Posted on March 29, 2008,

Peter Moore: Time for Change at EA Sports

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Hate Electronic Arts and, in particular, EA Sports? Peter Moore is hoping you might give them a second chance as he plans on changing things to cater to more sports fans than EA Sports already has more access to and also making games easier to play without dumbing them down. That’s not a pledge to higher quality, but it does sound like EA Sports is going to at least be changing things rather than releasing nothing more than a roster update year after years, as the haters would claim.

“We’ve got to bring more people in. We’ve got to grow the sports business…you know, the interface on our games is just too complicated for those folks and we have to change that, and we’re doing a lot of work to do that without dumbing down the games,” he told Next Gen.

“There are a lot of people who know it very well and have never played a videogame. Our biggest challenge right now is getting those people – sports fans – to start wanting to experience an interactive sports experience.”

I think it’s actually an interesting concept. I’d love to play Madden against friends of mine who enjoy football but are intimidated by the concept of playing a game with a 360 or PS3 controller.

“What we’ve got to do to grow the market is bring in the football fans, that own high def TVs, that love football, and yet don’t enjoy our games because they see them as too hard. Now the strategy we have here is to maintain our core consumer, but we’ve also got to go out and captivate the masses.

“You do that by having easier menus, more intuitive gameplay. People are intimidated by the controller. They walk past the TV and if you say ‘hey, do you want to play’, they say ‘No, I just don’t want to make a fool of myself’.

“There are too many buttons and triggers and d-pads. We’ve got to break a lot of that down.”

I’ve got no clue how they accomplish that without simply focusing on the Wii, but I’m very interested.

Anyone have any ideas?

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6 Comments on Peter Moore: Time for Change at EA Sports

Marine_Bryan

On March 30, 2008 at 6:06 am

sounds like their going to take the same dumb games and dumb them down even more…

and just when you thought Madden couldn’t get crappier

load your guns and run for the hills!

Mrartist

On March 30, 2008 at 8:46 am

I am going to do something I never do and risk a post here. Why? Because I LOVED the early Tiger Woods title and now I wont even play it. In todays graphics interface stick figure crowds is unexceptable, there are rarely new courses added and 2007 never worked even after the patch and 2008 was sinfull. I often wonder if Tiger actually ever played the gamne through these steady stream of bad releases. Please please redo this title from top to bottom. New comments new commintaters new graphics and lota of courses. Bring me back with a vengance, please this time set the new standard for golf sims. And why not? Tiger himself is simply the best we may see in a hundred more years.

Rob

On March 30, 2008 at 12:30 pm

Why not have a basic setting with simple controls and an advanced one with…

Norbit

On March 30, 2008 at 1:40 pm

I think you will find this is the original version of that picture;

http://i25.tinypic.com/2qkjgur.jpg

Bob Dole

On March 30, 2008 at 3:37 pm

hello, im bob dole.

i agree with mr. devil man, the sports games have become too complicated with their ”trick stick” buttons. honestly, i just want to be able to pass to the right player in fifa.

wordsmith451

On March 31, 2008 at 11:12 am

If anything, the Madden 07 Wii version was even more counter-intuitive and irritating to deal with than the others.