EA, Louisiana Partner on New QA Facility at LSU

As recently as 2006, Louisiana’s state government embarrassed itself by hopping into bed with Jack Thompson for an unconstitutional piece of video game legislation that quickly crashed and burned in federal court.

But the worm has seemingly turned with today’s announcement that Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal (left) and Electronic Arts have partnered to create a new global quality assurance (QA) center in Baton Rouge. EA will work with Louisiana State University and the Louisiana Department of Economic Development to bring the project to fruition.

Along with Gov. Jindal and other Louisiana officials, EA exec Sharon Knight was on hand for the announcement. Said the Guv:

EA putting the first-of-its-kind video game testing center in the U.S. right here in Baton Rouge is a terrific win for the city and the future of our state. We know our economic development initiatives have to be aggressive, but they must also be innovative, and EA has both of these important attributes.


This testing center will create 20 full time jobs, and more than 200 part-time jobs for LSU students who will get paid to play video games. I know this will be a dream job for some kids, but it is also a key part of strengthening our state’s economic development so we become the best place in the world to do business and all of our children can stay right here at home to pursue their dreams. This job win is a critical step in creating a digital media economy that will generate even more high-paying high tech jobs and help us compete for even more jobs within EA in the future.

A Lousiana media rep points out that the state’s financial incentives for digital media helped seal the deal. EA will be eligible for a tax credit of up to 20%

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  1. j0k3r says:

    Thanks good job;

    Btw, I think Atari and Midway will drop out too, but mostly travesti because  these guys have done nothing travesti or little and need to start saving costs. and dizi izle


    Now I don’t have to get off my ass for the important shit anymore!

    Whats next, ordering pizza from Xbox live?

    Wait… I think that sounds like a good idea.

    But I think voting should MAKE you get off your ass, and see outside or a second while you go vote. I mean, your picking the president of the United States of America for God’s Sake… least you can do is drive down there and punch out a card.

  2. oto kirlama says:

    I’m all for freedom of ttnet vitamin speech and allowing rent a car game makers to put whatever they want in games, but there’s one thing about this app that has me scratching my head.  Correct me if I’m wrong, but from araç kiralama the previous article araba kiralama on this I gathered that players can use Google maps in-game to find the other (real-life?) dealers in their area.  If this is the case, has travesti anyone considered what’s stopping someone from using this app to actually move drugs between hands for reals?

    But majority araba kiralama of their outrage araç kiralama stems from what it could DO TO children, not the content itself.  Talk to one of these people and you’ll find they don’t think any books kiralık araba should be banned from children.  Mention American Psycho and they talk about kiralık araç the redeeming value of using imagination to construct a story.  Reading, no matter what the content, is largely viewed as a consequenceless activity for people of any age.  The reason why I mention American Psycho is because of the content itself.  Gaming never has and likely never will have any scenes where someone has sex with a severed head.  Not gonna happen.  Yet despite this, they’ll fight tooth and nail to protect their children from two boys kissing in Bully but whatever they read is harmless… yeah.

    The entire arguement is kiralık oto based upon a social normality inflicted by luddites who can’t figure out the controls for Halo so it’s frightening and terrifying and obviously the cause of youth violence on the rise even though, in reality, it’s in decline (which is actually a HUGE suprise given minibüs kiralama the economies status).  In  a perfect world, we would have parents that actually parent.  The idea of sales restrictions on media on oto kiralama any form to accomidate parental unwillingness to get involved with their child’s life is the real problem to me.  Here I am, 32 years old, and being held up at a self-scan rent a car needing to show ID before I can buy a $10 M rated game all because Soccer Momthra can’t be bothered to look at the crap Billy Genericallystupidson does in his free time.  It’s too hard for her, so I have to suffer?

