Jimquisition: Breaking the Bones of Business

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Eve Charm:
The industry won't crash. As bad as it gets it won't crash at all because call of duty, madden, assassin's creed, and any other low risk title that sells millions a company can keep pumping out every year. Sure more studios will shut down, but hell as long as the big guys can buy whatever is worth money and still put it out like they did THQ nothing is going to miss a beat.

And people won't not buy the next call of duty, or the next installment of X game, and the DLC season pass or coins cause heck that's about the only game they buy for a while.

Hell I bet in 2 years Activision will be Kickstarting to raise the funds for the next call of duty so it doesn't cost them a time, 500 dollars for a clan tag and all the dlc ;p

You know, Call of Duty won't sell forever. In fact, it is a fast burn and will also burn out quickly (one day people will just stop). There have been successful franchises come and go and Call of Duty is no different. Remember when it was all about Mario, then Sonic, then Spyro, then Crash, then Halo, etc...

Lord Draenor:
RRRRAAAAAGE! Pretty much sums up the situation. I don't even buy DLC unless it's bundled with the whole game and at a ludicrous discount. Don't see any reason to pay for something that's obviously a missing part of the main game

totally agree.

And I probably won't be buying Dead Space now for at least couple of years until an edition comes out with the DLC added.

With a bit of luck it'll be second hand so EA will get fuck-all of my money

SO not interested in any kind of online DLC component in any of my games.

I will be buying Bioshock Tho.

I certainly hope there won't be some kind of online bullshit with that.

And again, my answer to all this is to just not buy it. I'll be honest, I don't really deal with video-games much anymore. I play board-games more these days. I have a lot more fun, I got to interact personally with my friends, and I don't have to put up with all this bullshit. Complaining about it just doesn't do anything. Close your wallet and leave.

ADDENDUM: OMG! That ending was just awesome!! I absolutely loved that!

These games companies are big corporate entites with shareholders and they'll keep trying to squeeze money out of a product as much as they can. We as consumers should not let them. Thats why I dont touch DLC unless its substantial and offers real moneyb for value (elder scrolls expansions) and as far as gaming goes I find myself moving back to the pc and away from a lot of AAA titles entirely. I probably wont even buy the next xbox/playstation and this is coming from someone who owns an xb360 ps3 and wii. I dont want to see people unemployed but if this is the future of gaming i'd rather live without it, it was nice while it lasted.

What? It was less Jim Bucks to watch the secret Euro Truck 2 ending over the Thank God for Me Ending?
I feel you need to reevaluate how much you're charging for the different DLC of your videos Jim.

geizr:
And again, my answer to all this is to just not buy it. I'll be honest, I don't really deal with video-games much anymore. I play board-games more these days. I have a lot more fun, I got to interact personally with my friends, and I don't have to put up with all this bullshit. Complaining about it just doesn't do anything. Close your wallet and leave.

ADDENDUM: OMG! That ending was just awesome!! I absolutely loved that!

You don't think Jim making a video and all the people on this thread complaining about it have pushed anyone a little closer to "don't buy it"?

In groups, people are very influential.

Given that so many developers were so willing to abandon their individual personalities and IPs to aim for the dark, gritty, new style of gaming the moment the 360 came out (the hip new thing), it just showed how much they didn't appreciate their craft. They were just pandering to the new kids on the block. I mean seriously, how does a game company go from making amazing games like Ratchet and Clank to sub-par shit like Resistance? That was kind of the end-all omen to me that we were in for the downhill ride of our lives. I am not surprised in the least that we have the shit in the gaming industry we have now. That bad taste I got in my mouth from the start of this gen has turned into vomit, just like I thought it would.

The game industry is now the cesspool Hollywood is. DLC, pay-to-play, micro transactions are all the $10-$15 gross popcorn they try to sell us before we go in to see what homogenized garbage they're trying to dump on us now.

Another gaming crash? Good god... please come soon! I would enjoy it greatly if many of the publishers and developers responsible for everything in it's current state all went bankrupt. Perhaps we could survive a few years just on indi-games until the next reboot. Or better yet those people who make the awesome indi games should eventually become the next giants in gaming.

Quiotu:
There really is an easy way to do this, though it's already been said many times before. Simply let publishers know with your wallet what you'll accept and not accept. I buy EA games when they don't screw me over. I bought ME3 used, but I bought SSX new... because one had DLC practices I liked and the other didn't. I don't buy Ubisoft games on the PC period. I haven't bought a Final Fantasy game since 12, but I bought Sleeping Dogs and Deus Ex: HR because those were good games that Squeenix had other developers make. Capcom is virtually dead to me, but I'll buy Okami HD just so they know that's the last thing decent they published. And I haven't bought anything from Sega since Valkyria Chronicles since they've shown they can't make and keep an IP to save their life save perhaps Total War, and a dev they own makes that instead.

