EA to buy Dirt Rally-maker Codemasters for £1bn
14/12/2020 | news | technology | 116
Games giant Electronic Arts is set to acquire the British game-maker, beating an earlier rival offer.
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14/12/2020 10:32:50 56 0
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Shame as all EA do is close down studios and get rid of staff so they own the rights to some games which they then destroy slowly over the next 5 to 10 years
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14/12/2020 11:43:22 3 1
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Way of the World unfortunately, everything will eventually be owned by a handful of mega corporations.
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15/12/2020 11:41:42 0 0
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Money talks, people are forced to WALK!
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14/12/2020 10:33:27 17 0
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Would be a shame if it went to EA. They have a now long history of taking a franchise and making poor follow-ons.
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14/12/2020 10:33:45 33 0
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Another humble and quality studio swallowed by one of the worst games companies world wide.
RIP Codemasters. Expect microtransaction-filled garbage from them from here on out.
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14/12/2020 13:59:44 9 0
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I'm fearful for what they will do to the excellent F1 license.
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14/12/2020 10:37:06 22 0
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Yep... Another game where it'll be cut up and you'll have to pay for it piece by piece.

EA - The electronic version of those 'build you model' magazines over 100 weeks to find you've spent £1,000 on something similar only costing £100...
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14/12/2020 10:40:56 31 0
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Another British tech company sold to the states
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14/12/2020 11:01:23 48 0
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EA... the corporate raiders and asset strippers of the video game world. In a few years, all that will be left are the Codemasters sporting licences, and then the games will deteriorate into microtransaction titles and fade into oblivion, helped by EA's naff "Frostbite Engine".

Maxis, Westwood, Bullfrog, Origin, Bioware... all studios that made used to make great games until EA came along.
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14/12/2020 11:02:31 43 1
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F1 2022 game:

Standard 4-second pit stop free, but upgrade to a 2-second pit stop for 99 pence!

Lewis Hamilton Senna tribute helmet (increases engine power by 2%) for £4.99!

Unlock the Mercedes team with 500 hours of gameplay or unlock now for £19.99!
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14/12/2020 11:52:25 13 2
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They are not alone. The Gaming industry is in crisis. Remakes, buggy releases and endless DLC with an often undercooked main game which needs supplementing. And all this with the hilarious price of new games, especially the new consoles. £60-£70! Time for a new hobby
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14/12/2020 11:05:20 24 1
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Rest in peace Codemasters. 'Tis a sad day
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14/12/2020 10:32:50 56 0
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Shame as all EA do is close down studios and get rid of staff so they own the rights to some games which they then destroy slowly over the next 5 to 10 years
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14/12/2020 10:37:06 22 0
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Yep... Another game where it'll be cut up and you'll have to pay for it piece by piece.

EA - The electronic version of those 'build you model' magazines over 100 weeks to find you've spent £1,000 on something similar only costing £100...
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14/12/2020 10:33:27 17 0
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Would be a shame if it went to EA. They have a now long history of taking a franchise and making poor follow-ons.
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14/12/2020 11:09:35 5 1
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Wonder when a UK Tech company is going to buy someone abroad, heho, less corp tax paid here now so guess we'll inevitably foot the bill to keep country running whilst our tax goes abroad.
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14/12/2020 11:13:47 17 1
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This seems to be the norm for UK business. As soon as it becomes worth something, sell it off.
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14/12/2020 11:15:36 12 3
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That's every business. If someone offered you $1bn, you'd take it and retire.
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14/12/2020 12:15:41 1 0
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"UK business" haha, don't let ignorance get in the way of a crybaby whinge. Reliance acquired 50% in 2010 increasing to 60% in 2013.
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14/12/2020 13:06:00 1 1
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Pretty sure they are own by an Indian parent company.
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14/12/2020 11:15:19 15 1
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Well goodluck racing fans! You can expect the next installment to be riddled with bugs and pay to win transactions.
EA are by far the worst publishers in the industry and have multiple examples to prove it. They have the record for the most down voted reddit comment in history when they introduced their p2p model in Star Wars Battlefront.
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14/12/2020 14:01:17 4 0
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Really hope Take-Two do increase their offer, its the only hope we have now!
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14/12/2020 11:13:47 17 1
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This seems to be the norm for UK business. As soon as it becomes worth something, sell it off.
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14/12/2020 11:15:36 12 3
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That's every business. If someone offered you $1bn, you'd take it and retire.
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14/12/2020 11:17:12 7 1
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Way back in the late 80's when Codemasters were the cut price/ cheapest games on the shelf and even the mere mention of it being a "Codemasters" game was enough to bring howls of laughter from most...

