EA Wins Title of "Worst Company in America"

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If only enough of us could unite and refuse to purchase dlc unless they backdown. The problem is, EA attracted enough casual shooter fans with the new direction the Mass Effect series took, that it probably won't happen. Look at how many people bought Bulletstorm just because Jennifer Hale (the VA for Female Shepard) voiced a npc.

Jaeke:
"And as mysteriously as it appeared, Consumerist.com vanished!"

I wouldn't be suprised.

As for the "award", those bastards deserve it. Not only for charging for held back content, but destroying the games that got their ugly-ass on the map in the first place.

game company "ruining" video game is worst than bank that helped in a financial crisis that affected several countries entirely and which ramifications are still being felt.

GOOD TO SEE OUR PRIORITIES ARE IN ORDER.

This is just gamers being crybabies. On the internet. Nothing to see here.

As I blame EA for the direction Mass Effect took, I say they are deserving of that reward. And really, this has been a long time coming, even before Mass Effect came into existance.

*Edit*

Shavon513:
If only enough of us could unite and refuse to purchase dlc unless they backdown. The problem is, EA attracted enough casual shooter fans with the new direction the Mass Effect series took, that it probably won't happen. Look at how many people bought Bulletstorm just because Jennifer Hale (the VA for Female Shepard) voiced a npc.

I actually got Bulletstorm because of "dicktits" and Scoring points for punting guys into spikes... I didnt even know they had Jennifer Hale in there.

Hevva:

EA itself doesn't seem terribly upset about having won The Golden Poo, however. In a statement, EA Senior Director of Corporate Communications John Reseburg told Kotaku that, "We're sure that British Petroleum, AIG, Philip Morris, and Halliburton are all relieved they weren't nominated this year. We're going to continue making award-winning games and services played by more than 300 million people worldwide."

And lo, the day came when I agreed with, and heartily applauded, an EA employee (a Sr. Director, no less!).

All this award does is prove that a huge number of internet users have screwed up priorities, a ridiculous sense of entitlement, and the attention spans of moths.

Hahahahahaha. Oh man, I knew it was going to happen.

I followed the count down, and watched gleefully as EA wasn't getting knocked out.

Congrats on your award EA, you fucking earned it, you shits.

:D

BS. This is just freaking pathetic. One of the prime companies responsible for the ruination of the US economy and has forced millions from their homes? Beat out by an entertainment company because a bunch people did not like the ending to a fecking video game. -_- Gaming community? I thought my opinion of you could not go any lower. I was wrong. Congratu-fecking-lations. You just lowered the bar even more.

Hevva:
Is EA really worse than Bank of America and WalMart? I'm beseiged by questions, Escapists. Help a sister out.

Oh dear lord, no.

Nickle-and-diming consumers and behaving like a giant-mutant-housefly that converts good ideas and good game studios to vomit is bad, sure, but that's nothing compared to some of the stuff that Wal-Mart and Back of America have done.

This contest was poll decided, and most of those polled have been personally subjected to and are aware of EA's douchebaggery, whereas a lot of people who suffer from Wal-Mart and BoA's douchebaggery are older, less-internet-saavy, working class types and foreign workers. The internet is youth-centric, and people care more about what effects them personally than they care about the bigger picture. Ergo, EA gets the poo.

T'Generalissimo:
So EA is now considered the worst company in America, but evidently not so bad that people will actually stop buying their products.

I know,right? And the great hypocrisy goes on....

MC K-Mac:

Hevva:

EA itself doesn't seem terribly upset about having won The Golden Poo, however. In a statement, EA Senior Director of Corporate Communications John Reseburg told Kotaku that, "We're sure that British Petroleum, AIG, Philip Morris, and Halliburton are all relieved they weren't nominated this year. We're going to continue making award-winning games and services played by more than 300 million people worldwide."

And lo, the day came when I agreed with, and heartily applauded, an EA employee (a Sr. Director, no less!).

All this award does is prove that a huge number of internet users have screwed up priorities, a ridiculous sense of entitlement, and the attention spans of moths.

Yeah, I agree it's a pretty sad reflection on the myopia of people...and the general narrow mindedness of mob mentality. The real world ramifications of BofA's policies and political influence makes EA's business practices look like a flea on a dog's behind, it's just a complete distortion of perspective.

I would have to say that we as consumers should be "entitled" when it comes to how our disposable income is allocated, and resent when companies like EA use shady tactics to manipulate it.

I dislike EA as much as the next guy, but I would've voted for BOA hands down.

All i can say is i want this to be a monthly thing. Corporate Turd of the month. Lets make it happen. Also take out the votes thing or modify it to require an explanation. And really? I hate EA as much as the next guy(provided the next guy is not my clone Edwin Von Fritzenbond) but really?

