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Apr 16 2007
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EA Ripping off Home......

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http://www.gamesindustry.biz/content_page.php?aid=24203

Electronic Arts is embarking on a new venture with television company Endemol to develop "a new digital entertainment concept that bridges the divide between traditional TV and videogames".

Titled Virtual Me, the online offering will allow users to create their own avatars with unique appearances and identities. Through these "astonishingly lifelike cyber-clones", as they're described in a statement, users can meet, compete and socialise with other gamers in digital environments.

Through their avatars users can also take part in virtual versions of Endemol's hit television series, which include Fame Academy, Deal or No Deal, Fear Factor and Operacion Triunfo.

As part of the new initiative, EA and Endemol will work together to "develop entertainment formats and experiences for a wide range of platforms, including TV and online".

Virtual Me will debut with the new series of Big Brother, due to hit British TV screens this summer. A website, VirtualMe.com, is also due to launch in the coming months.

"We’re told that people are starting to spend more time online than they are watching TV. Both markets are now important and this has huge implications for content creators," said Endemol's Peter Bazalgette.

"Our opportunity with Electronic Arts is to develop ideas that fully embrace the way people are consuming entertainment today."

EA International boss Gerhard Florin added: "With Virtual Me we are at the forefront of a new, hybrid form of entertainment that takes gaming beyond the console. Endemol is a great partner to help us bring together the best of TV and video games for an offering that can appeal to mass market audiences and change the face of entertainment."



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Treasure Hunter
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Apr 16, 2007
Wow, that's amazing. Has EA even acknowledged Playstation Home?
Based on what I heard, it seems as if this VirtualMe community is taken exactly from Home. This doesn't look too good.
Yet, we have all of Sony to make our world better than EA's.
"With Virtual Me we are at the forefront of a new, hybrid form of entertainment that takes gaming beyond the console."
 
In other words, Home. You can't really take gaming beyond the console... These are gaming consoles.
 
I wonder if Sony can file a lawsuit to prevent this. These two are waaay too similar. VirtualME definitely ripped Home off.
 
"Beyond the console"     "Play Beyond"     EA can't come up with anything original
 
 
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Apr 16, 2007
omg the world is living by riping off other console well i know why would i buy a game that im gona heve for free{home}.And why would i buy a game that could coust $50 to $60 answer i go with the winner. Now if it goes multiplatform where you can talk to players that are in other consoles online then maybe i may just rent that game just 2 say you guys payd $60 for that me free.
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Personally I think EA sucks..  I bought MLB 2k7 for both the xbox 360 and PS3..  and the PS3 version, sucks big time!!  No more EA games for me.
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This won't be the last 3D virtual environment that launches. The 3D Internet is coming and nearly every vendor, developer, or publisher will have want their unique 3D world to capitalize on the market.
 
MTV is doing the same thing with their Virtual Hills and Laguna Beach where users can participate in virtual reality TV shows like Pimp My Ride. - http://www.vlb.mtv.com/
 
 
Each world will have their own theme and audience so I don't see any threat on Home. Home is our 3D virtual world for Gamers.
 
Welcome to Game 3.0 ladies and gentlemen! The 3D virtual world just got a bigger!
 


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Apr 16, 2007
Since its EA, you will probably have to pay for everything.

Whats that? You want to walk? Thats Downloadable content, 5 dollars please.

O? You want to communicate? Thats Downloadable content, 5 dollars please.

You want Clothes? Shoes? A discman? Control over the camera, blah blah blah.



Get bent EA.





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XerXer00 wrote:
Since its EA, you will probably have to pay for everything.

Whats that? You want to walk? Thats Downloadable content, 5 dollars please.

O? You want to communicate? Thats Downloadable content, 5 dollars please.

You want Clothes? Shoes? A discman? Control over the camera, blah blah blah.



Get bent EA.





Electronic-Arts "Charge for everything"


haha, that's very true.
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Don't you have to pay for stuff in home as well?
Not to the extent of charging you for moving, but I'm sure there selling clothes and stuff.
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"Personally I think EA sucks..  I bought MLB 2k7 for both the xbox 360 and PS3..  and the PS3 version, sucks big time!!  No more EA games for me."
 
EA doesn't make the 2k games.  That's 2k Sports.  2k sports sucks, but EA is much better for sports games.
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