I'm amazed to discover that almost 40 years later they are still around and even more amazed to find they are worth a billion !!!

Wonder what the Darling bro's think about it all !!!
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14/12/2020 11:29:27 7 0
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Don't forget Mastertronic! Cheap 'n' cheerful and generally far lower quality than Codemasters.
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14/12/2020 11:57:59 0 0
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Your statement sums up my reaction perfectly.

"Good old" BMX simulator on the commodore.

Gotta give them credit for hanging around and building a billion dollar company
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14/12/2020 11:17:25 26 0
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RIP Codemasters. I remember their early days of C64 and Amiga games with fondness.
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14/12/2020 22:21:55 5 0
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Remember EA are getting Sensible Software as well, oh Cannon Fodder, Mega-Lo-Mania and Sensible Soccer how we miss thee.
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14/12/2020 11:18:56 15 4
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They'll never make anything as good as Dizzy.
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15/12/2020 13:02:34 0 0
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Sorry, Dizzy was ****.
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14/12/2020 11:20:18 1 11
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The nationality and location of the equity of individual businesses is essentially irrelevant to governments and really to should be irrelevant to us as individuals

You and I have done pretty much nothing to ensure the success of this enterprise - it's workers care nothing for us and may or may not be good citizens

Jobs follow skills - and an environment not discouraging risk taking
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14/12/2020 11:17:12 7 1
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Way back in the late 80's when Codemasters were the cut price/ cheapest games on the shelf and even the mere mention of it being a "Codemasters" game was enough to bring howls of laughter from most...

I'm amazed to discover that almost 40 years later they are still around and even more amazed to find they are worth a billion !!!

Wonder what the Darling bro's think about it all !!!
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14/12/2020 11:29:27 7 0
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Don't forget Mastertronic! Cheap 'n' cheerful and generally far lower quality than Codemasters.
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14/12/2020 11:34:43 4 0
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Yes, way back as a young teenager in the 80's, rushing out every Saturday to John Menzies to buy the latest "Hit" from Mastertronic, brilliant.
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14/12/2020 11:50:19 0 0
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Bionic Granny
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14/12/2020 11:29:27 7 0
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Don't forget Mastertronic! Cheap 'n' cheerful and generally far lower quality than Codemasters.
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14/12/2020 11:34:43 4 0
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Yes, way back as a young teenager in the 80's, rushing out every Saturday to John Menzies to buy the latest "Hit" from Mastertronic, brilliant.
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14/12/2020 11:50:41 0 0
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me too!
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14/12/2020 11:37:23 12 2
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RIP Codemasters. Another great developer who will be asked to make something that EA will screw up then the studio will be closed. Like every other developer EA previously got their claws into.
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14/12/2020 11:41:30 17 1
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Talk about a rock and a hard place, either get swallowed up by Take Two and dissolved into the Rockstar conglomerate (but it might have been nice to have a new Midnight Club), or get abused by EA till they decide you need putting out to pasture.
Rip Codemasters.
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14/12/2020 10:32:50 56 0
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Shame as all EA do is close down studios and get rid of staff so they own the rights to some games which they then destroy slowly over the next 5 to 10 years
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14/12/2020 11:43:22 3 1
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Way of the World unfortunately, everything will eventually be owned by a handful of mega corporations.
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14/12/2020 11:48:43 5 2
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cyberpunk 2077 is a sad realisation that the dystopian future we feared is already here
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14/12/2020 11:43:22 3 1
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Way of the World unfortunately, everything will eventually be owned by a handful of mega corporations.
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14/12/2020 11:48:43 5 2
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cyberpunk 2077 is a sad realisation that the dystopian future we feared is already here
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14/12/2020 11:29:27 7 0
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Don't forget Mastertronic! Cheap 'n' cheerful and generally far lower quality than Codemasters.
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14/12/2020 11:50:19 0 0
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Bionic Granny
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14/12/2020 11:34:43 4 0
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Yes, way back as a young teenager in the 80's, rushing out every Saturday to John Menzies to buy the latest "Hit" from Mastertronic, brilliant.
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14/12/2020 11:50:41 0 0
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me too!
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14/12/2020 11:51:03 3 1
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Oh well there goes F1 into some bland polymorphic games engine and get the treatment of all having the same multi-avatar, complicated kit lists and similar feel.
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14/12/2020 11:53:23 11 1
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Really nothing I can add, as the vast majority of the comments already posted here, already sum up the sad reality of the situation and the dismal future.
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14/12/2020 11:02:31 43 1
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F1 2022 game:

Standard 4-second pit stop free, but upgrade to a 2-second pit stop for 99 pence!

