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- Last Updated on Thursday, 05 April 2012 16:02
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The consumerist.com website runs a yearly vote on the worst company in America. This year Electronic Arts went head to head with the Bank of America, and you know how popular bankers are these days, and guess what, Electronic Arts won, consumers consider EA to be worse than Banks!
Now that takes some doing.
EAs need to make pathetic expansions for games like the Sims and then charge full price or even two thirds price for something that basically adds a few chairs or cloths to a game, or its need to mess companies around like steam which consumers do like and do trust or force everybody to use the horrid Origin system is no doubt the reason for them walking away with the "Worst company in America" title this year.
But lets is not forget that as loyal customers of Westwood, Maxis, Bioware and others, EA left us cold having brought those companies out and then forced them to make the same crappy games we can get else where.
When was the last time Maxis made a Sim Ant or Sim Earth game for example ? It was BEFORE EA got their hands on them. When was the last time Westwood made an classic RPG like Eye of the Beholder ? It was before EA got their hands on them.
These days the classic simulation maker is making shooters for EA. Or have EA given the maxis name to some third rate company to sell their games too ?
Westwood were the old RPG maker of choice, bet you younger gamers did not know that did you. Bethesda, Bioware and all the others, they are the new guys on the block. Westwood was king at one point. Even when Bioware and Bethesda first crawled out of the ocean with games that barely made a splash on the RPG scene at the time, games like Arena, Westwood was still king and other RPGs appeared to challenge it, games like Ishra.
As all the major fans of those companies will tell you, things changed with them the day EA brought them out. Bioware is the latest brand to be exploited.
Many smaller companies owned by EA are being renamed to Bioware to help sell their games but a name does not make them in to developers as good as Bioware used to be. Biowares not making games of the sort of quality we saw in the past,
In the past Bioware would make an RPG and an expansion then make a brand new RPG next, rarely returning to a game for a sequel, these days it is all about sequels.
Bioware is now EAs cash cow, the original games we all expected from them every few years such as Balders Gate, Icewinddale, Neverwinter Nights are gone... welcome to Dragon Age 3, Mass Effect 3 and oh yes, they may be digging up Baulders Gate for a sequel too. Wave good by to the highly original games we used to see from Bioware, say hello to Mass Effect 26.
EA is the Reaper of good Developers... once EA gets its hands on a company, you can kiss everything you liked about them good buy.
So yes, the Guild agrees, Electronic Arts are probably the worst company in American to buy things from. Only the younger gamers seem to disagree but thats because they have no idea what was lost the day EA brought out certain companies, or their mummies pay for the games so they have no idea of the actual cost of that new chair in the sims. EA was after all one of the first companies to put its prices for games up to £40 on the PC and its games are not even worth £30.
Watching our favourite developers disappear and all the games we liked change to something EA believes is better makes EA a lot of enemies.
Interestingly, Bluebyte who are now part of Ubisoft who also have a bad reputation for copy protection problems, are now back making the sort of games we all want Bluebyte to make. So there is hope when Ubisoft takes over a company, but there is no hope if EA gets their hands on them.
As an old Bluebyte fan, I am once again enjoying that developers work.
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