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EA Repeats As 'Worst Company In America'

Soulskill posted about a year and a half ago | from the show-what-our-priorities-are-at-least dept.

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An anonymous reader writes "Electronic Arts has successfully defended its title as the 'Worst Company In America.' Consumerist finished its annual tournament for bad companies, pitting notorious companies against each other in a single-elimination bracket where readers vote on which is worse. EA won last year, and today Consumerist announced the results of this year's final vote. EA was voted worse than Bank of America by 78% of participants. 'A made a royal mess of the SimCity release by failing to foresee that the people who would buy the game — and who would, per the game's design, be required to connect to the EA servers — might actually want to play at some point in the week after making their purchase. But that's just the latest in EA's long history of annoying its customer base with bad support.' Of course, EA saw this coming, and its CEO pre-emptively responded last Friday. Of course, many of his explanations and promises rang hollow for gamers who are sick of the company's practices: 'Until EA stops sucking the blood out of games in order to make uninspiring sequels, or at least until they begin caring about how much gamers hate their lack of respect for our money and intelligence, this is going to continue. We don't hate them because we're homophobes, we hate them because they destroy companies we love. We hate them because they release poor games. We hate them because they claim our hate doesn't matter as long as we give them our money.'"

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Simple (5, Insightful)

Locke2005 (849178) | about a year and a half ago | (#43404723)

Your hate doesn't matter as long as you keep giving them your money. Here's an idea: stop giving them your money!!!

Re:Simple (4, Insightful)

tatman (1076111) | about a year and a half ago | (#43404823)

mod this up.

Re:Simple (5, Insightful)

eksith (2776419) | about a year and a half ago | (#43404847)

Rephrase: Better to be rich than loved

If people showed their disapproval with money rather than vitriol on social media, EA would have been a completely different company... or out of business.

Re:Simple (4, Insightful)

PRMan (959735) | about a year and a half ago | (#43405323)

I often tell my kids, "I can only vote with my dollars."

One day, my 13-year-old responded, "But dad, if everyone did that, they would go out of business. So why don't they?"

Exactly.

Re:Simple (1)

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo (1000167) | about a year and a half ago | (#43405363)

To paraphrase Homer Simpson: To be loved you have to be nice to people...all the time! To be hated you don't have to do squat.

Re:Simple (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43404945)

Your hate doesn't matter as long as you keep giving them your money. Here's an idea: stop giving them your money!!!

1. I haven't bought an EA game in years.
2. If everyone follows my example, they won't change their policies, they'll blame it on piracy.

Re:Simple (4, Insightful)

eksith (2776419) | about a year and a half ago | (#43405019)

I'm not so sure about #2. There are now quantitative (though, not comprehensive) ways of measuring piracy these days. Researchers would debunk a claim like that in short order, I think.

But I'm pretty sure if EA keeps going the same direction, #1 will be followed by more and more people. Likewise, I feel indie studios/developers will be getting more exposure.

They won't measure piracy. (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43405145)

Why on earth would they go out and measure what rate of piracy they are getting? The only thing that can happen AT BEST is that their assertions are borne out. Most likely, their figures will be shown to be wildly inaccurate. And therefore they won't be able to get aid to the level they demand.

So they won't look.

Re:Simple (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43405155)

If everyone followed your example, they would have no policy to change, since they would cease to exist very quickly. But keep up the defeatist attitude, they love that stuff.

Re:Simple (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43404955)

This, 1,000,000 times over. If you hate them so much, stop buying in to their business practices. It's capitalism at its finest.

Re:Simple (1)

j00r0m4nc3r (959816) | about a year and a half ago | (#43404987)

You may not realize this, but the vast majority of the population doesn't read gamer blogs or Slashdot daily, if ever. Ideas like this take time to pervade society...

Re:Simple (4, Insightful)

Merk42 (1906718) | about a year and a half ago | (#43405047)

GPs point isn't that people are ignorant of the reasons to dislike EA, it's that they come out and say they dislike them by voting in the "Worst Company in America", but don't act as if they dislike them by not buying their games.

