Jimquisition: Why Do People Hate EA?

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I just needed an excuse to put JIM IS SEXY!

Saw the video title and said "What?! Why do people still not hate EA, Jim?!" Then I saw the video description and all was right with the world. I suppose I should have known better, though. This show has blasted Konami, Ubisoft, online passes (which EA does), on-disc DLC (which EA does), always-online DRM (which EA does), crappy Origin pricing, and more in the past. I feel stupid for believing for even a second that this episode would be in defense of EA.

Anyway, time for me to shut up, grab some popcorn Raisin Bran, and enjoy the show.

... Yep, this is now one of my favorite episodes. Although I'm actually quite surprised to learn that EA once admitted that buying and ruining Westwood was a mistake. Wish they would actually follow through with that statement though and leave the Command and Conquer franchise to rest in peace instead of continuing to piss on it with shitty game after shitty game.

This was golden!

Activision satanic but EA somehow doing worse sums the 2 major publishers up nicely.

Jim, I don't want your shirt, it was touched by a traitor! Plus - you said you wouldn't mail it to me. That makes me sad.

really, to me, what's sad about EA isn't that they're as bad as they are, it's that there are people who still support them?

It's not really a matter of whether they're well informed about EA, it's fucking basic priorities; is this game worth upwards of $80+ dollars till the next week/month when a new games comes out?

(P.S. bear in mind that I'm assuming that there are people who buy their games at launch day, and not just wait till the price drops... Twice.)

(P.S.S. I really want that shirt, dammit!)

EA are fuckers and I think everyone knows that. I'm disappointed in IGN for not using the interview as an opportunity to address some of the things we're all thinking. Activision is a shit company too, but I am proud of them for not using online passes, but the fact that EA does seems to be the only reason that they don't.

Also, I don't know why people feel the urge to hate on BioWare in the same breath that they curse EA. EA has bought up plenty of companies and fucked them over, and not only is EA now drilling BioWare up the arse with no lubricant, people are calling BioWare the same evil corporation that EA actually is. One shit game (that I personally loved) does not invalidate all of the fun that you had with their other games, and if you let that be the case, then that's your own fucking fault.

Jim, I think that YOU should be the one to get to interview Electronic Arts. In fact, I would outright pay to see that. I mean, I'd only pay a dollar or something... but still.

MrGalactus:
Actually, now you mention it, It really is tough to remember what it is about Activision we hated so much. Off the top of my head...they torture game franchises out of relevance. Compared to all the bullshit EA has done, Activision almost seem like the scrappy, humble underdog.
Dafuq happened?

And, if you're offering,
(I would like a Gravity Rush T-shirt, and Jim is sexy?)

BTW, if you've got a vita, Gravity Rush is pretty great.

As I recall, there were really only two factors to begin with:

1. For a while, Bobby Kotick was running his mouth and saying [b][i]INSANELY[/I][/B] stupid things that pissed people off.

2. Call of Duty. It is popular and the best-selling game every year (constantly breaking it's own sales record). As we all know, if something is popular, it sucks. And since Activision publishes the popular game, they suck.

Of course, number one no longer exists. Good ol' Bobby finally learned to shut up a while back, so it's pretty much people just being immature little twats who hate Call of Duty because it's popular and hate Activision because they publish Call of Duty.

And I guess some people are mad about canceling the new True Crime game or something, but I don't care about that. It's being made by United Front Games, a developer that has already proven themselves to be incompetent. I'm sure once the renamed Sleeping Dogs finally comes out, people will see what an utter mess it is and realize that Activision was right in canceling it all along. Not surprising that Square Enix picked the game up either, as all Square Enix does anymore is waste money. They usually only do it on games that have "Final Fantasy" in the title, though.

Viredae:
really, to me, what's sad about EA isn't that they're as bad as they are, it's that there are people who still support them?

It's not really a matter of whether they're well informed about EA, it's fucking basic priorities; is this game worth upwards of $80+ dollars till the next week/month when a new games comes out?

(P.S. bear in mind that I'm assuming that there are people who buy their games at launch day, and not just wait till the price drops... Twice.)

(P.S.S. I really want that shirt, dammit!)

Not only do people still support EA, but people think EA is one of the best publishers and that we should all stop hating them because they published a few games that some critics liked.

http://www.xbox360achievements.org/news-2480-A-2011-Retrospective--Going-From-Strength-to-Strength.html

I actually also like EA from 2008 up until last year. Three years, that's all it took for them to shoot themselves in the foot. With a fucking hollow point.

Good video overall, it is stunning to see EA with its anti-consumerism shocked to see people like it a lot less. Same thing is happening to Blizzard which is unfortunate, but has caused me to boycott Diablo 3. I am done with Blizzard now and forever. EA has already taken that low low road and ran with it callously claiming that gamers will still go to them even though they just stabbed all of our mothers. This company needs to die and serve as an example as to why you don't act as if the consumer does not matter.

[Also, I would adore a Gravity Rush t-shirt and Jim is a sexy man.]

