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  • EA Talks About Gaming At UDS: It's Boring

    Phoronix: EA Talks About Gaming At UDS: It's Boring

    An Electronic Arts representative just finished talking at the Ubuntu Developer Summit in Oakland...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTA5OTc

  • #2
    Too bad

    Too bad, they should open soure more decade(s) old games.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by uid313 View Post
      Too bad, they should open soure more decade(s) old games.
      Fully agree.

      If the sources are still available - why not open up the Dungeon Keeper (1+2) engine, for instance?
      I bet the engines would get ported to Linux in no time AND they would even sell some of these old games.

      Michael: Would it be possible for you to ask this guy what is really holding them up from doing this?
      I saw the stream and the EA representative actually said that he would like to see more "legacy" code being
      open sourced by his company. Honestly, if they would open up the DK engines for a start (not the assets, ofc),
      this would surely give them a tremendous positive feedback AND press coverage. No doubt about this!
      Last edited by entropy; 05-09-2012, 06:06 PM.

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      • #4
        EA's 14 games

        Could anyone tell me which 14 games those are? This just sounds like a hand-waving argument regarding their support. It couldn't be Mass Effect or any of their Medal of Honor games, because those didn't come to WINE; WINE came to them. And that was after an ass-ton of work.

        And MoH still ran like shit the last time I tried it.

        I guess "Challenge Everything" applies to truth, logic, and respectability.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Larian View Post
          I guess "Challenge Everything" applies to truth, logic, and respectability.
          I have to admit, I lol'd.

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          • #6
            They say they're a platform agnostic company.
            Indeed, they make games for both Consoles and PCs.

            They also like both kinds of music.... Country and Western.

            Rawhide!

            F

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            • #7
              You guys sure aren't being welcoming. More like uncivilized baboons shouting profanities...

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              • #8
                Still glad EA are at least paying some attention to Ubuntu. But as we're seeing from many of the responses, many people, even Windows gamers, don't trust EA. They're done a lot of previous damage in that sense unfortunately.

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                • #9
                  tell me more about that "parts of sims 1" source code.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Vadi View Post
                    You guys sure aren't being welcoming. More like uncivilized baboons shouting profanities...
                    Couldn't happen to a more deserving publisher. They tried to make 7 day work weeks mandatory for all employees and they reclassified people's job descriptions (illegally) to avoid paying overtime.

                    Activison is just as bad, but they aren't talking about Linux.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Vadi View Post
                      You guys sure aren't being welcoming. More like uncivilized baboons shouting profanities...
                      Well, the old saying "don't shit where you eat" comes to mind. EA can't talk its way out of a situation it behaved itself into - they spent a lot of time cultivating their negative image, and it's hurting them. Perhaps they don't care (they don't, I just know it), but it's got to demonstrate more than vapid thurmaturgy before anybody is going to love them.

                      So far, they haven't released anything nor have they done anything but give a 15 minute non-commital on stage. Were this another company like Bethesda, I'll wager you would be seeing a radically different attitude, but this is EA we're talking about.

                      In short, they've got a lot to make up for, and in large chunks, before they're welcomed with anything other than a cold "what the fuck do you want" attitude.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by ElderSnake View Post
                        Still glad EA are at least paying some attention to Ubuntu. But as we're seeing from many of the responses, many people, even Windows gamers, don't trust EA. They're done a lot of previous damage in that sense unfortunately.
                        Yeah, right! I'd call that 15-minutes presentation an attention to ubuntu /s

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                        • #13
                          Seriously, what they think of everybody that attend UDS? Idiots that doesn't know that flash/javascript game can be played across OS? I won't call it attention, but mockery. It's like people that didn't want to come to your party, but had to came because you invited him.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by t.s. View Post
                            Seriously, what they think of everybody that attend UDS? Idiots that doesn't know that flash/javascript game can be played across OS? I won't call it attention, but mockery. It's like people that didn't want to come to your party, but had to came because you invited him.
                            I think it is possible Canonical or Shuttleworth somehow forced EA to do a presentation.

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                            • #15
                              I'm kinda glad they won't be infecting the Linux ecosystem too much. EA is a bit like Microsoft in that they tend to destroy the things they touch.

                              The big hope for Linux gaming is not with big publishers like EA / Ubisoft etc. It's with independently owned companies. *

                              I've been following the Kickstarter campaigners, mostly developers who wish to make games that publishers won't let them make, and a hefty chunk of them promise Linux support: Double Fine's game, Wasteland 2, FTL, Jane Jensen's Moebius, Two guys from Andromeda, Shadowrun Returns, the Leisure Suit Larry remake, and probably more.

                              And let's not forget the awesome people at Frozenbyte, and the games that get ported as a result of efforts by Humble Bundle and Icculus.

                              There's half-assed attempts to put some games in the Linux ecosystem, and then there are those who genuinely support it. I throw money at the latter.


                              * EDIT: Secretly though I wish someone like Paradox would hop on board though.

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