Re:Simple (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43405067)

And, to tie this thread together:

You may not realize this, but the vast majority of the population doesn't read gamer blogs or Slashdot daily, if ever. Ideas like this take time to pervade society...

If people showed their disapproval with money rather than vitriol on social media, EA would have been a completely different company... or out of business.

So, it would seem to be perfectly possible for people to show their disapproval by not making the purchases AS WELL AS vitriol on social media, which might make the slow gradual descent of the EA plane into the ocean more resemble a jet fighter dumping all of its fuel, then the pilot putting the plane into a nosedive.

Re:Simple (4, Insightful)

TWiTfan (2887093) | about a year and a half ago | (#43405035)

No only that, but it seems like everyone is either selling their company to them or working for them. I realize that companies go under and people need work, but if they end up owning all the decent IP, there is going to be nowhere else to turn BUT to buy from EA.

Re:Simple (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43405151)

You'll always have Activision!

Re:Simple (1, Informative)

interkin3tic (1469267) | about a year and a half ago | (#43405081)

You present that idea as if it hasn't been around about EA for years. It's done nothing.

The gaming market is largely children or teenagers who are too young to know they deserve better. They're the ones throwing $60 at whatever game their friends are playing as soon as it hits, and they're the ones who will buy the rest of the game in DLC if they have any money left. Consumer action that excludes them is never going to cause EA to change: they're way too profitable. Consumer action that DOES include them... doesn't happen because again, they have no patience and don't know they can demand better.

And, truth be told, I'm deeply skeptical that any demographic really "votes with their wallet" with their own interests in mind.

Re:Simple (2, Insightful)

Hatta (162192) | about a year and a half ago | (#43405361)

The gaming market is largely children or teenagers who are too young to know they deserve better.

The age of the average gamer is 30.

They're the ones throwing $60 at whatever game their friends are playing as soon as it hits

How do you figure that children have more disposable income than adults?

I agree with the rest of your analysis. I just blame adults who don't know any better instead of children who don't know any better.

Re:Simple (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43405117)

They'll just blame "lost sales" on piracy, as they've been doing in the past.

Re:Simple (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43405229)

Better idea - spend the same money with a different company that has better value for customers and employees. 3d Realms was a good one, but they didn't produce after Duke 3d.

Re:Simple (2)

Whatsmynickname (557867) | about a year and a half ago | (#43405239)

Here's the problem with this capitalistic idea. For every person who uses logic and reason and does not buy a (multi-player) game because it's not supported well, there are at least nine people standing behind him with cash already pulled out of their wallet ready to buy the game. Why? Because they want to play with their buddies, and all their buddies (especially the alpha ones) all are on-line playing that game. So in spite of all the game's and company's flaws, all logic and reason goes out the window, the game is purchased over and over and capitalism falls apart.

This strategy has worked wonders for the Xbox 360. I've seen people who's Xbox die over and over go out and buy a brand new console so they can continue to play Call of Duty with their friends, because the social aspect of the game is the most important thing to them

Re:Simple (1)

ChronoFish (948067) | about a year and a half ago | (#43405261)

No fricken duh.

Stop the bitching, moaning and complaining. Vote with your dollars or buck up.

-CF

Re:Simple (1)

Phreakiture (547094) | about a year and a half ago | (#43405335)

I, for one, haven't given them money since their logo consisted of a cube, a sphere and a tetrahedron and the software ran on 6510s.

EA is right about one thing, though (4, Insightful)

Applekid (993327) | about a year and a half ago | (#43404737)

They're right about claiming our hate doesn't matter as long as they get money.

Because for whatever reason, people still keep buying EA software no matter how buggy, no matter how user hostile, no matter how demeaning, no matter what the price.

I think it's just proof positive that the majority of gamers are, at heart, masochists searching for a sadist.

Re:EA is right about one thing, though (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43404949)

It is a hate of the publisher and their methods of business, not the developer that has to manage as well as they can.

Re:EA is right about one thing, though (1)

davidbrit2 (775091) | about a year and a half ago | (#43405095)

Or rather, addicts looking for a dealer.

Re:EA is right about one thing, though (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43405173)

Or, just really dumb.