Lewis Hamilton Senna tribute helmet (increases engine power by 2%) for £4.99!

Unlock the Mercedes team with 500 hours of gameplay or unlock now for £19.99!
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14/12/2020 11:52:25 13 2
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They are not alone. The Gaming industry is in crisis. Remakes, buggy releases and endless DLC with an often undercooked main game which needs supplementing. And all this with the hilarious price of new games, especially the new consoles. £60-£70! Time for a new hobby
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14/12/2020 12:39:35 7 0
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Not necessarily - there's a backlog of great games on the previous generations of consoles that can be picked up used for under £10 and will bring hours of entertainment for many years yet. Bargains galore on eBay for those that don't have to have the latest and greatest.
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14/12/2020 15:54:13 2 0
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Not all the remakes that are out there are bad, look at Crash Bandicoot, MediEvil, and Spyro. Remakes and remasters can be a way of allowing a new audience to appreciate an older title without the put-off of PS1 graphics on a modern console, especially given the increasing rarity in older consoles, games and accessories.
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15/12/2020 12:56:43 0 0
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No, it is time to correctly judge worthy games.

Nioh 2 has given me around 700 hours of entertainment and delivers (IMO) an unparalleled mix of the best character action mechanics with reams of RPG features.

A bargain for £50.
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15/12/2020 13:32:53 0 0
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With some developers, that's definitely true. Greed will destroy many of them.

Some are fair though. Epic Games are releasing a lot of good games free (Civ 6!!); there's DLC available but it's neither expensive nor critical to play. I started playing Fortnite with my son. I bought one skin, but that's it. Between us, we've played hundreds of hours and spent less than £10.

They're not all bad.
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14/12/2020 11:54:48 16 1
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RIP Codemasters, another company to be overburdened and destroyed by EAxecutives "productivity" targets
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14/12/2020 11:17:12 7 1
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Way back in the late 80's when Codemasters were the cut price/ cheapest games on the shelf and even the mere mention of it being a "Codemasters" game was enough to bring howls of laughter from most...

I'm amazed to discover that almost 40 years later they are still around and even more amazed to find they are worth a billion !!!

Wonder what the Darling bro's think about it all !!!
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14/12/2020 11:57:59 0 0
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Your statement sums up my reaction perfectly.

"Good old" BMX simulator on the commodore.

Gotta give them credit for hanging around and building a billion dollar company
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14/12/2020 12:00:53 7 1
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so does this mean yearly releases of the same game, with a roster update, p2w stuff, by a nitro boost for £1.99... GG Codemasters was fun while it lasted, will be sad to see EA run you into the ground.
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14/12/2020 12:00:54 4 3
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this is wrong in so many levels. just another global conglomerate cashing in on a successful company. They know Codemasters are amazing coders, and make awesome games.
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14/12/2020 12:03:08 0 0
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Oh dear
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14/12/2020 12:03:56 8 1
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The thing is Fifa is just an update each. i got fed up of buying the new game each year. because the blades of grass looked a bit more real. The football was the the latest Nike edition. The whole game could be a just update of the game each year, not a new thing as they clearly try to make out.
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14/12/2020 12:09:06 0 0
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Wait, so Take Two was gazumped?
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14/12/2020 11:13:47 17 1
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This seems to be the norm for UK business. As soon as it becomes worth something, sell it off.
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14/12/2020 12:15:41 1 0
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"UK business" haha, don't let ignorance get in the way of a crybaby whinge. Reliance acquired 50% in 2010 increasing to 60% in 2013.
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14/12/2020 12:16:35 4 1
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A match made in heaven. Codemasters have long been following the EA model and are no strangers to day one DLC and the annual F1 releases with minor changes, and the same bugs year after year.
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14/12/2020 20:15:46 0 0
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No great loss, and I've worked for both. We've lost way better UK studios over the years.
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14/12/2020 12:26:39 13 1
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Should have sold to Take Two, EA will name strip it and bin it.
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14/12/2020 12:48:50 0 3
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And take-two will pressure the developers into flogging the same old horse for 3 generations and/or 7 years +.