Finally someone who can construct an argument against EA without foaming at the mouth and losing their shit, well done Jim.

(I would like a Gravity rush T-shirt please, also JIM IS SEXYYY!)

you should wear the shirt so we can all see your glorious tits :)

This video basically sums up my hate for EA, thank you Jim Sterling.

[I would like a gravity rush shirt please also Jim is sexy]

Jim have you seen the newest Talking to women about video games!? Holmes strips! he also admitted to your dirty acts between you two at E3 but be careful there was a witnesses!
Also shirt would be nice Thank god for swag and Jim

http://youtu.be/J5mY_0juloM

[I would like a Gravity Rush shirt please, Also Jim is sexy]

jim you sexy beast, i would love to cuddle up to you wearing that shirt during the storm that is raging outside right now.

oh and i love the video, this kinda bullshit is what jim is absolutely best at because when the source material is this dumb his style doesn't seem that much over the top

Not that I'm going to defend EA against what is a SLEW of completely valid points, but I really do hate the Valve double-standard. I get that Valve has done a lot to foster customer loyalty, and frankly I've probably spent more on Steam than on analog games over the last three years, but I'm still a little peeved when they're just given a pass and treated like this scrappy little underdog. I'm thinking two things specifically: Steam's always-on internet requirement and their pairing with Gamestop. Both of which are either dismissed or outright praised. A partnership. With GAMESTOP. One of the most REVILED companies in the industry (at least on the internet), but the moment Valve announces you'll be able to go into their shop to buy Steam Bucks, "GO VALVE! Looking out for their consumers!"
And yeah, Steam is "always on." Yes, you can go into "Offline Mode," but ONLY if you already have a connection. Internet went out unexpectedly? TOO BAD. Just as when EA does good, they should get praised (multiple free DLC packs for ME3), Valve should get taken to task when they do wrong. But neither of those things happen because even praising EA for giving away free content is unacceptable.

[I would like a shirt and Jim is sexy]

Thank God for Jim Sterling. A bit too much redundant silliness at the get go with all the "asking EA about...". These videos continue to improve though the launching diatribe/humor continues to be a weakness.

Jim brings up a very good point with the '5 million in sales being necessary' to cover costs. Why doesn't EA try to limit the costs of making new games? Don't try to tell me it can't be done without doing things like overworking staff or other harsh practices (that EA already does). How about instead of $$$ graphics, they hire a $ writer to make a game with a good storyline?

Now the only question is, since Diablo III is now requiring players to always be online, how long is it going to take until EA does something similar? After all, they seem to be ripping off the worst parts of every company.

And no, I'm not counting Origin (yet). I can still play Mass Effect 3 single player without having to be online.

[I would like a Gravity Rush shirt please. Also Jim is sexy.]

I'm Really sorry to see EA stoop so low over the years. They pretty much turned IGN into the FOX News of videogames. Hell, I feel sorry for every company affected by EA.

neonsword13-ops:
If Activision can shape up, then maybe EA will follow their business practices. Peer pressure and all that jazz.

I would like Gravity Rush t-shirt. I'm a big fan. (lol, my avatar). Kat is just too cute. :3

Also, Jim Sterling is the sexiest, manliest man among men that makes even Batman cry.

lol, I totally thought of you when he pulled up the shirt. XD

EA killed Pandemic, and I shall never forgive them.

(Obligatory "Jim is Sexy" bit)

Undeadpool:
I'm thinking two things specifically: Steam's always-on internet requirement and their pairing with Gamestop. Both of which are either dismissed or outright praised. A partnership. With GAMESTOP. One of the most REVILED companies in the industry (at least on the internet), but the moment Valve announces you'll be able to go into their shop to buy Steam Bucks, "GO VALVE! Looking out for their consumers!"

Why would people have a problem with Valve selling steam bucks at Gamestop? Gamestop has some very shitty business practices, true, but I don't blame any game company for selling their products there. You might as well get annoyed because THQ, Rockstar and Blizzard sell copies of their games at Gamestop. In fact, I can see where the praise for Valve comes from, as it allows people without a credit card to buy games from Steam where they would not otherwise be able to do so. That's a consumer-friendly practice, even if it does give some money to a shitty company.

remember the end of taken where liam neeson shoots that guy in the tux who ran the slave trade auction and his last line was "it was just business"? thats what happens to people who use that defense, not literally of course but you know what i mean

Jim, why do you think some people hate the Jimquisition despite being one of the most relevant and good-looking shows in gaming?

[I would like a Gravity Rush shirt please and Jim is sexy]

deserteagleeye:

neonsword13-ops:
If Activision can shape up, then maybe EA will follow their business practices. Peer pressure and all that jazz.

I would like Gravity Rush t-shirt. I'm a big fan. (lol, my avatar). Kat is just too cute. :3

Also, Jim Sterling is the sexiest, manliest man among men that makes even Batman cry.

lol, I totally thought of you when he pulled up the shirt. XD

I figured someone would. X) It's just a really good game. Finished it last night, now I just gotta beat all of the challenges and stuff.

