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Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Breaking: EA Chief Executive John Riccitiello bluntly admits to the Wall Street Journal that the games his company and its major competitors make are boring people to death; he also says that those mainstream games are now less interesting than iPods and Facebook.
7 Comments:
Anonymous Anonymous said at 7/10/2007 12:12:00 PM:  
Some of us aren't into ipods and facebook...
Anonymous Kon-Tiki said at 7/10/2007 01:41:00 PM:  
Are you in Ultimate Football Championship 2007 or those other games companies like EA toss out, though? =P
Blogger Chainsaw D. said at 7/10/2007 01:58:00 PM:  
Why does this guy run a gaming company? Dude's got no passion for it.
Anonymous Kon-Tiki said at 7/10/2007 02:31:00 PM:  
Passion's got nothing to do with it at his level. If it did, you think they'd crank out the same old games year after year, with a slight change to the title? Maybe he does have passion for it, but's getting frustrated for not being able to do what he thinks serves as great games. Hard to tell as well, at that level =P
Anonymous bv728 said at 7/10/2007 04:39:00 PM:  
Very few executives have 'passion' for what the firm they do makes; many management systems would say that a high level manager who has passion is likely to be a bad manager, making non-'objective' decisions which are bad for the companies profitability in the name of the product.

That being said, I think that having an exec who does have passion will tend to lead to a better product, even as it likely cuts into profit.
Blogger Paul Eres said at 7/10/2007 05:06:00 PM:  
Google's three execs do have passion for what they are doing and they're doing pretty well.
Anonymous Anonymous said at 7/11/2007 06:36:00 AM:  
Same old lie:

"You need to be EITHER subjective OR objective"

Same old truth:

"You need BOTH, subjectivity and objectivity."