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EA_Spouse Forum Becoming Thriving Community

Zonk posted more than 9 years ago | from the the-rant-that-launched-a-thousand-posts dept.

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An anonymous reader writes "Kotaku has a story about the EA_Spouse Live Journal, which has become its own community of sorts, fostering endless rumors and gossip about EA culture. The site has more than 3,500 replies to the original diatribe post and grows daily. The latest finds include a link to an NPR story on the whole EA fiasco (the NPR reporter trolled the board for interviews) and copies of the contracts for Senior Vice President of Human Resources Rusty Rueff and Executive Vice President and Chief Financial & Administration Officer Warren Jenson. When is a T-shirt coming out?"

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NPR Link (5, Informative)

plagioclase (454483) | more than 9 years ago | (#11043134)

Here's a link [npr.org] to the NPR story that was mentioned.

Re:NPR Link (1)

rev_sanchez (691443) | more than 9 years ago | (#11043794)

her live journal user entry: link [livejournal.com]

T-Shirt (3, Funny)

TychoCelchuuu (835690) | more than 9 years ago | (#11043208)

What would it say? My husband worked himself to death coding a physics engine and all I got was this lousy T-Shirt?

Re:T-Shirt (3, Funny)

GoofyBoy (44399) | more than 9 years ago | (#11043237)

"The third-world child who made this shirt are better off than my EA spouse."

Re:T-Shirt (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11043299)

My marriage is a public beta.

Call of Duty: Must go Gold Before Christmas Buying Season

EA SPORTS BIG: Extreme Coding 3

Re:T-Shirt (2, Funny)

FiloEleven (602040) | more than 9 years ago | (#11043441)

E.A. Spouse:
his job is lame

(hoping someone remembers the old EA Sports catchphrase)

Re:T-Shirt (4, Funny)

Alkaiser (114022) | more than 9 years ago | (#11043680)

EA Class-Action Lawsuits:

Challenge EVERYTHING.

(Yeah, I remember the old commercials. The first few back in '95 actually got me excited about sports games again.)

Re:T-Shirt (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11044172)

Screw the T-shirts, I can't wait to see the spam:

Horny, neglected EA wives are looking for hot stud action! They cr4v3 y0ur c0ck!!!!!111one111!

Re:T-Shirt (1)

AltaMannen (568693) | more than 9 years ago | (#11044607)

More like "My significant other that I share with EA in holy matrimony worked himself to death programming the title screen of an EA sports game"..

Working on a physics engine would be a lot more fun and they probably wouldn't try to kill you.

Re:T-Shirt (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11045517)

How about "My husband isn't smart enough to quit his lousy job"

Re:T-Shirt (1)

Alkaiser (114022) | more than 9 years ago | (#11045548)

Well, someone made it. Not very creative, though.

http://www.cafepress.com/eaemployee

Whiny bitches (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11051013)

What would it say?

How about:

"My husband makes over 85,000 a year, and I have nothing to do so I stay home and bitch because he has to work overtime. Maybe if he made less money I would have to work and wouldn't have time to whine like a 2$ whore".

That is what it should say, but I guess that is a bit long to be on a T-Shirt.

Leaked memo should kill this, right? (1)

jmhewitt (811760) | more than 9 years ago | (#11043331)

I thought that "leaked" internal memo previosly mentioned meant that EA was going to change all of this and pay overtime and allow normal work hours.

Re:Leaked memo should kill this, right? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11043586)

That's what they want you to think, yes.

Re:Leaked memo should kill this, right? (1)

abandonment (739466) | more than 9 years ago | (#11047912)

the memo said that EA was 'considering' changing policies which dictate which employees get overtime or not.

basically the memo was a 'stopgap' put out by the management to try and stop the obvious discontent that comes with having the entire world laugh at your company...let alone the internal discontent that the EA drones themselves must be feeling - those that are smart enough to care...

In other words, EA management are 'considering' changing the rules...which you can read to mean that they are waiting to see how long this discontent lasts.

In a few months if things just 'go away', then you can guess that there won't be any changes to their hiring and employment practices.

Re:Leaked memo should kill this, right? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11049447)

to try and stop the obvious discontent

"try to stop".

Re:Leaked memo should kill this, right? (1)

Starsmore (788910) | more than 9 years ago | (#11048422)

Yeah, what everyone else said.

The "leaked" memo was just HR placating the masses. I don't remember the exact wording of it (as I don't speak HRese) but it amount to "we will be reevaluating our policies and will be considering reclassifying some of our workers." Which probably translates to "some of you will be fired. And Probst gets a raise."

