EA this week was selected by more than 250,000 votes on The Consumerist as the "worst company in America for 2012." EA has just provided GamesIndustry International with a response to this "Golden Poo Award."
For once, I side with EA. This was a retarded poll. EA may not be so nice from a games business viewpoint, but they are nothing to the world compared to the people who screwed over our entire economy and housing market.
They are the worst company in the Entertainment industry. Not the entire world
you must have forgot about activision.....or capcom...... plus lets be honest here, this is prob just the result of a bunch of peeps still mad at bioware and blaming ea
@captain qwark 9 As said EA pulls multiple stunts which show greediness. They started the Online Pass system, Sell Day one DLC and look at how many of their major titles have recently been boycotted. Also Activision seems to have a line. All they really do is yearly releases (this is something that EA also does). Capcom i really dont care about so i just tend to shut up when they turn up in the news.
They're the worst company according to the internet. "mad at bioware and blaming ea" - Hint: Bioware IS Ea. A first party studio. And perhaps they deserve it; Mass Effect 3 is the epitome of everything wrong in the gaming world - increased multiplayer focus, online passes, day one DLC, insulting our intelligence with both plot holes and flawed explanations for platform preference (not enough time, manpower, or resources for simple VC.....LOL, said the company that delayed the game for months, is swimming in cash, and discussing something that even SOCOM did on the ps2 without making sacrifices), etc.
How can they get away with making that kind of a statement? Aren't banks/oil companies entitled to sue EA for saying something like that?
The people who voted for EA are just butt-hurt gamers who know nothing about economics, or how Skank of America was largely responsible for a lot of the economic strife that's been circulating the entire world, but do gamers know anything about economics or understand what's happening? Of course not, they're just happy to be ignorant whiners about how Mass Effect 3 ended. Quite frankly, Activision rips off its consumers even more by charging for map packs and content released in prior releases, so literally you're paying for the same thing twice. Now that's underhanded crony capitalism.
what does that make activision then and the CEO of the company?
really your only going to blame Activision for yearly releases? If thats so then no wonder this poll was so biased and completely stupid, people like that are voting in it.....Go back to Call of Duty.
Umm, Activision? The people who voted in this poll are the kind of people who'll vote based on the last thing they heard in an election.
@ silentnegotiator: no, bioware is NOT EA, bioware is a separate studio. EA gives bioware free reign over their own projects. brilliant effort, though. *slow clap*
ME3 is far from "the epitome of everything wrong in gaming." To many of us sane, well-adjusted gamers in the world, it was kind of the opposite - the shining example and what can happen when writing, story, gameplay, graphics, music, and sound all come together in a cohesive, interactive, and emotional experience.
activision are worse than EA for a start and ...... This is an American poll you say? I'll be quiet now..
EA are ****ing miles worse than Activision. Everyone rips on Cod for yearly rehash(which they should)...but EA gets away with everything? At least EA have good games sure, but they way way worse than Acti. Also, this poll was retarded, EA is the worst company for gaming. It's got nothing on Bank of America though
EA has ticked me off many times in the past. I still remember when they bought Virgin Interactive and decided to cancel Thrill Kill right before it was set to release to stores, it had already been completed, was about to go gold, and the strategy guide was already on store shelves... all because they didn't want their squeeky clean image tainted but such a violent game. HA! Despicable... All that said, however... Bank of America is just so far above and beyond the awfulness of EA that it's ridiculous.
Hmmm... Wal-mart: uses sweatshops and child labor, pays their employees minimal wages and makes them work long hours and has violated dozens of human rights, and bullies small family owned buisnesses and drives those people into poverty.... But I do not have to pay extra!These guys are ok in my book! BP Oil: Almost destroyed the Gulf of Mexico, endangering dozens of indigenous life. They aren't taking my money... its cool.Oh and look they are cleaning a pelican! Thats sooooooo nice. But they dirtied it in the first place.... Thats ok! Ea: has online passes, day-one dlc, bad endings,etc. Has not violated any human rights I HAVE TO PAY MORE?!? WORST COMPANY IN AMERICA! Consumerism in a nutshell Lets face it... their are way worse companies than EA.. hell the only companies nominated are the ones that make you pay more. In entertainment, Ea, Activision and Capcom are the worst due to how much they charge, and the amount of f**ks they give about their consumers (hint: they give absolutely none!) But in ALL of America? Don't think so (hell EA probably beat the Bank of America because of the Mass Effect 3 ending)
Agree with what you said. There are much worst companies than EA and in my book, Bank of America is one of them.
Totally agree with you there. I think some people need to grow up and gain some perspective.
I can't believe the Monsanto Corporation wasn't included on that list. You want to talk evil? Let's talk about the guys who invented napalm and single-handedly destroyed American agriculture with their patent protected GM seeds.
Haha, Wal-Mart doesn't use sweatshops and child labor. They don't friggin' make anything. And even aside from that fact, they also feel the need to import friggin' everything because the US is no longer a manufacturing country. Sam Walton is disappoint.
