Comment of the Week: Apocalypse By Electronic Arts
There are a lot of people who don’t like Electronic Arts.
As evidenced by the company’s win of “Worst Company of 2012” from Consumerist, not too many people are fans of the game-selling conglomerate. EA is blamed for ruining the ending of Mass Effect 3 and has been blamed for the assumed failure of Dead Space 3, now that that game includes cooperative modes. And now that EA has announced it eventually plans to be a 100-percent digital company, gamers have even more reason to hate it.
Reader Peggle20 put the anti-EA sentiment this way, on the article “EA Boss: ‘We’re Going to Be a 100% Digital Company, Period’“:
Read: we’ll shed all the costs associated with warehousing, physical distribution, and manufacturing but keep the price of PC titles at $60-70 (plus day one paid DLC) because “inflation.”
I really wish people in general would show a little awareness and stop buying EA products. Completely self-defeating to keep funding the guys who want to steadily lower the standard of quality, jack prices up, and generally are doing their best to insidiously destroy the video gaming hobby through anti-consumer strategies and the systematic pillage of talented development studios and their original IPs.
Strong words, and as our own Jim Sterling is fond of noting, publishers do seem to have an adversarial relationship with consumers. Some of these things that Peggle20 sees as happening at EA’s hands do seem to be happening, at least a little bit at a time.
Then again, this is also a little bit of a “The sky is falling! EA is the Anti-Christ!” mentality. Certainly EA’s switch to digital distribution doesn’t inherently indicate evil, right?
What do you guys think? Are you pro-EA or Anti-Christ-EA?