There are worse companies out there
By: Anthony Velez
Electronic Arts might suck, but are they the worst company in America?
I can think of plenty of other companies that could have (or should have) won this award, but let’s work with what we have here, OK?
EA is doing a great job at making people angry. They introduced the infamous Online Pass for their games to virtually universal consumer complaint. Those that use GameFly (like myself) have been left in the cold now that half of their games are inaccessible without purchasing one of these ridiculous passes.
Another reason people are angry with EA is their habit of closing servers down on games that have been out for only two years.
I’ve read comments around the net asking how an entertainment company can make this many people angry, but the fact of the matter is that they’re just another company. They’re here to make money and if you don’t want to contribute to them, then you shouldn’t buy their products. It’s as simple as that.
I have not now, nor will I ever, get so mad at a video game company that I would think of them as the worst corporation in America. I love my video games, there’s absolutely no doubt about that, but I’m never going to let myself get so upset that I’d consider EA evil. If I don’t like the way they run things, I simply won’t buy their products.
Gamers sure can create a shit storm
By: Kory Baldwin
EA has rightfully earned the wrath of many gamers, but it is hardly the worst company in America. There are not only businesses in the U.S. worse than EA, but perhaps whole industries. Health insurance companies, the tobacco industry, big oil, and certain banks come to mind without breaking a mental sweat.
What we are really seeing in EA’s worst company ‘award’ is the internet savvy of gamers. In other words, there is no group of consumers more ready and able to hop online and create a shit storm than those who game. With a hobby based on electronic gadgets and technical know-how, all hooked up to the internet, no other industry has such an online presence. When was the last time a disappointing car design inspired millions of angry comments across thousands of websites, online petitions, and boycotts?
EA may have terrible people skills, but the “Mass Effects’ of their decisions aren’t giving people cancer like tobacco, ruining America’s economy like health insurance companies and banks, or destroying the environment like big oil.
The worst DLC package ever
By: Abhishek Indoria
EA has been one of my favorite publishers for a long time. I stuck with them through their bad and good times. For example, the Dragon Age 2 fiasco, their online pass controversy and then through the recent Mass Effect 3 ending controversy.
However, to considering EA the worst company in the US is ridiculous. I don’t like their online pass method but that alone doesn’t make them the ‘worst’ company in the US.
I personally love Battlefield 3, Dead Space, Kingdom of Amalur, Mass Effect, Mirror’s Edge and countless other games from EA. However, there was one thing which put me off and made me begin to wonder if EA was getting progressively more greedy.
It was the recent Battlefield 3 DLC that annoyed me the most. Just a few days ago EA announced Battlefield 3 DLC packs that unlock almost everything in the game (they unlock more than a few weapon upgrades). This comes as an insult to gamers like me who have invested more than 100 hours into Battlefield 3 just to unlock that stuff. I’m still very far from unlocking everything in the game. Sure, it’s newbie-friendly and all, but it still pisses me off nonetheless.
My final thoughts are that EA is far from being the worst company however greedy or arrogant they might continue to get. If you don’t like their games just don’t buy them. Any company would become a monopoly if they had the ability to.
EA’s response to the award was perfect and I loved every word of it. It was basically a screw you. They don’t need to explain themselves to some arbitrary list.
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