Again, never say you'll boycot... because hardly anyone ever perseveres enough to stick to it. Buy what's good, buy what's fair, and let everything else fester as a signal to all publishers concerning what you're willing to put up with.

"Voting with your wallet" will never accomplish anything. Why? It's because for every 1 person that wises up and stops buying from a company, they're replaced by 10 more idiots that will buy anything without bothering to see if they should just coming into some disposable income *COUGHcausalsCOUGHandCOUGHblindfanboysCOUGH*. The video game industry is so prevalent at this point that they can just screw everybody over as much as they want and there's nothing anybody can do about it.

MortisLegio:
I honestly don't understand why companies want to nickle and dime their customers. All it does is make the customer not like you and make it so they are less likely to buy the next game. If it's straight up greed, then wouldn't it make more sense to keep your customers as happy as possible and earn their loyalty? I just don't get it. Are companies so short sighted that they no longer care?

As I said above, video game companies are so powerful, so rich, and have an endless stream of morons customers to lead like lambs to the slaughter that they don't need to give a rat's ass about being fair to their walking moneybags customers. They not only blatantly ripoff nickle and dime their victims customers, but they flaunt the fact that they cheat their lemmings customers at every turn. Other industries also rip off their customers constantly, but they at least TRY to hide the fact that they're doing it. You're right though Mortis, the video game industry somehow gets a free pass to rip off their customers all the time, and they actually profit from it, while in any other industry, similar practices would get the company that did it to die out, quickly.

I'm starting to get the feeling someone at EA saw DLC Quest and took it as a serious business model instead of a tongue in cheek joke.

I was going to pre-order Dead Space 3 until this microtransaction shit was announced. I didn't think EA could come up with a worse idea then Dead Space 2's tacked on multiplayer, but at least that actually gave us something tangible.

xPixelatedx:

The game industry is now the cesspool Hollywood is. DLC, pay-to-play, micro transactions are all the $10-$15 gross popcorn they try to sell us before we go in to see what homogenized garbage they're trying to dump on us now.

Nah, Hollywood isn't anywhere near as terrible as the video game industry is. At least with the movie industry they try to make it look like they aren't screwing people over. The video game industry not only screws people over, they'd have to put a massive "WE'RE ROBBING YOU FOR EVERTHING YOU GOT" sign on the front of every game box in order to flaunt the fact that they're doing just that more than they already are.

Wait. Jim's looking at Dead Space 3's pricing model as a warped, twisted, unrecognizable abomination of something he used to defend and now feels compelled to attack it?

They're just trying to tear down the segregation between their business and the plot of their game.

FF:All the Bravest sounded like a fun idea until I heard about the micro transactions, now I just can't give a sh*t... and this is coming from someone who baught Skylanders.

Considering I had more fun recently playing Terraria for the PC: an indie game that isn't even completed, than Call of Duty: Black Ops, Halo 4, Rayman Origins, and Gravity Rush: I think the console market probably needs some more creativity in the works. Actually, I'm kind of wondering how Nintendo is doing over there in the field yonder that I haven't stepped in since the game cube...

Oh yeah, and the DLC and preorder bonuses for three out of the four games didn't exactly help much. To be fair, at least the PS vita games were good for what they were, though.

Colt47:

Considering I had more fun recently playing Terraria for the PC: an indie game that isn't even completed, than Call of Duty: Black Ops, Halo 4, Rayman Origins, and Gravity Rush: I think the console market probably needs some more creativity in the works. Actually, I'm kind of wondering how Nintendo is doing over there in the field yonder that I haven't stepped in since the game cube...

Nintendo is continuing to do things their own way while ignoring what everyone else is doing. They are getting into DLC but some of it is free DLC. Nintendo pisses me off in so many ways but when topics like this come up, they end up look like the old wise man who takes things nice and slow.

CAPITALISM.

But seriously this is despicable. Just for that I'm buying Dead Space 3 used EA :)

Also Escapist are putting ADS IN CAPCHAS now?! Real classy guys. Guess corporate greed at the expense of the user is everywhere now. How ironic.

