EA To Close Online Services For Select Wii And DS Games By June 30

EA will permanently close online services for select Wii and DS games by the end of June, the publisher has announced. The news follows GameSpy’s closure at the end of this month after providing a number of older games with online multiplayer and matchmaking services. EA has issued an updated list of all games affected which use the GameSpy platform, and below you’ll find a list of all the Wii and DS online game services shutting down. Earlier this year, Nintendo said it would discontinue all online services for Wii and DS games on May 20.

Wii Online Services

  • Bejeweled 2
  • Dracula – Undead Awakening
  • FIFA Soccer 08
  • Green Day: Rock Band
  • MySims Party
  • MySims Sky Heroes
  • SimCity Creator
  • Sneezies
  • The Beatles: Rock Band

Nintendo DS Online Services

  • Dragon Sakura
  • FIFA Soccer 08
  • FIFA Soccer 09
  • FIFA Soccer 10
  • FIFA Street 3
  • Madden NFL 08
  • Madden NFL 09
  • MySims Racing
  • MySims Sky Heroes
  • Need For Speed: ProStreet
  • Need For Speed: Undercover
  • Skate It
  • Spore Creatures
  • Spore Hero Arena
  • Tiger Woods PGA Tour 08

Peter Moore Apologises For Frostbite Devs Troll Tweets

Peter Moore, the Chief Operating Officer at EA, has taken to Twitter to apologise for the troll tweets published today from an anonymous developer on the Frostbite engine Twitter account. Moore says the tweets were not condoned by EA and presumably the person involved has had a stern talking too. You can read the deleted tweets below.

Frostbite now runs on the #WiiU since it is the most powerful Gen4 platform, our renderer is now optimized for Mario and Zelda.

Frostbite will power #HalfLife3, coming out summer 2014! #WiiU exclusive.

Good news, we have finally fixed and optimized our ‘netcode’. Uses quantum entanglement for Zero Latency connections. Exclusively on #WiiU.

Frostbite Trolls Wii U Owners On Twitter

One of the developers behind EA’s immensely powerful Frostbite 3 engine has trolled Wii U owners on Twitter. The tweets have subsequently been deleted by the company presumably because they were in poor taste. Thankfully Kotaku picked up on them before they were deleted. Here’s what the developer behind the engine had to say.

Frostbite now runs on the #WiiU since it is the most powerful Gen4 platform, our renderer is now optimized for Mario and Zelda.

Frostbite will power #HalfLife3, coming out summer 2014! #WiiU exclusive.

Good news, we have finally fixed and optimized our ‘netcode’. Uses quantum entanglement for Zero Latency connections. Exclusively on #WiiU.

Thanks, Quartz and SimplyG

EA’s Worst Company In America Reign Ends As Time Warner Cable Claim The Accolade

It turns out that EA’s reign of “Worst Company in America” has ended as Time Warner Cable has now claimed the title. The Consumerist, who run the awards, say that EA lost out by a small margin to Time Warner. EA were sitting on 48.8% of the votes, while Time Warner Cable had 51.2% of votes. You can read all the juicy details, right here.

EA May Be Nominated “Worst Company in America” But Molyneux Says “EA Is Not An Evil Empire”

Fable creator Peter Molyneux says that despite EA once again being nominated for “Worst Company in America“, the company has done a great deal” for the video game industry.

“EA is not an evil empire. They’re a company that have done a great deal for this industry. [But] when corporates buy companies, several things change.”

“When EA bought Bullfrog, they just wanted to make it nicer. They moved us to a nice office, where we couldn’t shoot each other [with BB guns] in the corridors,” Molyneux said. “We had an HR department because that was a nice proper professional thing to do. And that changes the flavor of the company.”

“When any company is acquired, it’s gonna change the company,” Molyneux added. “Sometimes, that change can possibly make the company better. Lots of times it can make it worse.”

Ex-Criterion Boss Alex Ward Complains About Both EA And Nintendo

https://twitter.com/AlexanderJWard/status/442011850520412160

Ex Criterion boss Alex Ward has taken to Twitter to complain about both EA and Nintendo. Ward who helped develop the respected port of Need for Speed: Most Wanted Wii U says that neither EA or Nintendo gave the team any support and they were left feeling rather aggrieved. Ward has now started his own indie company, but when asked about if his game would come to Wii U he replied that it’s fairly unlikely.

EA’s Peter Moore Says Don’t Trust Anonymous Sources, Nintendo Is A Great Partner

Peter Moore, the Chief Operating Officer of Electronic Arts, has taken to Twitter to speak out about the article published by CVG. The article had a quote from an anonymous source at the company who said that “Nintendo was dead to us very quickly” after the Wii U. However, CVG still stands by their article and says that the source was a representative from EA.

Don’t trust “anonymous sources”. Nintendo’s a great partner. They never have been, and never will be, ‘dead’ to EA…