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EA Caught Using Automated Bots to Support Their Game's Boycott Campaign

Electronic Arts has seemingly been caught utilizing automated bots in order to support a boycott campaign pertaining to one of their titles.

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R4MBO1505d ago

EA are beyond pathetic.

thorstein1505d ago

So. You don't think the group that are protesting them aren't using Automated Bots? Hmmm....

ChiVoLok01505d ago

That's not going to matter when EA has 10 billion votes in their favor. Because we all know there are more then 10 billion people living in this world.

BattleAxe1505d ago

The Golden Poo Award was well earned.

Jazz41081505d ago TrollingShowReplies(1)
Christopher1505d ago

I see absolutely nothing that points the finger at EA. anyone can create multiple signatures on the petition. Anyone.

Anon19741505d ago (Edited 1505d ago )

Exactly. But hey, it's cool to hate EA. I mean, how dare they put out excellent products for everyone to enjoy. The nerve.

dirigiblebill1505d ago

Indeed, Cgoodno, but if there's one thing you can rely on N4G to do it's stop reading at a scary headline...

Stay classy, msxboxworld.

MaxXAttaxX1505d ago (Edited 1505d ago )

Come on now. A LOT of their products are not "excellent" and neither is some of their services, like Origin.

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vega2751504d ago

This coming from a Guy who display nothing but hate for anything MS and you talk about people thinking its cool to hate EA. Your hypocrite is showing, you might want to tuck that it

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SilentNegotiator1505d ago (Edited 1505d ago )

EA stirring up a fake or miniscule protest to get attention and get blind support from people on the internet?!

Oh my word! They would never do tha-
http://www.1up.com/news/fak...
Oh right.

Nimblest-Assassin1505d ago (Edited 1505d ago )

If this is a engineered protest EA concocted inorder for attention ,then that is pathetic.

But they came up and announced the Dante's Inferno one was done for marketing purposes, and that was done in front of E3... so it makes sense. But if it is an enginnered one like Dantes Inferno, the EA is truley pathetic.. but I doubt it due to the intense amount of hate ME3 got over Cortez's romance in ME3.

Here is the link for this protest: http://www.eurogamer.net/ar...

A similar issue happened with skyrim if you remember: http://kotaku.com/5862623/a...

Since Cdoongo had to edit my comment below due to the offensive review I had cited, the reason I am open to this idea of gay relationships is because I am from Canada. We are very open to gay relationships, we have the pride parade every year...

Sure its a little "much" (okay its very much, people will walk across the street, techniqually streeking, so if you do not like that, do not watch the video) http://www.youtube.com/watc...

but still people have the right to express their sexuallity... not to the degree of the parade, but still people should be allowed to practice it right?

Kenshin_BATT0USAI1505d ago

Assassin, I'm from Canada as well, Toronto in fact. And I can tell you as a fact, we are not THAT open to homosexuality. There is a shit load of discrimination here still. If anything I'd argue half of us are EXTREMELY Liberal, while the other half is EXTREMELY conservative. We barely have a middle ground.

ChrisW1505d ago

I don't care about some stupid protest against gay characters in Bioware's games. What I care about is EA's practices and their stupid Origin, which is why I refuse to buy any current AAA title by EA. That's the true reason behind any boycott currently against EA. Not some fake anti-gay protest that's trying to gain the attention of LGB to further push their agenda or deflect attention from other problems.

humbleopinion1505d ago (Edited 1505d ago )

Making this connection is pretty stupid. The fake dante inferno protest was carried after prior PR messages to the press so everyone knew what this is about, it was just a marketing PR/AR game where the marketing company (and not EA themselves) also sent the press kits representing the seven sins. Everybody new they were "playing" an AR game.
It was actually a very well carried PR stunts. EA had far worse ones like the "free gas" for mercenaries 2, not to mention other companies like Sony marketing agencies pretending to run fan sites (All I Want For Xmas is a PSP...) but only without notifying the press about this stunt.

