John Riccitiello talking some more smack about COD

#1 Edited by alternate (2711 posts) -

These two chuckleheads sound less like CEOs and more like pro wrestlers. 
 


Call Of Duty should 'rot from the core' trolls EA boss

The war of words between Battlefield 3 and Call Of Duty has turned nasty, with EA's CEO attacking subscription service Call Of Duty Elite and comparing Modern Warfare to a Disney film.

 
  'And all I want to do, if you will, is to have them rot from the core', that's what EA had to say about Activision and the Call Of Duty games, as the company launches yet another attack ahead of the release of its own Battlefield 3. 


EA has been trolling the Call Of Duty franchise for months now, with claims that Battlefield 3 is ‘flat out superior’ (and this long before Modern Warfare 3 had even been seen in public).

Activision hasn't quite been able to keep its mouth shut either, taunting EA about the fact that it still hasn't shown the console versions of Battlefield 3, but with this latest barb EA has taken the insults up a notch.

'I think that in a weird way it’s starting to feel a little to me like the Disneyland abstraction of a war game - a little bit jump the shark. So it feels a little bit like that to me,' said EA boss John Riccitiello in an interview with website IndustryGamers.

"The second thing is, I don’t know what’s in Elite right now, but based on what I’ve seen, I think they might’ve been better off holding the Elite thing and been a little more careful and show up a month after they’ve launched Modern Warfare 3,' he added.

'So I do think, though, that we’ve got the better game, the better tack. And if you think about your readership, it’s got a concentration of people that might tell the difference between a good game and a bad game. We’re going to do really well there.

'A lot of people bought Modern Warfare more for the coffee table and didn’t play it for 2 months. There’s sort of that mass audience... they’re going to win there. The question is, 'So, if the gamer buys our game and the mass audience buys their game, where do the two meet?' And all I want to do, if you will, is to have them rot from the core,' he continued.

Some might say he's got a point but are these really the sort of comments one of gaming's most powerful figures should be making in public? Maybe Bobby Kotick stole his Monster Munch or something but this sounds more like a schoolyard argument than insightful industry comment.




http://www.metro.co.uk/tech/games/866644-call-of-duty-should-rot-from-the-core-trolls-ea-boss#ixzz1PWi6nF00
#2 Posted by PhatSeeJay (3322 posts) -

Read the article he's based it on instead. A guy that picks an article apart to find the iconic quotes without including the meaning behind them is pretty amusing. Not to mention that he uses the word 'trolling' to describe the events.

#3 Posted by Binman88 (3687 posts) -

In context, the rot from the core quote seems more about the term "core" as in "hardcore gamers", and Riccitiello wishing for said hardcore gamers to gravitate towards the better game (which is, in his opinion obviously, BF3).

#4 Posted by SpaceInsomniac (3757 posts) -
@alternate said:



'A lot of people bought Modern Warfare more for the coffee table and didn’t play it for 2 months. There’s sort of that mass audience... they’re going to win there. The question is, 'So, if the gamer buys our game and the mass audience buys their game, where do the two meet?' And all I want to do, if you will, is to have them rot from the core,' he continued. 

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What a joke.  When Battlefield has the top two spots on Live, and four games from the series in the top 12, then Riccitiello can talk shit about people buying Modern Warfare for their coffee table.
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#5 Posted by FourWude (2261 posts) -

EA is just butthurt that COD is doing exactly what they used to do and continue to want to do, that is appeal to the lowest common denominator.

The irony of all this is that Battlefield as a franchise has been slowly "COD-ified" as the years have passed by. So for him to take the moral high ground and proclaim that his games are more "authentic" and "real", when they're clearly trying to ape COD is laughable. Battlefield 3 may well turn out to be a batter game, which isn't saying much, but EA are clearly appealing to the same audience, demographic and are trying to create a similar experience.

And calling COD a "disneyland" game when your own game looks as hollywood-ised is funny. 

#6 Posted by JoeyRavn (4977 posts) -

"My game is better than yours, boo hoo"

#7 Posted by Solemn (278 posts) -

This 'Battlefield Versus Call of Duty' thing is fucking annoying. Play the game that you like and shut the hell up.

#8 Posted by laserbolts (5324 posts) -

This is pretty sad. You will have to do more than make a game that is essentially call of duty with nice graphics to dethrone the king. Trying to make activision look bad when he sides with EA. EA is just as bad if not worse than activision IMO. Is being in second place really that bad when you are still going to sell millions?

#9 Posted by rmanthorp (3965 posts) -

@JoeyRavn said:

"My game is better than yours, boo hoo"

"NO MY GAME IS BETTER THAN YOURS!"

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