EA is at it again

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Nice using spam bots to fill up your petition thing EA, stay classy.

captcha: heated debate


SajuukKhar:

captcha: heated debate

Not quite.

EA doing something stupid isn't really worth debating.

If we had a debate every time a company in the gaming industry did something daft we'd have no time to watch Jeremy Kyle.

So what have they been doing, I can't really tell from the pics.
From what I can tell they have been using spam bots to make votes for their petitions? What did they do it on? More info would be nice.

Going with the assumption that they did indeed use spam bots to get votes for their petitions then I can't even say I am surprised. EA just keep doing stuff like this, it's as if they think it's a contest or something.

Such a stupid move. It's indeed fairly obvious that it was a bot net - I see a George from North Korea being happy and he will continue to buy EA titles. Wtf. Also, all the american names for people coming out of Asia/East Bloc.

I guess some companies never learn.

Thedutchjelle:
Such a stupid move. It's indeed fairly obvious that it was a bot net - I see a George from North Korea being happy and he will continue to buy EA titles. Wtf. Also, all the american names for people coming out of Asia/East Bloc.

I guess some companies never learn.

Its so obvious it almost seems like a joke.

But then you realize it isn't and then it just becomes sad.

It must be nice for the gay community to have EA stand firmly behind them taking their money and riding on the coat tails of the activism they have worked so hard on.

SajuukKhar:

Its so obvious it almost seems like a joke.

But then you realize it isn't and then it just becomes sad.

It's like EA is the North Korea of videogame publishers.

Had to comment again.

Just reading through some of the comments in that petition and noticed one of the names is Roland from Poland.

That made me chortle.

Rudolph from North Korea? wat

I mean this is so blatantly obvious it's laughable. Why are they doing this? They'd get the signatures regardless but this just delegitimises their campaign. It's like EA go out of their way to be hated and ridiculed.

Tohuvabohu:

SajuukKhar:

Its so obvious it almost seems like a joke.

But then you realize it isn't and then it just becomes sad.

It's like EA is the North Korea of videogame publishers.

Well, according to Mike from North Korea EA are doing a great job for the LGBT community! I never knew Mike was a traditional North Korean name.

Also the Javascript runtime errors are fantastic. Well done EA, good thing you don't specialise in electronics and writing codes or anything...

**Sigh** can EA do Nothing right? Its like everything they do there is this thought process of; "This seems like a good idea, but i bet we could improve it for ourselves somehow!" and then they go and do something blatantly in their self interest and if backfires.

Are you being deliberately dense EA? is this some kind of stupidathon?

Hazy992:
Rudolph from North Korea? wat

Santa has been staying as an "honored guest" in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea ever since he entered their airspace without permission. They give the reindeer WiFi.

Mike from North Korea... Are you even trying EA ?

Hal10k:

Hazy992:
Rudolph from North Korea? wat

Santa has been staying as an "honored guest" in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea ever since he entered their airspace without permission. They give the reindeer WiFi.

Well that's nice of them! I wonder if he'll make some anti capitalist toys like the Japanese director who was 'persuaded' to make a monster movie highlighting the dangers of capitalism?

They just keep digging their own grave. Good, very good. The sooner they die the better for the rest of the industry.

Have you any proof that it was EA using spambots? I find it a lot more probable that it's someone who really hates EA who's done this to make them look bad, or just a few trolls.

I'm just curious here but why does everyone think it was EA who was doing this? Actually, no wait, screw it, let me rephrase: "Lets assume, despite lack of proof, that it was EA that did this. Why do you care? Even if EA did bot bomb a petition TO THEMSELVES asking that EA not cave to anti-homosexual pressure (which already sounds silly) then why does any rational person care?"

Elamdri:
I'm just curious here but why does everyone think it was EA who was doing this? Actually, no wait, screw it, let me rephrase: "Lets assume, despite lack of proof, that it was EA that did this. Why do you care? Even if EA did bot bomb a petition TO THEMSELVES asking that EA not cave to anti-homosexual pressure (which already sounds silly) then why does any rational person care?"

Because it just further proves to many of us that they are a dishonest and unethical company. Some people are unaware and I think its important to know which companies can stab you in the back at a moment's notice.

Fappy:

Elamdri:
I'm just curious here but why does everyone think it was EA who was doing this? Actually, no wait, screw it, let me rephrase: "Lets assume, despite lack of proof, that it was EA that did this. Why do you care? Even if EA did bot bomb a petition TO THEMSELVES asking that EA not cave to anti-homosexual pressure (which already sounds silly) then why does any rational person care?"

Because it just further proves to many of us that they are a dishonest and unethical company. Some people are unaware and I think its important to know which companies can stab you in the back at a moment's notice.

Ok, setting aside the fact that there is no proof yet that they have done this, I would like know how you are exactly being stabbed in the back by this. Unless I guess you are a homophobe...in which case let me shell out some cash to EA so they can afford more knives.