Re:EA is right about one thing, though (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43405191)

Nahh... He had it right the first time...

Re:EA is right about one thing, though (5, Insightful)

Hentes (2461350) | about a year and a half ago | (#43405199)

The majority of gamers are fanboys reluctant to part with their favourite series of games. EA owns many titles that were once good.

Re:EA is right about one thing, though (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43405223)

>I think it's just proof positive that the majority of gamers are, at heart, masochists searching for a sadist.

Are you fucking nuts? It's proof positive butthurt gamers rather upvote EA as worst company than any of the major banks that cost tax payers billions.

Re:EA is right about one thing, though (1)

Dorianny (1847922) | about a year and a half ago | (#43405271)

The CEO of EA just get fired because of EA's poor performance. It seems that people will not keep buying EA software no matter what, after all!

FIRST (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43404743)

MWAHAHAHA EA SUX

Re:FIRST (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43404863)

They may suck, but they aren't evicting people or profiting off of an economic downturn that they engineered. That people consider EA worse than the banks is disappointing.

Re:FIRST (1)

amiga3D (567632) | about a year and a half ago | (#43405197)

Especially Bank of America. I loathe them. Everytime I drive past one I roll down the window and spit at it. They are the lowest of the low, the scummiest of the scummy, the filthiest of the filthy.

Sadly, it doesn't matter... (5, Insightful)

Stormwatch (703920) | about a year and a half ago | (#43404745)

We hate them because they claim our hate doesn't matter as long as we give them our money.

Guess what: it doesn't, because tons of idiots keep buying EA's DRM-laden excrement.

Re:Sadly, it doesn't matter... (2)

PhxBlue (562201) | about a year and a half ago | (#43404907)

I suspect casual gamers and SimCity fans thought EA was up to the task of making the newest SimCity work. But folks who saw Blizzard struggle with the Diablo 3 launch saw the epic fail coming from a mile (or two SimCity maps) away.

good ol' EA (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43404757)

time for damage control

so, don't buy the games (4, Insightful)

alen (225700) | about a year and a half ago | (#43404769)

i haven't bought or pirated a big publisher game in at least a year

if you give them money then all they hear is "Thank you sir, may i have another?"

Re:so, don't buy the games (1)

frootcakeuk (638517) | about a year and a half ago | (#43405023)

"See? It has already forgotten that I have already given it change. It just wants more change"

Re:so, don't buy the games (4, Informative)

Sarten-X (1102295) | about a year and a half ago | (#43405209)

I've bought probably a dozen big-publisher games over the past two years... but often through GOG [gog.com] , which I can't praise highly enough, even though I risk sounding like a shill.

I don't know what kind of arrangement GOG has with the copyright holders, but their offerings are DRM-free*, unlimited in downloads, and cheap to boot. No, they don't have the latest greatest AAA titles, but they do have games that are fun, and once upon a time, they were big-name games, too. Even if half my purchase profits EA or another psychotic game baron, I'm glad to know that they see the purchase coming through GOG, in the hopes that some data-mining lackey in the hidden lair of evil game companies notices that a more liberal sales model is performing slightly better.

*I recall seeing a few listings that said the game included its original DRM but came with a fix to disable/bypass it. I also wouldn't be surprised to see a few of the old "find this word in the manual" prompts, but GOG usually includes the game manuals. Of course I can't find any such listings on demand.

Sense of proportion (5, Insightful)

blarkon (1712194) | about a year and a half ago | (#43404785)

Gotta love sense of proportion. You've got companies like Monsanto and Academi (formerly Blackwater) and a raft of multinationals polluting and doing bad stuff - but the one that causes the outrage? EA. You want to know why politicians don't bother fixing real problems? It's because people passionately believe that EA is the worst corporate citizen.

Re:Sense of proportion (4, Insightful)

Applekid (993327) | about a year and a half ago | (#43404855)

Gotta love sense of proportion. You've got companies like Monsanto and Academi (formerly Blackwater) and a raft of multinationals polluting and doing bad stuff - but the one that causes the outrage? EA.

