Electronic Arts Repeats as "Worst Company in America"

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Just goes to prove how little relevance an open vote for the uninformed masses has on the internet

JazzJack2:
I hate how they're trying to spin this with all this 'gay-hater' bullshit, the only people who hate gays are EA, their patronizing and ignorant attitude to homosexuality makes my blood boil.

What planet are you living on? Did you miss the recent article that talks about EA being one of the few companies to recently stand-up against the Defense of Marriage act?

http://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/185627/EA_steps_up_opposition_against_law_that_prevents_gay_marriage.php

Did you miss the homosexual relationships in both Dragon Age and Mass Effect.

Fucking hell man. Get educated.

Akalabeth:

JazzJack2:
I hate how they're trying to spin this with all this 'gay-hater' bullshit, the only people who hate gays are EA, their patronizing and ignorant attitude to homosexuality makes my blood boil.

What planet are you living on? Did you miss the recent article that talks about EA being one of the few companies to recently stand-up against the Defense of Marriage act?

http://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/185627/EA_steps_up_opposition_against_law_that_prevents_gay_marriage.php

Did you miss the homosexual relationships in both Dragon Age and Mass Effect.

Fucking hell man. Get educated.

It's just mindless pandering,(and patronizing pandering at that) do you honestly think they care about gay people at all?

Plus the homosexual relationships in DA and ME where nothing more than a marketing ploy, they had no depth at all and they seemed to fall on that old trope of gay guys want to fuck any man simply because they are man, I'd almost find it offensive if it wasn't so laughably sad and desperate.

If you want a good portrayal of Homosexuality in an RPG play New Vegas

JazzJack2:

Akalabeth:

JazzJack2:
I hate how they're trying to spin this with all this 'gay-hater' bullshit, the only people who hate gays are EA, their patronizing and ignorant attitude to homosexuality makes my blood boil.

What planet are you living on? Did you miss the recent article that talks about EA being one of the few companies to recently stand-up against the Defense of Marriage act?

http://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/185627/EA_steps_up_opposition_against_law_that_prevents_gay_marriage.php

Did you miss the homosexual relationships in both Dragon Age and Mass Effect.

Fucking hell man. Get educated.

It's just mindless pandering,(and patronizing pandering at that) do you honestly think they care about gay people at all?

Plus the homosexual relationships in DA and ME where nothing more than a marketing ploy, they had no depth at all and they seemed to fall on that old trope of gay guys want to fuck any man simply because they are man, I'd almost find it offensive if it wasn't so laughably sad and desperate.

If you want a good portrayal of Homosexuality in an RPG play New Vegas

News flash most video game characters and stories have no depth at all. The difference is that SOME have gay stories, and some DO NOT.

And yes, I honestly do think they care about gay people at all. Because they're standing up for against a law, I don't give a shit what their motivations are, I don't pretend to know their motivations like the rest of you do, but their actions speak for themselves.

Is Valve standing up against that shit? Activision? Ubisoft? No. From what I know they're doing NOTHING AT ALL. And I'm sorry, but I will give a company credit for doing SOMETHING over another company doing NOTHING.

The bounds to which people delude themselves is amazing. Hate EA for the anti-consumer shit they do like SimCity DRM, but when you hate them for not caring about gay people when they're the only fucking company who's doing anything it's a little pathetic.

Akalabeth:
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News flash most video game characters and stories have no depth at all. The difference is that SOME have gay stories, and some DO NOT.

Having gay stories doesn't automatically make you progressive

Is Valve standing up against that shit? Activision? Ubisoft? No. From what I know they're doing NOTHING AT ALL. And I'm sorry, but I will give a company credit for doing SOMETHING over another company doing NOTHING.

I give credit to those companies because they don't desperately jump on to bandwagons in an attempt to seem relevant, and the unlike EA they treat me like a person and don't see my sexual preferences as something to be pandered to or milked, I mean does EA think all gay people are retards or something and that we'll lap up their shit if they say they're on our side?

The bounds to which people delude themselves is amazing. Hate EA for the anti-consumer shit they do like SimCity DRM, but when you hate them for not caring about gay people when they're the only fucking company who's doing anything it's a little pathetic. Seriously.