Careful what you wish for!
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14/12/2020 12:31:33 1 4
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Congratulations David and Richard Darling. One day we’ll be Billionaires!
Not worried about EA takeover, they will successfully manage the transition to digital downloads and expect more content not less
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14/12/2020 12:35:02 8 0
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Yes, Great for the two brothers. - Can't blame them at all.
however it is terrible for everyone else. all those franchises will me milked dry just like everything else EA touches.
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14/12/2020 12:32:03 23 1
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Terrible news for gaming
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14/12/2020 12:31:33 1 4
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Congratulations David and Richard Darling. One day we’ll be Billionaires!
Not worried about EA takeover, they will successfully manage the transition to digital downloads and expect more content not less
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14/12/2020 12:35:02 8 0
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Yes, Great for the two brothers. - Can't blame them at all.
however it is terrible for everyone else. all those franchises will me milked dry just like everything else EA touches.
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14/12/2020 12:44:31 0 2
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I’ll reserve judgment until the first EA offering. EA will want to take the games to a broader audience but without loosing the loyal fanbase.
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14/12/2020 11:52:25 13 2
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They are not alone. The Gaming industry is in crisis. Remakes, buggy releases and endless DLC with an often undercooked main game which needs supplementing. And all this with the hilarious price of new games, especially the new consoles. £60-£70! Time for a new hobby
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14/12/2020 12:39:35 7 0
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Not necessarily - there's a backlog of great games on the previous generations of consoles that can be picked up used for under £10 and will bring hours of entertainment for many years yet. Bargains galore on eBay for those that don't have to have the latest and greatest.
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14/12/2020 12:35:02 8 0
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Yes, Great for the two brothers. - Can't blame them at all.
however it is terrible for everyone else. all those franchises will me milked dry just like everything else EA touches.
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14/12/2020 12:44:31 0 2
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I’ll reserve judgment until the first EA offering. EA will want to take the games to a broader audience but without loosing the loyal fanbase.
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14/12/2020 14:24:23 0 0
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They left years ago
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14/12/2020 12:26:39 13 1
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Should have sold to Take Two, EA will name strip it and bin it.
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14/12/2020 12:48:50 0 3
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And take-two will pressure the developers into flogging the same old horse for 3 generations and/or 7 years +.

Careful what you wish for!
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14/12/2020 13:09:25 12 0
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Terrible news for gaming in general. EA are one of the worst companies in gaming right now, and the use of micro transactions are just killing gaming.
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14/12/2020 11:13:47 17 1
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This seems to be the norm for UK business. As soon as it becomes worth something, sell it off.
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14/12/2020 13:06:00 1 1
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Pretty sure they are own by an Indian parent company.
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14/12/2020 13:12:46 2 3
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Why does the headline say EA are buying Codemasters when in the piece itself, it says they are going to recommend the earlier bid? Shoddy journalism perhaps?
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14/12/2020 13:20:47 3 0
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"HAD recommended". Which indeed they *had*. Past tense.
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14/12/2020 13:12:48 0 2
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maybe EA will release a LMA game ,which codemasters have shelved,although the last 2 of the lma's had bugs which made them unplayable,if EA bring a good version out,i dont care who owns codemasters
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14/12/2020 13:14:28 8 0
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EA just absorb and destroy studios and franchises, don't blame the execs for recommending Take Twos offer instead
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14/12/2020 13:19:31 1 1
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Sold out........there goes another fledgling, consumed by those in the know!.
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14/12/2020 18:42:18 1 0
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Codemasters a fledgling? Not by any stretch of imagination.
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14/12/2020 13:12:46 2 3
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Why does the headline say EA are buying Codemasters when in the piece itself, it says they are going to recommend the earlier bid? Shoddy journalism perhaps?
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14/12/2020 13:20:47 3 0
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"HAD recommended". Which indeed they *had*. Past tense.
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14/12/2020 13:34:26 2 4
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Not a bad sale.

In 10 years time are we really still gone see people going around in circles in gass gussling pollution makeing cars.

And people wanting play computer games based on F1 racing that is finished due the environment.

There is plenty other British gameing company's who can take the talented workers and leave Ea with the rights to F1 gas gussling racing.
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14/12/2020 13:45:51 1 0
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F1 isn't going anywhere (except possibly electric). Even if it did, people would still play racing games. Wipeout and Mario Kart never had real-world race series for obvious reasons but the video games are still popular.
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14/12/2020 13:34:26 2 4
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Not a bad sale.

