Everyone that Voted EA as the Worst Company is a Homophobe]

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Yep, you hate EA, you are homophobe, you hate the ending to ME3 you are a Homophobe.

http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2012/04/05/ea-responds-to-hate-campaign-from-homophobes/

In response to a vile show of hatred, EA - the Worst Company In America - has made clear they are taking no notice of their recently being inundated with complaints about the portrayal of gay and bisexual characters in their games. GI.biz reports that the publisher has confirmed they've been on the receiving end of "several thousand" emails and letters protesting the inclusion of LGBT characters and relationship options. Because it's 1950. Of course EA have, in slightly more polite terms, told these dismal hatemongers to fuck the fuck off.

So entitled, vocal minority, fanbois and homophobes, anything else EA/Bioware might want to call their customers?

Wait whaat?
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I hope im missing something here.

I'm not seeing the connection here; EA really has been getting hate mail from homophobes, unconnected to the ME3 ending debate or the anti-consumer business practices that won them the golden poo.

Uh, is this thread a joke? I can't tell...

Who cares, let it die. Too stupid to discuss.

Where in there did EA even imply that "all people who voted for us are homophobes"? because im not seeing it.

Boag, you need some sleep. Try a full eight hours tonight, then come back and try again.

lacktheknack:
Boag, you need some sleep. Try a full eight hours tonight, then come back and try again.

And some heavy drinking.

Boag don't turn to the darkside. Zeel's behind it all!

Owyn_Merrilin:
I'm not seeing the connection here; EA really has been getting hate mail from homophobes, unconnected to the ME3 ending debate or the anti-consumer business practices that won them the golden poo.

I posted this in the news, if anything the timing for releasing this "information" seems odd considering they've just been voted the Worst Company of America...

They didn't get voted "Worst Company of America" a day ago and aren't desperately scraping for a PR campaign to portray everyone voting for them as a "homophobe", EA pretty much does and has released this right in time to derail and deflect.

If I was a cynic, I'd even believe that they hired some marketing firm to orchestrate the whole letter-writing thing, after all we know they did fake religious protests before in their Dante's Inferno marketing campaign: http://www.destructoid.com/ea-s-fake-protest-creates-some-real-protest-136115.phtml
http://arstechnica.com/gaming/news/2009/09/eafail-the-story-of-the-worst-pr-campaign-in-gaming.ars

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From Ars:

From Ars: "A few gaming blogs ran the story of Christians upset over the content of the game, but it was quickly revealed EA had in fact staged the protest via a viral marketing agency.

The gaming press rolled its collective eyes, but Christian bloggers weren't amused."

"Outraged Christian bloggers, complaining female and LGBT gamers, editors being sent checks made out directly to them all of this makes for delicious copy, and much of the gnashing of teeth seems to be centered on the fact that the gaming press continues to fall for the contrived controversy to give the company exactly what it wants: coverage."

They also had that "Sin to Win" campaign: http://kotaku.com/5322216/ea-provides-girls-asks-gamers-to-sin-to-win and the "Your Mom Hates Dead Space 2" etc.
It wouldn't be a far cry from there to pay some organization to send them fake letters or similar...

Whatever the case, it's ludicrous for anyone to believe that they "stand up" for any of those causes instead of instrumentalizing them and it's anything more than press relations to them...

It's certainly a tactic they used before to lower the credibility of people critiquing them, don't forget that everyone who hated Dragon Age 2 and was vocal about it was from 4Chan: http://moarpowah.com/2011/03/16/commentary-fan-backlash-to-dragon-age-ii/

And everyone that bombed Mass Effect 3's Metacritic was also a "homophobe": http://www.thegameeffect.com/news/fans-slam-mass-effect-3-on-metacritic-with-anti-gay-reviews

It's a tactic more commonly used in politics, whenever they want to push through a law to leverage out basic civil liberties they call on the "protect the children/prevent child pornography", "terrorism", or the newest one added a few years ago "piracy damaging the economy"

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Dexter111:

Owyn_Merrilin:
I'm not seeing the connection here; EA really has been getting hate mail from homophobes, unconnected to the ME3 ending debate or the anti-consumer business practices that won them the golden poo.