  3. HarmlessBunny says:

    He is just upset that when he asked for signatures for him becoming Bar President a couple months back…NO ONE put their bloody signature on it 🙂

    Awwwww accusing Mr Min of bribing Tunis? You REEEEEALLY are a desperate idiot. Once again a lot of bark, no bite. Jack before you start wagging fingers and telling lies…GATHER THE DAMNED PROOF. No proof? Case go poof!

    Oh and I am guessing you didn’t get another lawyer to sign this did you? Off to the basement firepit with this useless piece of toilet paper! 😀

  4. Anonymous says:

    Not to mention, if the federal government decides that it’s spam after anyone complains, that’s 88,000 spams, and if he’s found guilty and is fined per message… which, in all rights, he should be… we could be talking a few hundred thousand dollars?

  5. LSUgradgamer says:

    Louisiana has actually been a huge proponent of bringing game developers to the state for years. The tax credit incentives are the first of their kind in the nation, and 20% on every dollar spent is HUGE.

    The unconstitutional bill was a result of bad politics and Jack Thompson getting someone on board with his agenda. With Bobby Jindal and Mayor Kip Holden working with the great faculty at LSU, I think the sky’s the limit for game devs in Louisiana.

  6. Freyar says:

    Hey, John, do me a favor and don’t EVER put all that crap in this system again? The formatting is GOD AWEFUL!

    Next time, give us a link?

    —- There is a limit for both politicians against video games, and video games against politicians. http://www.goteamretard.com

  7. T5 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Kathleen Babineaux Blanco was calling the shots in ’06, seems like Jindal is just what the state needed, keep an eye on this guy

  8. Anonymous says:

    In case this is moderated (and since it has nothing to do with the topic, it probably will), Thompson just posted a Notice to the Court noticing them that he plans to spam the 88,000 members of the Florida Bar with his spin on his "career" as part of his President-Elect candidacy charade/publicity stunt. (He litterally says "Thompson will repeatedly e-mail all of our members about his candidacy")

    Someone needs to find the mailing list he is planning to spam that propanganda and send them the referee’s report from his imminent disbarment case.