This crap on the other hand is some idiotic headline trying to get site hits, blaming EA for something which is clearly ridicilous: reposting the same message from 3 different fake users!
Wow! This is going to make so much difference! EA probably invested billions of marketing dollars in this amazing stunt.

It's not as if any anonymous user could have abused the system and re-posted the same message three times, be it some person who wants to stand by this petition, or someone who's actually trying to ridicule this petition (and then post about it on reddit). It makes much more sense that corporate EA suits sat down and wasted their time on a pity petition...

Where is this place going to? How come sites posting this kind of baseless claims with no actual proof as to who's behind these things are not blacklisted?
EA is responsible for a lot of other more serious crap actually hurting the gaming community, so there's no need to make stuff up just to get hits.

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Nimblest-Assassin1505d ago (Edited 1505d ago )

For defending the rights of homosexuals?

Look, lets look past their online pass crap, their day 1 dlc, and all of their other tom foolery they do to get money.

They are trying to support the rights of gay characters in videogames.

And these games are not forcefully making the character gay, its up to the player to choose whether or not the character is to be gay.

Even though the relationships in those bioware games still need a bit of work, its a choice.

People are protesting because of the fact that their is the "option" of being gay in their games. It is not forcing you to be gay.

You know why metacritic is a piece of shit, a good amount of those zeros out of 10's mass effect 3 and the old republic received were about the option of being gay. The rest of the negative reviews were for the ending and the day 1 dlc, which is why Metacritics user reviews are some of the stupidest things on the internet since most of them are done for stupid reasons in order to bomb a games score, and are usually 2 sentances long of immaturity.

One of the reviews, I kid you not went like "mass effect 3 is a game that lets you f*** gay ni*****".

Seriously, are people that upset with the fact this choice exists?

One person even said, Mass Effect 3 forces you to be gay..really?

Because when I played the game, I romanced Miranda from Me2 to ME3... not Cortez.

These are not gay people upset over how they are portrayed, but rather people upset that the option to be gay even exists.

AND IT IS COMPLETE BULL****!

Lets watch the Cortez romance and look at the dislike bar

http://www.youtube.com/watc...

Now look at the Specialist Traynor romace and look at the disagrees

http://www.youtube.com/watc...

Almost 1/2 of the cortez one is dislike.

If you are gay, or are just unhappy with how gay couples are portrayed it is understandable, since the romances still need a bit of work.

But this protest is just because people are uncomfortable with gay people.

And lets face it, its mostly people are uncomfortable with gay men, lesbians are apparently hot.

Im a straight male, understand that... but I just find it stupid that discrimination against homosexuals is still present in this world

I know this is a protest for the old republic, but the same issue is in Mass Effect 3..which is weird because they both enable the player to have gay relationships

Drake1171505d ago

I completely agree with you. But unfortunately people are too lazy to read the article and figure out what its actually about and in their minds EA is the scourge of the world. Any one could of created those petitions either way in the end they are trying to defend the rights of homosexuals...

Kenshin_BATT0USAI1505d ago (Edited 1505d ago )

"They are trying to support the rights of gay characters in videogames."

This alone makes whole whole point invalid. There is nothing against gay video game character, no laws or anything of the sort.

Also I just wanted to point this out as well because it screams ignorance.

"And these games are not forcefully making the character gay, its up to the player to choose whether or not the character is to be gay. "

Does that not imply that being gay is a 'choice'? From all the homosexuals I know, they claim it isn't a choice but just something natural in them to be attracted to the same sex. I'd argue if anything, giving choice here makes it more offensive to the gay community.

*Needless to say though, I thought ME3 was a great game, just I feel saying being gay is a choice to be somewhat unfair of an assumption to make. I think it would have been better if the character simply was gay. I think that would interest people a lot more as well

TruthbeTold1505d ago

Vashlion,

I don't think it implies that it's a choice, but that in this game, characters are malleable, and are what the gamer says they are when it comes to sexuality, as well as other issues.