I don't care if they don't care about gay people but what I do care about is them putting up this facade that they do. And frankly this attitude of, 'oh who cares about their motives as long as they're doing it' is moronic, their cynical attitude to LGBT issues does nothing but undermine them.

blalien:

erttheking:

blalien:

I'll keep my mouth shut until the next time a woman gets death threats for speaking her opinion.

You need to stop taking the opinions of vocal minorities so seriously.

Except all the video game forums were flooded with people directing more anger at the woman than at the people sending the threats. And I'm not just talking about Anita Sarkeesian, this shit happens all the time. If we want the public to think better of us, we need to clean up our own community.

Dude this is the internet. As long as the internet exists, there are going to be assholes. There won't be anymore assholes on the internet when there aren't anymore assholes in the Human race.

Um... How about fuck no? Even if you're just talking from the perspective of a consumer with no outside context, there are still far worse companies. Come on, internet. Buck up.

erttheking:
Dude this is the internet. As long as the internet exists, there are going to be assholes. There won't be anymore assholes on the internet when there aren't anymore assholes in the Human race.

Well yeah, but maybe if we as a community did a better job of letting the assholes know their comments are not welcome, they'd be sitting in the corner instead of dominating the conversation.

blalien:

erttheking:
Dude this is the internet. As long as the internet exists, there are going to be assholes. There won't be anymore assholes on the internet when there aren't anymore assholes in the Human race.

Well yeah, but maybe if we as a community did a better job of letting the assholes know their comments are not welcome, they'd be sitting in the corner instead of dominating the conversation.

We can't police the entire internet. We can control what happens on the Escapist, that is the limit of our power.

JazzJack2:

I don't care if they don't care about gay people but what I do care about is them putting up this facade that they do. And frankly this attitude of, 'oh who cares about their motives as long as they're doing it' is moronic, their cynical attitude to LGBT issues does nothing but undermine them.

The fact that you assume it's a facade is unhealthy quite frankly. Your beliefs you should be based on experienced, not assumptions, building up an idea around some pre-conceived notion and then manipulating information to suite that theory is erroneous.

And yes you have experience with DragonAge/MassEffect apparently but your lesson from that should be about how the story failed rather than "what they tried to do". Most hetero video game relationships come down to just having sex as well.

The fact is that EA has homosexual relationships in the products they publish. They've stood up in the public eye to oppose what many view as an unfair law. These are measurable actions. They're actions that are not actively undertaken by all developers and publishers. If you think they are failing in an area, then voice your disappointment with the ACTION but don't ASSUME you know the INTENT.

Ie "I appreciate that EA put homosexual relationships into DA, but I didn't care for the execution"
or "I appreciate that EA is standing up against DOMA, but I wish they had better post-release support"

etcetera.

But holding to the blind truth that the world is black and white is unhealthy and will ultimately lead to you alienating yourself when you assume things without either proof or a comparable amount of experience. Assumptions should be based on patterns, educated guesses, if the pattern of EA is to promote homosexuality even in a banal manner than that's the pattern. And if their goal is for wider-market appeal and to include more gamers (and subsequently make more money) then this is a GOOD THING.

Trying to include everyone is a noble goal regardless of the motives. If people are screwed over by EA after buying a game, then the thing to criticize is not their attempt to include everyone, it's how everyone is treated after the fact.

And with one final note to the Marriage Act. You know, instead of people making guesses as to why EA is doing what they're doing making in opposing DOMA, you should instead be spending your time asking your favourite company why in the hell they're not fighting the bloody thing as well.

erttheking:

blalien:

erttheking:
Dude this is the internet. As long as the internet exists, there are going to be assholes. There won't be anymore assholes on the internet when there aren't anymore assholes in the Human race.

Well yeah, but maybe if we as a community did a better job of letting the assholes know their comments are not welcome, they'd be sitting in the corner instead of dominating the conversation.

We can't police the entire internet. We can control what happens on the Escapist, that is the limit of our power.