As for the argument " why vote BoA, they don't serve you?" i may have learned my economics from video games but i know that a world in trade cannot lose a vital organ. BoA is crippling the American economy which will in turn cripple others. If America goes down it takes others with it. Even if it didn't why not show some bloody empathy. You may not be under the direct attack but that doesn't mean that most US citizens are being fucked while the ones they beg to protect them do nothing. Or worse demean those that try to stop it for being nazisocialistcommunistmuslim athiests that are also gay. 2nd thought let us burn. Still not sure why i cannot get this dudeist thing right and not give a damn. Oh yeah... Still a part of this world whether i like it or not.

Fappy:
I think the results would have been quite different if only American citizens could vote in it. The reason being: EA fucks everyone while Bank of America only really directly fucks Americans. Why would you vote for a corporation that doesn't even have clients in your country?

I'm not from America, and I voted EA , for more or less the exact reasons you laid out. On reflection, perhaps I shouldn't have voted, but then again, it's a poll on the internet, after plodding through countless others, I barely reflect on them for a decent amount of time anymore before clicking the button I'd most like to click.

When all is said and done though, I hardly think this result matters. I mean, just look at EA's response. They clearly don't care. I doubt the BoA would have done either, although they might have been less smug about it.

I just really wish EA would sort themselves out. They're damaging the entire industry.

Also, since this seems to be a point of contention with many, I'm going to go ahead and point out that I don't play Mass Effect, haven't played the 3rd one, never intended to, and care little about the various controversies it caused (aside from the implications it may have for the rest of the industry). This isn't reactionary backlash, this is more of an expression of sustained disappointment and disdain. And, to address the other point that will inevitably start cropping up, no, I don't buy EA's games, both out of a lack of interest and an unwillingness to condone their practices.

Eh, 'worst company in America'? I don't think so? They're bad sure, but I'm pretty sure even with my bias as a gamer I can see that DLC and shitty endings don't come close to the kind of practices that landed say, BP, in trouble.

That said, if this revelation actually gives them a wake up call and motivates them to start doing better, I won't complain. It's a long shot, but a man can dream right?

Thuggych:

I would have to say that we as consumers should be "entitled" when it comes to how our disposable income is allocated, and resent when companies like EA use shady tactics to manipulate it.

Well, I think that we as consumers are entitled to spend our disposable income as we see fit. Buying something from a company that has disappointed you in the past shows a lack of pattern recognition. Buying something from a company that has disappointed you in the past and then loudly complaining about it on the internet makes you look like a big, entitled baby that thinks the giant corporation that hurt its widdle feelings gives a shit, as long as said entitled baby continues to give them its money.

I'm not saying YOU are one of these people, Thuggych. And believe me, I have vented a lot of hatred towards EA myself in the past. But my hatred was over EA's ridiculous marketing campaigns for Dante's Inferno and Dead Space, which actively encouraged sexual harassment and greatly contributed to people's perception of gamers as a bunch of immature, dishonest man-children. This whole Mass Effect controversy is kind of a joke. Well, OK, the DLC thing I understand, but this whole "take back the ME3 ending" movement just makes me shake my head. What the hell is wrong with people?

EA:
"We're sure that British Petroleum, AIG, Philip Morris, and Halliburton are all relieved they weren't nominated this year. We're going to continue making award-winning games and services played by more than 300 million people worldwide."

BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Oh my GOD! Do you have ANY idea what you're saying EA?

Maybe you should have done a bit of research and found out that 3 of the companies you just name-dropped weren't nominated this year BECAUSE THEY'VE ALREADY WON BEFORE THIS YEAR!

You're killing me here EA!

Oh you hate EA? Tell me how your boycott is hurting them.
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Nah in all seriousness, EA is a greedy company but they have a point, people still buy their products and get metric-tonnes of money for it.

tmande2nd:
While EA deserves to burn in the deepest pit of gaming hell....they dont deserve this.
They make bad products but BA screws an entire country out of house and home.

Gotta agree games is one thing but peoples houses that's total new level of douche beggary.

I hoped they would of been inspired by this to actually make more of an effort for their customers, but nope, they are going to continue to fuck everyone else over with their big diamond studded cocks. Wankers.

Sometimes I wonder why the gaming audience is seen as immature spiteful loudmouthed children. Then I quickly remember that it is.

Get the fuck over it people. I've bought every project 10$ thing for every game I've bought and encourage others to do the same to support the publishers and developers that incorporated it. U mad?

The quote was entirely right btw. Band of America and BP deserve it more. Oh they've won it before? Lol Valve's won the Escapist's march madness before and that sure doesn't seem to stop them.