I look at it as each gamer has their own alternate universe in the world EA created. In your game a character may be this, in another's, it may be that. So the choice as to what the reality is for these characters is up to the gamer, but the characters themselves are all potentials until the person co-writing the story as gamer decides on the specifics.

Clarence1505d ago (Edited 1505d ago )

Well said. I can't believe that in this day and age people are still tripping off people who are gay.

Im glad EA is supporting gay rights.

wsoutlaw871505d ago

@vashlion what are you talking about? How does that make being gay a choice. You create your character how you want. You can choose what race you want, does that make race a choice? They are supporting a gay persons choice to have their characters also be gay. Letting someone choose who to marry but not allowing same sex marriages isn't really right. Ea is just giving gay people (or straight) a chance to make their character gay. I believe Bethesda allows this too in their games.

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GraveLord1505d ago

Those 6 disagrees you got are trolls on EAs payroll.

Nimblest-Assassin1505d ago

No.. I agree that EA does a lot of sh*t for money... thats fine.

I disagreed because of the idea that he said they were pathetic for supporting the gay community.. which he did because he never read the article.

They are trying to support gay rights with this. So what if they are using bots, it actually has a good purpose.

And the guy who is trying to prove they are bots is from reddit... you know the homophobic capital of the internet?

Mythicninja1505d ago

Paid trolls / shills definitely exist as several former shills have come out. They aim to create the appearance of non coherence in the gaming community on issues that are critical of their employers. Cheap viral marketing.

dirigiblebill1505d ago

Don't be misled by the headline. There's no proof of an EA connection here.

wsoutlaw871505d ago

where did they prove ea was doing this in any way, in this article.

SPAM-FRITTER-1231505d ago

whats more pathetic is that you believe this drool.

game devs can not please everyone. whats next....rainbow trout enthusiasts complaining about no rainbow trout in the old republic.

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Sanetoshi1505d ago

I don't see anything that confirms this was EA's doing, just that there were bots.

Also, the bots aren't supporting a boycott campgain. The bots are commenting on a petition give EA props for supporting the LGBT community. Screw the haters, I'm glad EA is supporting LGBT folks, and anyone who doesn't like it is no friend of mine.

v1c1ous1505d ago

there is no controversy regarding the game's gay characters.

ME1 came out a long time ago, they had their time in the fox news spotlight, and that was that.

to suddenly come out now and say there is some sort of controversy after ME1-3 and Dragon Age so close to the ME3 bad PR stuff just screams to me like EA is trying to distract the general public.

EA doesn't want their investors to find out the true reasons, so they are creating a supposed backlash from a few fringe religious groups (which do this kinda thing everyday) and are zooming it to levels that are non-existant.

LtSkittles1505d ago

What? This is about the Old Republic not Mass Effect.

Sanetoshi1505d ago

Except that even if EA are the ones responsible for this, they aren't elevating they people complaining. They're elevating the people defending. That's what this is about, so they're doing the opposite of what you're saying. :|

Consoldtobots1505d ago

Yashua said the "great falling away" would come and lo and behold half the world swallowed it hook line and sinker.

It's only cool to be "gay" today because homosexuals don't reproduce, thus making them darlings of the population control crowd.

ShadesMoolah1505d ago

Not quite the bots I had in mind.

I was expecting all player models in BF3 multiplayer to have gone super happy gay, and donned Adam Sandler's tux from The Wedding Singer, or something to that affect.

ziggurcat1505d ago

these aren't the bots you're looking for?

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SuperBeast8111505d ago

You know if you take everything a company does so personell you will end up hating them all and missing out on alot of great games.They all do shady things at one point or another but the "artists" who work for them and create the games do not have anything to do with it many of them are regular folks like us making the same amount of money and they work hard they deserve our support.Do you agree with everything your company does?(assuming you have a J.O.B)

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