I posted this in the news, if anything the timing for releasing this "information" seems odd considering they've just been voted the Worst Company of America...

They didn't get voted "Worst Company of America" a day ago and aren't desperately scraping for a PR campaign to portray everyone voting for them as a "homophobe", EA pretty much does and has released this right in time to derail and deflect.

If I was a cynic, I'd even believe that they hired some marketing firm to orchestrate the whole letter-writing thing, after all we know they did fake religious protests before in their Dante's Inferno marketing campaign: http://arstechnica.com/gaming/news/2009/09/eafail-the-story-of-the-worst-pr-campaign-in-gaming.ars

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From Ars:

From Ars: "A few gaming blogs ran the story of Christians upset over the content of the game, but it was quickly revealed EA had in fact staged the protest via a viral marketing agency.

The gaming press rolled its collective eyes, but Christian bloggers weren't amused."

"Outraged Christian bloggers, complaining female and LGBT gamers, editors being sent checks made out directly to them all of this makes for delicious copy, and much of the gnashing of teeth seems to be centered on the fact that the gaming press continues to fall for the contrived controversy to give the company exactly what it wants: coverage."

They also had that "Sin to Win" campaign: http://kotaku.com/5322216/ea-provides-girls-asks-gamers-to-sin-to-win and the "Your Mom Hates Dead Space 2" etc.
It wouldn't be a far cry from there to pay some organization to send them fake letters or similar...

Whatever the case, it's ludicrous for anyone to believe that they "stand up" for any of those causes instead of instrumentalizing them and it's anything more than press relations to them...

It's certainly a tactic they used before to lower the credibility of people critiquing them, don't forget that everyone who hated Dragon Age 2 and was vocal about it was from 4Chan: http://moarpowah.com/2011/03/16/commentary-fan-backlash-to-dragon-age-ii/

And everyone that bombed Mass Effect 3's Metacritic was also a "homophobe": http://www.thegameeffect.com/news/fans-slam-mass-effect-3-on-metacritic-with-anti-gay-reviews

It's a tactic more commonly used in politics, whenever they want to push through a law to leverage out basic civil liberties they call on the "protect the children/child pornography", "terrorism", or the newest one added a few years ago "piracy damaging the economy"

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I don't think it's fake, though; they've been complaining about the complaints since Dragon Age 2. At the worst, they're bringing it up now so they can look like a victim on the right side of history, even if it's for a reason completely divorced from the reason they're on the wrong side of it.

Dexter111:

It's certainly a tactic they used before to lower the credibility of people critiquing them, don't forget that everyone who hated Dragon Age 2 and was vocal about it was from 4Chan: http://moarpowah.com/2011/03/16/commentary-fan-backlash-to-dragon-age-ii/

Except nowhere in there did Ea claim EVERYONE who gave it a low score was from 4chan.

Just that many of them were.

SajuukKhar:
Except nowhere in there did Ea claim EVERYONE who gave it a low score was from 4chan.

Just that many of them were.

It's implied, they can't outright say it cause that would likely create a PR nightmare instead but heavily point towards it, the government would also not call everyone on the web child molestors, yet politicians use that to paint whoever says something against them or disagrees with being spied upon as one e.g. http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20120213/13212017749/canadian-politician-youre-either-favor-letting-govt-spy-your-internet-usage-youre-child-pornography.shtml
http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/288749/20120127/protect-children-online-pornographers-hr-1981-act.htm

It certainly helps derail from EAs abominable business practices and treatment of employees and customers.

Fappy:

lacktheknack:
Boag, you need some sleep. Try a full eight hours tonight, then come back and try again.

And some heavy drinking.

Boag don't turn to the darkside. Zeel's behind it all!

Don't invoke his name! I'm the one that apparently got him talking long enough for him to get that final red on his bar, we don't need people summoning his ghost! He's like Beetleguese!

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No seriously, what? Is this a joke or...?