Well, we're not doing a very good job of cleaning up the Escapist. The staff is all fine, but not the commenters.

blalien:

erttheking:

blalien:

Well yeah, but maybe if we as a community did a better job of letting the assholes know their comments are not welcome, they'd be sitting in the corner instead of dominating the conversation.

We can't police the entire internet. We can control what happens on the Escapist, that is the limit of our power.

Well, we're not doing a very good job of cleaning up the Escapist. The staff is all fine, but not the commenters.

I'll give you that. These threads alone are filled with people throwing insult after insult at each other for not having the "right" opinion.

SirPlindington:
Um... How about fuck no? Even if you're just talking from the perspective of a consumer with no outside context, there are still far worse companies. Come on, internet. Buck up.

My only reason for being ok with the outcome.

Bank of America is horrible. I won't deny it. I won't come out and try to say that it didn't deserve the award. I bleed for people who has suffered it's wrath, including my brother who had a little rattling up due to something we're still not sure of.

But there are organizations set up to police banks or support those who are victims of banks. They won't have the Bank Lawyer's fire power, but there are places to go, Government sponsored help, and the like. Do they work and help one hundred percent of the time? no. But there is something out there.

EA and companies who follow suit make it so to even view if their product is able to work for you, you give up your rights to a lawsuit. Click here to accept the game and install it, but by doing so you give up your rights to sue or anything. Suggesting as much allows us to terminate your account, meaning you lose all access to your games (Origin). That I do find horrendous.

Bank of America did some illegal things and screwed a lot of people over. They should not have any more of your business and if you were hurt by them, you do have the right to receive compensation.

EA made it legal to screw you over. They made you sign your rights away and roll the dice to see if you got a viable product. They will determine if they want to sate your requests, but don't hold your breath. And if you threaten anything, more of your rights can be taken away and you are left with nothing.

Does the loss of a game equal to a loss of your savings or chance at a house? No. Is Bank of America guilty of a lot of suspect things that are reprehensible? Yes. But from what I know, when you enter a contract with them, you don't sign away your right to actually try to receive compensation for the crimes committed against you. I don't bank with them, so I don't know. If someone can tell me otherwise, I will change my mind. But a company who sees fit to serve me an inferior product and hide behind a statement that to even see if it works for me, I am not able to put a lawsuit against them is the pinnacle of how I do not want to see companies act in the future.

I do not wish to ignore the wrong the other companies have done. But I do not want to ignore what EA and it's ilk are doing. If we ignore it, it spreads to any company (gaming or no). Imagine the fine print on the back of your cookies that says by opening the package, you give up your rights to ask for a refund if stale or inedible in anyway. That by opening up the ikea package, the sale is final and if any parts are missing, you must buy a replacement pack at 25% of the original item's price.

I find EA's methods deplorable and worthy of stamping out before it spreads as acceptable business practice to other industries. That is all.

Paraphrasing Jim Sterling "IT'S A GOLDEN PILE OF SHIT." If this was some vote of "Which company should be dismantled" and the winning company actually got their company destroyed then yeah it'd be stupid if EA won over BofA. This is an internet poll and the only consequence of this poll is getting mailed a gold poop statue.

erttheking:

blalien:

erttheking:

We can't police the entire internet. We can control what happens on the Escapist, that is the limit of our power.

Well, we're not doing a very good job of cleaning up the Escapist. The staff is all fine, but not the commenters.

I'll give you that. These threads alone are filled with people throwing insult after insult at each other for not having the "right" opinion.

I think the Escapist should have a commenting system similar to Reddit, where comments can be voted on and the best ones float to the top. It would make the comments a better reflection of the community, instead of the loudest people getting all the attention.

ObsidianJones:

SirPlindington:
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Not denying you made good points, but did you quote the wrong person? Because I see no substantial relation between what I said and what you said. I'm honestly just looking for clarification here.

SirPlindington:

ObsidianJones:

SirPlindington:
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Not denying you made good points, but did you quote the wrong person? Because I see no substantial relation between what I said and what you said. I'm honestly just looking for clarification here.

... I might have...

nor do I remember which actual page the comment I was looking for resides.

Can we pretend I meant you?

