Electronic Arts Voted The Worst Company in America
Electronic Arts (EA) has won the award for the ‘Worst Company in America for 2012′, based on a recent poll from website Consumerist. We’re now positive that this tally is thanks to the voting audience made up of mostly cats, boycotting consumers and CEOs of failing American banks.
“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.”
These words come straight from the mouth of Senior Director of EA Corporate Communications John Reseburg, when discussing the turn of events with Kotaku. The company hasn’t said very much publicly about the poll results beyond that.
But honestly, do you as a consumer and human being truly consider Electronic Arts to be the worst company in America? Of the myriad of awful, terrible companies that exist in the United States, you (meaning the voters, of course) have come to the conclusion that a video game publisher is simply the most evil, diabolical organization in our midst?
Aside from your Mass Effect 3 endings, your online passes, and your DRM systems, what is it really that makes EA so evil that they win an award for being the absolute worst? Seems a tad irrational, don’t’ you think?
Think about it — Electronic Arts is not the worst company in America. While there are most certainly some not-so-liked practices of EA and other modern publishers, without them you would have no Mass Effect, no Dragon Age, no Battlefield 3, Burnout, Command and Conquer, Crysis, Sims, Madden, Medal of Honor, Need for Speed, SSX Tricky, or Baldur’s Gate.
And by the Lord Almighty you wouldn’t have Championship Bass Fishing: 2000. What a pitiful reality that would be.
So before you react, before you comment, and heaven forbid before you tweet — pause. Take a moment, and realize that while a video game company may have caused you frustrations of all sorts, they’ve also helped to make many of the most fantastic and treasured gaming experiences a reality.
Then again, they’ve also pissed you off a lot — so there’s that.
Have they made stupid choices that aren’t beneficial to the consumer before? Yes. Many publishers have.
Does that make them the worst company in America? Not in my book.
I’ve said my thoughts — now let’s hear yours. Open the comment floodgates.