Dexter111:

It's implied, they can't outright say it cause that would likely create a PR nightmare instead but heavily point towards it, the government would also not call everyone on the web child molestors, yet politicians use that to paint whoever says something against them or disagrees with being spied upon as one e.g. http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20120213/13212017749/canadian-politician-youre-either-favor-letting-govt-spy-your-internet-usage-youre-child-pornography.shtml
http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/288749/20120127/protect-children-online-pornographers-hr-1981-act.htm

It certainly helps derail from EAs abominable business practices and treatment of employees and customers.

No it isn't implied.

RJ 17:
Don't invoke his name! I'm the one that apparently got him talking long enough for him to get that final red on his bar, we don't need people summoning his ghost! He's like Beetleguese!

Do you know which post he got banned for? I can't find it!

Seriously man, I've been waiting weeks to see what finally did it, and I have no idea. It happened while I was asleep. I need some fucking clarity and closure over here!

BloatedGuppy:

RJ 17:
Don't invoke his name! I'm the one that apparently got him talking long enough for him to get that final red on his bar, we don't need people summoning his ghost! He's like Beetleguese!

Do you know which post he got banned for? I can't find it!

Seriously man, I've been waiting weeks to see what finally did it, and I have no idea. It happened while I was asleep. I need some fucking clarity and closure over here!

Heh heh heh, I see what you did there. :P

Honestly I don't know what post they banned him for. All I know is that he was banned for the topic in which me and him were having a 2 day discussion about why other people's opinions are just as valid as his since they're based on neutral evidence that is open to interpretation. I retired for the night on Day 2 and had a large post ready for my opener on Day 3. I go to the topic, start typing my response, go to post it and apparently between me starting my post and pressing the "post" button, the topic was locked and Zeel was banned. Guess the mods just had enough of his "I'M RIGHT AND YOU'RE ALL STUPID FOR DISAGREEING WITH ME!" attitude.

RJ 17:
Honestly I don't know what post they banned him for. All I know is that he was banned for the topic in which me and him were having a 2 day discussion about why other people's opinions are just as valid as his since they're based on neutral evidence that is open to interpretation. I retired for the night on Day 2 and had a large post ready for my opener on Day 3. I go to the topic, start typing my response, go to post it and apparently between me starting my post and pressing the "post" button, the topic was locked and Zeel was banned. Guess the mods just had enough of his "I'M RIGHT AND YOU'RE ALL STUPID FOR DISAGREEING WITH ME!" attitude.

Ahhh. What the fuck. This is the like ending of the Sopranos all over again.

SajuukKhar:
No it isn't implied.

Yes it is, they were voted "Worst Company in America 2012" by over 160.000 people, it even made it into the papers and everything:

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On the same day the PR response from one higher up-guy was basically that they're not as bad as Tobacoo, Oil etc. and adding:

Reseburg also said the Human Rights Campaign is currently circulating a position to support the publisher's "decision to have developers include same-sex relationships in recent games including Star Wars: The Old Republic and Mass Effect 3.

One day later they contacted Gamesindustry about the "thousands of letters": http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2012-04-04-ea-defends-itself-against-thousands-of-anti-gay-letters

Of course, if they got thousands they could have just shown them or something, instead there's basically one anyone could have written and they want everyone to believe that they got "thousands" implying that those "thousands" of people voted against EA for that reason too.

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The next day after that the articles started all over the gaming media defending EA like the little sheep they are for "standing up for the right cause" changing the topic of discussion from what it was before e.g. how they are the Worst Company in America to this...
http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2012/04/05/ea-responds-to-hate-campaign-from-homophobes/
http://kotaku.com/5899246/homophobes-slam-ea-with-thousands-of-letters-over-same sex-romance
http://www.destructoid.com/ea-defends-itself-against-homophobic-hate-mail-225261.phtml
http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/116660-Anti-Gay-Email-Campaign-Floods-Electronic-Arts

It's basic/text-book derailing and the timing kind of proves it...

Dexter111:
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not sure if serious or just that blinded by a hate campaign to see how silly what you said sound.

Ea is a bunch of dicks, no question, but nowhere did they imply that EVERYONE who voted against them is a homophobes.

