What Do You Think of John Riccitiello?

#1 Posted by KaosAngel (13765 posts) -

Let's be honest here, not all gaming CEOs are pricks. 
 
For every Wada, Kotick, Konami and Capcom heads, we will always have a John Riccitiello.   
 
This man stands up for gamers, and really tries to serve not the industry but the community.  Plus, the dude is totally someone you could tea bag some bitches with on Halo, or even throw a fake football around on Madden 11.   
 
So, what do you guys think of him, and do you think his gamer heart is needed in the world of corporate gaming industries?

#2 Posted by MooseyMcMan (11454 posts) -

Never heard of him. 

#3 Posted by KaosAngel (13765 posts) -
@MooseyMcMan said:
" Never heard of him.  "
...dude was all over E3, and made jokes.  He runs EA...how do you not know?
#4 Posted by Tebbit (4480 posts) -

I like him, he reminds me of a less evil Kotick. 
 
Or a more evil Peter Moore

#5 Edited by Damodar (1460 posts) -

Wait, why are the CEO's of Capcom pricks? :S 
 
Also, it's Iwada.

#6 Edited by KaosAngel (13765 posts) -
@Damodar: Lost Planet 2 and no Breath of Fire :|
#7 Edited by Guyzea (816 posts) -

The dude is also totally someone who would charge you for keys that unlock stuff in a game even if you could unlock it normally for free by just playing through the game.

#8 Posted by benjaebe (2783 posts) -

He's a good guy. Probably the best thing he's done as CEO of EA is to have developers of small Facebook games and regular, big-budget AAA titles work together on games to learn from each other and promote a better work environment.  When he bought Pogo he got a ton of shit, and everyone in EA looked down on them, which really hurt their game development.

#9 Posted by Mrskidders (1330 posts) -

No idea, he might be a fucking child molester for all we know. 

#10 Posted by Tebbit (4480 posts) -
@Guyzea said:
" The dude is also totally someone who would charge you for keys that unlock stuff in a game even if you could unlock it normally for free by just playing through the game. "
That's what I like to call the idiot toll. EA is literally charging people in return for stupidity.
#11 Posted by zombie2011 (5036 posts) -

The dudes an asshole.

#12 Posted by KaosAngel (13765 posts) -
@zombie2011 said:
" The dudes an asshole. "
...compared to Wada and Kotick?
#13 Posted by zombie2011 (5036 posts) -
@KaosAngel said:
" @zombie2011 said:
" The dudes an asshole. "
...compared to Wada and Kotick? "
Don't know who Wada is, and yeah he is the biggest asshole in the biz.
#14 Posted by MikkaQ (10336 posts) -
@Tebbit said:
" @Guyzea said:
" The dude is also totally someone who would charge you for keys that unlock stuff in a game even if you could unlock it normally for free by just playing through the game. "
That's what I like to call the idiot toll. EA is literally charging people in return for stupidity. "
Finally someone who places blame where blame is due. Offering a dumb service at a dumb price isn't dumb, because they know good and damn well that dumb people would buy into it. Or just the dumb-rich. 
 
 
That's a lotta dumb!
#15 Posted by sharma55 (458 posts) -

Duder is awesome, how do you not like him? Other than the way NFS is being handled right now I love him for what he's done for every other franchise & the new franchises he's brought.

#16 Posted by Death_Unicorn (2838 posts) -

John Riccitiello is a pretty cool dude, he saves burning puppies and walks on water.

#17 Posted by Dork_Metamorphosis (251 posts) -

Pfft, he's no Kotick.

#18 Posted by sharma55 (458 posts) -
@Death_Unicorn said:
" John Riccitiello is a pretty cool dude, he saves burning puppies and walks on water. "
Gives me image of him picking up a burning puppy, walking on the lake right next to him and dipping said puppy in lake to stop burning. Also reminds me of this meme.
#19 Posted by ArbitraryWater (12006 posts) -

I would say that EA began to lose it's reputation as the Evil Corporate Overlord under him, but that may also have to do with Bobby Kotick being an even bigger Evil Corporate Overlord and saying stuff that gets people on the internet very angry.

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#20 Posted by Davvyk (694 posts) -
@Damodar said:
" Wait, why are the CEO's of Capcom pricks? :S  Also, it's Iwada.  
also its iwata.
#21 Posted by Blind_Evil (306 posts) -

So we're clear: 
 
Square Enix president: Yoichi Wada
 
Nintendo Prez/CEO: Satoru Iwata 
 
Capcom Heads: Kenzo and Haru Tsujimoto, father and son 

#22 Posted by Drakhir (410 posts) -
@MooseyMcMan said:
" Never heard of him.  "
This.
#23 Posted by Romination (2777 posts) -

Oh my goodness, all CEOs are terrible people because it'slike they're only in it for the money, how dare they, games are so corporate nowadays i wish it was like the older days again.
 