Also included in there was allusion that EA felt that the laws regarding overtime were 'outdated' and 'evil' and holding back their wonderful creative teams, but since they've been forced to do something, they'll make a bit of noise, blow up some smoke, and while no one is looking, run out the back.

Cry me a fucking river (-1, Troll)

DerWulf (782458) | more than 9 years ago | (#11043486)

If I read about this ho one more time, I will buy a ticket, fly to CA and punch her in the face. Often.

Don't you get it? You scare your husband away, you whiney broom. He doesn't care about you any more. He loves his work and hates you, this is why it's always 'crunch time' instead of 'getting yelled at while eating strange goo you try to pass off as food time' for him. That and the nice blond in managment that just gives excellent head.

No seriously now. I would work for EA, as long as I could live from it. That is called market pressure. Labour is not exempt from the law of supply and demand. Get the fuck over it.

Re:Cry me a fucking river (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11043528)

You can't work for EA because you are a dirty fucking limey.

PS. I figured that out from the way you misspelled "Labor."

Re:Cry me a fucking river (0, Offtopic)

DerWulf (782458) | more than 9 years ago | (#11043809)

PS. I figured that out from the way you misspelled "Labor."

Yeah, go tell the prime minister of britain that his party bought the wrong domain:
http://www.labour.org.uk/home [labour.org.uk]

Re:Cry me a fucking river (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11044847)

The prime minister of britain is also a dirty fucking limey.

PS. Dirty fucking limey.

Re:Cry me a fucking river (1)

DerWulf (782458) | more than 9 years ago | (#11044925)

actually, I'm one of zeee germans.

Moderation rules: if( today == today && currentPost.getPosterName().equals("DerWulf")){
currentPost.mod(-1);
}

Re:Cry me a fucking river (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11045374)

Ok then, goosestepping fascist kraut skinhead java programmer masquerading as a dirty fucking limey. That's low.

PS. I figured out the java part because your methods start lower case and you use "equals." Nazi scum.

Re:Cry me a fucking river (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11049855)

You pedantic fuck. Limey means a fucking British "person." If you don't know what you're talking about, shut the fuck up.

Re:Cry me a fucking river (-1, Flamebait)

DrSkwid (118965) | more than 9 years ago | (#11043675)


grade A arsehole

Re:Cry me a fucking river (1)

Alkaiser (114022) | more than 9 years ago | (#11043721)

Actually, some friends have the theory that EA Spouse is...a MAN, baby!

But that, still doesn't excuse how much of an ass you are. It's not just her that's complaining, there are several other people who are coming out named, and talking about how awful this company is.

Re:Cry me a fucking river (1)

DerWulf (782458) | more than 9 years ago | (#11043959)

Yeah, it eludes me what they are talking about though. I can accept it when someone quits and then complains about it, to 'warn' others. Those folks on the other hand just don't accept what it entails if you work a job that is a dream to plenty of talented young people across the world. Seriously, what is wrong with the world when people in prestigious positions, earning shitloads of money get to complain about 'exploitation' to a mass audience? I've seen EA compared to a sweatshop on numerous sites and that is outragious too. No matter what the conditions at EA are, it can't be a sweatshop because people that actually work in sweatshops are quite greatful that they can earn a living at all, instead of just starving.

Re:Cry me a fucking river (2)

Alkaiser (114022) | more than 9 years ago | (#11044079)

Here's the thing, they're comparing this job at EA to other jobs they've had in the industry that are that same dream for the talented youth you mention. The conditions there suck ass, and they're trying to warn the doe-eyed youth from being driven to the slaughter.

The people there have pointed out how EA is driving for a younger, more naive work force that they can suck the life out of for 2-5 years then jettison, like a disposable booster rocket. These aren't positions of prestige in any way, shape or form. When the people in the office look down on you, and you can't get out of the office to show people how cool you are...there is no prestige gained from all of it.

The sweatshop comparison IS outrageous, just as Latrell Sprewell's, "I gotta feed my family" comment was. So, excise the exaggeration from the articles you're reading, and look for the legitimate stuff. This isn't a story that should just die yet...change needs to made first.

Re:Cry me a fucking river (1)

DerWulf (782458) | more than 9 years ago | (#11044227)

So, basically EA pays less than other developers? Well, see, there is your solution.

I never bought the whole 'suck the life from the young'uns' line. Thing is, whatever job you take when you start your professional career you have to make up for your laking experience. This is often done through long hours or less money. Well, the market pays for experience. That is certainly not a big suprise. And, unless EA enters the business of selling human flesh, there is no way that they take something out of the young people. If you're in your twenties, you are very fit to work harder than what is average. Also, compare that seemingly sad tale to lawyers that have to spend truckloads of money before they can even start working and when they do, 80 hour weeks are commonplace until they actually become partners. I don't see many 'advocates_spouse' blogs, why is that?

