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It's been less than two months since John Riccitiello resigned as CEO of Electronic Arts. In that time, much has changed for the publisher as it gears up for the next generation.
Riccitiello shared his thoughts on what Sony and Microsoft need to do in the next generation to ensure that it isn't the last cycle of living room gaming hardware. In the piece published by Kotaku, the former executive discusses DRM, the importance of a healthy supply of hardware at launch, the need to focus on games, and the price of entry.
He pointedly urges Sony and Microsoft to not forget "who brought them to the dance in the first place. Gamers." It's a fascinating read, and one that might change some consumers' perspectives on a man who has been much maligned by the average customer.
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He doesn't have to remind Sony it's about games. They already showed they understand that. Microsoft though might not care so much. Sounds like they want to be a set top box more than game console.
So says the man that had his former company acquired and closed off multiple development studios! and now he cares?
Well, I must say that after reading his write-up on Kotaku, I am highly impressed. But, I am also mystified by the fact that EA didn't seem to benefit from his thoughts. Now, EA is feeling cocky enough to snub Nintendo and the Wii U, which I think is dumb even if it seems to be on the downward spiral. EA may end up regretting giving Nintendo the middle finger, especially if the Wii U's fortunes suddenly and miraculously change.
Anyways, I don't know if Mr. Riccitiello is just engaging in good PR or whether he was truly speaking his mind, but at least he's not in denial or sticking his head in the dirt like so many other game execs/companies seem to be doing.
Whatever his views, Riccitiello appears to be a very good writer. It was worth reading just for that.
When I saw that black and white pic, I thought it was a game featuring a WW2 Nazi :P.