Well let's see in terms of customer service
Bank of America attempted to foreclose on people who had paid off their house
EA banned people from origin and did not refund any of their games for complaining about their work on the forums
That's where my knowledge of bank of America ends, but it's beyond a doubt that both companies are bad

Braedan:
The reasons I think that EA won, while companies that make much bigger problems for people, is that while BP's rig blew up, they didn't MEAN for it to blow up, and while Bank of America helped crash the world economy, they didn't MEAN to crash the world economy. Ea on the other hand, seems to know exactly what they're doing, and proceed to sit there cackling like Mr. Burns counting his millions. Hence the comments from EA at the end.
From my opinion of course.

BP only ignored everything that said things were bad and took almost no safety precautions.

Economists were warning of an economic collapse, and most of the companies that were a big part of it, knew it was coming, but in the end made money off it.

I think the fact that this poll was conducted on the internet says a lot about the results.

They only won because the people BA screw over dont have money for internet......or home...or food....

OH GAWD, LAWD ALMIGHTY, BBUT THE GAMES, THE GAMESSSSS!

Started reading the story and thought, this is dumb. I am no fan but they are no way as bad as companies like BOA and wall mart. Really Internet I am disappointed in you.

Then read their response and thought, OK now they deserve it....

Also their spyware system did not make it onto the list of peeves, disappointed by the internet again.

Pariahwulfen:

ZeroMachine:

Fappy:

To be fair everyone has hated EA for years now. If ME3's ending wasn't the current issue I am sure something else EA-related would be. We'd probably still be arguing about the Prothean DLC right now if the ending didn't suck.

*peaks out*

... Th... is this a trick to get me to come out from behind the shield?

... Ok... Uh, wellNOSTAYBACK!

... Well... Yeah, I guess. But the thing is, the ending debacle was more or less the last straw, if the straw the broke the camels back was a nuke. People never ACTIVELY fought them before to any great/coordinated extent.

Now we have Retake Mass Effect, nearly ever donor of which probably voted for them to be on this.

Before it was a loose group of people that just didn't like their business practices. It's now a veritable army out for blood, BECAUSE of the ending. I just find it pretty sad that it was not one of their shady business practices that nuked the camel's back, but just the dislike (hatred, whatever) of the ending.

Since that's why they "won" this award, I think it's rather pathetic. That's all.

Now GET OFF MY LAWN *jumps back behind shield*

Have you forgotten the class action lawsuit against EA regarding the price of games in the Madden franchise and the other sports where they have purchased an exclusivity license?

*peaks out*

Technically, no, but you need to know about something before you can forget it.

*ducks back*

Seriously. If someone has not said it before in this thread the simple way to force EA to change or die is to not buy anything they make. Vote with your dollar. I am tempted to put them on my list with Ubi-soft. That is to say: see their name don't buy. I have plenty of other games to play thanks to GoG's and the like.

According to voters EA is the worst company in America??

I envy their innocence.

Shavon513:
...Look at how many people bought Bulletstorm just because Jennifer Hale (the VA for Female Shepard) voiced a npc.

You obviously do not know why so many people bought Bulletstorm!

I'll let the Cynical Brit do the talking...

Somewhere out there, Kotick is slaughtering a lamb and besieging his dark masters for the sheer force of will to topple EA.

Bankrupt a nation and help start a global recession, or sell allegedly shitty products with an allegedly shitty pricing scheme that no one is required to buy, yet for some reason everybody does?

Yeah... way to go, internet.

I'm not saying that their pricing scheme or products aren't shit, it just seems that if they really were that bad, no one would buy from them. Yet they do.

They make a fair point; "if we suck so hard, why do you still pay us to do what we do?"

I'm just saying: crash an entire economy, pull houses, jobs, savings, and retirement out from under hard-working "honest" families vs shitty customer service/marketing/PR.

#firstworldproblems (all of it)

Nuke_em_05:
I'm just saying: crash an entire economy, pull houses, jobs, savings, and retirement out from under hard-working "honest" families vs shitty customer service/marketing/PR.

#firstworldproblems (all of it)

Don't forget day 1 DLC, clearly that is a crime worse than say... Causing the economy to dive-bomb so people don't have money to buy the DLC they're protesting in the first place.

Just saying...

*Joins ZeroMachine behind flame shield*

Why is Walmart even near the list?

blalien:
Here's a simple rule: If your company hasn't killed anybody, it's not the worst company in America.

EA is to corporations what Justin Bieber is to singing - likely not the worst, but certainly the most popular to hate.

Preface: I'm not a fan of EA and I do not defend their shady business practices.

