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Mark Jacobs Talks About the Mythic/EA Merger 14

Grimwell writes "Mark Jacobs (VP EA) joined a discussion in our forums and shared his personal thoughts about the Mythic/EA merger: 'Another thing that has almost brought a smile to my face is that they are willing to embrace new IP that is not just WoW 2007 but IP that can stand on its own two (or three) feet without having to rely on the WoW userbase for its success.' Included in his hopeful thoughts was a healthy dose of realism: 'As always, I expect people to believe it when they see it.'"
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Mark Jacobs Talks About the Mythic/EA Merger

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  • The first Massive on-line sports game. EA 100 man dodge ball, or EA super Soccer.
    • And enter the seven-hundred-millionth whine in the history of the shooter (which is what your dodgeball game would be): LAG!!!!

      Seriously, in most MMORPGs your ping is never anywhere NEAR low enough to achieve the kind of reaction times needed to be truly on the competitive edge of human capability. Have you ever played a FPS with a 200 ping? Yea, that's only a fifth of a second, I know. But that can be the entire duration of some battles in games like Counterstrike.

      • man you must be new school. I remember the days when we played with 300-600 ping -- and loved it! This was back in the glory days of HL. Back when it was unclear which mod was more popular: CS, DOD, TFC, or Firearms.
        christ, I still remember the days where you didn't even have a ping, back playing Duke3D over 14.4k modem. . .
        I call bs on you!
        • Naw, I am as old school as the FPS gets.

          Wolfenstein was my first. I then went to Doom over modem. That was like a whole new realm of video games. Then came QTest. It was revolutionary. I was hooked and played Quake deathmatch until my eyes bled.

          One thing I remember about the old-school Quake matches was there was no net prediction code. When you pressed move forward you literally didn't move forward until the command went from you, to the server, then back to you to. Whatever your ping was, you could
    • With 100 men, it'd be pretty hard to dodge balls.
  • EA (sports giant) + MMORPG with virtual money = Online virtual sports gambling! Play bookie or betting junkie, and buy more credits with real money! Now with extra realism -- If you can't pay, they come and break your virtual leg and your real leg too!
  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday August 03, 2006 @01:13PM (#15840839)
    Q: What do you get when you merge EA and Mythic?

    A: EA
  • New cash cow (Score:2, Insightful)

    by sinij ( 911942 )
    EA will whore out, milk dry Mythic and then will toss what left aside, just like they did to OSI, Westwood and many other once-great studios. I feel for Mythic employees, I hope they will like working 60-70h/week destroying souls of thier games one penny at a time.
  • Oh, the irony (Score:3, Insightful)

    by swordgeek ( 112599 ) on Thursday August 03, 2006 @08:35PM (#15843789) Journal
    Everyone is expecting EA to gut Mythic like a just-caught fish, and they're probably right--that's what EA does.

    But there was a time, when the industry was young enough to not even be properly called an industry, that a group of dedicated programmers got together to form a company with the sole purpose of taking excellence in games to a new level. That company was Electronic Arts, and they revolutionised the computer gaming world, to begin with.

    Sigh. All good things eventually die or become evil.

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