In the tight-lipped, image-massaged corporate world in which game company execs exist, it’s refreshing to find someone who isn’t afraid to speak his mind – even if he is calling out the gaming press in the process.
Thus, we thoroughly enjoyed EA Sports boss Peter Moore’s rant at Eurogamer for leaving FIFA 09 out of its Top 50 games for 2008:
Tuesday morning, coffee in hand and clad in my Liverpool FC officially licensed pajamas (you think I’m kidding, don’t you), I log in and scroll down the list from 10 to 1, getting more excited as I get closer to the top spot. World of Goo? I’m sure it’s fun, and the reviewers certainly loved it, but surprised to see up so high… I scrolled quickly all the way to the number one spot…Huh? WTF?? As in WHERE THE HELL IS FIFA 09???
…c’mon, one of the best sports games of recent times not even in the Top 50? This title will sell in excess of 10 million units when all is done and dusted, but doesn’t even rank a mention?
Really? Seriously? Is it not cool to include a so-called mass market game? Bangai-O Spirits (no disrespect Treasure) makes it and FIFA 09 doesn’t? Eurogamer – you are and always will be one of my favorite gaming web-sites, but you were waaaay offside on this one.
UPDATE: Eurogamer editor Tom Bramwell has responded to Moore’s criticism.