Thursday, April 5th 2012

EA is Consumerist's Worst Company in America for 2012

EA bagged another "achievement", Consumerist's Golden Poo Award for "worst company in America" for 2012. EA managed to beat Bank of America in getting there. Considering BoA has real potential to strip people of their savings, one can understand just how much of an effort EA put in winning this. Some might argue that EA and the video-games industry are too trivial compared to BoA and the finance industry, but this is exactly the argument that allows people to "ignore the complaints as companies like EA to nickel and dime consumers to death," according to Consumerist's consensus. People are particularly distraught with EA's practice of sandbagging game content and later selling it as DLCs that augment the main game, for a fee. Consumerist's "worst company in America" is an annual user-choice award given to companies with the worst business practices.

EA took the pains to respond to its achievement, by taunting The Consumerist for its choice of nominations for people to vote on, in a statement given to Kotaku.
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.

Source: The Consumerist, Kotaku
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58 Comments on EA is Consumerist's Worst Company in America for 2012

#1
Dj-ElectriC
LOL just yesterday crazyeyesreaper almost broke a keyboard with anger over Origin and EA's shit service..
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#2
Prima.Vera
MicroUnC said:
Now i see who destroyed NFS series!!!
First thing that came in my mind...:toast:
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#3
H82LUZ73
Well and how much ALL those are user error to begin with ?bad installs ???I have had Origin and Never had a problem...go figure.Only thing that effect it are bad drivers ,no updates to Punk Buster ect ect...But what does EA have to do with the company that made the game...IE Dice or EA fault?

Day ~150 (yesterday): Origin had major problems, unable to launch the game, massive servers down, battlelog went nuts, everyone getting kicked because of punkbuster.

maybe it was a punk Buster update yesterday,It said on the website for Battle log they would do a 15 min update....geesh and that is EA fault how ?


What i am saying here and in the other post (please see the pic of Counter Strike Source)EA =Electronic Arts the DISTRIBUTION COMPANY not EA studios that make and break certain games. You guys see EA logo and not think they are 3 or 4 separate companies that make one.DICE made BF3,They need to get it too store...oh wait EA will distribute them....Its all EA they suck ...Funny if Valve does it and you see EA logo in plain site it`s ok ????
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#4
illli
does not surprise me at all
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#5
bear jesus
A company ripping people off and making a bunch of shitty games is worse than a company killing people... i did not expect that one, learn something new every day i guess although honestly i expected people to be more pissed about being ripped off by a bank than by playing shit games.
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H82LUZ73
bear jesus said:
Companies ripping people off and making a bunch of shitty games is worse than companies killing people... i did not expect that one, learn something new every day i guess although honestly i expected people to be more pissed about being ripped off by a bank than by playing shit games.
Would this be from from the Royal Bank news on Monday ?
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bear jesus
H82LUZ73 said:
Would this be from from the Royal Bank news on Monday ?
What is that?
I was thinking about the final vote as in BoA vs EA as far as getting ripped of vs games, but company that kills is referring to ones that were included in the original vote before it was narrowed down.
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#8
H82LUZ73
bear jesus said:
What is that?
I was thinking about the final vote as in BoA vs EA as far as getting ripped of vs games, but company that kills is referring to ones that were included in the original vote before it was narrowed down.
guess although honestly i expected people to be more pissed about being ripped off by a bank

From what i was told,they would fore close o homes and collect the insurance money from the loans....leaving honest people homeless even if they were still paying out ,But like you EA and its Evil Left Nut Off Satan himself program and company EA+origin win....
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#9
ice_v
joyman said:
Well I am not an american to say which is worst in America, also I don't think that EA is the worst, but in the gaming industry I would say yes, and yes globally worst of them. How many good titles they ruined... Not to start with the other shit they produce. Capitalism, the worshiping of the money is in the heart of this corporate menace out there. His majesty the profit.
Same here... In the gaming industry EA and Ubisoft are definetely the worst. Yes there are other companies that are somewhat more full of crap but the thing that imho most people consider is the level of disapointment towards a company:

Phillip Morris: hey you don't want lung cancer? Don't smoke, easy as that
British Petroleum: well what did u expect? A green oil company? :rolleyes:
Haliburon: same above
AIG: this one is a bit more tricky, since (last I checked) there are no alternatives to AIG (it's basically a monoploly right)

But EA is a basically a technology company...it's prime goal should be entartain while innovating...profit is just a consequence of that behavior. But in the last years it clearly shows that EA's prime goal was PROFIT from pretending to innovate and entertain. That's a big disappointment in the eyes of the sober IT consumer (imho).
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bear jesus
H82LUZ73 said:
guess although honestly i expected people to be more pissed about being ripped off by a bank
Same here, i thought to most people money was way more important but i have to wonder how many customers of BoA still have homes and internet access vs the amount of EA users who have internet.
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H82LUZ73
H82LUZ73 said:
.DICE made BF3,They need to get it too store...oh wait EA will distribute them....Its all EA they suck ...Funny if Valve does it and you see EA logo in plain site it`s ok ????
Still no reply for this ??? mmmmmmmm
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#12
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
ice_v said:

