The Escapist Magazine
Issue 14
The Firm
Editor's Note The Firm

Founded in 1983, Origin was one of the great computer game developers of the era. In 1992, they were acquired by EA, and in 2004 they were shut down entirely. Allen Varney looks at The Conquest of Origin.

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Over time, EA has come to represent all the worst aspects of the gaming industry to many gamers. This wasn't always the case. Jason Smith looks at the early days of EA, and how they shaped the modern gaming industry.

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"I still love Electronic Arts. But, I am no longer in love with Electronic Arts. Does that make sense?" JR Sutich explains his long and storied relationship with EA.

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Revenue isn't the only way the gaming industry can claim to mirror Hollywood. Mark Wallace looks at how development plans and budgets, led by EA, are beginning to look like those of the old movie moguls, and what that may mean for the future.

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"In ea_spouse, we had our Upton Sinclair, but we're without a Teddy Roosevelt." Joe Blancato compares the writings of ea_spouse to The Jungle, in his argument for games industry unionization.

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Without a doubt, EA is best known for its sports games. Dana Massey looks back on his experiences with these perennial titles, and discusses what the future may hold.

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