In 10 years time are we really still gone see people going around in circles in gass gussling pollution makeing cars.

And people wanting play computer games based on F1 racing that is finished due the environment.

There is plenty other British gameing company's who can take the talented workers and leave Ea with the rights to F1 gas gussling racing.
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14/12/2020 13:45:51 1 0
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F1 isn't going anywhere (except possibly electric). Even if it did, people would still play racing games. Wipeout and Mario Kart never had real-world race series for obvious reasons but the video games are still popular.
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14/12/2020 13:46:30 7 0
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RIP Codies. Expect all the next F1 and Dirt games to be using the Frostbite engine (bug central) and microtransactioned to high heaven.

While I wasn't exactly pleased for Take 2 to be taking them over at least they'd look after the brand and give them some autonomy to do what they do best.

EA will strip them for all they have. A sad day for British gaming.
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14/12/2020 14:56:17 3 0
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Yeah they will go the way of NFS and Burnout.
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14/12/2020 10:33:45 33 0
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Another humble and quality studio swallowed by one of the worst games companies world wide.
RIP Codemasters. Expect microtransaction-filled garbage from them from here on out.
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14/12/2020 13:59:44 9 0
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I'm fearful for what they will do to the excellent F1 license.
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14/12/2020 16:09:28 1 0
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Oh, first it will be a monthly season pass, paid for tracks, paid for drivers, paid for liveries, EA really is the cancer of the gaming world.
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14/12/2020 11:15:19 15 1
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Well goodluck racing fans! You can expect the next installment to be riddled with bugs and pay to win transactions.
EA are by far the worst publishers in the industry and have multiple examples to prove it. They have the record for the most down voted reddit comment in history when they introduced their p2p model in Star Wars Battlefront.
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14/12/2020 14:01:17 4 0
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Really hope Take-Two do increase their offer, its the only hope we have now!
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14/12/2020 14:08:05 2 0
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Sad news....

The EA monster consumes another developer... ( anybody remember the EA spouse article ? - https://ea-spouse.livejournal.com/274.html - I hear (first hand) it hasn't changed much. )
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14/12/2020 12:44:31 0 2
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I’ll reserve judgment until the first EA offering. EA will want to take the games to a broader audience but without loosing the loyal fanbase.
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14/12/2020 14:24:23 0 0
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They left years ago
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14/12/2020 14:35:36 3 2
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Real gamers, I mean the ones that have been playing computer games since the invention of computer games, could not care less for EA and their crappy games. There are some brilliant independent developers out there that care about the games they craft. They are the games we really like to play. Video game have come so far, but the industry will eat itself eventually.
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14/12/2020 14:54:05 4 2
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So according to you, your only a gamer if your 62+ years old. The first VG is from October 1958. or do you mean Gamers who enjoy gaming dont care. either way your statment is false as there are gamers who love the dirt/ F1 franchise. So naturally hearing the company being bought out by a company that has murdered so many franchises that isn't kick ball are gonna hate this
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14/12/2020 15:02:11 0 1
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Real gamers? Do you know how daft that sounds? You don't have to be someone with a social/addiction problem to enjoy the occasional game. People who take games too seriously need to get out more.
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14/12/2020 15:38:06 0 0
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LEEROY JENKINS!!!
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14/12/2020 15:41:33 1 0
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Actually I think you will find that "Real Gamers" remember titles like Skate or Die and Populus and know that back in the old days before it became another money obsessed all devouring monster, EA published quality.

Just boiling it down to real gamers play indie titles then it becomes a very small group... But then I suppose that allows you to feel special from your "We like to play statement".
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14/12/2020 16:34:58 0 0
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Big Badger is making the point that there was a time before various chemicals got in the water supply and education went down the pan, when people had common sense over what they buy.

With the current generation in their teens and 20's, EA and other publishers ask them to whip out their credit card and bend over, and the youth of today merely say "yes Sir, I will touch my toes too sir".
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15/12/2020 13:12:32 0 0
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For me, 'real' gamers are anyone who does not fit this description;

1- Drunk townie yobbos who got a PS1 because 'games were now cool'. Typically only had FIFA & Tekken.
2 - Only plays mobile phones games.
3 - Only plays Animal Crossing/ Stardew Valley.
4 - Only plays CoD.

