What the Next PlayStation and Xbox Need to Get Right

Skittles or Steak? I hate to admit it, but I like both. For me, it is not a choice. Nothing quite works like a steak for dinner. But, when I go to the movies, and I want to indulge, it’s Skittles for me. It is a bit embarrassing to admit. For me, it’s Skittles and Steak. I like both. You must be wondering what this has … » 5/20/13 12:00pm 5/20/13 12:00pm

The Best John Riccitiello Jokes Twitter Has To Offer

EA's CEO John Riccitiello has stepped down. And so of course, the fact that he's got a difficult-to-spell name, combined with the general level of dislike EA has earned in the wake of SimCity's disastrous launch, means that jokers the world over have been quick to hop on the joke train and joke it up with their jokes. » 3/18/13 7:00pm 3/18/13 7:00pm

EA: Social Games Aren't Dying, But Consumers 'Won't Pay for Crap'

With player numbers dropping and the recent revelation that 85 percent stop playing after the first day, a shadow hangs over the once ridiculously profitable social gaming scene. Speaking today at App Conference in San Jose, Electronic Arts CEO John Riccitiello said that the decline of social gaming is overplayed; it's … » 10/19/12 3:55pm 10/19/12 3:55pm

Mixed Messages in Battlefield's Chain of Command

One day before Electronic Arts' reorganization, Patrick Bach, the DICE executive producer of Battlefield 3 said an annual publishing schedule "will eventually kill the franchise." A day later, EA's top general had a somewhat different tone. » 8/05/11 7:30pm 8/05/11 7:30pm

BulleTrain's Open Letter To EA Still Leaves Many Missing The Memo

About a year and a half ago, Pandemic Studios - you may remember them for Full Spectrum Warrior, Mercenaries and Star Wars: Battlefront - was shuttered by Electronic Arts, which bought the studio in 2007. Four developers who were pink-slipped formed Downsized Games, and BulleTrain, released late last year for iOS… » 4/18/11 8:00am 4/18/11 8:00am

Hope You Like Ads, Because Battlefield 3 Will Shovel Lots at You

This may have been a prediction. It sure as hell sounds like a threat. This year, Activision and Electronic Arts will both spend more on the marketing for two games than many publishers will ever spend on developing one, said Electronic Arts' CEO. As he was speaking to a conference of advertisers, it was surely music… » 4/06/11 5:20pm 4/06/11 5:20pm

There's Room For The Powerful PSP2 In The War Against Nintendo And Apple

The PSP2, a device Sony won't talk about, is coming and it's powerful — potentially as powerful as a high-end console, we've reported. That gives it a chance against the iPhone, 3DS and more, EA's boss tells Kotaku. » 12/03/10 4:00pm 12/03/10 4:00pm

The Plan To Dethrone Call Of Duty

One year ago this week, the head of Electronic Arts told me he had Call of Duty in his sights. Call of Duty was the king of first-person shooters. He wanted that spot. Today, he is convinced CoD is beatable. » 12/03/10 1:00pm 12/03/10 1:00pm

One Man's One-Word Dead Space 2 Review

John Riccitiello runs EA, the company that makes the Dead Space sci-fi horror games, so he's biased. Nevertheless, he just finished playing through Dead Space 2. I don't even have it yet. » 11/30/10 5:00pm 11/30/10 5:00pm

EA Boss Perfectly Happy If His 'Pretty Good' Games Sell Too

John Riccitiello, the man at the top of publisher EA, has long stressed that "quality" is paramount under his reign at the company. But the CEO who normally loves to promote high Metacritic scores is also fine with "pretty good." » 11/03/10 7:40pm 11/03/10 7:40pm