I want argue about the prestige since that is obviously a question of taste. In my view it is, no matter how much they get out.

Re:Cry me a fucking river (1)

Changa_MC (827317) | more than 9 years ago | (#11044489)

80 hour weeks are commonplace until they actually become partners. I don't see many 'advocates_spouse' blogs, why is that? But who can drum up sympathy for lawyers? Programmers, OTOH, are people!

Re:Cry me a fucking river (1)

Alkaiser (114022) | more than 9 years ago | (#11044570)

Because lawyers keep quiet. But really, is there any reason to? Just because it's a standard in a completely different industry doesn't mean it has any application whatsoever.

Lawyers are also generally shady people, and like doctors, realize they can get any piece of arm candy they want, and their wives are golddiggers. So there's no love there. The wife doesn't give a crap whether advocate comes home on time...so long as he buys her a car. /End disparaging lawyer/doctor comment.

Also, the market doesn't pay for experience. You have a much easier time entering as a cheap employee than you will as entering being an experienced one with a salary history. EA ends up paying you less after all the hours they force you into. What EA Spouse is complaining about is a combination of the long hours, and the lack of compensation for the overtime they're forced to work.

Re:Cry me a fucking river (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11051274)

I never bought the whole 'suck the life from the young'uns' line. Thing is, whatever job you take when you start your professional career you have to make up for your laking experience. This is often done through long hours or less money

This is probably the most insightful post made on this story, and yet it won't be modded up because slashdot has turned into a communist website.

Re:Cry me a fucking river (-1, Troll)

DerWulf (782458) | more than 9 years ago | (#11043857)

troll? I'm stating a controversial opinion. How the hell is that a troll? If the mayority of 'liberals' can't bear that, mod it flamebait. A troll would be 'hay guys! can someone help me make my webpage for teh intarnet, plz?'

Re:Cry me a fucking river (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11043946)

LOL. "I'm not a troll. I'm only trying to provoke a response out of people with an inflamatory position!"

I guess you're arguing for Flamebait then?

Re:Cry me a fucking river (1)

DerWulf (782458) | more than 9 years ago | (#11044011)

yeah, flamebait would be more appropriate if my opinion doesn't pass the tolerance test on slashdot. Ahh, why do I even bother. I had karma to burn anyways.
Also, about the 'provoke a response' thing. How is that bad? I can't think of a single statement, oral or written in the history of mankind that wasn't tailored to 'provoke a response'.

Re:Cry me a fucking river (1)

An Onerous Coward (222037) | more than 9 years ago | (#11046423)

You still don't get it, do you.

It's not that your opinion itself wasn't "Slashdot-appropriate." Plenty of people have taken the position that EA employees are paid according to supply and demand. Plenty of people have said that they should switch jobs if they don't like their current employment. But they're not getting modded down.

Your post was modded down because... ...it's that your post was gratuitously insulting to anyone who disagreed with you. ...it makes a threat of physical violence against the author of the original EA_spouse post. ...it's sexist as hell. ...it appears designed to provoke emotional responses rather than constructive argument.

Also, about the 'provoke a response' thing. How is that bad? I can't think of a single statement, oral or written in the history of mankind that wasn't tailored to 'provoke a response'.
Dumbest. Argument. Ever. The fact that you try to use it shows that you're either continuing to troll or honestly don't grasp the distinction between encouraging thought and inciting emotional outbursts.

Hint: All communications are designed to provoke response. Not all communications are designed to provoke the same response, and not all responses are equally useful or worthwhile.

Re:Cry me a fucking river (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11052164)

It's not that your opinion itself wasn't "Slashdot-appropriate."

Sure it was, it's the typical slashdot groupthink.

Plenty of people have taken the position that EA employees are paid according to supply and demand.

Yeah and THEY have been modded down too. There is clearly a liberal bias on slashdot, both from the admins and users.

Plenty of people have said that they should switch jobs if they don't like their current employment. But they're not getting modded down.

I suggest you go back and look at the modding on the other EA stories.

Your post was modded down because... ...it's that your post was gratuitously insulting to anyone who disagreed with you. ..

Bullshit, plenty of posts like that get modded up. Hell how many anti-republican, anti-business posts that are horribly insulting get modded up?

.it makes a threat of physical violence against the author of the original EA_spouse post.

Big deal, it was obviously a fucking joke. How many 'threats of violence' have been made against the American president alone here on slashdot? But that is ok, because the group think agrees with it right?

...it's sexist as hell.