Now, with that out of the way, I'd like to give my own (by no means exhaustive) summary of this thread.

I'll start with the "no"s...

Kinguendo:
While I hate EA and it would be a much better world if EA was the worst company in America, sadly it isnt.

No. To you and anyone who thinks (without sarcasm) that EA is actually the worst company in America. (If you were being sarcastic then feel free to ignore me.)

Braedan:
The reasons I think that EA won, while companies that make much bigger problems for people, is that while BP's rig blew up, they didn't MEAN for it to blow up, and while Bank of America helped crash the world economy, they didn't MEAN to crash the world economy. Ea on the other hand, seems to know exactly what they're doing, and proceed to sit there cackling like Mr. Burns counting his millions. Hence the comments from EA at the end.
From my opinion of course.

While you are entitled to your opinion, the answer is still "no" for the following reason:

tmande2nd:
While EA deserves to burn in the deepest pit of gaming hell....they dont deserve this.
They make bad products but BA screws an entire country out of house and home.

In other words, grossly destructive negligence (and whether this was actually negligence or an intentional ass-f---ing of the American economy is debatable in regards to BoA or Goldman Sachs) is far worse than the dickish business practices of an entertainment company. Entertainment companies are not in a position like banks or oil companies where they could potentially destroy the environment or the economy. The entertainment industry is ultimately subject to the demands of the consumer, the only thing at stake is their profits and the satisfaction of the consumer. Thus they don't really have any stringent responsibilities. If you don't agree with their business practices then don't buy their products.

ZeroMachine:
A) The ONLY reason they won is because of the ME3 ending debacle, and that's pathetic.

B) Their response was well said, as there is no other way to respond to something like that, and it's true (whether or not that's unfortunate is up to people to decide for themselves)

Yes on both accounts.

Volstag9:
Not many people like EA. That much I'll admit. But worst company in America? God no.

Yes again.

Sangreal Gothcraft:
the only word i can say now is , Art thou shitting me?(No Pun intended) Don't know how they get number one place over B o A who pretty much is to blame for economic downfall (they don't take all the blame but yeah whatever)Guess Mass Effect 3 caused a lot of butt hurt

YES.

major_chaos:
Ok so *hides behind flame shield* I find this to be an utterly stupid result, there is no way any sane person could say that DLC is somehow worse then significant contributions to ruining the economy, but we are talking about gamers who have been known to lose any and all sanity at the mention of big name publishers and fly into a frothing incoherent rage. And now in case that didn't make absolutely everyone hate me I can follow it up by saying that I honestly loved EA's response, as it was funny and I think showed they were well aware how absurd the result was.

YES. Both in regard to the mental retardation of the result and to the awesomeness of EA's response.

And finally, to sum things up...

dyre:
It's completely retarded that EA won over Bank of America and AT&T, but it seems this competition was just for fun, so I guess it doesn't matter. Plus, maybe EA is slightly more likely to change its ways than BofA or AT&T?

At first glance, yes... it would seem that it doesn't matter. In fact, the competition doesn't matter. But what does matter is that there are so many people that have such fucked up value systems that they think EA is worse than BP; Bank of America; Goldman Sachs; the Pharmaceutical companies; Apple, Walmart and other corporations that essentially use slave labor in other countries; or even Google for collecting personal information or Sony for saying that we don't own the hardware that we have fairly purchased (both of which are not only dickish business practices but actually pose a threat to consumer rights).

dyre:
edit: heh, I see some people on the Consumerist complaining that the vote should have been for Consumerist members only, as to avoid votes from the ignorant masses who would claim that DLC are worse than foreclosures.

Now if these people were being sarcastic, this would be hilarious. But I'm fairly certain that this isn't the case. Perhaps they were being ironic and were merely trying to troll EA, but in that case I'd say that EA was clearly the winner considering that their response was absolutely boss...

EA:
"We're sure that British Petroleum, AIG, Philip Morris, and Halliburton are all relieved they weren't nominated this year. We're going to continue making award-winning games and services played by more than 300 million people worldwide."

I'll leave on that note.

I have to admit...I can't see how they won. I mean, yeah they're a bunch of horrible douchebags, but B of A is way worse. Hell, there are a lot of companies that are way worse than EA. They just hide it better until something explodes.

If we're comparing nickle and diming customers then Capcom should take the prize. Does no one remember the insanity that was MvC3 or even Street Fighter vs Tekken?

I know this is missing the point entirely, but it is not 'British Petroleum' it is 'BP'. They stopped calling themselves British Petroleum when they realised thet most of the shareholders were American. Although it is EA so I shouldn't be surprised that they know nothing about anything that wont make them money.

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