Its a poll from the CONSUMERIST!!! Its all about the consumers! Why would a consumer careabout weapons companies, mafia gangs and global warming? It companies that deals directly with the masses of consumers.
Yeah I knew it was a poll by consumerist, but I find consumerism stupid. There are more pressing issues than us spending more money. Hell what about that poor kid in Malaysia who would be grateful for a crappy tv, a xbox360 and Mass effect 3? He doesn't care if he got some prothean, or if the ending sucked... he would be happy with what he received and be thankful for it. What about that Nigerian family who just wants a decent place to sleep for the night? Consumerism is just so self-centered, its dissapointed people want to help themselves buy paying less, rather than helping others and sending messages against the unethical treatment of human beings.. Where as we complain to paying to much for stuff, some people will never even be able to get it because they have to chose between food or electricity. My opinion... world would be a better place if we actually cared about other people than ourselves... Sounds borderline hippy when I think about it
That's all unrelated to the poll. Its about consumer companies in USA.
I agree but even if you look at the market that they are a part of, the gaming industry, their are other companies that are far more reprehensible than them for instance namco just recently stated that soulcalibur 5 suffered in quality because they sold it when it was an unfinished product and then there is capcom who sold dlc for some of their games when said dlc was already on disc and was completed prelaunch so it should have been part of the game check us out on the link below we do game news,reviews and other stuff and we do it all in a funny and informative way so check us out we are 2andahalfgamerz1
wow how long has EA been providing games ? retarded people of course they would try to make alot of money, its a BUSINESS games companies want to make money. EA will continue to provide games for decades.
As many problems as i have with some of EA practices, they are far from the worst company in the US and im sure there isnt one person in here who can honestly say they havent enjoyed at least 1-3 EA games this generation. Thats the biggest difference for me between EA and Activision, EA actually puts out quality games and activision puts out CoD..... and all the rest is garbage. EA isnt the worst company in the US, they arent even the worst company in Gaming.
I completely agree donnie. I will admit though, his reply was kind of boss though lol
I agree with donnie 100%. When I saw the tournament brackets for this I laughed at how they were comparing real scumbags like Bank of America and BP to a video game company. As much as I dislike EA and Activision, they're just small fish. Stupid comparison. Bank of America hands down should have won this. Kicking people out of their homes, using tax payer bailout money to pay BONUSES to executives (you can easily bet that those bonuses are more than some people make in an entire year), killing off smaller and midsized companies by hiking up their interest rates during the recession, charging customers fees for using their freaking debit cards until their was a petition against it. Big companies have a lot of expenses so they're forced to use these tactics to keep things going. Out of touch executives make decisions against the best interests of the games, franchises, fans and developers. Whether its Activision or EA or Capcom, they'll use every trick in the book to squeeze every penny out of their customers' wallets to support their greed and boost their egos. Nevermind respecting the IP, delivering a quality finished product or treating their employees with respect. Nothing to worry about though. Eventually the shit hits the fan and karma is a bitch.
I agree 100 percent!!!! This is a stupid poll. One great example of EA games doing better is the Dead Space series. They litterally put real horror in that game despite some action, something that is missing in many of these so called horror games. EA games is doing better with the FPS front like Battlefield 3 for example, and the upcoming Medal of Honor game in the process of beating Call of Duty. As for the sports side, while still played by millions of fans, they still need to improve at bit in this area. Madden has been the same game year after year with minor improvements, and updated rosters. EA doesn't nickel and dime people as bad as Capcom, and Activision!!! Capcom is well known to lock in game content and charge it for DLC. Activision is known for nickel and diming people with expensive map packs and redos. Call of Duty to this day has the same tired old engine with the same problems as yesteryear!!!
Yeah, EA is definitely not worse than BoA, but a bunch of users on /v/ kept voting in the poll to make EA win.
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This poll basically explains the internet in a nutshell.
Just too many whiny gamers out there, living in the bubble.
Better a whiny gamer then a fool who bends over and takes whatever gaming companies offer with no questions asked.
^^^Some things are not worth whining about. The smart ones choose their battles wisely.
@PooEgg You can't be serious, DLC on the disk sure...I'll give you that, but can you really fault EA for the games they have released this year and how they have turned out? "Whining" is foolish, it's what children do. Do not mistake someone's silence for "Bending over" most people who don't act foolish just refuse to purchase something if the manufacturer/Producer/Develope r does something they don't like....sounds really simple doesn't it.
@ Ravenor Don't try to use logic/make sense here. For some reason it never works.
Seriously don't expect any agrees on this site, its full of whiners. Their are way better ways of handling things other than whining. But come on, i guess ppl are trying to convince someone named PooEgg to be more mature...prob not going to work very well.
I'm going to say something that people will disagree with, so let me establish that I have all the logic and I am right, and thus people will disagree with me. EVERYONE BUT MYSELF IS A WHINER! lol Gamers deserve to be consumerists, too. Sorry if online passes, resources being used on multiplayer, day one dlc, plot holes, etc, etc, etc.....doesn't jell well with everyone. Stop "whining" about people taking issue to these things. It shouldn't hurt you in the slightest if people unhappy are compensated or else just speak their minds.
