EA CEO blasts social and mobile gaming

VentureBeat reports John Riccitiello, chief executive of gaming powerhouse Electronic Arts, saying the following:

Just months later, as Zynga’s growth stalled, the press turned ugly. A few short months ago, social gaming CEOs were geniuses. Now they’re viewed as idiots.

“Consumers won’t pay for crap,” he said. “Bad entertainment ultimately will not prevail. Be suspicious of entertainment companies — I lead an entertainment company — that start to talk about themselves on the basis of the terabytes of data they are moving around on the Internet or on the basis of data-driven marketing analytics. I love data-driven marketing analytics. But great gaming starts with a great gaming experience, and if you lose sight of that, you ultimately will not have a business.”

I got tired of social and mobile games very early. There’s been a fatigue since. At some point of time you realize things are meaningless and the game play is too linear. Today the only mobile game I actively play is Blueprint 3D in the iPhone or iOS platform. That game is really creative. I’ll blog more on that in future.

Funny: EA responds to Red Alert 3 serial problems

Some people are lucky to get Red Alert 3. But some aren’t too lucky when they get back realizing they have an invalid serial code.

Q: What can I do if my Command and Conquer Red Alert 3 install code is 19 characters instead of 20?

A: If you are trying to install Command and Conquer Red Alert 3 and the code is only 19 characters long, then it is missing the last letter or number. This was due to a misprint on a small number or manuals and we apologize for any inconvenience this has caused.

There is currently a work around that may allow you to bypass this issue. Since you have the first 19 characters of the code already, you can basically try “guessing” the last character. To do this, simply enter your existing code, and then for the last character, try the letters A-Z, and then the numbers 0-9. You should eventually get the right combination, and be able to play the game. If this does not work, you can follow the instructions below.

In order to get a replacement code, please click the “Contact Us” link on the left side of the page, and attach an image of your code to the incident.

If you do not have access to a digital camera or scanner, you can fax us a copy of the back of your instruction booklet, along with a copy of your receipt, to (512)-949-4994. Please include with your fax your First and Last name as well as your incident number.

If you would like, once you have created your incident, you can also contact us by phone using the number found on page 28 of your manual.

Note: If you decide to contact us by phone, please include the incident number that you created for this issue. (Source: Electronic Arts)

You’ve got to admit it’s a pretty funny reply.

My thoughts on Spore

Amazon users have spoken, one out of five stars for Spore.

People hated Spore PC game

It’s funny how so many people just goes in and rates a one to the game. Most people are displeased with the digital rights management (DRM). Some claim of rootkits being installs, some call it malware. As far as I know, there are no rootkits planted. Others claim of registration woes.

But what really annoyed people is the limitions of the DRM where you can only install in 3 computers. I am rather certain most people won’t be installing it in more than 2 computers. Using such limitations to curb piracy only pisses buyers. An Amazon user described aptly EA renting the software rather then selling it.

Anyway, I tried the game. It was fun in the beginning but gets tiring later on. The visuals and audios are great. And the game loads pretty quickly too. What I like about Spore is the concept, unfortunately it may be only the concept that I enjoy.

I think of Spore as a toy, less of a game. Reaching the end stages, there is this space stage, that really annoyed me. I hate:

  • motioning my ship from planet to planet.
  • hovering my mouse all around to find one stupid space system.
  • that radar thing that leads you to the item of importance tests my patience.
  • the fact that you never die in the game, you just get ressurected. I never wanted to die so badly in games. I miss my opponents killing me.
  • finding animals in the planet is just darn annoying.

I give the game 3/5 for breaking new grounds, nice audio and visuals. Each stage felt like a different game. It’s multigenred. I am not used to this style but it’s an interesting concept. I’m tired of the game after half of the space stage. Spore could do better with more online elements than just sharing your artwork.