SanAndreasSmoke:
You know, it pains me to say it but I've been getting the feeling we might be in for another industry crash in the near future, and I would normally consider myself a very optimistic person. I hate doom-sayers, yet this borderline criminal squelching of paying consumers for more cash coupled with a few other recent industry practices that seem to be bringing the market nowhere but down has me worried.

I really hope I'm wrong. At the same time, though, what will it take to give these publishers a fucking wake-up call?

Great ending, by the way.

You are wrong, and here is why:

The crash occurred due to an over-saturation of samey low-quality titles over a large array of consoles, and customers had a very hard time distinguishing them. The market almost totally vanished as stores ceased carrying consoles since they thought that no one was ever going to buy consoles again. This was when the consoles cost hundreds and PCs cost thousands.

Now you have lots of flashy consoles for under four hundred and PCs that can be custom built to suit your needs for under 1000, provided you do your research. Also, guns and boobies. Both sell very well, especially to curse-puking kiddies who are on a sugar rush and just got a headset, who dominate the gamer market (and explains why women tend to be silent gamers).

Let's face it. No one is going to be so stupidly vain as to buy a skin for ten dollars unless they've played the game for 1000 hours and feel that they owe the company a little bit. I actually do this with f2p games that I like and so I don't feel like a free-loader. I don't brag about it and I don't expect anyone to care about my florescent pink armor in Blacklight: Retribution.

It took six years for the Modern Warfare juggernaut to slow down, if only for a little bit.

Personally, I hope that the market splits and companies like EA and activision can go milk casual gamers while other companies make stuff that is a little more challenging.

LightspeedJack:
CAPITALISM.

But seriously this is despicable. Just for that I'm buying Dead Space 3 used EA :)

Also Escapist are putting ADS IN CAPCHAS now?! Real classy guys. Guess corporate greed at the expense of the user is everywhere now. How ironic.

Keep hitting refresh until you get a non advertising CAPTCHA. It may take many tries but the message that we refuse to type ad slogans should be sent.

aivalera:

Foolproof:
Sooo....you're shocked that a business would try to find a way to make money off a new development?

Not shocked, pissed. And "not try to find a way to make money off a new development", more like shoving it down our throats not enough to kill us but something that has to be checked on.

Honestly though, this isn't one my "must change" policies but at the rate it's going it will soon be up there. This is the same as on-disc DLC that should be cut out soon before it becomes completely riduculous. We shouldn't have to pay to unlock the stuff we already bought. You may say that we aren't and that I'm ranting on about something else, but we are and I'm on topic. If this keeps up, we will be forced to pay for something that should have been in the game but isn't because we haven't paid another twenty bucks. It's not there yet, but it will be if this doesn't stop.

Oh for fucks...complaints about on disc DLC are just pure bullshit, and are evidence of the incredibly skewed sense of value that gamers have.

Look, in order for a complaint about on disc DLC to be valid, it must fulfill three criteria.

1. The base game itself must not be worth the $60 investment as judged by the standards of the market and what would constitute a fair average $60 investment.

2. The content must be available on day one

3. The addition of this on disc DLC to the base game must then create a complete paclage that is substantial enough that it would constitute a fair amount and quality of content by the standards of present games.

If the game doesn't fit into the first criteria, then the gamer is complaining about not getting something extra for free. That it was on the disc is just irrelevant semantics - fine, you bought that content, but you didn't buy the unlock code, so you aren't allowed to use that.

If the game doesn't fit into the third criteria, then the problem isn;t the DLC, its just that the game sucks, and on disc DLC is irrelevant.

No-one has ever been able to give me a game that actually fulfills all three critiera. Which indicates its a knee jerk reaction based on us thinking that our payment entitles us to infinite content from developers and publishers, not $60 worth of content.

I was sick of this awhile ago, as well as DRM. I'm also really getting fucking sick of having to research every new game released just to see if it comes with DRM or run me through shit hole practices like the ones you mentioned.

I reckon the only way to get more people to vote with their wallets is to demonise them more, so they literally stand out.

I would not mind a industry crash, half of my time is spent on indie games anyways, they will thrive with less AAA titles and I doubt that steam will go down.

Atmos Duality:

irishda:

It would be better serving though if he hadn't said in the video, multiple times, that he'd be willing to pay if the developers didn't A: charge so much or B: "beat him over the head with it." Which I'm not even sure I know what he's talking about. The closest I can think is that guy in Dragon Age that talks to you about some important mission, and then the game pauses to tell you you have to buy the DLC. But that's solved by just not talking to the guy again. If that breaks you out of your gaming funk for more than five minutes (or however long until you talk to someone else) than something's wrong with the game itself to begin with.