  9. JBT says:


    v.                                                                            Case No. SC08-326
                COMES NOW John B. Thompson (Thompson), an attorney on his own behalf and in continuous good standing with The Florida Bar for more than thirty-one years, and moves this court, pursuant to Rule 1.230, Florida Rules of Civil Procedure, for an order granting him intervenor status herein as a person with “an interest in this action,” stating:
                The Florida Bar presently seeks to “discipline” Thompson for his truthful, fact-based, and corroborated assertions about two sitting judges under Bar Rule 4-8.2(a). Unlike respondent Sean Conway herein, Thompson did not publicly assert that a judge was a “witch” or a wizard, and he did not assert either was mentally ill. No, Thompson stuck with facts, whereas Mr. Conway’s defense herein relies substantially upon the notion that hyperbole lampooning judges is protected by the First Amendment. Indeed it is, but so are fact-based comments about two reckless judges, and even more so.
                Unlike Mr. Conway, Thompson has not agreed to go quietly by accepting a reprimand, as did Mr. Conway. Some people these days still have the courage of their convictions, the criminal acts of thought police of The Bar in violation of 18 USC 242 notwithstanding. 
                This court cannot come down on the side of Mr. Conway’s free speech rights while at the same time denying Thompson’s right to engage in First Amendment-protected speech. Thompson seeks to intervene in this action to save this court the looming embarrassment of in effect turning Rule 4-8.2(a) into the functional equivalent of a Bill of Attainder whereby lawyers who engage in long-distance mental health exams of judges and also suggest they ride on jurisprudential brooms are protected by the Bill of Rights but that Christian conservatives who tell the truth about two corrupted judges are not. Indeed, the Third DCA reversed Miami-Dade Judge Friedman twice for the antics about which Thompson correctly complained. This court must protect those who go quietly as well as those who hold fast to the truth. 
                For this court to hold otherwise puts it in the company of King George III who was greatly offended by those who put their names on the Declaration of Independence, all the more so because their list of grievances was true. The signators dared stand behind what they wrote, even to the point of pledging their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor.
                The court has all the more reason to allow Thompson to intervene herein in light of what he is about to do, which enjoys First Amendment protection as well. Thompson is now running for the position of President-Elect of The Bar. When the court’s guffawing stops, please note:
                By virtue of Thompson’s declared candidacy, he is entitled to receive and has now been assured in writing by The Bar that he will receive on disk the e-mail addresses and names of all 88,000+ members of The Florida Bar. Under our Rules (The Bar appears ready, refreshingly, to obey at least the Rules pertaining to officer elections), Thompson will repeatedly e-mail all of our members about his candidacy. In the first election cycle, Thompson will be soliciting the necessary signatures to get on the ballot, but just as importantly, Thompson will be setting forth to all of our members his platform to reform The Florida Bar. Think of this reform platform as the equivalent of Luther’s 95 Theses nailed not to the door in Wittenberg but to the door of this court.
    Undoubtedly The Bar and this court will be greatly offended by Thompson’s fact-based and truthful assertions in these regards, and one of The Bar’s thought police, such as the Director of Lawyer Regulation Ken Marvin, will be sorely tempted to invoke yet again Rule 4-8.2(a) to punish Thompson for his truthful communications about the failings of our judiciary in our state. The truth hurts. 
    However, it is far better, for the long-term health and independence of our judiciary, that this court hold herein that the First Amendment really does mean what it says and that it protects what constitutional experts call “political speech.” Thus, this High Court must consider, as it ponders the meaning and reach of the real First Amendment, the dissemination of the following facts to be transmitted shortly to our fellow members of The Bar, many of whom already know from first-hand experience that US Supreme Court Justice Douglas was prescient in his prediction in Lathrop v. Donohue that integrated state bars would eventually become ideology-driven “goose-stepping brigades.”
                To our 88,000 members of our Bar, Thompson will write:
