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Single-Player Games Are 'Finished'
Now, there's a rather depressing headline, wouldn't you say? But that's what certain reps of EA Games are saying, apparently. "It's not only about multiplayer, it's about being connected," says EA Games label president Frank Gibeau.

"It's one of my core cultural studio values to allow developers to decide more on what they want to build. And a studio's creative call needs to be balanced against a commercial imperative, and if you look at online these days - that's the place to be."

"I volunteer you to speak to EA's studio heads; they'll tell you the same thing," he continued. "They're very comfortable moving the discussion towards how we make connected gameplay - be it co-operative or multiplayer or online services - as opposed to fire-and-forget, packaged goods only, single-player, 25-hours-and you're out. I think that model is finished. Online is where the innovation, and the action, is at."

Well, sure, he does have a point. In order to nab commercial success when releasing a video game, any studio has to seriously consider an online and multiplayer option. But this whole business about single-player only games being finished and done with is absurd. People will always want to play some of their video games solo, as much as they would prefer reading a good book on their own (not in the presence of 50,000 people named Warfangorn22335).

Source: Develop via CVG


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Doomsday. Dec 08 2010, 04:39 am EST
Its Bullshit! Fuck U EA guy!
DmgInc Dec 08 2010, 04:45 am EST
These EA guys need a serious bitchslap.
FesterSilently Dec 08 2010, 04:49 am EST
It's shared experience(s) versus a solo venture: reading a book vs. going to a play (which you can still do alone, but often do with a partner); watching a movie on TV vs. going to the cinema; it's apples and oranges, two wholly separate experiences that have little to do with one another.

Which is as it should be. We are not one-dimensional creatures, so why should or entertainment be relegated to only one fare? I can say I've enjoyed single-player experiences in equal measure as much as multi-player. Different experiences, to be sure, but I've enjoyed them more-or-less equally.

And, specifically in regards to his "...single-player, 25-hours-and you're out. I think that model is finished" comment: first of all, 25 hours is a good amount of time to invest the time (and money) into a game I enjoy - a good game is a good game, and a shitty one still easily pirate-able. I'll gladly pay for a good 25-hour experience. And replayability? That all depends on the game design. I can think of quite a few games that I enjoyed as a one-shot playthrough. I also remember fondly games that were relatively short, but had wonderful replayability.

*meh*

I think there happened to be a cadre of Multi-Player Lobbyists in town, and Mr. EA needed a sound-bite.
  FesterSilently: However, having said (typed!) all that: WHY AREN'T…
im_stardust: You are moderately right.
LostPcGamer: Take your co-op and shut up.Alot of games get ruined …
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KraGeRzR Dec 08 2010, 04:51 am EST
"Online is where the innovation, and the action, is at."

Lies. Dammed lies.

The lack of innovation in single player games is the fault of the developer, not the single player platform.

Online games are some of the least innovative I can imagine, and the term makes me laugh.


You're being stupid, EA person... Stop it.
Vader [STAFF] Dec 08 2010, 04:54 am EST
Well, the huge difference is the fact that online gaming and any multiplayer game is regarded as a social activity and single-player experiences are just - you and the game. It's good to maintain both I think, even though publishers will no doubt continue to pour more effort and manpower into what makes the most money - i.e. multiplayer, basically all forms of multiplayer.
  FesterSilently: Well, sure - with the possibility of monthly fees and…
Vader [STAFF] Dec 08 2010, 05:03 am EST
The other issue, of course, is the war between target audiences - hardcore vs. casual. I'm afraid that casual is the bigger fish all publishers are eager to catch.

But the greatest games have the power to appeal to both.

Anyhow, developers will always be making single-player games I don't think we have to worry about that.
Un Om Bun [STAFF] Dec 08 2010, 05:16 am EST
Another greedy corporate douchebag talking about things he doesn't understand, or even care about. Do you think this fucker was around when we fell in love with gaming as kids ? Did he ever play Little Big Adventure, Icewind Dale, LucasArts' point n'click games, Fallout, Broken Sword, Anachronox, NOLF, Warcraft 2, Rune, Caesar, Commandos, Lost Vikings, and dozens or hundreds of others ?