Monsanto, Academi, and Polluting Multinational #32, Inc. don't market to the public. I would doubt the average person has never heard of any of the biggest offenders. Their customers probably like them a lot, and the problem is really that the government oversight is lacking or just plain looking the other way.

Of course, you could nominate them next year and see how they do.

Re:Sense of proportion (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43404913)

"Monsanto doesn't market to the public"

You do eat, right?

Re:Sense of proportion (1)

alen (225700) | about a year and a half ago | (#43404937)

yes i eat
and all the food i make at home has nothing from monsanto in it. no HFCS either

Re:Sense of proportion (1)

amicusNYCL (1538833) | about a year and a half ago | (#43404953)

Do you go grocery shopping at the Monsanto store? Do you order your food from monsanto.com?

Re:Sense of proportion (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43405083)

no, but tried to order some Agent Orange to take care of an excessive foliage problem.

Re:Sense of proportion (3, Insightful)

Applekid (993327) | about a year and a half ago | (#43405005)

"Monsanto doesn't market to the public"

You do eat, right?

I don't buy Monsanto products. I buy vegetables from a number of names of companies which may or may not use Monsanto products. They're not required to be labeled in my country as such, so aren't. Even if they were, I doubt they would have a big Monsanto logo on the back proudly proclaiming they provided the seeds, or the seeds that produced the vegetables used in my purchased soup, or the seeds that produced the grains that were fed to the animals that provided the meat for my burger.

Re:Sense of proportion (1, Troll)

alen (225700) | about a year and a half ago | (#43405183)

just buy food labeled as being non-gmo or something similar

Re:Sense of proportion (2)

femtobyte (710429) | about a year and a half ago | (#43405029)

When I go to the store, I don't see boxes of "Monsanto(tm) Corn Flakes (now with 30% more Bacillus thuringiensis toxin!)". Monsanto markets to the agribusiness end of production, not directly to the consumer. Aside from products specifically marketed on the basis of *not* being made with whatever crap Monsanto is pushing, consumers are unlikely to see labeling and make purchasing decisions based on Monsanto's branding/marketing/labeling.

Re:Sense of proportion (2)

jedidiah (1196) | about a year and a half ago | (#43405075)

Don't be an ignorant git.

If you don't buy seeds or herbicide then you aren't a customer. You aren't even a customer of the farmer that uses the seed or herbicide. You're several levels removed.

Without the Internet, you would likely not even know who they were.

Re:Sense of proportion (2)

Dracos (107777) | about a year and a half ago | (#43405115)

Lack of proportion and perspective. The "worst company in America" dishonor belongs to Monsanto, there shouldn't even be a contest.

Re:Sense of proportion (4, Insightful)

jedidiah (1196) | about a year and a half ago | (#43404861)

Unfortunately, Monsanto and Blackwater weren't in the tournament.

The site is called CONSUMERIST. So, you know it's going to be about CONSUMER concerns. It's not going to be a sounding board for every random Chomsky wannabe.

Re:Sense of proportion (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43404995)

Site says "What did EA do (or not do) that it managed to achieve what none of the previous WCIA champs — Comcast, AIG, BP, Halliburton, RIAA, Countrywide — have ever been able to?"

The mention of Halliburton makes me think it could include any kind of company -- I don't tend to think of them as a consumer company.

Re:Sense of proportion (2)

jedidiah (1196) | about a year and a half ago | (#43405099)

EA is an industry stifling behemoth much like any of the companies you named.

A couple of those other companies also qualify as "mere entertainment".

Re:Sense of proportion (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43405201)

Unfortunately, Monsanto and Blackwater weren't in the tournament.

The site is called CONSUMERIST. So, you know it's going to be about CONSUMER concerns. It's not going to be a sounding board for every random Chomsky wannabe.

By that reasoning, there should be at least one weapons manufacturer on the list. Unless you somehow want to make the case that major gun makers are better corporate citizens than every other company in the competition, and that American consumers do not purchase firearms?

Re:Sense of proportion (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43405025)

This is all about breadth of hate, not depth. A large number of people have been screwed over by EA. It wasn't a huge amount of money, but it was enough to cause enduring hatred. Comparatively, fewer people have been screwed by Bank of America, but they've been screwed in much bigger ways.

