I sold off a few of my classic videogames last weekend, keeping the good ones that, although I may never play them again (partially because I can’t seem to find my SNES hardware at the moment), have a certain place in my heart. One of those is Madden ’94 for SNES. Nowadays the kids play Madden 10, which is more aptly named Madden ’10, or Madden 0-10, because the 10th Madden was Madden 2003. But I digress.
EA just made another announcement on top of a recent dump. Now, if you buy a used EA Sports game and want to play online, you’ll need to shell out an additional $10. Considering their earlier announcement that they are killing off the servers for older games, now you have to pay an extra $10 to be able to play a game briefly online. Once Madden 011 comes out, GameStop will probably be selling Madden 010 for $40 (it’s currently $45), and then you’ll have to pay an extra $10 on XBLA or PSN just to play online…for probably a few months.
The first game to do this will be Tiger Woods 11 (the 12th edition). Hopefully it will just be to help pay for Tiger’s new hookers. God damn it, EA. You re-release the same damn game every year with new rosters and an extra pixel here or there, and just when it seemed like buying last year’s version at a modest price was a good idea, you pull all this on us. Why don’t you just program the discs to self-destruct the day after the new version comes out. And it’s not even just the used game market. What if I want to go over to my friend’s house and play some shit online? Nope, can’t do it, sonny!