"Fuck the fuck off"

Bit redundant isn't it, not sure if intentional.

People bitch about everything, let them waste their time.

BloatedGuppy:

RJ 17:
Honestly I don't know what post they banned him for. All I know is that he was banned for the topic in which me and him were having a 2 day discussion about why other people's opinions are just as valid as his since they're based on neutral evidence that is open to interpretation. I retired for the night on Day 2 and had a large post ready for my opener on Day 3. I go to the topic, start typing my response, go to post it and apparently between me starting my post and pressing the "post" button, the topic was locked and Zeel was banned. Guess the mods just had enough of his "I'M RIGHT AND YOU'RE ALL STUPID FOR DISAGREEING WITH ME!" attitude.

Ahhh. What the fuck. This is the like ending of the Sopranos all over again.

It wasn't for any specific action here. He made a post on the Giant Bomb forums admitting to trolling, and actually saying people should make accounts here to help him troll. After receiving a unanimous reaction of "ಠ_ಠ" from the community there, word eventually reached back to the mods here. He was banned, and now we're looking for a new candidate to fill the role of official forum crazy guy.

Hal10k:
It wasn't for any specific action here. He made a post on the Giant Bomb forums admitting to trolling, and actually saying people should make accounts here to help him troll. After receiving a unanimous reaction of "ಠ_ಠ" from the community there, word eventually reached back to the mods here. He was banned, and now we're looking for a new candidate to fill the role of official forum crazy guy.

Huh.

Well, based on the OP it's looking like boag has the inside edge on the position.

Is this a joke or a just a failure of reading comprehension?

They were voted worst company in an internet poll and they've been receiving mail from... er... concerned citizens about the homosexual content in some of their games.

The two are not related.

BloatedGuppy:

Hal10k:
It wasn't for any specific action here. He made a post on the Giant Bomb forums admitting to trolling, and actually saying people should make accounts here to help him troll. After receiving a unanimous reaction of "ಠ_ಠ" from the community there, word eventually reached back to the mods here. He was banned, and now we're looking for a new candidate to fill the role of official forum crazy guy.

Huh.

Well, based on the OP it's looking like boag has the inside edge on the position.

Probably, but I still think EternalNothingness has time to make a comeback. It would be the story of the century, like if Rocky Balboa were obsessed with Sonic fanfiction.

its like weird connection but unlike the ones in the show there aren't any here

Hal10k:

BloatedGuppy:

Hal10k:
It wasn't for any specific action here. He made a post on the Giant Bomb forums admitting to trolling, and actually saying people should make accounts here to help him troll. After receiving a unanimous reaction of "ಠ_ಠ" from the community there, word eventually reached back to the mods here. He was banned, and now we're looking for a new candidate to fill the role of official forum crazy guy.

Huh.

Well, based on the OP it's looking like boag has the inside edge on the position.

Probably, but I still think EternalNothingness has time to make a comeback. It would be the story of the century, like if Rocky Balboa were obsessed with Sonic fanfiction.

to be honest i though i was the best replacement for zeel

Hal10k:

BloatedGuppy:

RJ 17:
Honestly I don't know what post they banned him for. All I know is that he was banned for the topic in which me and him were having a 2 day discussion about why other people's opinions are just as valid as his since they're based on neutral evidence that is open to interpretation. I retired for the night on Day 2 and had a large post ready for my opener on Day 3. I go to the topic, start typing my response, go to post it and apparently between me starting my post and pressing the "post" button, the topic was locked and Zeel was banned. Guess the mods just had enough of his "I'M RIGHT AND YOU'RE ALL STUPID FOR DISAGREEING WITH ME!" attitude.

Ahhh. What the fuck. This is the like ending of the Sopranos all over again.

It wasn't for any specific action here. He made a post on the Giant Bomb forums admitting to trolling, and actually saying people should make accounts here to help him troll. After receiving a unanimous reaction of "ಠ_ಠ" from the community there, word eventually reached back to the mods here. He was banned, and now we're looking for a new candidate to fill the role of official forum crazy guy.

