Dueling Fools

Dueling Fools

Arts to Arts
Electronic Arts Price (10/19/99): $66 7/16

October 20, 1999

Game on! If you have ever taken in a video game -- say some John Madden inspired gridiron action or a little FIFA licensed soccer -- you are probably familiar with Electronic Arts (Nasdaq: ERTS).

This week, we're handing out a pair of joysticks and a bull and a bear are locked in combat. David Marino-Nachison (TMF Braden) thinks the company packs an amazing punch while Rick Aristotle Munarriz (TMF Edible) is going for the ear.

Who will emerge victorious? Ultimately the game is yours to decide with your ringside vote. When you're done you might also want to take a look back at our gender-specific investing bout in this week's Duel Flashback.

You Get to Vote!

Once you've read the arguments and the rebuttals, it's your time to cast your vote. We'll tabulate results each week and revisit them from time to time to see whether you were right! As always, we invite you to join us in the Dueling Fools Message board to continue the duel.

[Any suggestions, comments, praise, or flames, please send them along to the Dueling Fools Team.]

The Bull...
Tiger Woods, check. Julie Foudy, check. Michael Jordan, check. This isn't next week's issue of Sports Illustrated magazine I'm talking about. This is about video games, folks, a rapidly growing, multibillion dollar industry, so let's plug in and start swinging away.
The Bear...
EA is now the bloated has-been, the glory days storyteller skimming stones and skipping heartbeats brookside. When the company tries to go one-on-one with the edgier software houses like "Tomb Raider" maven Eidos (Nasdaq: EIDSY), it gets stuffed.

Results for last week's GM Duel

Answer Percentage
I can't make up my mind


TMF Parlay's Bull argument


TMF Gibson Bear argument


They were both excellent


They were both lame