But EA is a basically a technology company...it's prime goal should be entartain while innovating...profit is just a consequence of that behavior. But in the last years it clearly shows that EA's prime goal was PROFIT from pretending to innovate and entertain. That's a big disappointment in the eyes of the sober IT consumer (imho).
:roll:
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#13
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
And I hate my bank for not giving me free money and Saab for not fixing the rust on my car and Bethsoft/Obsidian for having the guts asking me to pay for Fallout New Vegas. HOW DARE THEY?
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#14
thematrix606
H82LUZ73 said:
maybe it was a punk Buster update yesterday,It said on the website for Battle log they would do a 15 min update....geesh and that is EA fault how ?
EA is the publisher. When I go for game support, I go through Origin, or EA's service. From there, being the publisher and financier of the entire project, they delegate work, problems to fix, etc to the appropriate parties.

So yes, EA is on the top level, and in charge of everything. They set the budgets, they set the release date, they are in total control of every little detail if they want to. It is their fault. Not some developer up in Sweden who hasn't gotten a sprint item on the backlog to fix bug X because there was no budget for it.

Get your facts straight.
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#17
Saidrex
Congratz EA, you really deserve this reward.
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#18
AsRock
TPU addict
Was EA's Golden Poo Award Justified?
That depends on who was allowed to vote, like were people who DO NOT live in America allowed to vote ?.

Another thing that comes to mind is how the fuck can you have a ass hole company award for 2012 when were only 4 months into it LMAO.

Do i like EA erm not their asses but a lot of them are today and i bet there is worse than Bank Of America as well although never used them and most likely never will so how many others never used them but had EA games and voted EA just because they feel screwed by EA.
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#19
xenocide
I feel like reading comments of people who think EA is actually "Evil" is going to make me retarded...
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#20
NC37
H82LUZ73 said:
yeah you said it all.All the guys who basically said Origin suck we want BF3 on Steam wha wha wha ...You old goats won this round ,But come on several of us here use Origin did we loose our lives,Have EA come to our doors with extortion`s,Did they ruin thousands of lives no....Get off the high horse bha bha bha goating of NO BF3 on Steam.....

Watch when Valve announces CC-GS in store all these goats will buy the DVD and see EA on the box ....Like this lower right hand corner http://pics.mobygames.com/images/covers/large/1267925825-01.jpg

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Electronic Arts=EA
No, it wasn't the end of the world having to use Origin. But you miss the point. It wasn't just about BF3 and others. It was about EA's treatment of it all. Do they have a right to force everyone onto their own platform? Yes. Do gamers have a right to be pissed when they remove titles from Steam for no reason and generally treat Valve like shit? Of course!

EA deserved the hate which led to this award. The mess with Steam was only a part of it all. Origin being the mess it is, still in beta. Then naming it after a beloved classic company which EA bought and killed. Mix in all the messes with all the big hit titles this last year or two. Then countless anger over their business practices a decade before...

This has been a long time coming. Sadly it is hard to fondly remember the classic EA which was so fantastic. From the days of Desert Strike/etc. Then, bigger and bigger they got. Dreamcast comes, EA starts flexing their muscles. EA kills it by refusing to dev on it. Companies start bending knee to EA more and more.

The response is truthful. They aren't the worst. But it is also shows their arrogance. It is a slap back at the consumer. "Hey, we aren't the ones ruining the planet. Our games are award winning, therefore, you're wrong!"

There is no concept to EA of why consumers voted them. Think what would be wonderful is if their stock took a dive from this. But I doubt that would happen.
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#21
dzero
I'm still mad about what they did with my beloved Command and Conquer and how they treated the Westwood staff. Origins didn't help either.
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#22
xenocide
NC37 said:
They aren't the worst.
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#23
Mistral
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 think we can agree that British Petroleum, AIG, Philip Morris, and Halliburton are in their own God Tier and were not included for that very reason.

Also EA, who do you think voted for you there? The very people you are trying to sell your produce to. Others likely don't even know who you are. Still, you made it to the top. That should tell you something.

:rockout:
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#24
DarkOCean
Congrats EA you won something, it's a surprise :toast:
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#25
Jizzler
The explanation is easy, this is just like the Oscars. Many win when the Academy feels you deserve it.

For well over a decade EA has been symtematically destroying the industry and now it has reached a point where they can no longer hide under the actions of so called "eviler" companies. I wouldn't be surprised if EA was behind some of the bigger stories of the 2000s to keep themselves out of the spotlight. As a known evil company with a long term plot, it's in their best interest to "nudge" people or groups into creating media spectacles. The kind to take focus away from their trend of evil.
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