Obviously my opinion is worthless, but I wouldn't class myself as a film fanatic if I only ever watched one IP e.g.Star Wars
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14/12/2020 14:50:28 4 0
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Not a big fan of racing games, A pretty rubbish player in them my tactic is pretty much crash other racers so I can win. However, given how bad EA is not only from a gaming perspective (buggy, overpriced and filled with MTs) they have consistently destroyed great franchises. Burnout anyone, or even NFS. Such a shame a good company is bought out by EA.
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15/12/2020 13:05:25 0 0
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NFS: Hot Pursuit.

Published by EA.
Developed by Criterion.

Widely regarded as the best NFS, & the best arcade racer that is not an arcade port.

This is why it was chosen for remaster after ten years and released last month.

There are diamonds in the rough.
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14/12/2020 14:35:36 3 2
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Real gamers, I mean the ones that have been playing computer games since the invention of computer games, could not care less for EA and their crappy games. There are some brilliant independent developers out there that care about the games they craft. They are the games we really like to play. Video game have come so far, but the industry will eat itself eventually.
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14/12/2020 14:54:05 4 2
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So according to you, your only a gamer if your 62+ years old. The first VG is from October 1958. or do you mean Gamers who enjoy gaming dont care. either way your statment is false as there are gamers who love the dirt/ F1 franchise. So naturally hearing the company being bought out by a company that has murdered so many franchises that isn't kick ball are gonna hate this
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14/12/2020 15:32:57 0 1
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What is Scuicide? Lol! I played pong in the 70's when they were starting to be comercialised. There are gamers that love dirt and F1 - there are also gamers that love COD but they may as well be playing pong for all the brain power required.
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14/12/2020 13:46:30 7 0
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RIP Codies. Expect all the next F1 and Dirt games to be using the Frostbite engine (bug central) and microtransactioned to high heaven.

While I wasn't exactly pleased for Take 2 to be taking them over at least they'd look after the brand and give them some autonomy to do what they do best.

EA will strip them for all they have. A sad day for British gaming.
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14/12/2020 14:56:17 3 0
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Yeah they will go the way of NFS and Burnout.
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14/12/2020 14:35:36 3 2
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Real gamers, I mean the ones that have been playing computer games since the invention of computer games, could not care less for EA and their crappy games. There are some brilliant independent developers out there that care about the games they craft. They are the games we really like to play. Video game have come so far, but the industry will eat itself eventually.
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14/12/2020 15:02:11 0 1
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Real gamers? Do you know how daft that sounds? You don't have to be someone with a social/addiction problem to enjoy the occasional game. People who take games too seriously need to get out more.
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14/12/2020 15:35:56 1 0
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"get out more" Lol! that's really funny right now. I know my gaming limits and I don't sit there all weekend on them. I'm not one of those little S^&£" that offer death threats when developers don't issue a game as promised, or complain about early bugs. I'm a real gamer ;)
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14/12/2020 15:29:26 0 0
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Will always remember Codemasters for the hours spent playing the Colin McRae games as a kid. Hope EA don't destroy the market leader in racing games as no one comes close to Codemasters but I have my doubts!
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14/12/2020 14:54:05 4 2
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So according to you, your only a gamer if your 62+ years old. The first VG is from October 1958. or do you mean Gamers who enjoy gaming dont care. either way your statment is false as there are gamers who love the dirt/ F1 franchise. So naturally hearing the company being bought out by a company that has murdered so many franchises that isn't kick ball are gonna hate this
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14/12/2020 15:32:57 0 1
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What is Scuicide? Lol! I played pong in the 70's when they were starting to be comercialised. There are gamers that love dirt and F1 - there are also gamers that love COD but they may as well be playing pong for all the brain power required.
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14/12/2020 15:33:41 1 0
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Ah Unicronic Arts devours another victim, it shall be chewed up processed to create more money to feed the insatiable need for money of Android Wilson (He knows now why we cry... But he doesn't care)
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14/12/2020 15:02:11 0 1
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Real gamers? Do you know how daft that sounds? You don't have to be someone with a social/addiction problem to enjoy the occasional game. People who take games too seriously need to get out more.
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14/12/2020 15:35:56 1 0
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"get out more" Lol! that's really funny right now. I know my gaming limits and I don't sit there all weekend on them. I'm not one of those little S^&£" that offer death threats when developers don't issue a game as promised, or complain about early bugs. I'm a real gamer ;)
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14/12/2020 14:35:36 3 2
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Real gamers, I mean the ones that have been playing computer games since the invention of computer games, could not care less for EA and their crappy games. There are some brilliant independent developers out there that care about the games they craft. They are the games we really like to play. Video game have come so far, but the industry will eat itself eventually.
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14/12/2020 15:38:06 0 0
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LEEROY JENKINS!!!
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14/12/2020 14:35:36 3 2
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Real gamers, I mean the ones that have been playing computer games since the invention of computer games, could not care less for EA and their crappy games. There are some brilliant independent developers out there that care about the games they craft. They are the games we really like to play. Video game have come so far, but the industry will eat itself eventually.
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14/12/2020 15:41:33 1 0
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Actually I think you will find that "Real Gamers" remember titles like Skate or Die and Populus and know that back in the old days before it became another money obsessed all devouring monster, EA published quality.

