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My life as a care-giver just got tougher - red card to EA Sports!

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This is a rant.

I am one of 70,000 or more thoroughly disgruntled fans of EA Sports’ Fifa Online Beta, which was a multi-player online football (soccer) game.

What I discovered when I first tried it (to my joy) was that it was entirely mouse controlled and, having a disabled child with very restricted mobility, I’d finally found a game which he could not only use, but which he could actually beat me at.

In their infinite wisdom EA Sports have decided to end the Beta trial. Great, no problem, where can I pay my money to play the final release? Uh? There IS NO final release?

As I write this Georgi just thinks there’s a problem with the server and that he’ll be able to play his favourite game of all time tomorrow. Really - he has little else in his life which he can do to while away the hours.

He spends most of his life in the same chair in the same room and Fifa Online was a godsend - here was something he could not only play on his own but which he could actually BEAT ME AT, genuinely - no “letting him win” or anything like that. It brought great joy and sense of achievement to Georgi and great relief for my wife and myself - because care-giving is a really tough thing to do, at the best of times.

I wrote an email to the BBC Click programme (a computer show which is where I first heard about the game) and asked if they could raise the question of why EA stopped the beta trial so abruptly, and without any consideration to their many thousands of users. All we got was a “thank you for all your feedback - don’t call us, we’ll call you” posting on their forum:

http://forum.ea.com/ … sts/list/436005.page

From what I can tell they’ve provided no more information since that message and people are crying out for the game to be reinstated. Ok, so they never made any money out of the beta but they built up a HUGE following and could have converted A LOT of those to paying customers if they wanted. Why not simply say that the Beta was coming to an end and call it version 1 (and ask for some money). I would certainly like to pay them some money to keep our little boy occupied.

http://www.collents.eu/georgi

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Support our caregiving

Support our caregiving

If you found anything on this site of use, interesting, or even mildly amusing then please consider dropping a few pennies in the jar to help us to take care of our disabled son who contracted encephalitis in 2007 at the age of 6 and who is now confined to a wheelchair. He is getting bigger as his mother and I get older, imagine that, please. Every penny we collect goes towards his upkeep, and towards his future care requirements.

Thank you.