ObsidianJones:

SirPlindington:

ObsidianJones:
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Not denying you made good points, but did you quote the wrong person? Because I see no substantial relation between what I said and what you said. I'm honestly just looking for clarification here.

... I might have...

nor do I remember which actual page the comment I was looking for resides.

Can we pretend I meant you?

Pretend? Why would we need to pretend? You clearly meant me the whole time, and that statement brooks no further discussion.

Brad Shepard:

canadamus_prime:
Again, what? Worst company in America?? Really? I mean I hate EA, I really do, but worst company in America? I don't think I'd even put them in the Top 5, Top 10 maybe, Top 25 certainly, but #1 hardly.

Think about it this way, If like, BP or BoA do something shady or something like that, its just on them, but if EA does something like say, make a quick cash in game, other game companies are going to look at it like "OH! thats the hot thing right now! We got to do that!" because they make so much money, being one of the leading game companies right now, thus, other game companies will make shitty cash in games, thus, bringing down the whole medium in general. An oil spill can just hurt BP's image, a shitty game made by EA can bring down the collection of video game companies in general, thats why they "won" this contest two years in a row, plus, we saw his reactions, blaming homophobes and "Whiny madden fans" In my mind, they had it coming, i would hope for a hat trick next year, but i honestly hope they are gone by this time next year.

Im not even going to get into how they treat there employees.

You've got to be kidding. BofA regularly screws over its customers and has made financial decisions that have been atrocious to its customers. Comcast is part of an oligopoly and keeps regions of the US back in its internet capability because they're too unwilling to dip into their profit margins to provide internet to their customers that's actually stable and on par with other nations in the world. And you really think only video game companies influence each other? BofA and BP never influence the other companies in their respective industries? That's...really flawed logic.

EA is an entertainment company that is making financial decisions based on what their customers are doing. If dumb gamers support those types of financial systems and keep giving game companies money, then the game companies will keep doing those things. Things like the BP oil spill that have caused massive damage that persists to this day, and Comcast's horrible customer service and absolute apathy to the requirements of their consumers are far, far worse than EA's shenanigans.

If anyone seriously thinks that EA deserves that title more than any other company on that list, their priorities are unbelievably flawed and they have no understanding of how the real world works whatsoever. Which is fine I guess, but for those of us that aren't teenagers living off their parents' income the real world matters and what those other companies do are appalling and infuriating, far beyond what EA has done.

erttheking:
Can people stop freaking out over how stupid gamers are? Please, for the love of god

I will when they stop providing evidence like this...

YOU may not be stupid, but the overwhelming majority are showing that they are VERY clearly.

SirPlindington:

ObsidianJones:

SirPlindington:

Not denying you made good points, but did you quote the wrong person? Because I see no substantial relation between what I said and what you said. I'm honestly just looking for clarification here.

... I might have...

nor do I remember which actual page the comment I was looking for resides.

Can we pretend I meant you?

Pretend? Why would we need to pretend? You clearly meant me the whole time, and that statement brooks no further discussion.

The pretend thing was a joke. You were right I didn't mean you. I meant Aeonknight's post where he says that we can justify the reasons why EA deserves it. I had multiple pages of this up at once. Your 'fuck no' response wasn't what I was looking to respond to, and as you pointed out, nothing I said had anything to do with what you said.

NameIsRobertPaulson:

erttheking:
Can people stop freaking out over how stupid gamers are? Please, for the love of god

I will when they stop providing evidence like this...

YOU may not be stupid, but the overwhelming majority are showing that they are VERY clearly.

Oh could you please stop it? A mass disagreement in opinion does not equal stupidity!

lumenadducere:

Brad Shepard:

canadamus_prime:
Again, what? Worst company in America?? Really? I mean I hate EA, I really do, but worst company in America? I don't think I'd even put them in the Top 5, Top 10 maybe, Top 25 certainly, but #1 hardly.

