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  Helleri

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4/07/13 9:01:25 PM#161

I voted yes, given what I felt was the nature of the question (aside from how open the phrasing of the question leaves itself to semantical arguments).

Worst can be taken to mean (in my mind) quality vs price of product, transperency for earnings vs. spending, honesty in public relations, quality of employment etc. etc...and within their realm, and within the continental U.S.A....yeah probably.

If your talking about worst in general worldwide...walmart hands down (walmart has litterally let employess burn to death to save a buck...a savings they pass on to us with their rolebacks).

  jpnz

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4/08/13 1:40:48 AM#162
Originally posted by Quizzical

I'm actually somewhat puzzled by the number of people saying "but the oil companies are worse" without picking out a particular oil company that is much worse than the rest.

/Snip

To say BP isn't more 'evil' than EA is laughable at best and 'lost all perspective' at the worst.

Yeah, remember the 'Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill of 2010'?

4.9 billion barrels of oil spill onto the ocean VS whatever company EA 'destroyed'

I mean c'mon, you really going to compare THAT?

 

How about ExxonMobil with their wonderful Mayflower oil spill of 2013?

Lets get some perspective cause my god, the 'I hate EA' is a bit out of control.

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  Quizzical

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4/08/13 10:24:24 AM#163
Originally posted by jpnz
Originally posted by Quizzical

I'm actually somewhat puzzled by the number of people saying "but the oil companies are worse" without picking out a particular oil company that is much worse than the rest.

/Snip

To say BP isn't more 'evil' than EA is laughable at best and 'lost all perspective' at the worst.

Yeah, remember the 'Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill of 2010'?

4.9 billion barrels of oil spill onto the ocean VS whatever company EA 'destroyed'

I mean c'mon, you really going to compare THAT?

 

How about ExxonMobil with their wonderful Mayflower oil spill of 2013?

Lets get some perspective cause my god, the 'I hate EA' is a bit out of control.

If you try to transport something on the order of a million barrels of oil per day around the world, then occasionally you goof up and spill something.  It's not possible to always be perfectly safe and never make any mistakes.  That's as simple result of the massive volume that oil companies deal with.

Would you argue that every car crash that kills anyone proves that the company that built the car is irredeemably evil?  Or are you willing to call that a case of if enough cars get driven enough, there are some crashes now and then?

Given a choice between "there are oil spills now and then" and "most of modern industrialization never happens", I'd choose the former--and it's not a tough call.

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OP  4/08/13 11:20:57 AM#164

EA won by a freakin landslide it was 78.89 for EA and Ticketmaster only got 21.11 that is percent of the votes and remind you guys this is not all just gamers that voted but from all sorts of people think about it it could of been from parents of a kid who had a very bad experience with EA food for thought.

GRATS EA on your victory.

  Gravarg

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4/08/13 11:33:59 AM#165

Oil companies aren't even near the worst of the worst.  Like I said earlier in a post, look at companies like GE and Johnson & Johnson, they're worse than anything that oil companies have done.  Nothing like a good tens of thousand maimings and killings that noone ever hears about.  There was a dryer recall last year because the idiots decided to put a cheap piece of plastic as a retaining bolt, when that snapped your dryer tub inside became a freaking rocket lol.  That hits closer to home...

 

Then don't even get me started on medical companies...you want to know why every other commercial on tv is for some lawsuit for some drug or medical device?  These companies take how much it costs to produce thier device/drug, then they factor in malpractice cases, because they know it's going to harm people.  If it's profitable, then they go ahead with it...That's why they'll never cure anything major...there's no money to be made.  There's more money in keeping people sick and just treating symptoms, while people eventually die from the disease they have...yeah that's pretty twisted.

  Quizzical

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4/08/13 12:39:44 PM#166
Originally posted by Gravarg

Then don't even get me started on medical companies...you want to know why every other commercial on tv is for some lawsuit for some drug or medical device?  These companies take how much it costs to produce thier device/drug, then they factor in malpractice cases, because they know it's going to harm people.  If it's profitable, then they go ahead with it...That's why they'll never cure anything major...there's no money to be made.  There's more money in keeping people sick and just treating symptoms, while people eventually die from the disease they have...yeah that's pretty twisted.

Or maybe that's just because American society is a lot more litigious than it used to be.  Surely you're aware that some lawsuits are frivolous--and that a lawsuit being frivolous doesn't necessarily mean that it won't win massive payouts anyway.

With any medical treatment, there are always costs and risks to weigh against the benefits.  A substantial chance of rather severe side effects can be justified if the consequences of not having it are severe enough.

Compare the state of modern medicine to where it was a century ago.  If you were to go back in time a century and describe our health care system today, people wouldn't be appalled at how evil the big medical companies are.  They'd be amazed at how much longer and healthier lives we live today than people used to--and wouldn't understand why you thought the companies that made that happen were so evil.  Increasing median life expectancy at birth by about 30 years over the course of a century is unprecedented in recorded human history.

Again, if you want to pick out one particular company that has a long string of doing remarkably awful things and pick it out as a major outlier in its industry--as EA is in the gaming industry--then go ahead.  But the entire medical industry, or even a large chunk of it, being evil?  I'm not buying that.

  Nadia

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4/08/13 12:56:08 PM#167
if i had to pick the worst company in america -- it would be Monsanto ;)
  LeahXtwo

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4/08/13 1:03:41 PM#168
Originally posted by wordiz
If you think EA is a worse company that Halliburton or Monsanto, or JP Morgan or Merrill Lynch...well, you're priorities are pretty jacked. I wouldn't even say they're the worst company in the entertainment or media industries. I would say they are the worst company in gaming...without a doubt.