Well, even in the example you've given here, it's kind of a nasty practice.
Legal, well within their right, but nobody likes having proverbial keys dangled in their face.
I'll elaborate a bit more below.

No, Jim's not arguing against the practices, as he made very clear in the video. He's just mad that they're "forcing him to" or "charging him too much". Which, on both accounts, are fucking stupid reasons. If he REALLY wanted to speak out about it, he would've made a video about how retarded you have to be to spend money on a fucking cheat code or a hat for your character. But no, instead its a video on how the video game industry will burn and fall because publishers have the audacity to fish for people stupid enough or wealthy enough to pay for extra shit.

Pardon the personal interpretation, but I believe his outrage at these costs are in essence arguments against their related practices in general. It's not just price-hiking measures, it's how they're implemented.

At best, I find this problem akin to that of Product Placement in film; even if you try to ignore it, even if you walk away from it, once you're aware of it, it still cheapens the experience. Perhaps I'm a weaker person for it, but subconsciously, I hate it when I realize I just paid money for an experience and then have an advertisement shoved in my face.

At worst, well, we're seeing a trend in AAA games with more and more content focused on micro-transactions. Mass Effect 3, Dead Space 3, even Diablo 3...I call them "shell games".

Incidentally, I did some research on that iPhone/mobile Final Fantasy: All The Bravest, and Jim is right, it's a fucking terrible game.
It's so terrible in design and so greedy in its intent, I actually applauded Squeenix for making it.
FF: AtB's mere existence could be interpreted as (I do not say this with any irony or sarcasm) a statement of contempt for the FF fanbase, and the nostalgia-centric market they drive.

Squeenix really thinks their fanbase is so stupid, with such low standards that they will gobble up a game whose gameplay literally consists of rubbing once side of the screen until you win just because it has the Final Fantasy franchise stamped on it.
What blew my mind while researching this: I found people defending the game heart and soul. These people are spending money, sometimes lots of money, on SPRITES. Nothing more complicated in function or appeal, than an animated gif.

And it's because of shit like this, that I cannot get mad at Jim as you have.

I totally agree with you on the consumer taking a stand and rejecting bad offers rather than buying them and grumbling about how shitty the market is later, but there is a point where someone needs to stop and point out just how ridiculous these money grabs are getting, and that's what I took from his video.

And that's the issue that makes me so mad. Everything with the video gaming crowd is a personal insult. That game could be interpreted as a statement of contempt, or it could be interpreted as, at worst, a rushed attempt to gain a foothold in a new medium they didn't full understand. Because to believe that Enix was insulting its consumers is to believe that the higher ups at the company sat there and said, "Final Fantasy players are stupid and will buy anything."

More to the point, I don't see micro-transactions as the wave of the future, and I don't even see them as being much of a problem in the first place. People say things like Diablo 3 are signs of what's to come, because they believe the entire game was designed to center around the auction house. But even that is centered around how much you as an individual care to invest in an experience, and whether or not you want to make that experience easier. Is it more efficient and easier to just buy things off the auction house of D3 rather than go on endless loot runs? Absolutely. Is it easier to buy more energy in those facebook/free-to-play games than to just wait until it automatically refills for free? Certainly. But it's weighed by what you look for in a game. And it's not even as forceful as Jim paints it to be. There are no "Buy this, it's in the auction house now!" in D3, except from the actual players. And that's relegated to a tiny corner of the screen. And it can be closed.

Bottom line, I don't feel any of these are as active as Jim believes them to be, and him yelling about it just makes him look like a guy screaming at a billboard, "They're infecting everything! They'll be everywhere!"

Atmos Duality:

spartandude:

Atmos Duality... you sir are my new solemate
i get so sick of the "you dont like then dont buy it and shut up" mentality so many people on these forums have but you... i just want you to hold me

Careful. I've had another person think that on here and when she tried to have conversations with me I was convinced that she was one of my friends playing a joke so I was very uptight and I was really paranoid about being abused with furries. Well, that set off her red headed stubborn streak because getting me to have a conversation was like pulling teeth even though we had things in common. Eventually she kind of just gave up on the whole thing but then I kept talking to her because the whole stalking bit was so traumatic to me and now I just keep her around for amusement so it wasn't all that bad I guess, not really like stalking at all since she only talked to me on here for the longest time. >_<
But it's good to meet a kindred spirit amidst the madness of the net.