Just boiling it down to real gamers play indie titles then it becomes a very small group... But then I suppose that allows you to feel special from your "We like to play statement".
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14/12/2020 15:44:46 0 0
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Yes, populus was great on my Atari ST. I prefered barbarian by psygnosis though. At least i'm not chicken!
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14/12/2020 15:42:57 4 0
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I remember the Darlings founding code masters, it was an exciting time for computing then.Well done in keeping it going for so long.
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14/12/2020 15:41:33 1 0
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Actually I think you will find that "Real Gamers" remember titles like Skate or Die and Populus and know that back in the old days before it became another money obsessed all devouring monster, EA published quality.

Just boiling it down to real gamers play indie titles then it becomes a very small group... But then I suppose that allows you to feel special from your "We like to play statement".
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14/12/2020 15:44:46 0 0
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Yes, populus was great on my Atari ST. I prefered barbarian by psygnosis though. At least i'm not chicken!
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14/12/2020 16:09:39 0 0
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Barbarian lost its appeal for me after first few times of cutting the head off and watching the goblin kick it across the screen. Dont dispute the industry will implode at the rate its going thats on people like Bobbie Kotick and Android Wilson. But the whole "Gamers TM" looks down the nose at people just cause they like stuff. Speaking as someone who collected all the Nuke pieces in Armageddon.
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14/12/2020 15:45:39 1 0
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Been playing Codemasters games since they started, shame to lose an original UK software company , but seems to be inevitable.
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14/12/2020 15:53:35 9 0
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RIP Codemasters
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14/12/2020 11:52:25 13 2
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They are not alone. The Gaming industry is in crisis. Remakes, buggy releases and endless DLC with an often undercooked main game which needs supplementing. And all this with the hilarious price of new games, especially the new consoles. £60-£70! Time for a new hobby
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14/12/2020 15:54:13 2 0
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Not all the remakes that are out there are bad, look at Crash Bandicoot, MediEvil, and Spyro. Remakes and remasters can be a way of allowing a new audience to appreciate an older title without the put-off of PS1 graphics on a modern console, especially given the increasing rarity in older consoles, games and accessories.
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Ams
14/12/2020 13:59:44 9 0
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I'm fearful for what they will do to the excellent F1 license.
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14/12/2020 16:09:28 1 0
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Oh, first it will be a monthly season pass, paid for tracks, paid for drivers, paid for liveries, EA really is the cancer of the gaming world.
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14/12/2020 15:44:46 0 0
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Yes, populus was great on my Atari ST. I prefered barbarian by psygnosis though. At least i'm not chicken!
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14/12/2020 16:09:39 0 0
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Barbarian lost its appeal for me after first few times of cutting the head off and watching the goblin kick it across the screen. Dont dispute the industry will implode at the rate its going thats on people like Bobbie Kotick and Android Wilson. But the whole "Gamers TM" looks down the nose at people just cause they like stuff. Speaking as someone who collected all the Nuke pieces in Armageddon.
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Joe
14/12/2020 16:25:24 6 0
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Oh no, EA will run the company down to nothing. Like Visceral Games, Westwood Studios,Bullfrog.
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14/12/2020 16:31:57 2 0
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So when you buy F1 2021, it comes with 3 tracks and just the Williams cars, the remaining tracks and cars can only be obtained by paying for loot boxes which cost £5 each and have a 1 in 10 chance of giving you a car or track.
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14/12/2020 14:35:36 3 2
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Real gamers, I mean the ones that have been playing computer games since the invention of computer games, could not care less for EA and their crappy games. There are some brilliant independent developers out there that care about the games they craft. They are the games we really like to play. Video game have come so far, but the industry will eat itself eventually.
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14/12/2020 16:34:58 0 0
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Big Badger is making the point that there was a time before various chemicals got in the water supply and education went down the pan, when people had common sense over what they buy.