                1. Beginning in 1987, The Florida Bar has repeatedly attempted to pathologize my faith-based activism, with the result that I am now the only officially Bar-certified sane lawyer in the state, with The Bar’s insurance carrier having paid me damages for the honor. Your Florida Supreme Court has been fully involved in this criminal attempt to declare Christianity a “mental illness.”
                2. The Florida Bar, working closely with the Alabama State Bar, brought “disciplinary” charges against me to punish me for my appearance on CBS’ 60 Minutes when I blew the whistle, at Ed Bradley’s request, on the role of the cop-killing simulator, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City in training a black teen how to kill three Alabama cops. The law firm behind this “shoot the messenger” strategy is the Philadelphia-based law firm of Blank Rome, which bundles more cash for the Republican National Committee than any other law firm and lobbyist in the world. Blank Rome’s Ian Comisky sits on our Board of Governors.          
                3. Similarly, because of my success in helping secure $4 million dollars in FCC decency fines against, the Miami law firm of Tew Cardenas brought “shoot the messenger” Bar complaints against me to protect its radio station’s illegal broadcasts of the Howard Stern Show. Al Cardenas is the former Chairman of the Florida GOP who was upset that I had written Governor Jeb Bush to inform him that his buddy Al’s fronting for Howard Stern’s on-air descriptions, at 8am, of how a female amputee can place her lubricated stump into the anus of a man to achieve orgasm, is not exactly reconcilable with Al Cardenas’ GOP “Family Values” posturing.
                4. My first “designated reviewer” was chosen to be Bar Governor Ben Kuehne, because he is a radical gay rights operative who has opposed my efforts against radical gay rights. When Kuehne was indicted for allegedly laundering money for Roy Black and the Medellin cocaine cartel, Kuehne was replaced with Akerman Senterfitt’s Steve Chaykin, who famously noted on the pages of The Florida Bar News that anyone who did not agree with him on gay adoption, in a state in which same is illegal, is “outside the core values of The Bar” and among “the enemies of The Bar. When Mr. Chaykin’s criminal use of “discipline” to pursue his gay rights agenda was exposed in my federal civil rights suit, Mr. Chaykin responded by demanding that a 90-day suspension be “enhanced” to a ten-year disbarment. Such “enhancement” is a criminal act as retribution for seeking a federal remedy. This is precisely what Justice Douglas warned would happen in Lathrop with ideologues like Chaykin at the helm.
                This is also precisely what the ABA predicted would occur in its 1991 McKay Commission Report if Bar Governors were allowed to have anything to do with Bar discipline. Sitting on that Commission sounding the alarm was none other than John Berry, who is the #2 officer at The Florida Bar. Apparently Mr. Berry has lost his memory or lost his mind.
                5. The Bar transferred my “disciplinary” cases to the Orlando office so that radical gay rights activist and Bar assistant prosecutor Ken Bryk could get in on the “lynch the straight Christian” fun. Mr. Bryk moonlights as president of the Central Florida Gay and Lesbian Law Association and discharges his duties in that esteemed function from his Orlando office of The Florida Bar, providing his Bar phone number and e-mail address to other gay activist at a web site illegally funded with your IOTA dollars from The Florida Bar Foundation.
                6. Miami-Dade Circuit Court Judge Dava J. Tunis was my Referee, and she refused to recuse herself even after it was found that the aforementioned Ben Kuehne and another Bar prosecutor, Barnaby Min, who first had my case in the Miami office, gave her a “contribution” on the same day in the same amount after she was assigned my case. Mr. Chaykin’s firm gave her a “contribution” after my trial and before she issued her Referee’s Report. She also was found to have no State Loyalty Oath, mandated by Florida Statute 876.05, with the Miami-Dade State Attorney formally finding that her oath was forged. 
                Put quite simply, The Bar operatives and Referee chosen to question my ethics is akin to having Jeffrey Dahmer act as the food critic for the New York Times.
                7.  Further, I have just learned that Nationwide Insurance, which provides coverage to The Bar when it abuses its powers in ways such as outlined above, was told by The Bar that it was waiving its coverage as it pertains to me and its right of a paid defense. Why? Because the last time The Bar tortiously shredded my First Amendment rights I found the smoking gun documents to prove why it was doing it, and The Bar’s carrier paid me damages. The Bar, this time around the goose-stepping fascist block, does not want its carrier getting in the way of its assault. 