*boots the dragon* (I am sorry, but I couldn't help myself with that typo.)

There, I fixed that bit of snark for you.

If you're complaining and so traumatized, I can go away. xp

mjc0961:

irishda:
I made it about halfway through the video before I couldn't watch anymore. Why? Because this entire video operates under the ridiculous premise that if something is being offered for money, then the customer has to buy it. Therefore the devs/publishers are fucking us over. Here's a tip, and this is just me, perhaps I'm reading too much into it.

DON'T BUY THE FUCKING DLC AND FRANKLY RETARDED EXTRAS THAT COME ALONG WITH SOME GAMES IF YOU DON'T WANT TO!

And this, boys and girls, is why you watch the entire video before you write a big stupid rant about something that may not be relevant. In this case, had you watched long enough, you might have made it to the part where he says that he doesn't buy most of this DLC.

So, yeah, before making a big stupid rant saying he should realize that he doesn't have to buy it, watch the video to see if he mentions that he already knows that so you don't make an ass out of yourself.

Also your thoughts on this are terrible ignorant anyway. "No complaining allowed, either buy or don't buy but shut the fuck up either way"? No. Fuuuuuuck that. We have every right to voice our complaints about terrible business practices. Whether we spend our money on it or not, we all damn well have the right to complain and no amount of "stop complaining guys!" from people like you will stop it.

Oh no, rest assured, I still watched the rest. Even including the part where he says "I would even buy some of this stuff if it wasn't ridiculously overcharged or if they didn't beat me over the head with it." In other words, Jim is wholly willing to support the shit he says he hates so much, if it just didn't cost so much, or they didn't ask him so many times. Good thing I watched far enough to see him back up his hypocritical position.

Voice your complaints all you want. Businesses don't give a shit until you stop paying them. And right now, you guys are paying them. So yes, the bitching is annoying because you guys whine and complain while still handing them money hand over fist. Then you act as though you were forced into it, like he was powerless NOT to buy the Infinite Weapon Durability.

irishda:
No, Jim's not arguing against the practices, as he made very clear in the video. He's just mad that they're "forcing him to" or "charging him too much". Which, on both accounts, are fucking stupid reasons. If he REALLY wanted to speak out about it, he would've made a video about how retarded you have to be to spend money on a fucking cheat code or a hat for your character. But no, instead its a video on how the video game industry will burn and fall because publishers have the audacity to fish for people stupid enough or wealthy enough to pay for extra shit.

How the fuck do you know what he's speaking out against if you don't watch the video?! You already admitted that you didn't watch the entire thing, so don't sit there and act like you know what the video is about. What he said in the video and what you're claiming he said despite not watching the video are two completely different things.

Except I did. I just got pissed at the halfway point. I know exactly what he's speaking out about. Things used to be free, and now they're not.

I am a PC Gamer.

PC Games have gotten roundly screwed for being a failing industry that no one wants to invest time into anymore. A lot of mainstream developers are abandoning it. What is coming in the place, is a series of old guard PC Game developers, publishing with GOG and Steam, and crowdfunding. A year ago I called a guy a moron on a forum because he said that crowdfunding would replace mainstream developers. Looking at my game purchases since then, and any game purchases I intend to make in the future, the only large company I have bought a game from is Activision (SC: HOS). Most of my purchases these days are small developers who just seem to Get what I want in gaming. I was dead wrong, and I have no trouble admitting that.

That is why I am perfectly content that EA is doing what they are doing. Well, content is the wrong word for it. I'm upset because when larger companies manage to screw themselves out of existence, you loose a lot of big name titles. What makes me happy though, is that despite this, we are getting more depth and complexity slowly inching it's way back into gaming. I never played shooters. I played Battlefield 1942 for a while... a long time ago. I played about 20 minutes of one of the first Modern Military Shooters online, and quit for around 7 years. I recently started playing Planetside 2. First FPS I've seen in years that had what I was looking for. I love city building games, and since Impressions went dark, I haven't had a lot to play: Now we have the games learning from Dwarf Fortress, lacking in complexity (Comparatively, but comparing a games complexity to Dwarf Fortress, is like comparing the flight speed of a parakeet to that of a lear jet) but making up for it in UI and fun. We have games creeping into existence that will begin to undermine the foundation of the larger companies while they continue to make hairbrained decisions, and people are just mad enough now to finally let that happen.