Agree. I mean this is the company that emploee wives and husbands sued and won.

  Jacxolope

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4/08/13 1:13:54 PM#169

I voted YES... But allow me to explain.

EA is the worst GAMING company out there. Hands down... But comparing a gaming company (and their evil ways) to a company like Monsanto and their Ilk is totally unfair and impossible and makes EA look positivey wonderful.

-Also (if I remember right) the actual POLL this was ased upon put EA against Budweiser or something-

Sp yeah... I voted YES because the poll is impossible to compare gaming companies and non gaming companies. EA may be shady, but they arent Blackwater... But compared to other AAA "gaming" companies (not counting certain Indies like SV and Electric Crow)- EA makes SOE look positivley Heavenly..

  jpnz

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4/08/13 3:01:55 PM#170
Originally posted by Quizzical
 

If you try to transport something on the order of a million barrels of oil per day around the world, then occasionally you goof up and spill something.  It's not possible to always be perfectly safe and never make any mistakes.  That's as simple result of the massive volume that oil companies deal with.

Would you argue that every car crash that kills anyone proves that the company that built the car is irredeemably evil?  Or are you willing to call that a case of if enough cars get driven enough, there are some crashes now and then?

Given a choice between "there are oil spills now and then" and "most of modern industrialization never happens", I'd choose the former--and it's not a tough call.

Let me get this straight, BP purposely ignored safety for $$$ which caused the Deepwater Horizon Oil spill.

ExxonMobil with their Mayflower oil spill is actively engaging in media blackouts / bullying to keep it from being accurately reported and how it is being dealt with (it isn't, a bunch of  A4 size oil soak pads do ZERO against 260 tons of oil)

Those two above are LESS EVIL than game companies that EA bought (legally I might add) and 'destroyed'?

You really really want to compare that and argue that logic? REALLY?

 

I knew some people didn't like EA but jeez....

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  Quizzical

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4/08/13 5:20:53 PM#171

The finals are now EA versus Bank of America.  If you wanted to vote for a bank as being more evil, then here's your chance.

  dinams

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4/08/13 10:31:21 PM#172

Not the worst (its on the top 10 tho)

Its just the one that likes to punch the consumers balls most

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  furbans

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4/08/13 10:45:02 PM#173
Atari beats EA as the worst company, but then they are bankrupt last I heard and not entirely sure they are based in America.
  potaco

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4/08/13 11:02:54 PM#174

I know it's been said before, but this is absolutely ridiculous. How could a game/entertainment company possibly be the worst in the country? Because you buy the games and don't like them? It's all optional... it's not like these things affect your lives the way other companies can. I hate to stereotype, but I'd have to assume a lot of people on this site are just too young to really understand how the world works. I just can't possibly understand how someone could try to justify it otherwise.

 

It's not like people are voting for EA because of the way they treat their employees or something that actually matters... people are complaining about games as if it's a matter of life and death. Give me a break.

  Yizle

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4/08/13 11:10:49 PM#175
Yeah sorry I had to say no since you said worse company in America. If you had worded it better such as worse gaming company then I would change my answer to yes.
  Rossboss

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4/09/13 9:10:51 AM#176
They are. By far, the worst company in America. They consistently screw over their users, they have a monopoly on the most ridiculous sports games, and they put cash shops in single player games.

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  Aerowyn

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4/09/13 6:53:58 PM#177
Originally posted by Quizzical

The finals are now EA versus Bank of America.  If you wanted to vote for a bank as being more evil, then here's your chance.

two years in a row.. way to go EA 

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  Tokken

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4/09/13 6:56:28 PM#178

NO. They've had a lot of good sports games.

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4/09/13 7:06:27 PM#179
Originally posted by Bigdaddyx

Just shows were priorities of gamers lie.

Predictability?

Hey, like it or not, it is a goal.

Self-pity imprisons us in the walls of our own self-absorption. The whole world shrinks down to the size of our problem, and the more we dwell on it, the smaller we are and the larger the problem seems to grow.

  Elikal

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4/10/13 7:09:36 AM#180

Yes they are.

Keep in mind, the question was about the consumer standpoint. It wasn't the question, which has the worst slave labour or whose products pollute the oceans the most. It was about consumer treatment and product quality and how they deal with their customers.

If you buy stocks from a Hedgefond, you, the customer, EXPECT the Hedgefond to ruin other economies, because that is what you pay for, that is how you make profiit.

But if you buy a video game from EA, you *expect*t it it work (contrary to Sim City 5), you expect it to be inspired (contrary to Dragon Age 2), and to offer meaningful conclusions (contrary to Mass Effect 3).

 

Good explanations why this was well deserved, see also:

http://penny-arcade.com/report/article/ea-earned-hatred-with-poor-games-lack-of-vision-and-contempt-for-the-audien

http://consumerist.com/2013/04/09/ea-makes-worst-company-in-america-history-wins-title-for-second-year-in-a-row/

 

Quotes:

"EA has become a company that releases mediocre products created by faceless teams. There is no real vision at work, no grand design. Just the idea that free-to-play games and microtransactions are the wave of the future, or at least they better be, because none of the company’s $60 boxed releases are finding much success with either critics or gamers."

"When we live in an era marked by massive oil spills, faulty foreclosures by bad banks, and rampant consolidation in the airline and telecom industry, what does it say about EA’s business practices that so many people have — for the second year in a row — come out to hand it the title of Worst Company In America?"

 

A forum is a place where people can discuss about different opinions. So what I don't get is, how people react offended when they come to a forum and then find... well different opinions. If a different opinion offends you, what are you even doing here?

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