This voting doesn't take into account the amount of hate, just which you hate more in each matchup. EA wins by the sheer number of people they've pissed off.

sad, really (5, Insightful)

MickyTheIdiot (1032226) | about a year and a half ago | (#43404793)

EA does suck. They did screw up SimCity in a big way. But they won because gamers are loud, not because they are the worst.

As another forum (I can't remember which now) pointed out, they were up against a company that has foreclosed on houses they don't even hold the note on.

EA screwed up a game. BoA has destroyed lives.

Re:sad, really (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43404925)

EA does suck. They did screw up SimCity in a big way. But they won because gamers are loud, not because they are the worst.

As another forum (I can't remember which now) pointed out, they were up against a company that has foreclosed on houses they don't even hold the note on.

EA screwed up a game. BoA has destroyed lives.

BoA already got the award the year before last. Since then, they've been stopped from pulling that shit. I mean, if all time is accepted, perhaps Standard Oil should be on that list.

In other words, what have you done lately? It's a yearly designation.

Re:sad, really (1)

amicusNYCL (1538833) | about a year and a half ago | (#43404991)

It's not about EA screwing up a single game. It's about EA's entire corporate attitude towards its competitors that it buys up, and towards its customers. BofA obviously has several bad practices going on as well, but the hate that people direct towards EA is not based on their disappointment with a single game, it's based on their disapproval of the entire way that EA runs itself.

Re:sad, really (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43405267)

> It's about EA's entire corporate attitude towards its competitors that it buys up

Oh you mean companies like Bullfrog, Westwood and Origin Systems? Those were private companies that took a huuuge wad of money from EA and run. EA can't just "buy" competition if it's private.

Re:sad, really (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43405317)

It's not about EA screwing up a single game. It's about EA's entire corporate attitude towards its competitors that it buys up, and towards its customers. BofA obviously has several bad practices going on as well, but the hate that people direct towards EA is not based on their disappointment with a single game, it's based on their disapproval of the entire way that EA runs itself.

...when they make GAMES. When all they do is MAKE GAMES. In their own tiny, tiny international market, they're terrible. And only in that market. They're highly influential in the GAME market, they treat GAME DEVELOPERS like shit, they run GAMES into the ground, they screw up GAMES, and they suck to GAMERS.

BoA is a bank. They fuck up people's livelihoods, homes, investments, etc, etc, even if they've never touched a video game in their lives. Those shitty interest rates? BoA's fault. Foreclosing on mortgages they knew were bogus to begin with? BoA's fault. Using connections to mess with international trade for their own benefit? BoA's fault. BoA will screw up EVERYTHING — real-world shit, too, not your damn DLC — from shelter to food to clothing to trade to, oh look, GAMES. Game companies deal with money, too.

EA, on the other hand, are entertainers. They don't even have the clout of the **AA. A bunch of noisy fucking spoiled gamers are all butthurt because they've been conditioned to waste money on a luxury based on the pretty pictures and a name. That's why EA was voted the worst company. Not because they actually are. When EA screws you over, you have a substandard luxury that you can trivially ditch and go with someone else. When BoA screws you over, you don't have a home or money to get a home .

Now, if this were about the worst GAME COMPANY in the world...

Re:sad, really (1)

Jiro (131519) | about a year and a half ago | (#43405283)

I don't know about that. How do you compare companies that do drastically different things, but also do them to drastically different numbers of people?

Taking someone's home is clearly at least ten thousand times as worse as DRMing a game. But there are also probably over ten thousand times as many victims for the latter.

It's like the argument that we pay actors millions of dollars and we pay teachers a pittance. Well, teaching is more important than entertainment--if you're teaching one person and entertaining one person. But you can entertain millions of people at a time, and things that are much less important taken one at a time are multiplied by millions.

There has to be some point at which inconveniencing tens of millions of people is worse than causing serious harm to a much smaller number.

What bothers me the most, perhaps, (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43404813)

is how much EA almost seems to see this as some kind of "achievement". There are staff there who honestly don't see the "dubious" part of "dubious honor". It's like they take pride in the fact that they screw over their paying customers.