"Better a whiny gamer then a fool who bends over and takes whatever gaming companies offer with no questions asked." Taking no action at all (not buying any of said companies products) is far more effective than a thousand whiny threads on random internet sites.
@ SilentNegotiator So you are a whiner too. Got it, thanks.
completely agree. EA should be the greediest company but definitely not the worst in America. Im pretty sure there are a lot worse than them despite them abusing the fans of their games.
It also explains why people under 18 don't get to vote.
I think anyone that thinks it is his/her prerogative to tell someone who paid their own money for a game, not to complain is the epitome of arrogance.
@Perjoss - You make a really good point, and I have actually hit that point where I plan to avoid anything with an EA logo on it in the future, but I do think it is kinda a shame that it has gotten to a point where people cannot tell the difference between being whiny and simply expecting quality in gaming. There is a difference afterall, but it has gotten to the point that whenever someone says something negative about a game company they get accused of being whiny. By that logic all the people calling others whiny could be considered whiny themselves. It is so weird because no other company could get away with the nonsense that gaming companies pull, and yet some gamers are perfectly happy buying into it. I guess it comes down to different people thinking differently, so I am going to agree to disagree with the other comments. Except for Drake117 who seems to think it is more mature to be the 117 person named after a videogame character... you couldn't think of something unique apparently, but to each his own I guess.
I may have lost my house.... But the ending for Mass Effect 3 Sucked.... So yeah, EA is THE worst company on the planet.
Ignorance is bliss.
Worst companies are crapcom and craptivision.
Really? EA is worse than BofA? The company who wants to take your money versus the company who actually does (illegally) and kicks people out of their homes? Whiny brats gonna be whiny brats.
Haters gonna hate, and gamers gonna game; I know which one I'd rather spend my time doing.
And you're here hating haters for hating like a hater. So, please, share which one you'd rather be doing. You're here complaining about "haters", so...
Oh go away.
haters gonna hate is one of those internet sayings that idiots say without giving any thought to the topic. you are acting like people are either haters or not. if a company pisses you off then you are labeled a hater by your dumbass logic. i hate reality TV... so i must hate everything in my life and in society.
I can go away, but logic never will.
At least you're humble enough to not associate yourself with logic.
in my opinion Konami is bad at the minute. For ruining the Silent Hill series.
Activision single-handedly ruined the Tony Hawk, Guitar Hero, and Call of Duty series. Konami looks like a shining gold pot of gaming goodness compared to what Activision spits out.
Look, I think we can agree on both sides of the issue: "We're sure that bank presidents, oil, tobacco and weapons companies are all relieved they weren't on the list this year. We're going to continue making award-winning games and services played by more than 300 million people worldwide" - EA Quote. 1.) In the grand scheme of things, EA's quote is correct: Oil companies, Horrendous bank practices, etc. have done WAY more damage than a video game company. The fact that they won at an overwhelming majority shows people voted for them just to screw with them, as the internet does. 2.) The fact that EA couldn't take just A MOMENT to admit that maybe they haven't been perfect, or the fact that they have alienated a larger gaming base than they realized, or even the fact that they can be a bit too pushy/over-powering at times proves that they are, by and large, a greedy, over-reaching company that really couldn't give a shit about how it looks to it's OWN CONSUMERS anymore. Don't like them as much as I do? Stop buying their games...or at the very least, don't pay full price. Wait until the price drops around $20 - $30 so they get the hint.
This poll was just for lolz ..
Lots of gamers complaining about banking, of which they know very little. Remember that the banking problems started with congress pushing banks to take risky deals so that more lower income people could have houses. LOL at EA defenders. Maybe not the worst company in america, but you're pretty far down in the shit bowl, with the pieces of corn and peanuts.
Haha! You don't even know how this started. It's not congress pushing banks to make risky deals so lower income people could afford housing. That doesn't even make sense. It started with congress deregulating the banking industry and in turn the banks started betting on derivatives and giving loans to people who couldn't possibly pay them back. Maybe the people that took this poll need to put down the controller and go read a book.
Right, there's no silver bullet that caused this. Deregulation is definitely a part of it. Banks don't just up and give out money they don't think they will get back. They are encouraged somehow...deregulation enabled them to do it. Greed alone did not coerce them into all these bad decisions
Not even a book. Just look it up on the internet for a couple of minutes...
"pretty far down in the shit bowl, with the pieces of corn and peanuts." Gotta love the image that evokes, lol
You guys had an intelligent, insightful discussion about real-world economics that could actually inform people....GTFO!!! No seriously, bubbles to you two.
I guess it never occurs to anybody that another factor of the housing crisis was people taking on mortgages they had no chance in hell of ever paying off... Personal responsibility, people. Hate and blame the banks all you want, but it takes two to tango. Predatory lending, my ass.
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