                You should be concerned that by waiving its right to coverage, your Bar Governors and officers have exposed each of you to a special assessment to satisfy the huge verdict I intend to get in federal and/or state court. This is a breach by The Bar of its fiduciary duty to each of you to protect The Bar’s and your assets. This fiduciary duty has been sacrificed on the altar of political correctness.
                8. In on this travesty is our Florida Supreme Court itself, which entered a “sanction” order against me in retaliation for complaining to it about the excesses of The Bar. The Supremes decided that despite being a lawyer in continuous good standing for 31 years and despite an A/V rating by Martindale-Hubbell and despite having secured a number of historic firsts in the field of law, by God’s grace and despite the antics of our Bar, I could not represent myself in my Bar proceedings. I am not even allowed to file a Petition for Review of my Referee’s Report.    
    This order happens to violate FS 454.18, which guarantees each and every resident of Florida the right to represent himself in any civil proceeding. But hey, this is the same Florida Supreme Court that had to be taken to the constitutional woodshed by the US Supreme Court in Bush v. Gore and whose “professionalism czar,” the thankfully retiring Justice Cantero, is violating the Judicial Canons by interviewing for a private sector job with law firms that have matters currently pending before the court. Rules are for others, but not for those who sit on this court.
    9. The Bar, claiming to be a “state agency,” nevertheless uses not the Attorney General but the giant law firm of Greenberg Traurig to protect its illegal acts in federal and state court. Greenberg’s Barry Richard, the guy who represented George Bush in 2000, cites the Bar v. Mason case to secure federal abstention from reviewing our Bar’s unconstitutional regulatory acts, because Mr. Richard asserts to these federal courts that under Mason it is clear than any Bar respondent has an absolute right to appear before our Bar Governors to assert those constitutional rights. Once Mr. Richard thereby secures federal abstention, the respondent lawyer goes to the Governors and asks for his promised constitutional issues hearing, only to be told by Bar President Angones, or his successor Mr. Jay White, that no such right exists. Even Greenberg’s convict Jack Abramoff would blush at such mendacity.
    Greenberg is the law firm that The Bar wants instead of Nationwide’s choice. Do I have to explain to you further as to why?
                I could go on with more damning facts about how poorly The Bar is now being run, and how the Supreme Court’s “official arm” has its middle finger extended to all who think the First Amendment means something, but I’m sure, from the above only partial recounting, you get the idea. 
    If elected to be your President-Elect of The Florida Bar I will undertake a top-to-bottom reform of The Florida Bar, from its ongoing violations of the US Supreme Court’s unanimous ruling in Keller v. State Bar of California, which prohibits the pimping of ideological agendas by integrated state bars, to its total disregard of the ABA’s McKay Report as to this bar’s abuses of the disciplinary process.
    If you want “business as usual” by The Florida Bar, then by all means don’t sign the attached petition for my candidacy for the office of President-Elect of The Florida Bar.
    But if you want to elevate the public’s sorry perception of us Florida lawyers to a profession that actually believes in the Constitution, the rule of law, and equal justice for all, then give me your name on the attached petition so that I can put my reform platform to a vote.
                WHEREFORE, Thompson moves this court to grant his motion to intervene. 
                I HEREBY CERTIFY that the foregoing has been mailed this August 21 2008, to respondent’s counsel, Mike Wrubel, 3650 N. 36th Avenue, #39, Hollywood, Florida, Ken Marvin, The Florida Bar, 651 East Jefferson St., Tallahassee, Florida 32399, Anthony Pascal, The Florida Bar, 5900 North Andrews Avenue, Suite 900, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 33309, Fred Haddad, 1 Financial Plaza, Suite 2612 Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 33394, Maria Kayanan 7455 SW 82 Ct., Miami, FL 33143 and Randall Marshall, ACLU, 4500 Biscayne Blvd., Suite 340, Miami, FL.
  10. Zevorick says:

    "But if you want to elevate the public’s sorry perception of us Florida lawyers to a profession that actually believes in the Constitution, the rule of law, and equal justice for all, then give me your name on the attached petition so that I can put my reform platform to a vote."

    Funny, because my perception of Florida lawyers and the Florida Bar has improved tremendously since they’ve started following the rule of the law and giving equal justice to everyone by giving you what you deserve, disbarment. 😉



  11. Shadow Darkman Anti-Thesis of Jack Thompson says:

    Jack, knock it off. It’s not helping your case.



  12. Unruly ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Even with a two-year cycle people would start complaining again after a few years of it. The reason? Its still a game based on a real world sport that they can’t change unless the sport itself changes. So the gameplay will always be the same, the controls are about as good as they’re going to get, and the AI will top out eventually.

    Really, anyone that buys Madden every year only buys it for the new roster. If they’re expecting major changes year after year they’ve got their heads either in the clouds or up their asses because it won’t happen. The only time I’d say its safe to expect any major changes in both graphics or AI(because gameplay can’t change: see above) is during the switch to a new generation of consoles because the developer has a more powerful set of hardware that is capable of doing more at once. If you look, that’s how its pretty much always been too. The only major advancements in sports games come when the better hardware does.

    I’m not trying to defend EA per se, but I’m just pointing out that people expect a lot of things that really aren’t going to ever happen in a game like Madden, and when they do happen they expect it to happen again the next year. NHL games have always been plagued by bad controls or no ability to deke, and now that EA has come up with a control scheme that fixes both problems in NHL08, they’re going to stick with that control scheme and it will become just like Madden. The only major changes will come with hardware changes and the only things that they can really change are AI and graphics so long as their current control scheme continues to work. The only reason to buy the new years version will be for a new roster because almost nothing else will have changed, and if I were to complain about that it would be because I wasn’t looking at it in a realistic perspective.

    So basically, not much really can be changed in sports games that are trying to be realistic. They have to stick to the rules of the actual game, and from there its just controls, graphics, and AI for the most part. Once they get controls working right and in a way people like they aren’t going to change them. That leaves graphics and AI, which are both limited by the power of the hardware you’re running the game on. AI has a little bit more leeway in that department, but the point still remains.

  13. Overcast says:

    Who would let their kid play violent sports games? It encourages rage, animosity, and violence against others, all just for winning some points!

  14. Shadow Darkman Anti-Thesis of Jack Thompson says:

    Instant, LEGENDARY Win.



  15. Father Time says:

    It’s not about NHL games it’s about the football games. As long as they refuse to make real improvements to madden they will continue to get crap from gamers.

    Although I guess once that happens where will all the hate come from?

  16. Unruly ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Its kind of a conundrum though. People clamor for the new games in the Madden series to be fresh and innovative, but its hard to do that when you’re basing the game on a real world sport. Since there’s really very little need to change the control scheme anymore the only things they can really improve upon are the AI and the graphics, but to make any major change would take more than a year’s time. And I’d bet money that just as many people would complain if EA took 2 or 3 years off from putting out Madden titles to completely rework the game as they do about EA not making the game fresh every year.

    No matter what EA would be getting complaints. Besides, after 20 years, what could they really add that would be new and different enough to appease everyone? Not much. Even games where 90% of the content is user-generated, like tabletop RPGs, would get old and repetitive if you played it for 20 years straight. Eventually you’d end up repeating the same scenario at least once, even if it did have new polish or a different setting.

    Damned if you do, damned if you don’t.

  17. BearDogg-X says:

    The prior dispute was because you got a willing sucker to sponsor your unconstitutional legislation like the snake oil salesman you are. Besides that, there are no "illegal sales to minors" since there are no AO-rated games available for consoles.

    I dare say that if Gov. Jindal had beaten Kathleen Blanco(the idiot that signed your worthless legislation, costing Louisiana money that should have gone towards building new hurricane-protection levees in say, Terrebonne and Lafourche Parishes) in 2003, Jindal probably would have vetoed the bill.

    You go get that mental health help that you desperately need, Mr. Narcissist.

    Practice what you preach, worthless turd: Grow up and get a life.

  18. sortableturnip says:

    I suggest you get mental health help with your paranoia and/or your lying.


    You first, Thompson.  I think you need the help a lot more than anyone on this site…except for the supposed Jack Thompson Follower that was posting yesterday…

  19. Freyar says:

    That would include roughly 90% of the American people.

    99% of the Internet’s statistics are pulled out of thin air, Thompson.
    Second, it was a story about EA’s new testing center which is a surprise considering Louisiana’s recent stance and frustrations with the video game company. There’s no paranoia here, it’s simple amusement.

    "Mmm.. Yes, yes.. Quite right Mister Baringer, I would agree that this situation is most ironic."
    "Ah yes, let us enjoy some cherry shall we?"

    —- There is a limit for both politicians against video games, and video games against politicians. http://www.goteamretard.com

  20. E. Zachary Knight says:

    John Bruce. I think you are the idiot here. Dennis is simply stating that Louisiana has done a complete 180 in regards to video games. First they wanted to regulate games. Now they are buddy buddy with the games industry.

    He is not making any accusations on anyone’s stance on "adult games sold to minors"

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  21. Weird says:

    Wrong again, Dennis.  The prior dispute between the game industry and Louisiana was over the illegal sale of adult video games to kids.  The new agreement doesn’t deal with that. 