Usually, I don't play a game after the credits roll, but this has to be one of the few exceptions because the way you traverse the world is so unique and fluid. Also, collecting power up jems is fun.

I'd go so far as to say it's right next to Persona 4 in my Top 10 list. (And Persona 4 is #1)

It's just so damn fantastic. My love for Gravity Rush rivals Daystar Clarion's love for Journey. And we know that man loves himself some Journey.

Yep EA is basically the Hitler of game studios right now. Pure relentless evil.

My guess was that EA believed it was rivals of Evil with Activision, and someone went and made a bet saying they couldn't look worse then Activision. Looks like EA won that bet!

I genuinely like Dead Space too; I hope their risks with the play style don't end up killing what at least aimed at a different audience then most shooters.

[I would like a Gravity Rush shirt please! Also Jim is sexy.]

DVS BSTrD:
Investigating journalism at it's sexiest. Then it comes to EA it's pretty much Bio be ware.
Fucking Checkpoint takes it's job more seriously than IGN
(and yes I would like a shirt)

I swear, in every single content post, you're there with a horrible pun.
And always in the first few comments.
Do they pay you to do this? Are you some sort of licensed puncrafter?

Maybe .... But The Person I Really Hate is Your Father

Double Post oops
Pobodys Nerfect

Thought the video went over pretty well why people hate EA. Thought more time could have been spent explaining how they brutally murdered several developers, but a joy to watch as usual.

[I would like a Gravity Rush shirt, please. Also, Jim is sexy.]
(I finished GR last night and God it was fantastic.)

Denamic:

DVS BSTrD:
Investigating journalism at it's sexiest. Then it comes to EA it's pretty much Bio be ware.
Fucking Checkpoint takes it's job more seriously than IGN
(and yes I would like a shirt)

I swear, in every single content post, you're there with a horrible pun.
And always in the first few comments.
Do they pay you to do this? Are you some sort of licensed puncrafter?

Sorry, that's a trade secret ;)

Great video, I feel EA always had potential.

(Yes I would like that shirt you charismatic stallion from beyond the stars, the sexy man who enjoys a bit of Jonathon Homes bum and person who all woman want to be with and all men want to be, I would like that shirt.)

What if consumers, like me, want EA to spend more money in order to make better quality games?? I don't care about Day 1 DLC, if that's what it takes to finance an amazing game, then I support it.

Not everyone shares my opinion, but lots of people prioritise the quality of the game over the price, so stop acting like it's fact that EA are exploiting everyone. I want good quality games to further the industry so I am happy to pay more for them. If you don't think the games they sell are worth the price, don't buy them.

Well said Jim! Like any gamer who really cares about this industry I fucking hate parasite companies like EA with a passion! Honestly I can't stand any of the big cooperation's anymore, whether it's Ubisoft, Activision, Microsoft, Sony or Nintendo they can just fuck off for all I care. But I have to say EA really takes the cake when it comes to being super jerks.

They spend hundreds of millions of dollars on developing shitty games and billions on marketing those crappy titles.

They force PC gamers to use awful software full with spyware to play their games.

They have absolutely no shame when it comes to exploiting their consumers through overpriced dlc and various online content while releasing uncompleted products.

They ruin Westwood and the C&C franchise.

They ruin Bullfrog.

They ruin Origin Systems and the Ultima franchise.

They ruin the MOH franchise.

And they are now well on their way to ruin gamedevelopers like DICE, Bioware and Crytek.

-EA Games, Ruins Everything!

NCLWC:
is it wrong that i don't know whats wrong with activision? i never knew people hated activision as well (but then i am naive af so derp)

[also jim's sexilicious and i would like the shirt]

They tend to milk franchises till they die, and actively try to suppress innovation to avoid the risk of not being able to rely on the same brand message, and they canned a bunch of games simply because they wouldn;t be as big a hit as COD, etc.

Plus as I'm wont to point out (simply because I find it so hilarious an example of how they are potentially harming themselves with their refusal to allow innovation and obsession with things being the same all the time) they tried to stop infinity ward making modern warfare so they could just make another World War II game instead. Now think on how much money the MW games have made. Remember how much that the original MW blew people away with its story. If activision had got its way, none of that would have happened. and instead of learning their lesson that they should trust the ideas guys to know what they are doing, they trapped them into making the same brand name game over, and over, and fired those very ideas men that had given them such a solid gold hit to make sure that they got the same game over and over again.

SkarKrow:
Everything wrong with EA can be summarised by playing Bad Company 2 for a few hours.
Then play Battlefield 3.

See the difference?
I thought so.

Truth be told, you can even see such issues in the transition from the original Bad Company to its sequel.

I'm left wondering if the best solution would simply be for EA to collapse under it's own tremendous, unsustainable weight, allowing its IPs to scatter to studios that might actually care to grow them as unique series. Granted, you lose competition in the market place, but it's not like EA was healthy competition to begin with...

[I would like a Gravity Rush shirt please. Jim is totally sexy.]

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