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Old 11-13-2009, 11:02 AM   #441
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Re: Madden NFL 10 Blog: 2nd Title Update Preliminary Details

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And the fact that everyone here wants to patch so bad is a testament to the fact that Madden10 is a decent game.

If this game just plain stunk, no would care about patching or rosterupdates. It would already be forgotten.
These are interesting points and I mentioned something similar a few days ago. A 'patch' is not going to fully repair this game if you down-right hate it. But the way people moan and whine about it...
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Old 11-13-2009, 11:08 AM   #442
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I see where your post is coming from, BUT...

The game came out in August. Let me repeat. August. Bottom line is that these patches should only include add ons such as visual upgrade, correct bugs and glitches, and alternate unis and stuff like that.

Gameplay should have been left alone regardless of how good or bad it was. Because when they alter gameplay it makes the diehard gamers want to start over with the better gameplay additions.

Releasing patch after patch to improve gameplay is atrocious. The game comes out in August and we have to wait until Thanksgiving for the gameplay to be as good as it should have been on release day.

No pity for EA. If they worried about gameplay to begin with instead of bogus gimmick features, then titles like NCAA Football wouldnt have went straight into the trash this year.
I agree 100% .... until gameplay is as good as it can get, do NOT waste development time on non-essential items like overly repetitive halftime shows, etc.

It's a football game! Presentation is nice (icing on the cake), but gameplay should ALWAYS be the #1 priority, and more importantly, we should not have to wait until Thanksgiving week for that to happen!!!
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Old 11-13-2009, 11:46 AM   #443
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These are interesting points and I mentioned something similar a few days ago. A 'patch' is not going to fully repair this game if you down-right hate it. But the way people moan and whine about it...
Yeah but also you gotta realize on-line forums like this offer anonymity. So that makes posters whine more, and be more brazen with their complaining. On line forums seem to make people "tough guys" and "know it alls."

"Don't these morons know how to produce a game."

or

"Ian is such a wimp, why wont he MAN up and post on this forum."

... please what a load of poop. Most posters here are teenage gamers who wouldnt know jack about producing, developing, and licensing games. And certainly wouldnt be so tough in person.

Case in point, in my dorm room daze, some friends and I would play lots of on-line poker. This one guy (who no one could really stand) would always type messages when playing on-line about how much better he was than other people at the poker table. And how everyone else sucked at poker, and he was so much more knowledgeable.

Anyway, we go to a casino one time to play live poker and this kid started lecturing this old guy when he thought the old man made a bad bet. This guys tells our dorm buddy if he doesnt can it he's going to punch him right in the teeth. All of a sudden Mr. know-it-all was quiet as a mouse.
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Old 11-13-2009, 12:47 PM   #444
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EA bought out the right to exclusively make NFL video games when the competition really started to catch up to them, rather than simply try to improve their own product. They brought this upon themselves. With that said, I love this game as is, a few patched improvements would be nice too. I feel I've gotten my moneys worth even.

But Madden has been around for quite a while to still have gaping holes in gameplay. Simple as that, they need to get better at their jobs. The patching system wasn't designed to allow companies to release games earlier than they perhaps should, so f--- EA and 2K for turning it into that. A patch should be a rarity, not expected before a game is even released.
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I think EA could eliminate 90% of the whining relating to patches if they could find a way to implement them in a way that franchises don't have to be restarted.

Once a patch is within a few weeks of release the game becomes completely unplayable to me as a franchise player, because I know I will just have to restart anyway? I like my franchises to continue on over at least five seasons, so If patches could take effect on existing franchises I would be spending much more time playing Madden, and much less time posting here ...
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EA bought out the right to exclusively make NFL video games when the competition really started to catch up to them, rather than simply try to improve their own product. They brought this upon themselves. With that said, I love this game as is, a few patched improvements would be nice too. I feel I've gotten my moneys worth even.

But Madden has been around for quite a while to still have gaping holes in gameplay. Simple as that, they need to get better at their jobs. The patching system wasn't designed to allow companies to release games earlier than they perhaps should, so f--- EA and 2K for turning it into that. A patch should be a rarity, not expected before a game is even released.
I agree with most of what you said, but it takes two to make a deal. The NFL offered the deal to everyone, so, the NFL is just as much at fault.
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Old 11-13-2009, 01:38 PM   #447
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It's truly astounding how many people honestly believe that the purpose of a business is to make consumers happy, rather than to make as much profit as they possibly can. Businesses make their consumers happy only to the extent that it will maximize profit.

If we lack the willpower to avoid buying games at midnight releases when we have absolutely no idea what the quality will be like, then that's on us, the consumers. The quickest way to force businesses into making consumers happy is to STOP GIVING THEM MONEY WHEN WE'RE UNHAPPY.

I hate analogies, but let's go with this one. Say your puppy takes a dump on the carpet. If you subsequently give your dog a treat, the puppy has no reason to think that taking a dump on the carpet is a bad idea. If, however, you want the puppy to stop taking a dump on your carpet, you should probably a. only give it treats when it takes a dump in the yard; b. whack it on the nose when it takes a dump on the carpet; or c. both.

According to many of you (personally, I love the game), Madden is a dump on the carpet. The sensible response, then, would be to whack EA on the nose. Where the analogy fails, however, is that unlike the single owner of a puppy, we as individuals don't exercise any control whatsoever over EA, and one person abstaining from buying the game won't make a difference in the world. The only real option is to start a grassroots effort to effect a massive boycott of the game.

However, this effort is reaching resistance because ultimately, the consumer base at large is composed of many different opinions and beliefs about what Madden's ultimate purpose is. Some think Madden should be a perfect simulation of the NFL; some think that there are certain features that are essential to be playable; some people think it should just be a fun way to satisfy a football fix; some think it should offer fun online interaction; some think it should offer a world where you can take your favorite team to the Super Bowl year after year, going 570-0 in franchise mode.

In sum, unfortunately, if you hate the game, it's probably not going to get to where you want it to be anytime soon, unless you can organize a massive boycott. But you can make a personal decision not to support EA, and you can make a personal decision not to spend $60 on a game that you feel doesn't meet your expectations and standards. Madden may be the only NFL game in town, but that's not the same as saying you have to play it. In the end, it's just a game. Play it or don't; buy it or don't. At least that's one decision you do have control over.
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Old 11-13-2009, 01:39 PM   #448
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Yeah, you're absolutely right. But I can give the NFL a pass on that one, I'd much rather them worry about running the league we all love so much! Strangely enough, I just read an article on Deadspin.com that said that EA is being sued for this very reason.

http://deadspin.com/5402687/makers-o...he-competition

I really didn't mean to come off as angry as I did in that post earlier, but what Steeler99 just said is I think exactly what's bugging all of us. Knowing that our games are about to improve makes what we currently have seem a lot worse.
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