Ahhhhh, so he finally came out and admitted what I (and I'd imagine most other people here) believed about him all along: he's just a troll. Nothing more, probably something less. Heh heh heh, at least the news spread over to here and the mods took the appropriate actions to deal with a confessed troller, especially one as infamous as him.

God that guy was a douche. :P But that's why I always fucked with him by saying stuff like "My friend", "Have a pleasant day", and other overtly kind phrases. Combat his over-the-top anger with over-the-top pleasantness.

Hal10k:

BloatedGuppy:

RJ 17:
Honestly I don't know what post they banned him for. All I know is that he was banned for the topic in which me and him were having a 2 day discussion about why other people's opinions are just as valid as his since they're based on neutral evidence that is open to interpretation. I retired for the night on Day 2 and had a large post ready for my opener on Day 3. I go to the topic, start typing my response, go to post it and apparently between me starting my post and pressing the "post" button, the topic was locked and Zeel was banned. Guess the mods just had enough of his "I'M RIGHT AND YOU'RE ALL STUPID FOR DISAGREEING WITH ME!" attitude.

Ahhh. What the fuck. This is the like ending of the Sopranos all over again.

It wasn't for any specific action here. He made a post on the Giant Bomb forums admitting to trolling, and actually saying people should make accounts here to help him troll. After receiving a unanimous reaction of "ಠ_ಠ" from the community there, word eventually reached back to the mods here. He was banned, and now we're looking for a new candidate to fill the role of official forum crazy guy.

Found it.

http://www.giantbomb.com/forums/off-topic/31/the-escapist-sucks/541488/

Some of his comments are gone, but you can see them in quotes. It's fun to watch him break down as people keep flipping him off.

Also, check out the achievements on his account.

http://www.giantbomb.com/profile/zeals/

This isn't to blast him, it's just hilarious. You can track his movements from moment one.

lacktheknack:
Found it.

http://www.giantbomb.com/forums/off-topic/31/the-escapist-sucks/541488/

Some of his comments are gone, but you can see them in quotes. It's fun to watch him break down as people keep flipping him off.

Also, check out the achievements on his account.

http://www.giantbomb.com/profile/zeals/

This isn't to blast him, it's just hilarious. You can track his movements from moment one.

Okay, those badges are just glorious. Like reading the passage in Hitler's diary that goes, "May 1941- decided to invade the Soviet Union. Had eggs for lunch."

Somebody should write a final post-mortem on him, detailing the rise and fall of the mighty Zeel Empire.

Why the fuck didn't Bank of America win? They take away people's homes, EVEN THOUGH THEY HAVE PAID THEIR MORTGAGES. Plus, they were also one of the biggest institutions responsible for the goddamn financial meltdown of 2008, how the fuck does that compare to anything or anyone?

Zeel: Still derailing threads even in his absence. To be honest, that's what got on my nerves. People kept giving him loads of attention, and then then any previous discussion was buried.

Oh, well...

Dexter111:

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I find it amusing that they are trying to say that their services are award winning. No EA, just no.

You know why EA won? Because a lot of the idiots on 4chan are still butthurt because of ME3 and most probably bombed that voting. Because EA is by far not the worst of them all. How about GameStop, a mentionable oil company from last year or some of hundred other companies that are just not as well known.

boag:
Yep, you hate EA, you are homophobe, you hate the ending to ME3 you are a Homophobe.

http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2012/04/05/ea-responds-to-hate-campaign-from-homophobes/

In response to a vile show of hatred, EA - the Worst Company In America - has made clear they are taking no notice of their recently being inundated with complaints about the portrayal of gay and bisexual characters in their games. GI.biz reports that the publisher has confirmed they've been on the receiving end of "several thousand" emails and letters protesting the inclusion of LGBT characters and relationship options. Because it's 1950. Of course EA have, in slightly more polite terms, told these dismal hatemongers to fuck the fuck off.

So entitled, vocal minority, fanbois and homophobes, anything else EA/Bioware might want to call their customers?

+1 applause

You got like... everyone.

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