(i can try to put in more sarcasm if necessary)

#24 Posted by sharma55 (458 posts) -
@Romination said:
" Oh my goodness, all CEOs are terrible people because it'slike they're only in it for the money, how dare they, games are so corporate nowadays i wish it was like the older days again. (i can try to put in more sarcasm if necessary) "
Sounded to me like you were talking about rock minus the sarcasm :(
#25 Posted by Romination (2777 posts) -
@sharma55: Have you ever listened to people talk about game CEOs? They do that. It's like everything about the industry has been ruined because more people play games.
#26 Posted by triple07 (1198 posts) -

He seems like a cool guy and actually seems like he knows about games unlike Kotick. Plus without him I doubt Dead Space would have been green lite. The company just seemed somewhat less evil since he became CEO.

#27 Posted by demonbear (1876 posts) -

I like him, he's an ex-bioware, and he brought EA in the right direction imho. Remember, a few years back, EA were pricks and Activition was cool... Ahhhhh times have changed.

#28 Posted by Skald (4369 posts) -

He's a businessman. He might be a smart, relevant businessman, but he's still just their to make money. He is a damn sight better than Kotick, however.

#29 Posted by InfamousBIG (3219 posts) -

Who?

#30 Edited by sharma55 (458 posts) -
@Romination said:

" @sharma55: Have you ever listened to people talk about game CEOs? They do that. It's like everything about the industry has been ruined because more people play games. "

Yeah I know, I can agree with them when it comes to some CEOs but they need to understand that there are quite a few that <3 their devs. 
#31 Posted by Fallen189 (5050 posts) -

Unless it's Iwata, Suda 51 or Keita Takahashi, I don't know or care about anyone in "the industry"

#32 Posted by Romination (2777 posts) -
@sharma55: Nope. It's all about them running a business, and if employee morale is something they think will make them work harder, they'll put on the illusion of loving them. 
#33 Posted by sharma55 (458 posts) -
@Romination said:
" @sharma55: Nope. It's all about them running a business, and if employee morale is something they think will make them work harder, they'll put on the illusion of loving them.  "
Come on man, there's some good in the world right? :(
#34 Posted by Emokitteh (10 posts) -
@sharma55:   I agree with you, JR indeed seems to be in tune with his developers and not just feigning interest to boost morale.   
 
He has done so many things to give gamers what they want and give devs the freedom to do the things they want.  Look at Battlefield: Bad Company 2, sure the "DLC" wasn't exactly new maps, but they were new maps for different modes, plus they added old BC 1 maps.  They spread things out over a year and then released a $15 Vietnam expansion with new maps and new weapons, practically a new game.  They could have milked the fanbase out of loads of dough, releasing new maps/modes/weapons for $10-15 a pop, but instead they made it free. 
 
They started EA Partners to help small independent developers to get their games published and allow them to keep control of their IPs.  Activision takes the IPs of the devs they swallow and run them into the ground.  Nintendo makes the exact same game over and over for the last 30 years.  Capcom releases different versions of the same game 3-5 times in just a couple of years.  I don't really know enough about THQ to comment on their CEO or their practices, though some of the news I have heard lately makes me think they are moving in the right direction. 
 
EA has had their share of negative publicity, deservedly so, but things change.  Maybe in 20 years Activision will give 80% of their profits to animal shelters, adoption agencies and children's cancer wards.  Maybe EA will start the Apocalypse, you never know.
#35 Posted by Viking_Funeral (1859 posts) -

This whole thread is hilarious 18 months in the future. I wonder what people think of him now?

/thread necro

#36 Posted by Scrable (1 posts) -

He is a devil in the video game industry, just destroying classical games, to make more and more money.

I really hope EA's era will be over soon, maybe they get bankrupt if they don't understand. John Riccitiello sees the customers as money ressources, not as the king. Even Activision is better than EA, at least Activision doesn't destroys classical games, expect CoD. That free2Play concept in tripple A games, where you need to pay the fullprice and than you just bought 5% of its game, the other 95% you need to buy via to expensive DLCs...

#37 Posted by MariachiMacabre (7099 posts) -

Oh jesus christ. The fact that this guy made this thread is fucking hilarious in hindsight.

#38 Posted by Barrock (3552 posts) -

I'm curious how long he has left.

#39 Edited by psylah (2183 posts) -

#40 Posted by twigger89 (283 posts) -

Oh jesus christ. The fact that this guy made this thread is fucking hilarious in hindsight.

The irony is truly astounding, the funny part is that John Riccitiello himself hasn't changed much, but the industry as a whole has.

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