Today, it was announced that EA has taken home the gold. For the second year running, they have received Consumerist's 'Worst Company' award, ( http://consumerist.com/2013... ) beating Bank of America by nearly triple the votes. This is also the second year in a row that I shook my head in awe at how childish and narrow minded the gaming community can be.
Don't get me wrong, I love my fellow gamers. It is a passionate group, one that takes pride in the hobby, outside judgement be damned. But they can also be an irrational bunch, often blowing situations out of proportion and making a mess out of otherwise inane things, things that are minuscule in the grand scope of society. This is where Consumerist's poll comes in.
Take a look at Consumerist's bracket. Go ahead, I'll wait. You back? Now, when you looked at that bracket, did something seem a little off to you? Maybe the fact that they edged out two banks, a credit card company AND a mortgage company, all of who have reputations for being scum and having an overall poor operation ethic? It seems that Mass Effect 3's crummy ending, the SimCity debacle and online passes are somehow worthy of more disdain than a bank that doubles interest rates on customers paying their loans, and a mortgage company that takes away family's homes. The fact that Consumerist users (the ones that voted for EA most likely being gamers) overlooked such scummy practices and decided that EA's transgressions are somehow worthy of greater ridicule than Wells Fargo's and Bank of America's is baffling to me.
I often see comments complaining about society "looking down upon gamers", that "we should be taken more seriously" and that "we are intelligent too and not just tunnel visioned game junkies". Oh really? Is that how you feel? Want to be treated as mature and well rounded individuals in discussions about the economy, politics and other topics? Then act like it.
Not only does it disgust me to see that a group I associate myself with is so shamefully narrow minded, but it also makes me wonder if I am not the same way. Of course I have been infuriated by gaming related issues before. Of course I will take a stance in such debates. It isn't the fact that gamers take issue with the things EA does, it's the way they go about it. Spamming message boards, making petitions and whinging all over the internet just gives everyone a poor impression of gamers, and ruins otherwise good conversations.
I guess what I'm trying to say is, get some damn perspective everyone. If SimCity's botched launch/DRM, Mass Effect's (subjectively) poor ending, Origin and online passes are somehow worse to you than the pain -both financial and emotional- some of these banks and mortgage companies inflict upon people, then you need to reevaluate your priorities. The best way to describe my feelings towards this situation are contained here. ( http://1.media.dorkly.cvcdn... ) If the minutiae of EA's policies really bother you more than the horrible and in some cases downright evil things some other companies do, I don't want to know what you think IS worse.