1. Post #1
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    July 2011
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    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!
    Source: http://consumerist.com/2012/04/congr...-for-2012.html

    Seriously?
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  2. Post #2
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    This happened over a month ago.
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  3. Post #3
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    March 2009
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    About a month late there bud.
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    It's time to unban Banshee Friend
    Dennab
    April 2011
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    And besides, this isn't news. It's straight up facts.
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    August 2008
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    this was fucking retarded. worst company in america? what about all those piece of shit bankers and oil companies
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    January 2010
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    this was fucking retarded. worst company in america? what about all those piece of shit bankers and oil companies
    If I recall, it was due to business policies, not products/services sold. EA blatantly cons and jews its buyers out of money and has a tendency to lie, something a business shouldn't do. EA pulls this shit to the next goddamned level.
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    February 2011
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    this was fucking retarded. worst company in america? what about all those piece of shit bankers and oil companies
    Well there's definitely a bias going on, most voters were probably gamers. EA's the worst company in their industry, but they're not the worst company.
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    August 2008
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    If I recall, it was due to business policies, not products/services sold. EA blatantly cons and jews its buyers out of money and has a tendency to lie, something a business shouldn't do. EA pulls this shit to the next goddamned level.
    those banking companies conned the entire united states and caused a financial recession. oil companies have been responsible for trying to overthrow governments in south america. those business policies seem far worse than EA's ones

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    Well there's definitely a bias going on, most voters were probably gamers. EA's the worst company in their industry, but they're not the worst company.
    the bias is that some dumb asses think that invasive drm for a product they voluntarily purchase is the worst thing ever
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    those banking companies conned the entire united states and caused a financial recession. oil companies have been responsible for trying to overthrow governments in south america. those business policies seem far worse than EA's ones

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    the bias is that some dumb asses think that invasive drm for a product they voluntarily purchase is the worst thing ever
    BoA cant win every year.
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    January 2008
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    EA is still far better than Activision.
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  11. Post #11
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    October 2009
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    EA is still far better than Activision.
    No they aren't.

    Sure, Activision is milking their games, but EA is ruining once good games, shutting down old games, lying, and conning everyone it can.
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    May 2005
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    this was fucking retarded. worst company in america? what about all those piece of shit bankers and oil companies
    The competition is entirely from a consumer standpoint, not an ethical one. EA does not treat it's customers well.
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    August 2008
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    The competition is entirely from a consumer standpoint, not an ethical one. EA does not treat it's customers well.
    stealing peoples homes, destabilizing the world economy, i think the ethics of american bankers is worse than those of EA.
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