The History of Electronic Arts

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  1. Streck

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    Gamasutra put up an excellent article that covers the complete history of Electronic Arts:

    http://gamasutra.com/features/20070216/fleming_01.shtml

    The "Arts" in their name was, at one time, meant in the most literal sense: individual designers and programmers were given top billing for their creations on the front of the box, often in a bigger font than EA's.

    We still have a little of that today, but it's far more superstar than artist.
     
  2. 03Mach1

    03Mach1 Reason Has No Voice

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    awesome article
     
  4. Frognal

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    I see that they didn't put in the date when EA turned into a soulless monster. I think it was around '97-'98.
     
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    True but their soccer games have improve alot since 2005...
     
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    ooh, road rash on the sega.

    good times.
     
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    I havn't bought an Electronic Arts game in ages, rental sure...





    but not bought. :( 


    Which is a same because this is the company that once gave me the Road Rash games, The Strike Series and published Bullfrog's genius (Syndicate, Populous, Flood, Magic Carpet, Theme Hospital, Dungeon Keeper, Powermonger etc etc)
     
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    Mutant League Hockey for the Gensis!
     
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    Bloody hell, somebody other then me remembers Flood?
     
  11. KidDynamite

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    This was fascinating stuff, up until halfway through page 4 when it just turned into a list of companies and licenses they acquired and games they put out. But man, totally worth the read for the first few pages of 70's/80's industry stuff. I could read shit like that all day long.
     
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    Yeah, finding out about how they really played hardball with Sega woth the Genesis was a pretty interesting fact. Lots of good stuff in the article.
     
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    Road Rash was a big one for me, But a more obsure title(and very aggrivating) was Shadow of the Beast.
     
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    I understand your point, but please don't misquote me. :)  -Streck

    If EA buys out 2K Sports, you can kiss good sports games goodbye. But it won't matter to them, because they're guaranteed to keep selling as long as they have a lock on the licensing.

    -XCN-
     
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    oui Amiga ftw
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    Hell yeahs!!1!
    that was my first introduction to Roger Dean and his fantasy landscape/world art.

    and I never did get too far
     
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    I remember when Gathering of Developers was getting started a few years ago and people where comparing them to early EA and warning about modern EA.
     
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    Sorry. People seem to do the "fixed" thing a lot on this board, and it's usually understood to be a commentary by the person doing the quoting.

    -XCN-
     
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    Coincidentally, the remaining two founders are trying the GoD-approach again with a new company called Gamecock -- except this time, using funding from outside the industry. EGM did an article on them this month.

    -XCN-
     
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    Man, I remember when I first played Magic Carpet...it seemed to me like a total leap forward in gaming immersion. And Populous was awesome as well.
     

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