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News this week: Sony unveils Virtual Reality headset, EA up for Worst Company in America, again

Sony is throwing its hat into the virtual reality ring. Sony unveiled a virtual reality gaming peripheral named Project Morpheus during their press conference at the Game Developer’s Conference on Tuesday. Project Morpheus will be integrated with the Playstation 4 and will feature a screen with a 90 degree field of view and 1080p resolution.

Project Morpheus - PS4

It looks cool enough but will I get to take a red pill or a blue pill? Image Credit: Playstation Blog.

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What John Riccitiello’s resignation means for gaming

This past Monday, John Riccitiello the CEO of publisher EA, announced that he was stepping down. This news comes in wake of the disastrous launch of the SimCity reboot which is now being called “the worst video game launch in history.” This is huge news as EA is probably the biggest gaming publisher that doesn’t have a product on the console market. Over the past few years, EA’s reputation has gone from being bitterly received to being outright despised. They are hated so much that last April, EA was voted the worst company in America. One of these days I’ll get around to explaining why EA is hated so much but for now, all you need to know is that EA’s reputation is at an all time low point. It’s easy to forget that back in 2008, EA was actually a respectable company releasing new IPs like Dead Space and Mirror’s Edge. What EA needs more than ever is to rethink their business direction and having a new CEO could be the start of that.

The most notable thing I took away from Riccitiello’s resignation is that I don’t have any idea why he stepped down. Was he fired? Was it to distance himself from EA’s crumbling reputation? Was he just tired of being a wealthy businessman? There are some facts to consider, like the fact that under Riccitiello, EA has struggled financially. They haven’t recovered from the global financial crisis of 2008. Their struggles can be explained with another fact: EA has simply made a lot of bad decisions since 2008. From the release of Spore, to the marketing of Dead Space 2, all the way to today with SimCity’s disastrous launch. All of this controversy had to factor into Riccitiello’s decision. The question of hour is: What is EA going to do in light of this news?

Is it just me, or does he look a bit frightened of that logo in the background?

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