Elamdri:

Fappy:

Elamdri:
I'm just curious here but why does everyone think it was EA who was doing this? Actually, no wait, screw it, let me rephrase: "Lets assume, despite lack of proof, that it was EA that did this. Why do you care? Even if EA did bot bomb a petition TO THEMSELVES asking that EA not cave to anti-homosexual pressure (which already sounds silly) then why does any rational person care?"

Because it just further proves to many of us that they are a dishonest and unethical company. Some people are unaware and I think its important to know which companies can stab you in the back at a moment's notice.

Ok, setting aside the fact that there is no proof yet that they have done this, I would like know how you are exactly being stabbed in the back by this. Unless I guess you are a homophobe...in which case let me shell out some cash to EA so they can afford more knives.

I was implying that this reinforces the fact that EA is dishonest, assuming its true of course. The stab in the back part is just my way of saying that any company willing to lie and cheat as much as EA does is not trustworthy.

Adam Jensen:
They just keep digging their own grave. Good, very good. The sooner they die the better for the rest of the industry.

That's what I said 6 years ago. They've grown since then.
Nothing is going to kill them short of a merger. Then shit it going to get real.

CAPTCHA: I do love typing out these stupid ad-catchphrases over and over again.
Especially when I get the same one three times in a row.

Fappy:

I was implying that this reinforces the fact that EA is dishonest, assuming its true of course. The stab in the back part is just my way of saying that any company willing to lie and cheat as much as EA does is not trustworthy.

Maybe I'm just jaded. It just seems silly to me to jump down EA's throats over something as silly as A: Something that no one has proof that they are behind and B: Something that even if they were behind it, it's probably for the public good that they are doing it.

Elamdri:

Fappy:

I was implying that this reinforces the fact that EA is dishonest, assuming its true of course. The stab in the back part is just my way of saying that any company willing to lie and cheat as much as EA does is not trustworthy.

Maybe I'm just jaded. It just seems silly to me to jump down EA's throats over something as silly as A: Something that no one has proof that they are behind and B: Something that even if they were behind it, it's probably for the public good that they are doing it.

A: You are correct, but looking at their track record it is a safe assumption imo.
B: Though it is impossible to determine what their motives are, with resent events in mind (like the whole winning the worst company in America thing), I wouldn't doubt it for a second if this was just a publicity stunt to get more people in EA's camp again. Many of the comments in this thread are using this line of reasoning and I think it has merit. Wouldn't you be pissed if they were using the struggles of the gay community solely to improve public opinion of themselves?

I liked one of the comments

"whos still up at 5am? Trolls and EA spambots that's who"

Seriously EA, do you even try?

Elamdri:
I'm just curious here but why does everyone think it was EA who was doing this? Actually, no wait, screw it, let me rephrase: "Lets assume, despite lack of proof, that it was EA that did this. Why do you care? Even if EA did bot bomb a petition TO THEMSELVES asking that EA not cave to anti-homosexual pressure (which already sounds silly) then why does any rational person care?"

I guess people assume it's EA due to the overwhelming praise that those bots give to EA, I mean I saw multiple comments which said "Wow EA, you are the best company and make the best games and now you're fighting for the rights of gay people!" Who would assume that it's not EA?

And a rational person cares about this because, well, using bots for legitimate petitions like this could destroy the powers and credibility of petitions, as well as making all points raised by activists through petitions worthless.

The site should at least investigate this, if this was indeed made by EA or not.

Im not entirely sure what this is about, no same sex relationships in star wars the old republic or something? despite it being in knights of the old republic is that it?

Its obviously spam bots though people are praising EA no one with a mind of their own does that. Its a shame Bioware are involved again as well though.

seriously though this should have been cleared up from the start there are no same sex relationships because we didnt want to bother putting them in, simple (or werent allowed I dont know).

Thedutchjelle:
I see a George from North Korea being happy and he will continue to buy EA titles.

If it was possible to have signatures on the Escapist, I'd totally adopt that one.

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Hazy992:
Rudolph from North Korea? wat

I mean this is so blatantly obvious it's laughable. Why are they doing this? They'd get the signatures regardless but this just delegitimises their campaign. It's like EA go out of their way to be hated and ridiculed.

They go out of their way to make as much money as possible, which gets them hated and ridiculed because they do shit like this to make more money. Basically, EA would probably release a live cobra from a zoo if it got more people to buy their games. Sad, I know, but unfortunately true. -_-

You know literally one guy could be doing this, right?

"Sigh" For a second I thought that they were getting a little better when they started to announce free ME3 DLC, I guess I forgot who we were dealing with.

They have a bloated marketing budget. If they'd pour some of that > $1 billion USD into development, maybe they could sell their games based on the quality instead unethical guerrilla marketing.

You know it seems a tad too obvious , even for EA. I doubt even they would do such a crappy job of it.

Tohuvabohu:

It's like EA is the North Korea of videogame publishers.

...

Everything makes sense now.

Hazy992:

I mean this is so blatantly obvious it's laughable. Why are they doing this? They'd get the signatures regardless but this just delegitimises their campaign. It's like EA go out of their way to be hated and ridiculed.

they clearly take wining that 'worse company' award very seirusly and are getting a head start on next year, going for two in a row from the looks of things :D

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