Re:What bothers me the most, perhaps, (1)

Endo13 (1000782) | about a year and a half ago | (#43405213)

And as long as their shitty business practices keep them the most profitable video game company in the world, why shouldn't they?

Personally I've been waiting for the masses to discover that EA has been getting more and more shitty for over a decade. Still waiting. I guess that's why the term "sheeple" exists.

Don't we? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43404831)

... We don't hate them because we're homophobes...

Speak for yourself...

Utopia (5, Insightful)

blarkon (1712194) | about a year and a half ago | (#43404875)

Oh that we live in such a utopia where the thing that outrages the populace the most about the totality of American corporate behavior is the inclusion of always-on DRM in SimCity.

Misdirected criticism. (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43404893)

Why blame EA? It's not like they're selling food or water.... they're pretty much selling crack.

As far as I'm concerned, 100% of the blame lies with gamers who still choose to give money to EA.

Re:Misdirected criticism. (1)

frootcakeuk (638517) | about a year and a half ago | (#43405031)

Bad crack at that!

wow (2)

geekoid (135745) | about a year and a half ago | (#43404901)

"We don't hate them because we're homophobes, "
wait, what?

"We hate them because they claim our hate doesn't matter as long as we give them our money.'
And they are correct. If you claim to hate them, but then play their games, then you are either a hypocrite, or need to look you the word 'hate'.

Re:wow (2)

a_big_favor (2550262) | about a year and a half ago | (#43404963)

"We don't hate them because we're homophobes, " wait, what?

"We hate them because they claim our hate doesn't matter as long as we give them our money.' And they are correct. If you claim to hate them, but then play their games, then you are either a hypocrite, or need to look you the word 'hate'.

Penny Arcade is commenting on EA claiming that one demographic that voted them the worst company was homophobes.

Re:wow (1)

the_other_chewey (1119125) | about a year and a half ago | (#43404971)

"We don't hate them because we're homophobes, "
wait, what?

Yeah, that is completelty without context, and totally stupid.
Unless of course EA is somehow particularly gay - which I'm
pretty sure it is not, not even in the old meaning of the word.

Re:wow (5, Informative)

geminidomino (614729) | about a year and a half ago | (#43405109)

It's not stupid, you're just ignorant. Try reading the links, and you'll see EA's self-congratulatory bullshit claiming they're being "targeted" by anti-gay bigots because they refuse to stop players from making gay characters in games.

Re:wow (2)

lord_mike (567148) | about a year and a half ago | (#43404975)

"We don't hate them because we're homophobes, "
wait, what?

EA was claiming that they got a lot of negative votes from people upset with their use of same sex characters in some of their games.

Re:wow (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43405215)

Good luck putting women into Madden.

Tagline (0, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43404933)

EA GAMES - we fuckup everything

Thats what i hear every time i start an ea game... not challenge everything.. nope. we fuckup everything. including this game you are restarting because it crashed as it was rushed out and will still need 5 patches before its stable. And we're only going to do 4 patches and then drop support for this game... Why? because fuck you thats why! Stupid customers..

Oh but i'm sure they're not the worst company in america.. Just the worst company in america as voted by internet peoples. Which is still pretty bad..

Downright pathetic for a 2 time winner too.

But hey.. that's what you get when you have spent a DECADE pissing off your customers... you know... the people who at one point paid you money.. and who you have taught over and over NOT to do that...

Fuck you EA games. You turn everything to shit. Even goldmines like simcity. People are STILL playing the decade old version today. Will they be playing the newest version 10 years from now? NOPE! #1 because it sucks balls. #2 because it won't work as it has that online drm shit.

I still don't get how the hell they fucked up simcity... they had the code for sc4... they had the best place to start from. they have all the mods and expansions put out by players to draw ideas on. And yet they fucked it up top to bottom. That takes serious fuckup skills.

Re:Tagline (1)

Issarlk (1429361) | about a year and a half ago | (#43405103)

They just looked a Sid Meyer's Railroads for inspiration.

