Source: The Consumerist
I'm not sure what to make of this, a video game compnay beating out banks, cable companies, and more to win consumerist's 'Worst Company in America' yearly poll. Perhaps more an indication of the type of voters to be found online vs. offline and boosted by the recent hate for EA game Sim City. It's hard to believe with a financial crisis caused by banking and market control and price gouging by Cable and Cel Phone companies that even EA could win so handily.
It is also possible that EA has more to lose in the eyes of the voters. Most consumers expect banks, insurance companies, and corporate conglomerates to be a little evil, but a video game company is supposed to provide us with entertainment. Instead EA has shown that they aren't so interested in creating new and unique content, preferring to churn out uninspired sequels of games from companies they've absorbed and sucked the soul out of (as well as diving into the gamer-hated ploys of micro-transactions and DRM). When you take something people love and turn it into crap, they don't forget about it.
But, what does it say about consumers that for two years in a row, EA wins 'Worst Company' yet gamers still rush out to buy EA games? It won't matter how many 'golden poos' we give EA, if we also keep giving them our money.
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About the Author - Jeremy Shane
Jeremy was born in a small mountain village of a strange foreign land called Weystvurginea. Banishment for liberal views saw him spend years wondering the east coast until he decided to bike to California. When he saw how long a trip it was, he drove instead. Now he's living it up in a low humidity climate, sometimes working on his photography and when not, he writes for us covering books (by way of his blog: Reading Realms), gaming, tv, movies, comics, conventions in the SoCal area, and creates a weekly webcomic: A Journey Through Skyrim. If you look for him offline, start in the L.A. area; online start at: www.jeremyshane.info for his profile and all the social networks he's on... or just follow him on twitter, he seems to be on there a lot: @jeremyshane.
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