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    The Voters Have Spoken: EA Is Your Worst Company In America For 2012! - The Consumerist



    Whether it's on a console, a PC, a smartphone or tablet, hundreds of millions of people play video games every day. Yet most mainstream media covers the industry the same way it treats adult dodge ball leagues and cat fashion shows (both noble ventures, but neither of them multi-billion dollar industries). And the only time you hear legislators discuss video games is when some politician decries them as the death knell for all things righteous in the world (hint: they're not). Now, after years of being ignored and relegated to steerage, game-players have voted to send a message to Electronic Arts and the gaming business as a whole: Stop treating your loyal customers like crap.

    After more than 250,000 votes, Consumerist readers ultimately decided that the type of greed exhibited by EA, which is supposed to be making the world a more fun place, is worse than Bank of America's avarice, which some would argue is the entire point of operating a bank.

    To those who might sneer at something as "non-essential" as a video game company winning the Worst Company In America vote: It's that exact kind of attitude that allows people to ignore the complaints as companies like EA to nickel and dime consumers to death.

    For years, while movies and music became more affordable and publishers piled on bonus content — or multiple modes of delivery — as added value to entice customers to buy, video games have continued to be priced like premium goods.

    There have even been numerous accusations that EA and its ilk deliberately hold back game content with the sole intent of charging a fee for it at a later date. It's one thing to support a game with new content that is worth the price. It's another to put out an inferior — and occasionally broken — product with the mindset of "ah, we'll fix it later and make some money for doing so."

    New, independent game companies do pop up all the time, but the cost of entering the market has historically been too expensive, making these indie innovators prime targets for acquisition by mega-publishers like EA. Our hope is that the growth of app-based gaming and downloadable games will continue to make it easier for developers to get their products out without the backing of companies that don't care a lick about the people who fork over their cash.

    Oh well, Worst Company In America 2012 is officially in the books. All that's left to do is send off the Golden Poo to EA.

    Traditionally, the Poo has been delivered on its little red pillow. But this year, we'll give EA three different color options for its pillow, though in the end it's still the same old Poo.

    Thanks again to everyone who voted. See you all again in about 49 weeks!



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    They publish great games. Don't deny it.

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    No shit. This doesn't surprise me at all.






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    It'd be surprising if EA, Best Buy or Sony win. Then again, new and oldfags will rig the results.

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    Quote Originally Posted by One View Post
    They publish great games. Don't deny it.
    only ones i can think of in recent memory were bf3, mass effect, and mirrors edge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by One View Post
    They publish great games. Don't deny it.
    They always have.


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    I wouldn't call them one of the worst. I won't lie and I will say I enjoy alot of their games, so they will still have some money coming from me.

    I don't like what they have been doing the past few years, but whatever, nothing much to cry over since I get my passes for free.


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    If EA did not publish awesome games, I would never buy a game from them ever again!
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    They do publish great games, (Dead Space) but then again destroy great games.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kratos06 View Post
    If EA did not publish awesome games, I would never buy a game from them ever again!
    Very wise choice of words.

    Honestly I wouldn't call the company THAT bad to be in the top 8. Maybe top 15, but besides a couple things I for one like them as a business.




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    Let me rephrase my statement. It's not their games that make them one of the worst...it's their ideas, which are good for them, not for gamers. (i.e. shutting down servers, online passes, etc.)

    I'm not saying I agree/disagree with those points, just that's probably why they're up there.






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    AT&T vs. WalMart in the final 2.

    I would've chose Gamestop, but they were beat out by WalMart.
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    I knew this would be a Ps360 thread before I even clicked on it....anywhoo

    It's no surprise given their online pass, DLC, shutting down servers, and shitty server bullshit. And I'm dreading what a second Mirrors Edge will be like.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ninja-In-A-Tree View Post
    AT&T vs. WalMart in the final 2.

    I would've chose Gamestop, but they were beat out by WalMart.
    Oh gawd. If WalMart doesn't win for worst, I will definitely be shocked. They are shite and treat their employees the same.






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    EA is still the #1 publisher in my games cabinet....and my heart.

    I wouldn't piss on Comcast if it were on fire. Unless the fire could spread through the lines to my house. Then I would open the flood gates.

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    well they publish great games as you, exept for the Sports games, but the faut is for the people who buy the same game every year. out of EA sports the the only thing i disagree is the online pass, which another people fault for supporting it, i never buy used, but if you buy used should not pay extra for the online, they can keep their online crap

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mihalick View Post
    EA is still the #1 publisher in my games cabinet....and my heart.

    I wouldn't piss on Comcast if it were on fire. Unless the fire could spread through the lines to my house. Then I would open the flood gates.
    You haven't dealt with Time Warner then.

    I would gladly go back to Comcast if I could just to get away from Time Warner.

    Not saying Comcast is great or anything.....just nowhere near as bad as TWC. Still waiting for the NFL Network......
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chaotically-Epic View Post
    They do publish great games, (Dead Space) but then again destroy great games.
    I don't see them developing games, so how can they be responsible for destroy the games, and not the devs?

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    And thats another reason why I don't like EA, online passes..it ruins games, I can't even let my friends borrow the game because of it, I hate EA so much because they made a abomination of a thing lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nagflar View Post
    I don't see them developing games, so how can they be responsible for destroy the games, and not the devs?
    EA Black Box makes Need for Speed games.

    EA Sports make Madden games.

    That's the only two examples I can some up with off the top of my head, so they can be responsible for ruining games.


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