, gamestop

 

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Charging? For a demo??

We all know that times are tough when it comes to money these days. But charging for a video game demo? Are things really that bad?

Electronic Arts is getting ready to start charging for what they call “premium” demo versions that could go for $10-$15. These demos would contain around 3-4 hours of the full version of the game.

I can say with confidence that I would never shell out any dollar amount for a fraction of a video game. And I know I’m not the only one who feels that way.

The whole point of a game demo is to play a little bit of the game before you decide to shell out the cash for the full version. Paying for a demo defeats the actual purpose of a demo!

Charging for a demo, regardless of the amount of content it holds, is taking advantage of the gaming community. Say a game like MW2 had a premium demo. Gamers everywhere would not hesitate laying down the cash to play before the release. Or it could go the other way. A terrible game has a premium demo. A handful of players would buy it and regret spending even a penny on it.

Find another way to make money EA. I’m sure there are better ways.

 
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Posted by on March 23, 2010 in ps3, Xbox

 

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