How the FUCK is that sexist? He said he was going to punch the EA spouse in the face. First off, we don't know if the mystery spouse is a man or a women. Secondly if it WAS a women and he punched her in the face it wouldn't be sexist. It would be sexist if he only punched the spouse in the face if it were a man. Right? You do understand what sexism really is don't you?

He didn't say, I'd only punch the spouse in the face if it were a women, that would be sexist.

Dumbest. Argument. Ever. The fact that you try to use it shows that you're either continuing to troll or honestly don't grasp the distinction between encouraging thought and inciting emotional outbursts.

Hey, your post was just gratuitously insulting to the original author. You are trolling. Don't worry, you won't get modded down komrade.

Hint: All communications are designed to provoke response. Not all communications are designed to provoke the same response, and not all responses are equally useful or worthwhile.

That explains your posting history.

PS- your "Web design skills" deserve -5 fish.

PSS-Bryce is the gayest name ever. Seriously, it's gayer than AIDS.

Re:Cry me a fucking river (1)

An Onerous Coward (222037) | more than 9 years ago | (#11061955)

Hmm. Can't take the karma hit? Start posting anonymously.

After ignoring those things which are simple restatements of earlier claims and gratuitous insults, there are only two things in your response that even remotely warrant a rebuttal.

First, the claim that I'm the one who doesn't understand what sexism is. What part of "punch her in the face", or "Don't you get it? You scare your husband away, you whiney broom" was I supposed to interpret as gender neutral? You assumed that EA_spouse was a woman, someone called you on it, and now instead of admitting you made an unwarranted assumption, you try and pretend you never made the assumption.

The other thing I would like to address is your belief that, because it happens frequently, threats of violence are harmless so long as they occur over the Internet. Now, I've never once seen an actual threat against the safety of the President on Slashdot, because most everyone here knows that making such a threat is just begging for a Secret Service visit. If you find a threat against POTUS as egregious as the one you made, I guarantee you that pointing it out to the SS will get the author in deep trouble.

Whatever the medium, whoever the target, such threats are wrong. Not just impolite. Not just counterproductive. They are morally reprehensible. If you make such a threat, even in jest, it's a form of intimidation, and you're probably doing it because you're not smart enough to present your position reasonably.

In closing, please tell me your first name so that I can tell you how gay it is, and show me some examples of your web design work so I can give them -5 fish.

Re:Cry me a fucking river (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11046925)

Also, about the 'provoke a response' thing. How is that bad? I can't think of a single statement, oral or written in the history of mankind that wasn't tailored to 'provoke a response'.

The difference is what you're trying to provoke. Are you trying to provoke discussion, or are you trying to provoke anger? One is constructive. The other is destructive.

Re:Cry me a fucking river (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11043968)

If the mayority of 'liberals' can't bear that,
Liberal mayors... hmmm. Anyway thanks for associating obnoxiousness and a lack of compassion with opposition to liberalism. The L word has been so demonized within the US over the last few years that it really needs people like you to strengthen it again.

To answer your question: a troll isn't a stupidly spelt and worded question. A troll is a, usually insincere, posting designed to attract emotional responses. You can certainly post something you fundamentally agree with while still retaining troll status. For example, a posting demanding, obnoxiously, the outlawing of abortion posted in a feminism group, or against the death penalty in a redneck forum, would usually be classed as a troll.

I'd say the words "Cry me a fucking river" coupled with the posting of an unsympathetic inflamatory body shows, to me, you wanted people to get pissed at you and respond emotionally, so I'd say what you wrote was a troll. A non-troll would have probably been worded as "I understand their frustraition, but these people should probably change jobs rather than complain constantly on forums like Slashdot."

Same view. Different way of putting it. One's a troll, the other isn't. See the difference?

Re:Cry me a fucking river (0, Offtopic)

DerWulf (782458) | more than 9 years ago | (#11044094)

sorry about the 'y' thing. In my 10 years of speaking, writing and listening to english I never managed to use 'mayority' vs 'majority' correctly. Same goes for 'live' and 'life'. It's just a disablity, I think ;)

You are right, it was certainly inflamatory. But there is a mod option for that too, that's my point.

Re:Cry me a fucking river (1)

DerWulf (782458) | more than 9 years ago | (#11044877)

jesus! I REPLIED to an other post! How the FUCK can that be offtopic?

Re:Cry me a fucking river (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11052074)

jesus! I REPLIED to an other post! How the FUCK can that be offtopic?

Because you aren't a communist. Therefor you sir are off topic.

PS-Please keep posting, it's nice to have a break from the groupthink.

