December 14, 2004
Buh-Bye to ESPN NFL2k6
Unless you don't mind playing NFL games where 'KC #10' passes to 'KC #87" instead of 'Chiefs QB Trent Green passes to wide receiver Eddie Kennison', you are not going to be pleased with this news. The NFL and Players Inc. today announced an exclusive deal with Electronic Arts granting a five-year exclusive right to the NFL's teams, stadiums, and players across PCs, consoles, and handhelds. Five companies reportedly bid for this exclusive right, and EA came out on top in the undoubtedly high-priced bidding war. Why is this bad news? Exclusivity sucks for the consumer on all fronts. I hate my DirecTV (fade out, spotty service), but I'm reluctant to drop it 'cause I love Sunday Ticket. Guess what - DirecTV is the only licensee for that. Same deal here - ESPN's NFL2k5 is a much better game than this year's Madden - I can only hope that EA steps up and improves their product. More at Gamespot, Slashdot. Joystiq suggests an alternative - Maximum Football. And get a load of this illustration on Joystiq as well - a bit of a strong statement, but it shows how people feel...
Posted by jetrotz at December 14, 2004 11:07 AM
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