Think about it this way, If like, BP or BoA do something shady or something like that, its just on them, but if EA does something like say, make a quick cash in game, other game companies are going to look at it like "OH! thats the hot thing right now! We got to do that!" because they make so much money, being one of the leading game companies right now, thus, other game companies will make shitty cash in games, thus, bringing down the whole medium in general. An oil spill can just hurt BP's image, a shitty game made by EA can bring down the collection of video game companies in general, thats why they "won" this contest two years in a row, plus, we saw his reactions, blaming homophobes and "Whiny madden fans" In my mind, they had it coming, i would hope for a hat trick next year, but i honestly hope they are gone by this time next year.

Im not even going to get into how they treat there employees.

You've got to be kidding. BofA regularly screws over its customers and has made financial decisions that have been atrocious to its customers. Comcast is part of an oligopoly and keeps regions of the US back in its internet capability because they're too unwilling to dip into their profit margins to provide internet to their customers that's actually stable and on par with other nations in the world. And you really think only video game companies influence each other? BofA and BP never influence the other companies in their respective industries? That's...really flawed logic.

EA is an entertainment company that is making financial decisions based on what their customers are doing. If dumb gamers support those types of financial systems and keep giving game companies money, then the game companies will keep doing those things. Things like the BP oil spill that have caused massive damage that persists to this day, and Comcast's horrible customer service and absolute apathy to the requirements of their consumers are far, far worse than EA's shenanigans.

If anyone seriously thinks that EA deserves that title more than any other company on that list, their priorities are unbelievably flawed and they have no understanding of how the real world works whatsoever. Which is fine I guess, but for those of us that aren't teenagers living off their parents' income the real world matters and what those other companies do are appalling and infuriating, far beyond what EA has done.

FYI your post comes off as offensive and can get you in trouble. And im not saying that the other companies are not bad, or even worse then EA, but EA is shady as fuck too, and they treat there employees like utter shit too. Plus, which other company do you know that has the freaking Cobra logo in there courtyard? Though, funny enough, they are right next to Bank of America.

Im not kidding, look it up 209 Redwood Shores Pkwy, Redwood City, CA 94065, google maps.

erttheking:

NameIsRobertPaulson:

erttheking:
Can people stop freaking out over how stupid gamers are? Please, for the love of god

I will when they stop providing evidence like this...

YOU may not be stupid, but the overwhelming majority are showing that they are VERY clearly.

Oh could you please stop it? A mass disagreement in opinion does not equal stupidity!

No, but claiming that your video games are more important than the complete destruction of millions of lives is. Gamers are honestly claiming that a company that makes bad video games is worse than a company that nearly destroyed the world economy. If that isn't pure stupidity, I don't know what is.

NameIsRobertPaulson:

erttheking:

NameIsRobertPaulson:

I will when they stop providing evidence like this...

YOU may not be stupid, but the overwhelming majority are showing that they are VERY clearly.

Oh could you please stop it? A mass disagreement in opinion does not equal stupidity!

No, but claiming that your video games are more important than the complete destruction of millions of lives is. Gamers are honestly claiming that a company that makes bad video games is worse than a company that nearly destroyed the world economy. If that isn't pure stupidity, I don't know what is.

It's been pointed out that the Bank of America has been forced to pay billions in reparations, but EA has gotten off scott free with everything that they've done. Again, I'm going to ask you to kindly ask you to not insult people for thinking differently from you.

erttheking:

NameIsRobertPaulson:

erttheking:

Oh could you please stop it? A mass disagreement in opinion does not equal stupidity!

No, but claiming that your video games are more important than the complete destruction of millions of lives is. Gamers are honestly claiming that a company that makes bad video games is worse than a company that nearly destroyed the world economy. If that isn't pure stupidity, I don't know what is.

It's been pointed out that the Bank of America has been forced to pay billions in reparations, but EA has gotten off scott free with everything that they've done. Again, I'm going to ask you to kindly ask you to not insult people for thinking differently from you.

EVERYTHING THEY'VE DONE!?!?!?!!?!?!

You mean make bad video games, a product that has zero relevence outside the world of gaming? You need some perspective. On a world scale, games matter less than dirt. They are a tiny fraction of a tiny section of the world economy. Compared to a company that destroyed millions of lives (which didn't get their lives recovered when Bank of America made their token payments, by the way), they aren't even in the same galaxy.