    It would appear, Dennis, that because of either your mendacity or your paranoia you think that anyone who thinks that adult games shouldn’t be sold to kids is somehow opposed to video games per se.  That would include roughly 90% of the American people. 

    I suggest you get mental health help with your paranoia and/or your lying.  Jack Thompson



  22. kurisu7885 (can't log in) says:

    Firstly, there are no legal repercussions for selling an M rated game to a minor, that is voluntary.

    Secondly, well, so says the man with a personality disorder

  23. DavCube ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    105% of your statements are lies, Mr. Thompson.

    See? I can pull percentages out of thin air too!

  24. Kincyr says:

    The prior dispute between the game industry and Louisiana was over the illegal sale of adult video games to kids.

    Wrong again, Jack. There was no illegal sale of adult video games to kids, as there are no AO-rated console games for sale.

    It would appear, Dennis, that because of either your mendacity or your paranoia you think that anyone who thinks that adult games shouldn’t be sold to kids is somehow opposed to video games per se.

    It would appear, Jack, that because of either your mendacity or your paranoia you think that anyone who is a gamer only plays violent games. That would include roughly 95% of the American people.

    I suggest you get mental health help with your paranoia and/or your lying.  Jack Thompson

    I suggest you get mental help with your paranoia and your lying, Jack Thompson

    岩「…Ace beats Jack」

  25. The Three-Edged Sword (STILL awaiting Login info) says:

    I think it just takes him back to those heady days before people started realising what a complete waste of a Law degree he is 😉

  26. ZippyDSMlee says:

    They need more open beta programs….with teh advent of the PC a onlien streaming emulation system is not to far fetched and be cheaper by a mile as they can pay for play time.



    Also with online systems a beta testing system could be implamented, also having crash reporting software would aid the process, have a small team for QA and the rest would be beta testers of varuois levels.  

    I is fuzzy brained mew =^^=
    (in need of a bad overhaul)

  27. gs2005 says:

    I didn’t work in the gaming industry, but I did work for another software company nearly 10 years ago.  Before I quit the company, I tried doing software QA for 4 months, and it just ended up being an awful experience-one I swore never to do again.  Testing software bugs over, and over, and over, writing reports, getting deadlines done in time for a new engineering build, looking for regressions, confirming tricky OEM-related annoyances, and all of that shit.  QA is necessary, but I didn’t enjoy it-too much repetition for my personality.  I don’t think it would mattered even if I had been paid better (I left the company making $37K), because it’s just too repetitive for me.

  28. sortableturnip says:

    BTW, Jack, how’s that latest conspiracy about the Florida Bar not having insurance…oh yeah, that’s right they do have insurance…just with another insurance carrier…stupid…

  29. Freyar says:

    That’s pretty much the case. QA requires more than just someone playing the game and saying ‘this is wrong’. There are a lot of steps beyond that which need to be taken.

    I’ve got a friend who does this for his first job. It’s not exactly fun for him, but it’s still a job. To be honest, I’d rather wait until the finished product is out before having to test a broken piece of software, especially for a title I’m excited about. (Mirror’s Edge, Fallout 3, etc.))

    —- There is a limit for both politicians against video games, and video games against politicians. http://www.goteamretard.com

  30. lumi says:

    I think a lot of people make the (very faulty) assumption that QA == "playing the game".  Good QA is a hell of a lot more rigorous than just sitting around and playing games as if you were in your living room with some friends.  The reality of the matter is that most of the time, QA as a job…sucks.  It’s boring, repetitive, frustrating, and in many cases thankless, especially if it’s "outsourced" (not in the same physical building as the dev team).  It’s a great stepping stone into the industry, but it’s not all fun and an easy ride all the time.

    But more importantly, just because someone is willing to play games for minimum wage doesn’t mean he’s a good tester.  It’s the paradox of QA; pretty much no one wants to do it forever, but we need experienced testers to really do a quality job.

