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MADDEN FOREVER!!!!!!!!!!!

 
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Do you think that EA will continue to improve MADDEN (like past years) or only make minor changes NOW that EA has no competitors?
MADDEN is the best game of all time and will ALWAYS improve!
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 42%  [ 3 ]
MADDEN will only make minor changes done.
57%
 57%  [ 4 ]
I will buy MADDEN at FULL PRICE, every year. No matter what it is like.
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pjthermos777



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 16, 2005 5:34 am    Post subject: MADDEN FOREVER!!!!!!!!!!! Reply with quote

I found this article on ESPN.com. Now I know why I was able to buy Madden 05 so cheap. ($2Cool When Madden 2005 had only been out for a few months. I bought the game THE DAY , the price went down....... I was buying it on matter what and was going to pay FULL PRICE ($50+++).

Read to find out why.....


Electronic Arts, the leading maker of sports video games, signed an
exclusive five-year contract with the National Football League and the
NFL Players Association, deals that will give the company sole
possession of the licensed football video game business.

The partnership, which will commence with the publishing of Electronic
Arts' Madden game next August, eliminates the competitive battle EA
endured this year with ESPN's NFL 2K5 game, a joint venture between
Sega and Take-Two Interactive. Without the use of team and player
names, generic games have struggled for survival in the current
environment.

Before this year, EA's Madden franchise -- which the company has sold
more than 40 million copies of since its debut in 1989 -- previously
dominated the football game marketplace. Bit players, including
Midway, 989 Sports and Microsoft, dropped out of the licensed football
game business this year.

But the Madden 2005 game was seriously challenged by NFL 2K5, thanks
to good reviews and a pricing war. NFL 2K5 was available in stores in
July for $19.95. For three months, the Madden game was priced at
$49.95, until the company finally relented on Nov. 8 and lowered it by
$20.

"We considered a whole variety of factors in making this decision,"
said Gene Goldberg, the NFL's vice president of consumer products. "We
chose EA based on game quality, marketing ability and track record."

As part of the deal, EA will have access to NFL resources, including
video, audio and music scores from NFL Films. The partnership pertains
to every aspect of gaming, including content for hand-held games and
personal computers.

Goldberg said he's not concerned that the monopoly on the business
will cause EA to relax the year-to-year innovations that have been
pushed by recent competition. Though ********* terms of the deal are
not known, Goldberg said there is "a lot of self-imposed pressure to
improve the product to make it stand out in a robust and diverse
marketplace."

Sports video games accounted for more than 20 percent ($1.2 billion)
of the $5.8 billion video game market last year, according to the NPD
Group, a market tracking firm.

EA spokesperson Trudy Muller said that the deal is not a *********
risk for the company.

"We believe this is a good investment for us, as well as the league
and the players," Muller said. "We know we have a responsibility to
our fans to continue to make the best game. We have plenty of
competition with other games in the marketplace."

Electronic Arts also has exclusive deals with NASCAR, FIFA and the PGA Tour.

"This exclusive relationship will maximize the value of NFL players
through EA's continued commitment to bring fans closer to the game,"
said Gene Upshaw, executive director of the NFLPA and chairman of
Players Inc., the organization's licensing body.

In a statement, Take-Two spokesman Ed Nebb disagreed.

"We believe that the decisions of the National Football League and
Players Inc. to grant an exclusive license for videogames do a
tremendous disservice to the consumers and sports fans whose funds
ultimately support the NFL, by limiting their choices, curbing
creativity and almost certainly leading to higher game prices," Nebb
said. The game was "not a material contributor" to the company's
profitability, "nor was it expected to be," Nebb said.

An ESPN spokesman said the company will evaluate the impact that the
deal has on the company's licensing business.

The EA deal continues an unprecedented business year for the league.
In January, the NFL signed Visa to a six-year deal worth $400 million.
In February, Gatorade ponied up $500 million for the right to be
called the official sports drink of the league for the next eight
years. And PepsiCo signed a contract worth $560 million to use the NFL
shield on its Pepsi, Frito Lay and Tropicana products in March.
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Hitman45



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 16, 2005 12:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Much like the current market for Football video games, your poll offers us no real choices. Razz

I've already given up on EA products, so this doesn't affect me that much. Personally, I don't think that these events will affect their desire to improve the game every year, because I feel they've stopped doing that a long time ago. Why start now?
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Arkaein



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 16, 2005 3:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Unfortunately, I mostly agree with Hitman. While I think the Madden series is great, the improvements every year are pretty marginal already, and with lack of competition I feel the series wil stagnate. It will probably get a temporary boost with the upgrade to nex-gen systems over the next 2 years (XBox2 might be out this fall/winter, PS3 and the nwe Nintendo next year I believe), but this cannot promote continual improvements.

It's really a shame because I want Madden to improve. I also want other football games to develop, maybe giving us other options for building our own playbooks. Something I'd absolutely love to do is test my plays on multiple game engines (not just multiple versions of Madden) and see how they fare. The way I figure is if a play works on multiple game/physics engines each with their own ideosyncrasies then it's much more likely to be a play that could be successful in real life. Ah well, doesn't look like this will be happening any time soon, as most people will buy an inferior football game with the NFL teams and logos over one superior with superior gameplay, so competition is officially dead.
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pimpdaddypat



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 17, 2005 2:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

maybe if we concentrate hard enough on it, EA will improve on the custom playbook creator... Rolling Eyes






oh well, it's the thought that counts ... right?
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cowboys3204



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 17, 2005 6:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

EA press release

"We killed them at football. They (ESPN) could've given it (NFL 2K5) out free, taped to a ham sandwich, and we still would of beaten them"


Eat that ESPN Laughing
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Arkaein



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 18, 2005 1:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I could put out press release that says that "monsterden.net is the #1 site on the internet for live mudwrestling webcams", but that wouldn't make it true.

EA definitely has the #1 hype and marketing machine in video games, but unfortunately they prefer to pushing other companies around and shutting out the competition than competing on a level playing field. Unless some competitor steps up, Madden only becomes the best football game by default.
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fishsticks



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PostPosted: Sun Jun 26, 2005 1:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

meh Madden will be the only football game to purchase because EA bought espn games Very Happy
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ISU Champ



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 29, 2005 10:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I might buy the new Blitz game now that the NFL isn't putting a leash on that franchise.
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