Electronic Arts

EA’s poor-performing console, iOS game servers being shuttered

EA’s poor-performing console, iOS game servers being shuttered

Electronic Arts has announced that beginning at the end of March and for a couple weeks thereafter, it will no longer be supporting online gameplay options for a large number of Wii, Xbox 360, PS3, and iPhone/iPad games. The company noted that the affected titles, though seemingly large in number, only accounted for less than 1% of all peak online gameplay connections. The maintenance of keeping those servers running just wasn't worth it.

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EA’s Madden 13 cover athlete likely to be Tim Tebow

EA’s Madden 13 cover athlete likely to be Tim Tebow

It's that time of year again. Electronic Arts is trying to figure out who to put on the cover of the latest iteration in its long-running Madden NFL video game series. And, according to the odds makers, it looks like Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow is the likely candidate. Oh yes, people have been crunching the numbers to figure out who should get the top honor.

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EA fans clamor to retrieve first “Space Edition” copies of Mass Effect 3

EA fans clamor to retrieve first “Space Edition” copies of Mass Effect 3

In case you haven't heard, Electronic Arts has create a rather unique promotion to generate buzz about its latest title in the Mass Effect franchise. The company has attached weather balloons to a bundle of special editions of the game, and is sending them up into the atmosphere with sophisticated GPS tracking. Gamers are invited to track where they go so they can track them down and grab one of the alluring "Space Edition" copies.

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EA expects Simpsons mobile game to be one of its biggest titles of 2012

EA expects Simpsons mobile game to be one of its biggest titles of 2012

The yellow-skinned Fox cartoon series has kind of fallen out of favor in recent years, but Electronic Arts is planning to release a new mobile app based on The Simpsons that it expects to be a big cash cow moving forward. Or, as Mr. Burns might say, "Excellent." The company is developing the app as a freemium title, meaning players can download it for free and will then be suckered into paying money once they get hooked.

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Canadian university study finds violent video games are good for eyesight

Canadian university study finds violent video games are good for eyesight

In a story that is starkly different than most articles on the subject of violent video games, a new university-led study has found that playing shooters may actually be good for your health. Well, at least specifically for your eyesight. The research found that the concentration and skills required in games like Call of Duty or Medal of Honor actually helped adults hone and in some cases even strengthen their vision.

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EA exec Peter Moore says Origin will be perfected in two years

EA exec Peter Moore says Origin will be perfected in two years

Ever since Electronic Arts launched its own digital download platform Origin, a competitor to Steam that has caused a lot of controversy among PC gamers. After all, EA pulled its new games from Steam and has created a more confusing market in the digital distribution community. EA is accepting the criticism and telling gamers to just wait.

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Star Wars: The Old Republic costliest game ever to produce

Star Wars: The Old Republic costliest game ever to produce

At nearly six years in production, hundreds of programmers, artists, contract workers, and writers, $200 million USD spent on the newest and grandest game by Electronic Arts' BioWare, Star Wars: The Old Republic is coming up now as the most expensive game to produce of all time. The Electronics Art studio BioWare hopes that the Old Republic will be able to grab all of that cash back on not only the $60 purchase price for the game as well as the $15 a month users will be paying to stay connected to the MMORPG's online servers. Be you a Jedi or a Sith, or something in between, know this: you're now part of the most costly game ever produced.

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Sony and Nintendo drop SOPA support amid Anonymous threats

Sony and Nintendo drop SOPA support amid Anonymous threats

Sony and Nintendo have dropped support for the controversial SOPA bill, backtracking on what has been accused as a pro-censorship push by legislators amid threats of internet attack from groups like Anonymous. Both companies are now absent from the official list of supporters [pdf link] of the Stop Online Piracy Act, along with games publisher Electronic Arts, though it's unclear how much of the decision - by Sony Computer Entertainment, at least - was swayed by Anonymous' threats to target first the PlayStation Network and then individual executives at the firm.

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Command & Conquer: Tiberium Alliance will be free-to-play

Command & Conquer: Tiberium Alliance will be free-to-play

Yet another Electronic Arts game will join the free-to-play category. Command & Conquer: Tiberium Alliances, announced today, is a new massively multiplayer online strategy game in EA's real-time strategy series. Command & Conquer: Tiberium Alliances will be the first in the series to be MMO style and free-to-play. Players can expect "a completely interactive and dynamic gameplay experience", according to EA.

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