With the current generation in their teens and 20's, EA and other publishers ask them to whip out their credit card and bend over, and the youth of today merely say "yes Sir, I will touch my toes too sir".
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14/12/2020 16:39:54 5 0
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I remember looking through the racks of CPC, C64 and Speccy games in John Menzies and WH Smiths all those years ago. A good chunk of them were published by Codemasters and cost about £3.99. Their Dizzy games were a staple of 8 bit gaming. I hope this is a good move.
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14/12/2020 16:49:52 2 0
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Its deffo a good move for those who are selling their shares!
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14/12/2020 16:39:54 5 0
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I remember looking through the racks of CPC, C64 and Speccy games in John Menzies and WH Smiths all those years ago. A good chunk of them were published by Codemasters and cost about £3.99. Their Dizzy games were a staple of 8 bit gaming. I hope this is a good move.
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14/12/2020 16:49:52 2 0
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Its deffo a good move for those who are selling their shares!
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14/12/2020 17:14:53 1 0
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EA is terrible deal for gamers
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14/12/2020 17:46:07 5 0
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EA will close them down after a couple of years and Codemasters company will be no more. They are just looking for new IP so when the hammer falls on FIFA ultimate team and their other perceived gambling cash cows they are still in businesses they don't care about any of the software houses they take over.
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14/12/2020 18:39:03 2 0
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Ewwww EA...
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14/12/2020 13:19:31 1 1
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Sold out........there goes another fledgling, consumed by those in the know!.
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14/12/2020 18:42:18 1 0
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Codemasters a fledgling? Not by any stretch of imagination.
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14/12/2020 18:47:02 0 8
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Get out more and get a girlfriend
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14/12/2020 18:50:31 4 0
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But why?
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15/12/2020 09:55:39 0 0
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. . .EA just bought your girlfriend...
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14/12/2020 18:50:07 6 1
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EA are not in the market for making great video games. They are here to make great profits. They buy up studios, spew out one or two good games from them then put them through the money grinder until they can't get anything more. After that either the name is discarded and studio is merged or they close it down all together. Goodbye Bioware Corp., we shall miss you.
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14/12/2020 21:22:05 2 0
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i totally agree i have not bought anything from EA Games for years sincethey destroyed Battefield series
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14/12/2020 18:47:02 0 8
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Get out more and get a girlfriend
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14/12/2020 18:50:31 4 0
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But why?
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14/12/2020 19:38:25 3 1
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Yet another UK success sold out to a foreign company for money. The country is just broken beyond belief.
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14/12/2020 19:42:18 1 0
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yea dirt 6 owned by ea = micro transactions for better cars
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14/12/2020 12:16:35 4 1
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A match made in heaven. Codemasters have long been following the EA model and are no strangers to day one DLC and the annual F1 releases with minor changes, and the same bugs year after year.
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14/12/2020 20:15:46 0 0
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No great loss, and I've worked for both. We've lost way better UK studios over the years.
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14/12/2020 20:40:58 5 0
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About time we saw a new Micro Machines game
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14/12/2020 21:55:19 2 0
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Or Dizzy!
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14/12/2020 18:50:07 6 1
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EA are not in the market for making great video games. They are here to make great profits. They buy up studios, spew out one or two good games from them then put them through the money grinder until they can't get anything more. After that either the name is discarded and studio is merged or they close it down all together. Goodbye Bioware Corp., we shall miss you.
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14/12/2020 21:22:05 2 0
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i totally agree i have not bought anything from EA Games for years sincethey destroyed Battefield series
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14/12/2020 20:40:58 5 0
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About time we saw a new Micro Machines game
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14/12/2020 21:55:19 2 0
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Or Dizzy!
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14/12/2020 11:17:25 26 0
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RIP Codemasters. I remember their early days of C64 and Amiga games with fondness.
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14/12/2020 22:21:55 5 0
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Remember EA are getting Sensible Software as well, oh Cannon Fodder, Mega-Lo-Mania and Sensible Soccer how we miss thee.
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14/12/2020 22:22:32 0 0
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EA won’t touch any of the business for the next few years whilst earn outs take place.

After that though expect franchises to be relocated out to US studios after Codie leaders leave the business
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14/12/2020 23:06:10 1 0
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Pretty much standard for UK supposed business. Sell out, grab money and run. It is why they never get to be the big one buying out the others.

Never mind there will be some new replacement in some bedroom somewhere seeing the opportunity of a better game than the big guys milking old ones.