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If you keep up with gaming news at all then you’ve probably heard about the latest d*** move by EA. If you haven’t then here’s the down low; Electronic Art’s FIFA 13 for Wii is the exact same game FIFA 12 was.
Now by exact same game I mean EXACT. SAME. GAME. Literally nothing has changed, same dialogue, same graphics, same character models, hell even the menus are identical to the previous game. The only changes are the roster updates and some kits.
I know many of you are thinking right now, ‘But it’s just the Wii! who gives a sh*t?’
Stop right there.
Maybe FIFA on Wii isn’t as popular as on the other consoles but my point is that we simply cannot let EA s*** in our mouths and walk away unscathed. The fact that they even had the gall to try and sell us a year old game with a 50$ price tag is appalling. An EA spokesperson reported to Wired that FIFA 13 Wii had “the same great gameplay” and that EA “felt it was important to continue to offer fans the opportunity to play an authentic football experience on Wii.” BS.
Look EA, I understand that the Wii is dying. I know that Wii U is coming and you’d rather release games on that instead of a console nobody will be playing on anymore. But if you don’t want to make a new game for it, don’t insult our intelligence by releasing old games under a new name.
If that wasn’t all, Metacritic users are reporting that FIFA 13 for Vita is essentially FIFA Football, a game released six months ago.
It’s always been baffling to me that despite EA’s incredibly steadfast attempts to f*** over gamers in general they remain arguably the largest gaming company in the western hemisphere. The list is endless; Project ten dollar, Various acquisitions of smaller studios for the IP, EA’s attempted acquisition of Valve, the fact that Origin forum bans result in bans from all your purchased games, early server shutdowns..
The saddest part is that this is supposed to be EA getting better. Back in 2004 EA used to make it’s employees work up to 100 hours per week, and I’m not talking about ‘crunch’ time. EA Spouse had criticisms such as “The current mandatory hours are 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.—seven days a week—with the occasional Saturday evening off for good behavior (at 6:30 p.m.)”
I realize that EA is technically running a business, and in business you do cutthroat things. but this sort of stuff has gone on for far too long in an industry that in my naive opinion, should be more about creating fulfilling experiences, not maximizing profits.
I really, really recommend you click that last link by the way.