This is an opinion in the same way claiming the Earth is flat is an opinion. When every piece of evidence is against you, YOUR OPINION CAN AND IS WRONG.

NameIsRobertPaulson:

erttheking:

NameIsRobertPaulson:

No, but claiming that your video games are more important than the complete destruction of millions of lives is. Gamers are honestly claiming that a company that makes bad video games is worse than a company that nearly destroyed the world economy. If that isn't pure stupidity, I don't know what is.

It's been pointed out that the Bank of America has been forced to pay billions in reparations, but EA has gotten off scott free with everything that they've done. Again, I'm going to ask you to kindly ask you to not insult people for thinking differently from you.

EVERYTHING THEY'VE DONE!?!?!?!!?!?!

You mean make bad video games, a product that has zero relevence outside the world of gaming? You need some perspective. On a world scale, games matter less than dirt. They are a tiny fraction of a tiny section of the world economy. Compared to a company that destroyed millions of lives (which didn't get their lives recovered when Bank of America made their token payments, by the way), they aren't even in the same galaxy.

This is an opinion in the same way claiming the Earth is flat is an opinion. When every piece of evidence is against you, YOUR OPINION CAN AND IS WRONG.

Ok, I think that we're done here. My opinion is wrong? Yeah I think I'll just stop right here.

Many people really don't seem to get the point of this "contest" and why EA was the winner.
1) The criteria was the worst company specifically toward the consumer. One of EA's complaints was that it was chosen while worse companies like BP (who wasn't in the brackets)didn't receive their own golden poo. Yeah they do terrible things, but it likely didn't affect you personally.

2)Yes they "only" sell video games. You're on a website right now that wouldn't exist without the video game industry, just to give you a hint at how much weight entertainment industries pull. As a consumer, it is much more noticeable to be deprived of entertainment, than of a specific brand of store or outlet. Which brings me to my next point...

3)EA, in a way, runs a monopoly. On a large scale, yes you can just buy another game from another company, much like going to the supermarket a little bit farther than you. But on the smaller scale, every video game is different. It would be like trying to buy oranges but only one store in your area sells them and will only accept $20 per orange. Outrageous, you would say. But don't worry, you can buy apples, bananas, and any other fruit at the store across from your house, someone tells you. You would think they were a bit dim-witted, wouldn't you? Sure, you can live the rest of your life without oranges, they're not necessary, but should you even have to consider that as an option? this is what EA has done with Origin. It's not a monopoly, because most people only go as far as to see "fruit," but nothing more particular than that.

If you dislike Bank of America so much, you can switch to a different bank and receive all of the same benefits. If you want to play Mass Effect 3, You MUST choose EA.

Sorry if this reads incoherently, it's late and I'm a bit loopy from studying all day.

NameIsRobertPaulson:
YOU may not be stupid, but the overwhelming majority are showing that they are VERY clearly.

I'd really like to see some proof on that. Like, really. Because, if you're going to make such broad, sweeping statements, it'd be nice if you could, you know, back it up somehow.

By the way, this is a joke poll where the "winner" gets a golden poo award (though, it's a great way to get EA's attention, obviously). If anybody is taking this seriously, it's EA and people such as yourself getting all flustered over a -- have to emphasize this once again -- a joke poll.

By the way,

NameIsRobertPaulson:
EVERYTHING THEY'VE DONE!?!?!?!!?!?!

You mean make bad video games, a product that has zero relevence outside the world of gaming? You need some perspective. On a world scale, games matter less than dirt. They are a tiny fraction of a tiny section of the world economy. Compared to a company that destroyed millions of lives (which didn't get their lives recovered when Bank of America made their token payments, by the way), they aren't even in the same galaxy.

Did you even read any of the other points anybody has made in this thread? If not, I'd highly suggest you do because you seem to lack some of that perspective there.

You know, I've actually reconsidered my stance. I don't think EA cares about this any more than the Bank of America would have. As far as I'm concerned the only reason they acknowledged it at all was to promote these exact comparisons between EA and other nominated companies in order to sideline and trivialise actual criticisms. But I do know they'd make not winning seem like a reward, so I suppose after all it is good that they kept their dubious position.