Re:Cry me a fucking river (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11049860)

Because it's not on the subject of EA dumb-ass. Please stop posting on Slashdot. We all hate you.

Re:Cry me a fucking river (-1, Troll)

DerWulf (782458) | more than 9 years ago | (#11044789)

mod me down like you discovered the fuking modpoint fairy. Metamoderation will revenge me.

Re:Cry me a fucking river (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11046484)

Unfortunately, your suggestion that someone take personal responsibility for their actions is unacceptable in the liberal Slashdot groupthink. Sorry, chief.

Re:Cry me a fucking river (1)

rwjazz39 (307888) | more than 9 years ago | (#11047967)

You got and/or lost me at "Cry Me a Fucking River"....

Re:Cry me a fucking river (1)

master_meio (834537) | more than 9 years ago | (#11144541)

A troll would be 'hay guys! can someone help me make my webpage for teh intarnet, plz?'

No, a troll is someone who hasn't grown out of Intro-to-Macroeconomics

EA has a Class action lawsuit (3, Informative)

BrookHarty (9119) | more than 9 years ago | (#11043577)

A lawyer representing the plaintiffs addresses a proposed class-action lawsuit seeking unpaid overtime from the world's biggest third-party publisher.
http://www.gamespot.com/news/2004/11/11/news_61129 98.html [gamespot.com]

Yeah but.... (0, Flamebait)

panker (461977) | more than 9 years ago | (#11043630)

Seriously, have you ever played Madden football? It kicks ass. Definitely worth it to me that these guys are over worked.

Re:Yeah but.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11057228)

Holler.

Soon to run out of space (2, Interesting)

samael (12612) | more than 9 years ago | (#11043823)

Livejournal has a 5000-comment limit. She may have to actually make a second post...

Having not read the article... (4, Funny)

MrWa (144753) | more than 9 years ago | (#11043925)

is this a website to find bored, lonely housewives looking for a good time?

Re:Having not read the article... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11044030)

Yes, this is indeed such a website. Since its inception, Slashdot has been the favoured hang-out for two groups: users of the GNU/Linux operating system, and bored, lonely, unsatisfied housewives.

There are far more of the latter than the former, surprisingly enough. GNU/Linux enthusiasts are identified by having a small asterisk after their username on their posts.

Interview of Interest. (3, Interesting)

Alkaiser (114022) | more than 9 years ago | (#11043984)

Netjak.com [netjak.com] is running an interview with the aforementioned spouse today.

The T-Shirt (3, Funny)

Digital_Quartz (75366) | more than 9 years ago | (#11044067)

The T-Shirt [cafepress.com]

Re:The T-Shirt (1)

sho222 (834270) | more than 9 years ago | (#11044274)

The T-shirt reads: "I worked 90 hours a week for EA, and all I didn't even get this lousy T-shirt."

Is that grammatically correct? The wording doesn't even make sense...

It should read: "... and all I didn't even get is this lousy T-shirt."
or
"... and I didn't get even get this lousy T-shirt."

I can't believe anyone would actually wear the shirt as it is currently worded.

Re:The T-Shirt (1)

Digital_Quartz (75366) | more than 9 years ago | (#11044549)

DOH! I am teh sux0r.

Fixed.

Re:The T-Shirt (1)

Flunitrazepam (664690) | more than 9 years ago | (#11046718)

EA spent all day sodomizing me with a hat rack, and then paid me in gift certificates for mashed potatos from El Pollo Loco

Please Stop Linking To Kotaku! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11045800)

Worst. Site. Ever.

Review your stories that link to Kotaku, every one is absolute garbage.

Re:Please Stop Linking To Kotaku! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11047846)

Hey, you may want to check out this little thing called grammer. It's pretty cool. It teaches how not to look like a complete ass by overusing periods and the like.

Re:Please Stop Linking To Kotaku! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11048045)

Ah, the Grammy Troll. Makes fun of other people's simple grammatical mistakes in an attempt to improve his self-esteem, but manages to mispell "GRAMM A R" in the process - making himself look like a complete fool.

Re:Please Stop Linking To Kotaku! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11049451)

He was refering to the guy that plays Fraiser, you ulliterate maron.

Trolling for news (1)

Repton (60818) | more than 9 years ago | (#11048779)

I hope the AC means that the NPR reporter trawled the board for interviews.

I mean, I'm sure trolling it would work, but it doesn't quite seem to fit as responsible journalism...

Re:Trolling for news (1)

rikennedy (150056) | more than 9 years ago | (#11049219)

No, I think he meant troll [m-w.com] . That word is every bit as good as trawl [m-w.com] . Where did you think the other sense of the word [catb.org] came from, after all?
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