EA craptastic company

http://consumerist.com/2012/04/congratulations-ea-you-are-the-worst-company-in-america-for-2012.html

Whether it's on a console, a PC, a smartphone or tablet, hundreds of millions of people play video games every day. Yet most mainstream media covers the industry the same way it treats adult dodge ball leagues and cat fashion shows (both noble ventures, but neither of them multi-billion dollar industries). And the only time you hear legislators discuss video games is when some politician decries them as the death knell for all things righteous in the world (hint: they're not). Now, after years of being ignored and relegated to steerage, game-players have voted to send a message to Electronic Arts and the gaming business as a whole: Stop treating your loyal customers like crap.

After more than 250,000 votes, Consumerist readers ultimately decided that the type of greed exhibited by EA, which is supposed to be making the world a more fun place, is worse than Bank of America's avarice, which some would argue is the entire point of operating a bank.

To those who might sneer at something as "non-essential" as a video game company winning the Worst Company In America vote: It's that exact kind of attitude that allows people to ignore the complaints as companies like EA to nickel and dime consumers to death.

For years, while movies and music became more affordable and publishers piled on bonus content — or multiple modes of delivery — as added value to entice customers to buy, video games have continued to be priced like premium goods.

There have even been numerous accusations that EA and its ilk deliberately hold back game content with the sole intent of charging a fee for it at a later date. It's one thing to support a game with new content that is worth the price. It's another to put out an inferior — and occasionally broken — product with the mindset of "ah, we'll fix it later and make some money for doing so."

New, independent game companies do pop up all the time, but the cost of entering the market has historically been too expensive, making these indie innovators prime targets for acquisition by mega-publishers like EA. Our hope is that the growth of app-based gaming and downloadable games will continue to make it easier for developers to get their products out without the backing of companies that don't care a lick about the people who fork over their cash.

Oh well, Worst Company In America 2012 is officially in the books. All that's left to do is send off the Golden Poo to EA.

Traditionally, the Poo has been delivered on its little red pillow. But this year, we'll give EA three different color options for its pillow, though in the end it's still the same old Poo.

Thanks again to everyone who voted. See you all again in about 49 weeks!

 

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....very well said

....OK...  Try to keep some perspective dude, they make games.   EA has 300 million customers.  250,000 of that is what percent again?  Are we all really so wrapped up in this bs that we'd compare them to the likes of BoA or ENRON?  Play 'em or don't, its a luxury!

I preached that way back during the beta.  How they hyped up B2K.  Then we had to get it later when it should of been on the disc at release day.

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I preached that way back during the beta.  How they hyped up B2K.  Then we had to get it later when it should of been on the disc at release day.

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Right?  [que Obermann voice-over]  WORST COMPANY IN THE WORLLDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD!!!!!!   lol

Blame people who buy the same sports game every year.

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....OK...  Try to keep some perspective dude, they make games.   EA has 300 million customers.  250,000 of that is what percent again?  Are we all really so wrapped up in this bs that we'd compare them to the likes of BoA or ENRON?  Play 'em or don't, its a luxury!

[/quote]these guys aren't ripping off your retirement...but they are charging more for less it seems....game development costs are going down...but EA prices are going up...now we have to pay for each little crumb they drop if we want the full experience.....now, no one is forcing a consumer to buy, but alot of this stuff we are being charged for should be included in the admission price.....you are right it's a luxury, but some sort of balance needs to be struck....people have the right to be disappointed.....I run my own successful company, but if I ran it like EA "take it ot leave it!"...then my company would fail.....people in my business demand results, and satisfaction....apparently EA relies on what I can only describe as trained attack dogs...people who attack anyone critical of EA.....instead of selling a sound, reliable product to begin with

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these guys aren't ripping off your retirement...but they are charging more for less it seems....game development costs are going down...but EA prices are going up...now we have to pay for each little crumb they drop if we want the full experience.....now, no one is forcing a consumer to buy, but alot of this stuff we are being charged for should be included in the admission price.....you are right it's a luxury, but some sort of balance needs to be struck....people have the right to be disappointed.....I run my own successful company, but if I ran it like EA "take it ot leave it!"...then my company would fail.....people in my business demand results, and satisfaction....apparently EA relies on what I can only describe as trained attack dogs...people who attack anyone critical of EA.....instead of selling a sound, reliable product to begin with

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There are plenty of choices, one of which is to stop buying their products.  Like I said 300 million customers.   That's a LOT of people world-wide they cater to.    All businesses, including yours, play by a version of the same rules as EA.  An example would how you price for your services - lets say you work out your costs and come up with a margin that 25% less than what everyone else is getting?  If the market has been established, wouldn't you not participate in that market?  I'm a knucklehead  so I'll stop before I get too deep.   

They are doing what they ALL do.  More marketshare, bigger profit margins, more value for the stockholders.  Charge too much for oil, too much for healthcare, too much for a new car, too much for overdrafts,  too much for a plane ticket - dude.  Remember when gas went up to almost $5 a gallon and all the airlines cried they have add a surcharge?  ever noticed them removing that charge when the prices came down.....????    This arguement goes round and round and round, but me, I don't expect as much from these guys as y'all do.  They just make games, and every game I've ever played has been flawed in myriad ways, but if I enjoyed it I played it.

agreed..to a point, but like it or not entertainment is important.....if I can only have one, and they cost the same.....should I buy the CD 'Ugly Kid Joe : Americas Least Wanted' or 'Jerry Cantrell: Degradation Trip'?...one is obviously more lighthearted, but which one in the long run will hold my interest...not to mention which one is better written?...Star Wars episodes 4-6 or Star Wars episodes 1-3....yes, I expect quality and service...more bang for my buck as it were..,..if my DISH network quits working, I'm on the phone immediately requesting service....IF it takes them a few days, I"ll live, but I also demand that month's bill be prorated for the time I had no service

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agreed..to a point, but like it or not entertainment is important.....if I can only have one, and they cost the same.....should I buy the CD 'Ugly Kid Joe : Americas Least Wanted' or 'Jerry Cantrell: Degradation Trip'?...one is obviously more lighthearted, but which one in the long run will hold my interest...not to mention which one is better written?...Star Wars episodes 4-6 or Star Wars episodes 1-3....yes, I expect quality and service...more bang for my buck as it were..,..if my DISH network quits working, I'm on the phone immediately requesting service....IF it takes them a few days, I"ll live, but I also demand that month's bill be prorated for the time I had no service

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I think EA draws it's parrallel to the Motion Picture industry - probably same business model, only now they've merged it with the software as a service model.  They're only going to get richer, these guys. 

 

So now that the graphics and content bar for this sort of game has been established, how could a smaller company, say one who wanted to dedicate its games to only the best of everything, compete? 

I think I know what you meant by comparing to the motion picture industry but I dont think it has the same argurment. Only part that does is that both doubledip for collectors, master, superbit, game of the year, 10th anniversary, directors cut....blah blah editions. The difference is, the movie, basically is the same for all those. What makes most upset I believe is the fact that maps or game modes are INTENTIONALLY left off the disc (or in some cases are on the discs just not unlocked) until you buy the DLC or some sh!t like that. Movies dont have that, deleted scenes or whatever, doesnt change the movie. DLC changes the game to an extent.

Whatever, using BF as an example, yes, it makes me a little angry but what can you do. I will buy any BF game that is released. Just sayin I understand why the company is not popular.

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