A Consumerist poll recently ranked Electronic Arts as the “Worst Company in America,” beating out Bank of America in the final round. But EA is being pinned to the wall unfairly and disproportionately here, and there are several reasons why.
I doubt EA is the worst company in America but it is definitely one of the worst companies.
i definitively disagree about that , and will probably get some too . Imo folks are going way too crazy . i'm not even an EA fan , yet can easily admit i dont remember an era where they didnt have at least 10 great games published . They have done a lot of bad stuff (they frickin' killed and ruined wetwood and def jam ) , but their sheer quality/amount of titles ratios should prevent such nomination imo . People are just having jerky fits because of Me3 and their online pass shenanigans
Not even close. America has some borderline evil companies, as does the rest of the world. But, America is the home of them.
I don't feel EA even belongs on the list when you consider companies like Bank of America/Dyncor/Haliburton/Gold man Sachs are all caught running drugs and sex slave trade. http://www.prisonplanet.com... http://www.huffingtonpost.c...
well its seems they're already trying to change that with the free mass effect 3 dlc to change the ending. If they offer free DLC for other games like BF3 things might change a little.
Bank of America and those Banksters from Wall Street is the worst not only in America, but the World. Only reason why EA got the worst, cause the fan outcry of Mass Effect 3 ending. Bioware is now under pressure too.
Considering the companies it was up against, it is utterly absurd that it even got past the first or second round. But no, whiny internet kids thing day one DLC is bigger crime than destroying our economy.
No way is EA the worst company ever, that much is true. However, people angered by the ME3 ending used this as the appropriate medium in order to get EA's attention.
I would agree with most of the points there i do dislike EA because they were the company who first introduced online passes and i HATE online passes.
Yes because Activision are not worse than EA ...
Activision -Yearly releases EA -Yearlyl Releases -INVENTED Online Passes -Do on-disc DLC. Wow some of you COD haters are so blinded by hate you can't even see how good Activision is compared to other companies.
How many activision games can we remember from the last 2-3 years even ? Beyond of course cod and blizzard stuff . I'd have trouble remembering more beyond Guitar Hero . Heck this , via googling , their apparent output since 2010 : Blur Cabela's Dangerous Hunts 2011 Call of Duty: Black Ops (2010) Crash Bandicoot Nitro Kart 2 GoldenEye 007 James Bond 007: Blood Stone Singularity Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions iCarly 2 Transformers: War for Cybertron NASCAR 2011 Transformers: Dark of the Moon Goldeneye 007: Reloaded NASCAR Unleashed X-Men: Destiny Generator Rex Skylanders Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Starcraft 2 That kinf of crappy output with only some gems , make them easily worse imo than EA , at the end of the day . At least that the kind of criteria i'd care about PS : In case someone is interested , this is EA since 2010 : Bulletstorm Dead Space 2 Spare Parts Mass Effect 2 ps3 Battlefield Play4Free Battlefield: Bad Company 2 - Vietnam Create 2010 Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit Need for Speed: Nitro-X Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows FIFA Manager 10-12 Dragon Age: Origins Dragon Age 2 Hasbro Family Game Night 3 The Sims 3 and its spin offs Medal of Honor Star Wars: The Old Republic Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning Mass Effect 3 Syndicate Warp Battlefield 3 Fifa 10-12 Fifa street Madden 10-12 Nba Jam on fire Need for speed the Run Shift 2 Fight night Champion Shadows of the Damned Alice Return Madness Portal 2 Battleship . others will correct missing games for both if they care . An obviously bigger output , yet of quite higher quality overall .
I don't agree with EA being the worst.
You guys are defending a company most of you shat on days ago. Really? How hypocritical can some people get. "EA is greedy cause of online passes" "EA is greedy for the type of DLC they publish" "EA is the publisher of Bioware and the company has spiraled down ever since" This whole things stems for teenagers running their jaws about how bad they are being treated and robbed of money. When 80% of the teens that get games get them from parents. They are just mad that they have to find a way to beg their parents for more money. It's sad really when gamers don't stand up for what they believe in "gaming". When they'd rather vote against a company than with them when it comes down to a f$#king bank vs a game publisher. Sad really sad.
It's not hypocrisy. No one's saying they're purer than winter snow, but they certainly aren't Satan incarnate, nor are they worse than the likes of Bank of America, Monsanto, or even Apple (IMO). They've done some crappy, anti-consumer crap that they're currently being held accountable for, but this is in no way a saving grace or indeed a call for vindication. The only bad I see coming of this is EA using this to score sympathy points.
I never said they were good or bad. EA shifted with every other publisher they are making money, like anyone else would. It's like Activision and COD. People buy this game that is literally the same engine physics, graphics, everything. Activision says "we don't need to pay the developers to make new tech when people buy this stuff just fine" People buy it. Those same people (For the majority) complain about it. This goes for EA as well. Except I can say I have bought good games from EA. Better games than I have from Activision.
I think Electronic Arts is the best company in the United States even if they put viruses in their games.They make good games.I like Red Alert 3 .I played a demo for that a long time.Natasha and Yuriko have an immense power in the game not in the demo and we cannot save in the demo.I would like to have so much Red Alert 3 ,but I could not find that.I have a Tiberium Wars Demo
EA is the very least one of the worst but not the most.
EA isn't the worst company in the world, but they are definitely the worst company in the gaming world. This just goes to show how big video games are, its obvious gamers found a way to troll EA and it probably had an impact with a quick announcement about an "extended cut" of Mass Effect 3 that is going to be released and free. EA tends to get a pass around here, mostly because the enemy of your enemy is your friend. We all know Call Of Duty is the enemy in these parts and so everyone went crazy with the COD killer stuff that never panned out. EA does online passes, day one DLC, they ruin franchises like Dragon Age and Mass Effect, they ruin companies like Bioware, they plop out the same sports games year after year and they monopolized the NFL license so no other NFL game can be released. To top it off they have Origin, which is like a tracking service and borderline scares me as a gamer and they also shut down servers at the drop of a hat in an attempt to force people to buy the latest versions of the game. I have always disliked EA, but the worst company they are not. Just the worst gaming company. Now let’s part with that ol’ EA saying: Get the f%*^ outta my building!
Well said. It's amazing there are so many corporate shills in here defending EA like they just rescued a baby from a serial rapist. Everything you named about the company should be spotlighted to the gaming community and the fact most people defending EA don't even know WHY the company was on the list just goes to show you that the community is highly misinformed about a lot of things. I agree with some other sites, especially Forbes, that if EA had not won NO ONE would even be bringing some of their bad practices to light, because we all know IGN and Gamespot won't do jackspit when it comes to actually informing consumers about bad business practices.
I don't think EA is worst than bank of America. But they do deserve the hate they are getting and I think it has little to do with just the ending of ME3. A lot of it stems from gamers being forced to use origin, invasion of privacy with origin going threw your PC files, and erasing a game you paid for but haven't played in 18-24 months, or selling expired online pass codes, closing servers after a few months. Gamers may have voted EA as the worst company but I doubt its just because of ME3.
Maybe they should try to have decent customer support. Obviously they aren't the "worst" company, but it would be very easy for them to simply avoid this list altogether if they treated their customers like human beings instead of criminals and dollar signs.
Activision and Capcom are the kings of crappy companies.
Quoted from Alex Navarro of Giant Bomb: The user voting came down to EA going directly against Bank of America, the financial institution known for raising interest rates on credit card holders with no marks against their credit, misleading mortgage holders who sought to modify their loans, and randomly experimenting with jacking up debit card and checking account fees just for s**** and giggles. Did the ending of Mass Effect 3 piss you people off THAT much?
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