Re:Tagline (1)

Endo13 (1000782) | about a year and a half ago | (#43405345)

Thats what i hear every time i start an ea game...

every time i start an ea game...

So don't. Duh?

Worst Company? Seriously? (1, Interesting)

XxtraLarGe (551297) | about a year and a half ago | (#43404941)

Sure, EA screwed the pooch on the SimCity release, but at least they aren't on the government lobbyist gravy train like AMD, Bank of America, Goldman Sachs, Monsanto, etc. These companies use the government to screw over the public. At least with EA you have the choice to not buy their products. With the others, you're paying for their products whether you use them or not, either in the form of subsidies or flat-out money grabs.

Re:Worst Company? Seriously? (1)

omi5cron (1455851) | about a year and a half ago | (#43405089)

ADM , not AMD i hope. i LIKE AMD!! not a fan of ADM, i admit.

Re:Worst Company? Seriously? (2)

XxtraLarGe (551297) | about a year and a half ago | (#43405219)

Yes, sorry. I typed that in haste, was definitely referring to Arch Daniels Midland (ADM), not Advanced Micro Devices (AMD).

Re:Worst Company? Seriously? (2)

Merk42 (1906718) | about a year and a half ago | (#43405113)

Worst consumer company. Of the four you listed, only one, Bank of America, was even in the brackets. It did come in second to EA. I didn't vote and I'm not a consumer of either EA or Bank of America, but what has Bank of America done in the past year? I'm not saying they are innocent, I just honestly don't know since I'm not a customer.

Re:Worst Company? Seriously? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43405351)

Heh... BofA is really NationsBank in drag. They fuck their customers over repeatedly and often, using acid-soaked 50-grit for lube. They were one of the ones that lost hard to the tricks of depositing checks in amount order instead of presentation order so they could garner more overdraft fees that way. They are also notorious for violations of Regulation CC. And their customer dis service is one of the finest there is- Despair, Inc. use them as notable examples of it regularly.

Ah, but they're a low piker compared to Wells Fargo on those scores. I'm surprised they haven't graced this list in recent times. Tax fraud (filing 1099-C's on uncollectable (as in four years past reporting and another 3 additional years past the SOL allowed by the state) debt that's uncollectable for a solid seven past when they should've filed the debt...this is right after GE Money Bank sold them the debt apparently four to five years ago.) and the same fun and games that BofA/NationsBank do with deposits on a larger scale- WHILE they're still in a class-action suit that everyone else has either lost or immediately settled years back. Oh, and they violate the FDCPA, FCRA, and the TCPA on a regular basis.

To be sure, there's more, but, heh...I've not the time or inclination to enumerate all of it. Let's just suffice it to say that BofA's richly deserving of this dubious win they've got here.

Command and Conquer .. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43404959)

Was a big fan of command and conquer till they shit on the whole franchise with a crappy Red Alert release and they ended the Tiberian Sun series with the worst game of all Tiberium twilight. Even went as far to write a note to their VP.

Westwood studios would be turning in its grave.

Not a SINGLE penny more.

Re:Command and Conquer .. (1)

Westwood0720 (2688917) | about a year and a half ago | (#43405079)

Westwood studios would be turning in its grave.

Not a SINGLE penny more.

I hear yea. I started off on Dune II on Windows 3.1. In fact, I go by the handle Westwood in all my games.

Re:Command and Conquer .. (1)

Hsien-Ko (1090623) | about a year and a half ago | (#43405235)

I started off on Dune II on Windows 3.1.

That release is DOS only

Re:Command and Conquer .. (3, Interesting)

jedidiah (1196) | about a year and a half ago | (#43405179)

The core team from Westwood never left. They formed their own studio afterwards and continued to make RTS games.

Perhaps that's what everyone needs to do. Track down the old talent. See where they are hiding. Buy those games instead.

And Slashdot repeats and repeats (0)

Attila Dimedici (1036002) | about a year and a half ago | (#43404993)

Now, we have the story about EA being ranked as the worst company in America....four days after having a story about EA's response to being ranked the worst company in America (and both were posted by Soulskill). http://games.slashdot.org/story/13/04/05/2131219/ea-responds-to-its-appearance-in-the-worst-company-in-america-poll [slashdot.org]

Re:And Slashdot repeats and repeats (1)

colesw (951825) | about a year and a half ago | (#43405063)

Except the first story was about being in the finals on the poll, this one is about 'winning' the poll ...

