"There Is A Pining For Old Times"
EA CEO Peter Moore believes that much of the outcry against DLC and subscriptions comes down to older gamers pining for simpler times.
"I think people are worried gaming is going in a different direction than they were used to with N64, Sega Mega Drive, PlayStation and PlayStation 2," Moore told Eurogamer when asked about the vocal negative reaction towards downloadable content campaigns and subscription services. "Everything was dominated by consoles.”
“Pretty much everything was offline. You bought the game. You sat down. And you played the game until you got tired of the game. It was all on the disc. There was nothing else coming along. Sometimes I feel sorry for gamers whose world was cartridges. I sense on the boards there is a pining for the old times.”
"Games are turning into 365 days a year live operation experiences, and rightly or wrongly we think it's our job to provide reasons every day to go play that game and enjoy that game. Technology is enabling that. Hardware is enabling that. Different game experiences like open world experiences are enabling that, and we're trying to react to what we believe is what gamers want."
"The world is changing. Gaming is changing. And the majority of gamers want the world to change, to keep up," he continued. "Maybe it's younger gamers who don't remember a day without the internet. My daughter is 20. She doesn't remember not being connected. And I talk to her about fax machines. I was a teacher in England and we did mimeographs."