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Bonnar426 05-29-2012 09:00 PM

EA Is Your Worst Company In America For 2012!

Whether it's on a console, a PC, a smartphone or tablet, hundreds of millions of people play video games every day. Yet most mainstream media covers the industry the same way it treats adult dodge ball leagues and cat fashion shows (both noble ventures, but neither of them multi-billion dollar industries). And the only time you hear legislators discuss video games is when some politician decries them as the death knell for all things righteous in the world (hint: they're not). Now, after years of being ignored and relegated to steerage, game-players have voted to send a message to Electronic Arts and the gaming business as a whole: Stop treating your loyal customers like crap.

After more than 250,000 votes, Consumerist readers ultimately decided that the type of greed exhibited by EA, which is supposed to be making the world a more fun place, is worse than Bank of America's avarice, which some would argue is the entire point of operating a bank.

To those who might sneer at something as "non-essential" as a video game company winning the Worst Company In America vote: It's that exact kind of attitude that allows people to ignore the complaints as companies like EA to nickel and dime consumers to death.

For years, while movies and music became more affordable and publishers piled on bonus content — or multiple modes of delivery — as added value to entice customers to buy, video games have continued to be priced like premium goods.

There have even been numerous accusations that EA and its ilk deliberately hold back game content with the sole intent of charging a fee for it at a later date. It's one thing to support a game with new content that is worth the price. It's another to put out an inferior — and occasionally broken — product with the mindset of "ah, we'll fix it later and make some money for doing so."

New, independent game companies do pop up all the time, but the cost of entering the market has historically been too expensive, making these indie innovators prime targets for acquisition by mega-publishers like EA. Our hope is that the growth of app-based gaming and downloadable games will continue to make it easier for developers to get their products out without the backing of companies that don't care a lick about the people who fork over their cash.

Oh well, Worst Company In America 2012 is officially in the books. All that's left to do is send off the Golden Poo to EA.

Traditionally, the Poo has been delivered on its little red pillow. But this year, we'll give EA three different color options for its pillow, though in the end it's still the same old Poo.
Not surprised this happened. You know your bad when you beat out Bank of ******* America in a worst company competition.

Rusty 05-29-2012 10:40 PM

You truly are all about the video games aren't you?

DaFreshestG 06-16-2012 09:01 PM

theyve progressively gone to shit

Bonnar426 06-27-2012 09:44 PM


Originally Posted by RustyRenegade (Post 1589176)
You truly are all about the video games aren't you?

Rusty, I didn't know you cared. you keep commenting on my posts like this people are going to think we're an item.:D


Originally Posted by DaFreshestG (Post 1594130)
theyve progressively gone to shit

You know what the funny thing is about this? As bad as EA is, CAPCOM is 10x worse. They are a company that literally doesn't give shit if they piss people off or not. Their latest antics is priceless. Get this shit! Despite all the crap that Bioware is going threw right now Capcom took it upon themselves to create a DLC for Asura's Wrath. The "TRUE" ending DLC for Asura's Wrath to be exact! Unlike Mass Effect 3, Asura's Wrath didn't need an extended ending. Also, unlike Mass Effect 3 you have to pay for this ending DLC. This DLC is broken up into 5 segments, each one costing $2.00. How ******* stupid can you be? Why would you purposely piss people off like this?

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