History. Electronic Arts, H. Potter and our site

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Electronic Arts is an American corporation that creates and distributes video games. It was founded on May 28, 1982.

The lovers of the world of H. Potter are known as the creator and temporary distributor of computer games that were released to the release of the same films. The exception was: Quidditch simulator «H. Potter: Quidditch World Cup» and «H. Potter: Mastering Magic» (for mobile devices).

Released games:

  1. H. Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
  2. H. Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  3. H. Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  4. H. Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  5. H. Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  6. H. Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  7. H. Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Part 1
  8. H. Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Part 2
  9. H. Potter: Quidditch World Cup
  10. H. Potter: Mastering Magic

 

The site has changed its structure and domain names several times.

hpgames.ea.com. Appeared tentatively in 2002, disappeared in the autumn of 2006. Since 2009, the domain name leads to a website that has nothing to do with H. Potter. The subdomain was completely dedicated to the game «H. Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone». The site was a flash-application and sometimes made a terrible squeak.

Site of the Philosopher's Stone

harrypotter.ea.com. This domain name was retained for the site until its closure. Below you can see what the updated version of the site of the Philosopher’s Stone looked like, using a new domain name.

New site of the Philosopher's Stone

Beginning with the «Chamber of Secrets», it contained graphic links to game sub-sites. So in 2002 there was a stylized menu of language selection for the site of the Secret Chamber. Until the summer of 2003.

Approximately from July 2003 the site was dedicated to the «Quidditch World Cup». Approximately at the same time, a subsite of this game appeared (folder quidditch). Since before the release of the game there were about six months, then on the site of the game there were general information. On the main site — an invitation to visit the sites already released games.

Approximately in November-December of the same year, after the game was released, another version of the game site appeared on the server: this time it was more complete — short descriptions of the teams were added, an opportunity to download thematic pictures. The new folder was named quidditch_game.

Site of the Quidditch World Cup

In the spring of 2004 the site is again being transformed — it is preparing for the release of the «Prisoner of Azkaban». At the same time, all links to already released games are also available. But here the link of the site «Philosopher’s Stone» is already on a new subsite, located at harrypotter.ea.com/hpgames2. The emphasis is on the recently released updated version of the game, available only on modern set-top boxes to the TV. A folder for the site of the «Prisoner of Azkaban» was created on the server: hppoa.

In May 2005 the site again changed — it began to run the salamander and he reported on the upcoming game «Goblet of Fire». It was suggested to see 3 screenshots. In this case, the links to the sites-folders of previous games remained, but moved to the bottom of the page.

Site of the Goblet of Fire

In October 2005 the site changes: links to previous games are now located on the left and right, and in the center is a link image of the album cover that leads to the opened game site http: //harrypotter.ea. com / hpgof / Yes, a new folder appeared on the server ;-) The site became inaccessible in the autumn of 2007.

New site of the Goblet of Fire

In February 2007, the site again changed: now in the center is the upcoming game «Order of Phoenix». There was a subsite in the folder op. It was suggested to read the press release and see the screenshots.

Site of the Order of Phoenix

In June 2007 the main page of the site is the language selection menu, where for the first time the item «Russia» appears — the Russian version of the site has appeared. The site is completely translated into Flash technology, so it did not stay in the cache of search engines. Like his followers. Links to previous games are no more. Now the site files are located directly in the root directory. It became the site of one game. Soon the servers of EA will lose the sites of previous games.

Site of the Order of Phoenix

In August 2008, the site had another page with a list of countries: the site switched to the upcoming «Half-Blood Prince» game, which was being prepared for release, but only a year later.

Since June 2, 2010 the site has been redesigned for a new game — «DH. Part 1», which will be released in November 2010. On the same day, we received a letter with a proposal to cooperate. Below is the top of the site pages.

Site of the Deathly Hallows. Part 1

End of June 2010. The site again appeared subfolders: each language version got its own. The Russian version was located at: harrypotter.ea.com/RU/ . On November 21, we held a contest, the winners of which received license keys for this game — for free download and activation in the EA corporate service.

Fall 2010-Winter 2011. After the release of part 1 of the game, the EA leadership was thinking about whether to do the second part after a huge number of negative feedback from users. As a result, the game is still done.

Closer by the summer of 2011 the site was redone again — now it applied to both parts of the game, although part of the materials on the first part became unavailable. We managed to reconstruct the appearance of most of the English version of the site.

Site of the Deathly Hallows. Part 2

On July 24, 2011, we held a competition, as the prizes were given license keys to this game.

Already from August 2011 in EA, the destruction of everything that was connected with H. Potter was in full swing. The site at the same time stopped updating and in this form stood until the end of 2012.

January 1, 2013. The end of the contract between Warner Bros and Electronic Arts: all those who entered the game site are redirected to ea.com. Service Origin no longer finds games about H. Potter. EA is no longer associated with H. Potter.

Since 2014, the site leads to the login page on a third-party site that has nothing to do with H. Potter.

 

Dysfunctions for users

This organization is also famous for the fact that after a while it forgets about its games, stopping any support: from the possibility to buy a legal copy of the game before receiving any information about it.

  • It is interesting that for all the games of the series the only site was used — harrypotter.ea.com. First on it you could find materials about the game «H. Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone» (2001), then the data about this game was replaced with the data on the next. After a certain time, the site disappeared altogether.
  • As the site moved to new games, additional opportunities were lost. For example, after the passage of the game «H. Potter and the Half-Blood Prince» for one of the consoles, the site could enter the game issued by the game and receive a symbolic prize. A trifle, but nice. But this opportunity was removed when preparing materials for the next game.
  • At the end of 2011, the infrastructure of the company dealing with H. Potter games was disbanded. As a result, the public relations department (on the topic «H. Potter») was not available to us, all official channels were removed from Youtube, which made a lot of links leading to nowhere on our and many other sites. An example on our website (in Russian)
  • January 1, 2013 ended the contract with Warner Bros. As a result, the goods in the form of games «H. Potter and the Deathly Hallows» and «H. Potter and the Order of the Phoenix» disappeared from the Electronic Arts store. Now fans of the H. Potter games are forced to use only pirated copies, which contradicts the legislation of many countries of the world. But the rightholders do not want to go to meet the fans. See news about this (in Russian) .
  • Some time after the last game was released, the application «Augmented Reality» , which allowed using the web-cameras get on the screen a three-dimensional scene with Harry and/or Voldemort. As it turned out, the lock is embedded in the application’s code — as soon as the current date reached a certain value — the application stopped working. Therefore, to play with this application, you need to configure the computer system clock for 2011, which, unfortunately, leads to disruptions in the work of antiviruses, communication programs and others actively using the system clock and calendar.

 

Our «friendship»

From June 2010 to August 2011 our website helped EA spread information about the last two games about H. Potter. As a result, our visitors received the latest news about these games, and after their release in November 2010 and July 2011, several license keys were played out with the help of our contests: first (in Russian) and second (in Russian). «Friendship» disappeared after the fall of 2011, Electronic Arts disbanded their studio, developing games about H. Potter and we have with them disappeared common interests.

 

Sources:

  1. Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  2. Web archive of the Internet.
  3. Memories of Professor Alexms69

 


Nostalgic and working with archives: Professor Alexms69

Reviewer: Professor Setebos


 

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