Peter Moore is talking utter balls
I like Peter Moore. He adds an enormous amount to this industry, and for the most part he's frequently been one of the few publisher bigwigs to hold his hand up when his company has done something a little silly. He's a man who's clearly passionate about this industry, and in a world of corporate doublespeak, shameless PR agendas, and cries of corruption, he seems like one of the industry's straight shooters.
But every so often, in the role of protecting and endorsing Electronic Arts, he occasionally says something worthy of a double-facepalm.
The latest debacle? Well, apparently we core gamers are resistant to change, and that's why we've not taken kindly to EA's attempts to foist microtransactions upon us.
Here's what the man himself had to say in a recent interview with Games Industry:
"I think the challenge sometimes is that the growth of gaming... there's a core that doesn't quite feel comfortable with that," Moore said. "Your readers, the industry in particular. I don't get frustrated, but I scratch my head at times and say, 'Look. These are different times.' And different times usually evoke different business models. Different consumers come in. They've got different expectations. And we can either ignore them or embrace them, and at EA, we've chosen to embrace them."
"[...] There is a core--controversial statement coming from me, sadly--that just doesn't like that, because it's different. It's disruptive. It's not the way it used to be. I used to put my disc in the tray or my cartridge in the top, and I'd sit there and play. And all of these young people coming in, or God forbid, these old people coming into gaming!"
Moore goes on to compare the video game industry to the music industry in a convoluted and rather nonsensical analogy that dilutes his point completely, but the gist is that "actually selling music is not a way of making money any more, except for a core group", with the implication being that gaming could be headed the same way were it not for pioneering publishers like EA.
Oh, and it's our fault. Us industry folk and core gamers.
We like to call things how we see them here at Dealspwn. And in our professional opinion, Peter Moore is talking utter balls. Here's why...