  31. E. Zachary Knight says:

    I understand completely. I did a little QA experimentation myself. Not full time or anything just in school and on my own. I have tried to play games to produce bugs, break them, crash them and more. It was fun for about the first hour or so, but after having to recreate bugs and such so that I could verify them, it really got boring and grueling.

    It needs to be done and it needs to be done by people willing to do it right. You aren’t really playing the game. You are running to evy square inch of the wall for 8 hours a day. You are driving backwards on the race track for 8 hours a day. You are doing every concievable mundane thing that you can possibly think of that could result in a bug, for 8 hours a day, 5 days a week, 52 weeks a year. I think I am being generous on the time there too.

    QA is not for the faint of heart.

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  32. kurisu7885 (can't log in) says:

    And by the tiem he has the chance they can have him escorted away by police as his lawyer license will be void

  33. Unruly ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Except EA doesn’t own T2 or GTA. They’re trying to buy T2, but I still don’t think it will happen unless EA really bumps up their offer.

  34. sortableturnip says:

    When the next GTA is in development, how much do you want to bet that JT will be knocking at the door of the university with a subpoena in hand?

  35. Unruly ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    To be quite honest, EA has upped their quality lately. Skate was a completely different approach to skateboarding games, and it worked really well along with being put together nicely. Then they have Mirror’s Edge, Dead Space, and Spore coming out, all of which are highly anticipated by the gaming community. Personally, I can’t wait until Mirror’s Edge and Dead Space come out because it will give me something worth playing on PS3 other than MGS4. Not to mention Red Alert 3.

    Sure, EA’s sports titles like Madden are still pretty bad in terms of being shoveled out, but they’ve even started to up the ante there too. NHL08 beat the pants off of NHL2K8 because it not only looked better, but was more fluid and the controls were better. NHL09 is looking to go the same way. Besides, you can’t really expect many changes to come in sports games these days. About the only time you can expect to see a real advancement with sports games is on the switch to a new generation of consoles, because then they’re able to use new hardware to create better graphics. Anything after that is pretty much tweaking the engine to run smoother and pull that extra little bit of power that comes with experience on the platform in order to make the game look better than the last year’s iteration.

    Don’t get me wrong, I used to hate on EA as much as anybody, and still do in some respects, but I have to give them credit where credit is due. They’re trying to change, from what Riccitiello has said, and this fall is going to be their proving ground to make us all believe it. Spore comes out in September, followed by Dead Space and Red Alert 3 in October, and then Mirror’s Edge in November.

  36. Anonymous says:

    It’s simple.. They are probably going to shut down the testing facility in California and subsequently lay off those employees.  Now they can hire students on the cheap! 


    Good business move..   yeah..

  37. Linenoise says:

    It’s a way for EA to outsource testing to very low paid employees (students) without all that negative Americans-losing-their-jobs business.


    I remember reading something a couple of years ago where someone planned to set up an outsourcing firm in the middle of the country.  The idea was that there are 0 engineering jobs there, but still some engineering graduates.. so you could pay them next to nothing, and in exchange they don’t have to move to the coast.  The companies using the firm would still get to outsource (ie, pay nothing for low skilled labor), but still hire within the country.

  38. Zevorick says:

    Perhaps i’m a bit disheveled due to the lack of coffee this morning… but what exactly is this facility supposed to do again? It just looks like a public funds project to make people feel all warm and fuzzy without having to expend much effort. I know Universities absolutely adore projects like this but… for some reason it still leaves a sour taste in my mouth.

  39. Anonymous says:

    Good QA in the video games industry is a pain in the ass to find. It’s low pay, long hours, and you’re pretty much a faceless minion who gets canned as soon as the project is done. Part of the problem is the way it’s advertised as "get paid to play games!!!!". The testers who are any good at the job usually don’t stick around, either moving into development or landing a job that can actually pay your bills.

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