Where I am going is this: In the video Jim, you say that gaming could crash like it did in the 80s. I think we have reached the point of being self-sufficient enough that it wont happen. I say let these people make these decisions. Let them attempt to appeal to a disappearing and historically indecisive majority of media consumers, who have left them for tablets and teaspoon depth, by continuing to bilk people for every coin they can. Because it'll only be so long before they have to acknowledge what they have done wrong, by betraying their devoted base.

Nice Ending :)

when i heard about the whole DeadSpace weapons crafting thing i was honestly both pissed and surprised could you imagine whst they'll do next? for instance different costumes at the moment they're all hidden and you need to unlock them but say you play a game and you find armour that's really good you try to equip it and guess what? You need to buy the unlock code.
One day they'll just drop the pretence and start openly charging for what you actually have in the game that you can see and interact with (similar to that area in Burnout Paradise). It may never come to this for most games but at this point i'm expecting the worst.

connall:
Jim, your desk is awesome. Where did you get the terminator and darksiders mask?

Good episode though, I do completely agree, I saw something promising but now I see some sort of frankenstein monster that these ideas have become.

You can find the Terminator on Thinkgeek, I have one on my desk at work. It helps keep me on task.

*le sigh* and this is why we can't have nice things anymore -_-
Nowadays, I can't justify impulse buys or release-price buys because there is so much stuff that feels like its missing. I think saints row 3 was the best example, because while it was an amazingly fun game it felt way too short for a 60 pricetag. I had to balance myself so i wouldnt accidentally finish the story before the optional activities.

Couldn't agree more. I want to play Dead Space 3, but I'm buying it used. I don't want to give those bastards at EA any money. I would buy it new to support Visceral Games, but with that ludicrous minimum number of copies that must be sold, they're as good as dead. I guess we'll never see Dante's Inferno 2 (hey, I kind of liked the first one, despite how much it butchered one of my favorite literary works.)

Oh, and props for the System Shock 2 reference.

To be honest I feel like micro transactions and such are a reality were just going to have to get used too, I am little worried how its going to affect ds3 in terms of gameplay, if its there you have to allow for it one way or another

grey_space:

With a bit of luck it'll be second hand so EA will get fuck-all of my money
.

sadly you wont be hurting EA...only viceral

immortalfrieza:
"*COUGHcausalsCOUGHandCOUGHblindfanboysCOUGH*. .

oh right...I apologise for being a fanboy moron....

if I want a game I want a game, I'm not going to deny myself on the delusion that me not buying it will somehow hurt evil old EA in any way shape or form (it wont)

Kekkonen1:

I am so bloody tired of unimaginative AAA-games made by a committee of old greedy men who have tweaked the product so it will have such a broad market that it in reverse effect becomes virtually indistinguishable to all other AAA-games .

now this simply isnt true...

sure AAA gmaes dont vary much in terms of themes and such..but I can definetly tell the difference between dead space 3 and the new tombraider

Good on ya mate. That was brilliant. It's been a while since I've heard someone vent with vigor and I enjoyed every bit of it. It pissed me off for about ten seconds and then I didn't give a shit.
Because that's who we are now.

Crono1973:

geizr:
And again, my answer to all this is to just not buy it. I'll be honest, I don't really deal with video-games much anymore. I play board-games more these days. I have a lot more fun, I got to interact personally with my friends, and I don't have to put up with all this bullshit. Complaining about it just doesn't do anything. Close your wallet and leave.

ADDENDUM: OMG! That ending was just awesome!! I absolutely loved that!

You don't think Jim making a video and all the people on this thread complaining about it have pushed anyone a little closer to "don't buy it"?

In groups, people are very influential.

Given some of the past behavior of gamers, not so much, no. These same companies have been doing this sort of thing for years and successfully getting away with it precisely because people keep buying it. All it takes is for the company to dangle a new, shiny game, and gamers come running to buy it, completely disregarding the mistreatment they just suffered. At what point, no matter how enticing the game, does one finally say to company X, "You have mistreated me one time too many, and I am never buying anything from you ever again"? At what point has a company crossed beyond forgiveness such that, no matter how shiny the new game, gamers simply refuse to buy ANYTHING from that company ever again (for example, I will never, ever buy anything from Ubisoft, period)?

A company only hears and understands two specific sounds, the creak of your wallet opening and the slap of your wallet closing. All other sounds are simply meaningless noise and are ignored. You can complain as much as you want, and that's fine; let the company know why you are dissatisfied. However, unless those complaints are back by definitive, decisive action, they will lack any sense of force upon the company.

I actually really want to send a strongly worded email/letter to EA but not sure where to go

should I just send them an actual physical letter?

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