He's just one of those faceless suits who started the "PC gaming is dead" bullshit 10 years ago, to scare dumbasses into buying consoles. Now they're shoving online multiplayer down our throats, because they plan to charge a monthly fee. It seems like only one yacht is not enough for these guys. So cough up that dough and play yer stupid shooters.
  Thrash: Very well said I salute you.
im_stardust: This guy is a fucking genius...in his own world.
Vodoo Dec 08 2010, 05:36 am EST
sex hasn't stopped me masturbating.
  Vader: And it never will... trust me on this.
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Un Om Bun: I haven't masturbated ever since file sharing killed …
danishpussy: un - and that stops you from watching older porn how …
Un Om Bun: That's not the issue. I could find tons of porn, exce…
Vader: It's funny how this conversation started with single-…
danishpussy: un - gotcha. Thankfully, I never think about the ind…
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Et3rnal Dec 08 2010, 06:12 am EST
Any news about cod mw3 and blackops 2 yet?
On the other hand, I hate what devs have come to be. Single player can be very fun, it just needs something more than just decent gameplay.
For me, good single player games must have atleast little story. The more, the better. I love the way Mass Effect is, or KOTOR, where you have a feeling you are just watching a epic giant movie :)
Cedtsmk Dec 08 2010, 06:33 am EST
I shouldn't have a internet connection to enjoy a video game. Granted, some games are known for the multiplayer more than it's single-player (Quake, Halo, Call of Duty), but i still play video games mainly for the single-player mode.
Hitman Dec 08 2010, 07:11 am EST
Keep on saying shit like this EA as it brings more to the DarkSide.. ARGHHHH!
Mr. Furious Dec 08 2010, 08:01 am EST
What a dumb-assed thing to say. But what do you expect from the retards at EA.
jokester Dec 08 2010, 08:40 am EST
Can I get a FPS with a 25 hour long story line?
blitsie Dec 08 2010, 09:45 am EST
EA can suck it for all I care, there are many, many better game companies out there that can actually make amazing single-player games.

Now if you don't mind me, I'm gonna go play some Vampire the Masquerade, which easily destroys those crappy multi-player games that you EA douchebags believe to be the next best thing since bread.
  Un Om Bun: It's a lot harder to make a good single player game, …
Breedy_Mcfluff Dec 08 2010, 10:46 am EST
That's something I love about books. They'll always be single-player.
archangel5 Dec 08 2010, 11:07 am EST
"25-hours-and you're out"? I have over 1000 hours in Morrowind, and who here hasn't played Deus Ex at least 5 times?
StormGuy85 Dec 08 2010, 01:20 pm EST
And yet the only game I'm looking forward to right now is the next Witcher...
im_stardust Dec 08 2010, 01:24 pm EST
Deus Ex and Morrowind are the best games ever made.
Terminator Dec 08 2010, 02:25 pm EST
I will NOT play a game that requires internet. Thank goodness Steam has an offline mode.
KraGeRzR Dec 08 2010, 02:57 pm EST
As long as the Europeans are giving us games like STALKER and The Witcher, I don't care what American game devs do.
LostPcGamer Dec 08 2010, 03:06 pm EST
Idiots who supported the consoles and xbox live showed they are willing to pay and have them grab your balls if you don't.Enjoy the boundless fps games with a must pay to play online.Enjoy everyone for we deserve it.People are idiots its a fact of life.
Cheddar Dec 08 2010, 07:13 pm EST
edit: double post
Cheddar Dec 08 2010, 07:20 pm EST
Oh please, people.

In reality this is a non-story, and no intelligent reason for any of you to get your panties in a twist. A modicum of common sense applied to this topic is enough to see that Gibeau's prediction is nonsense.

Gibeau is just some big-mouthed exec in an office who cares about nothing but sales figures, and has no direct hand in the actual creative process behind game development.

There's someone exactly like him getting quoted for saying something exactly like this every fucking year... for the last 10 fucking years now.

Obviously (or at least it should be), single-player games will never be "finished". The idea that they would is just flat-out stupid.

There will always be demand for SP games, and where there's demand, there's supply. Sure, multiplayer has the most demand, but that doesn't mean the market for single-player will just disappear. It'll merely be a smaller market... and indeed, it's already a smaller market, has been for years now, and yet we still get plenty of SP games every year, don't we?

Publishing execs like Gibeau seem to routinely forget that ultimately, the artists in the actual studios will decide what they want to make... and not all of them want to make MP games, regardless of how profitable it is. There will ALWAYS be game-makers that want to tell a story with games, because it's just too effective a medium for storytelling to pass up.


The only truth to take away from this news posting is an example of just how out of touch publishers in the gaming industry can be.

Indeed, a much more likely forecast for the industry is that guys like Gibeau are the ones in danger of going extinct.

Digital distribution is a snowball rolling downhill, and it's logical to expect that in the future, publishing companies will be struggling to stay afloat as more and more studios find means to distribute their games without having to bother with publishers.


So RELAX, kids. Don't be so quick to sperg out. Think first, bitch later.
  Un Om Bun: Nobody's concerned about them dying, but about the fa…
Sleek: Dude... Stop thinking so much. Your actually cohere…
raingod Dec 08 2010, 11:42 pm EST
Single-player games dead? Really? Huh. I think I played all the characters of Diablo 1 and Diablo 2 at least 2 times each. How many hours is that? Played Icewind Dale like 10 times. Dungeon Siege like 5 times. Mass Effect 1 and 2 about 10 times each. I think EA are having developer problems so they want a game with no story and no innovation. Easier to develop and extra income, wow, how greedy can you get? LOL at EA!
BmmB Dec 09 2010, 04:41 am EST
"It's not only about multiplayer, it's about being connected,"

I would connect him with my fist.
daver18qc Dec 09 2010, 10:03 am EST
I could'nt care less about multiplayer, in fact i have'nt played a multiplayer game in 4 to 5 years.

When i've finished my day of work, all i want is sit at the computer, play some campaign in some RTS or RPG or Racing game and then go to bed after.
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