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I am posting this because this is gaming issue even though it refers to a
sports title.

http://www.canadianbusiness.com/opinion/article.jsp?content=20050131_64923_64923

Essentially, the Madden title (which I love) has taken steps to remove the
upsurge with NF2k series, effectively killing it(in football at least).

Nasty. I understand that we live in a market economy and that means that
if both parties (E.A & NFL) want this deal and the market supports it
then it is good business.

Alternatively, I think this kills competition. Good luck to any software
company that tries to develop a game without the NFLPA franchise rights.

I can see it now, sayno2steam passes deep to thrasher for the TD, yeah
right :)

I wonder how prevalent this is among sofware companies. The issues are
clearly different with Rpg's but there Anti-trust similarities.

Is letting the big boys putting the squeeze on on smaller developers good
for the product?

Cheers, (sorry for the length)

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In article <850249f0f0e21839e33c6f145954f874
@localhost.talkaboutcomputing.com>, kristan.miller@nospamdnd.ca says...
> I am posting this because this is gaming issue even though it refers to a
> sports title.
>
> http://www.canadianbusiness.com/opinion/article.jsp?content=20050131_64923_64923
>
> Essentially, the Madden title (which I love) has taken steps to remove the
> upsurge with NF2k series, effectively killing it(in football at least).
>
> Nasty. I understand that we live in a market economy and that means that
> if both parties (E.A & NFL) want this deal and the market supports it
> then it is good business.
>
> Alternatively, I think this kills competition. Good luck to any software
> company that tries to develop a game without the NFLPA franchise rights.
>
> I can see it now, sayno2steam passes deep to thrasher for the TD, yeah
> right :)
>
> I wonder how prevalent this is among sofware companies. The issues are
> clearly different with Rpg's but there Anti-trust similarities.
>
> Is letting the big boys putting the squeeze on on smaller developers good
> for the product?
>
> Cheers, (sorry for the length)
>
> Hawklan
>
>

This is very old news and it isn't the worst of it either. At least
Madden is a good football game. Take Two bought out the MLB rights, so
after this year no more MVP or MLB, only Take Two's MLB 2k-whatever with
no more rights to ESPN (those went to EA as well).

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Rob Berryhill
 
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My concern aside from variety and quality, is cost. The article indicates
that EA lowered its price in ackowledgment of the success of NFL2K5. Yes
Madden is a good game, but if I have to pay $70 dollars cdn to get it I
will be mighty pissed.

I wonder with big developers growing and usually providing mainstream
games whether Rpg's will be further marginalized.

Cheers,

Hawklan
 
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On Tue, 08 Mar 2005 15:03:22 -0500, "Hawklan"
<kristan.miller@nospamdnd.ca> wrote:

>My concern aside from variety and quality, is cost. The article indicates
>that EA lowered its price in ackowledgment of the success of NFL2K5. Yes
>Madden is a good game, but if I have to pay $70 dollars cdn to get it I
>will be mighty pissed.
>

Don't worry. Sports games have very poor trade-in/resale value. Just
wait for a trade-in. It might be after the current season, but you
WILL get it at a bargain price.

John Lewis


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>I wonder with big developers growing and usually providing mainstream
>games whether Rpg's will be further marginalized.
>
>Cheers,
>
>Hawklan
>
 
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I am disapointed, usually you make sense kid.

Frankly to compare potter, D&D or marvel as franchises to the NFL is
just a bit ridiculous. No single franchise in the rpg market monopolizes
its group like the NFL does with football. No NFL = No football.

... and, the game could be as good or better but without the licensing it
will not succeed. I mean come on, this is an indication of the prevalence
of icons from sports in our society. Sure, some people like to create
their own teams & players but that is ontop of the base NFL franchise.

With fantasy based games a new franchise can compete because they are not
intended to emulate reality. Sports games live and die keeping up to date
(hence yearly updates of sports titles).

If WOW waas called MOM tommorow, who cares! Franchise right aren't just
important with sports games, they are everything!!!

The NFL2k will have to try to use a lesser football franchise (CFL or
college football), or quit football outright(probably the smart move).

Cheers,

Hawklan