Karathos:
You gotta love it. Banks and insurance companies are causing actual homelessness and are ripping off people and literally ruining their lives in this current economical climate. EA makes us play games with a constant internet connection and puts microtransactions into their games. And people proclaim EA worse than these companies that actually ruin actual real lives of actual families because MUH GAME IS RUINED BY DIS MICROTRANSACTION ;___;

First world problems on a GALACTIC scale.

And before the instant knee-jerk reaction, I'm not defending EA's shit business practices. They are shit, that's a given, boohoo waah. But comparing a gaming company making you unhappy with their style in the industry of video games against companies that force people out of their homes so they have to live on the street is paste-eatingly, mouth-breathingly, banging-your-head-against-a-wall retarded.

I think you're failing to mention the part where EA lays off hundreds of workers a year with their studio closures, fails to fund creative endevors, tries to skirt several laws regarding the treatment of employees, shady security dealings on Origin and there attempts to back SOPA.

I wouldn't call them worse, but Bank of America never tried to invade my privacy to the same degree that EA has.

It's an Internet poll. Gamers frequent the Internet, so EA was always going to win. If it was a phone poll, Bank of America probably would've won because your average American doesn't know the ins and outs of the AAA game industry, but does know how horrible BoA is at everything. If it was a poll held at concerts, then Ticketmaster

(pauses, holds back violent vomit)

...sorry, that company has fucked me over so many times I can't say their name without wanting to puke. Anyway, they would've won.

It's all about location of the polling.

RJ Dalton:
Bullshit. As much as I hate EA for what it's done to video games, that this company beat out both Bank of America and the Monsanto Corporation is a travesty. EA's a company full of incompetent nincompoops who don't understand the market or the products they create, but there are companies in this country who routinely ruin lives, steal homes and lobby the government to pass laws that make them immune to legal prosecution while they put out GMOs that may very well have carcinogens in them, but don't want to go through proper testing to prove their safe.

You know, call me when we withdraw troops from afghanistan to invade EA. This wasn't a poll on the most important government matter or a vote on tax policies or military deployment or health care.

I mean, dude, it's just an internet poll and award. In terms of importance, they probably rank below internet petitions and right above internet quiz results.

If actual government funding is redirected to a "Take down EA and their tyrannical DRM" rebellion group, then maybe you'll have something worth going after.

And yeah, the other guys are horrible, I won't question that. But I don't see any real reason to get angry over this.

Aeonknight:
You know what the sad part is?

EA didn't just win this award for the right reasons (if you can even consider the absolute lack of perspective a "right reason"), they won it for some of the things they did right as well.

Example: the anti-LGBT groups actually voted for EA in this poll too for their stance on letting you create LGBT characters in their vidja games. Yet no one points this out, instead they just focus on "well my game had DRM in it" or "they actually care so surely more bad PR is going to help them change" or "banks are naturally evil, so being evil in nature can be downplayed because at least it's expected" or "well EA affected me personally."

Go ahead and justify this all you want. At the end of the day you're still just jumping on the hate bandwagon and giving a free pass to companies who have killed or destroyed the lives of others.

Oh no, Bank Of America and monsanto didn't get a poo trophy. What a big free pass that is!

If someone were to reprimand you for not thinking of starving african children every time you complained about games, that would probably get quite annoying, wouldn't it?

If the shit Monsanto and Bank Of America have already gone through hasn't caused a massive shift in business practices, I don't think a poo trophy is going to seal the deal.

Plus, EA doesn't provide any important products for daily life, unlike the other two dick businesses. They aren't "Too big to fail", so I think giving the trophy to these guys will probably send a bigger message than if "We provide most of your corn and have a huge stake in the economy so we have you by the balls" monsanto got it.

A lot of people voted for EA not necessarily because they are the worst company but more because they actually care about being called something mean in an internet poll. If Bank of America had won they would have just ignored and continue on.
But EA were in damage control before they even won talking about how they are the saviors of the LGBT community and how they are just being targeted by homophobes. This statement was almost immediately destroyed by Consumerist.

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