The last one is true (2)

krtek (300869) | about a year and a half ago | (#43405037)

Your hate really does not matter as long as you keep giving them your money.

Debunking EA's spin (5, Interesting)

onyxruby (118189) | about a year and a half ago | (#43405041)

The consumerist has already debunked [consumerist.com] EA's attempt to spin this. The link should have been included with the story to prevent EA from blaming this on homophobes or people who didn't like the athlete on the jacket of one of their games.

Yet still... (1)

Westwood0720 (2688917) | about a year and a half ago | (#43405057)

...I'll end up ordering Battlefield 4. I need help. =[

I'm Done With EA (1)

organgtool (966989) | about a year and a half ago | (#43405077)

My indifference to EA stopped after I noticed that SSX required a code to play the game online, presumably killing its resale value. I've already boycotted Ubisoft and EA is the latest to join that list. There's just too many good games to play for me to give my money to companies that act like greedy dicks.

Re:I'm Done With EA (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43405333)

>My indifference to EA stopped after I noticed that SSX required a code to play the game online, presumably killing its resale value.

Oh you mean killing resale value like with every game ever bought from Steam?

I haven't bought an EA Game in ages. (1)

jzilla (256016) | about a year and a half ago | (#43405143)

EA makes games like laundry detergent. Every year they make a new box, slap a "10% more whitening power" sticker on it, and try to sell you the same shit game they sold you last year. I have time to play like 5% of the games out there nowdays, cause there are so many. I want to play a game that has something else to say than "Give me yo' fucking money". So I don't really avoid EA games because i hate EA, they do me a favor really and point out the shitty games i don't want to play by putting their name on them.

EA is a distraction against what we truly hate. (1)

TheRealRainFall (1464687) | about a year and a half ago | (#43405181)

"We don't know it, but we're doing it". Like how much of anti-semitism is actually a hatred of capital, hatred of EA is that same hatred of capital. If you hate EA, you likely hate the entire system, but have been conditioned in favor of the system because of the band-aids holding it together make it appear better than all other options.

Monsanto? Coca Cola? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43405187)

Why aren't companies like Monsanto, Coca Cola, Exxon etc. even mentioned? I'm curious how all the contenders were selected. Is this how massively brainwashed the average American is today, to whom what matters most is what computer games you can buy and how you're allowed to play them?

sage wisdom: if the movie stinks, Just Don't Go (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43405217)

If the game is published by EA or Activision, just dont buy it. Pirate, borrow from friend, or rent, but don't give the stockholders or executives of these companies one dime.

To those who say this will hurt developers well 1. the developers made their deal with the devil, and 2. the developers (the creative people who do the actual work) get paid their salary whether or not a corporate published game sells. Chances are the developers are fired anyway after the game goes gold. It is the executives, board members, and stockholders who are on the hook and I give no fucks whether the "investment class" gets a little more money.

There are so many options out there now, well deserving, dedicated, creative independent developers who just want to make games. Give them your money instead of soulless corporate goons.

Not title quality but business practices (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43405231)

I liked Warfighter and the Syndicate reboot. But the DRM on the PC side is poison.

Huh? (1)

Em Adespoton (792954) | about a year and a half ago | (#43405241)

They were voted "worst company" and everyone's getting hung up on their products. What about the other aspects? I've known a number of people who worked for them, and the stories have never been happy. I've also seen the impact they can have on the markets they "target". They're the Wal-mart or Pepsi/Coke of the gaming world... Let's not forget that and get distracted by what they actually produce. There's a lot of other negative impact they have on this world that would exist even if their games were wonderful every time.

Comments?

Quit the Bitching (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43405243)

It's about time the bitching about EA stops. To win such a prestigious award two years in a row, they must be doing something right!

Its their fault... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43405359)

If they dumped their crappy Origin requirement to play their games, I would buy games from them again.

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