patiotom wrote:So we all hate EA but we all can not stop buying Need For Speed, FIFA, Crysis, Batman, Battlefield, Mass Effect, Dead Space, Sim City/Sims, Star Wars or C&C.
Everybody bitches about EA on such a scale but the fact is they make good games, if only gamers cared this much about corporate interventions within society as a whole rather than bitching about EA or Activision!!
Been buying EA games for 20 years + now and I for one will be getting this year Dead Space, Sim City, Crysis 3 and hopefully Battlefield Bad Company 3. And all i will say is: "is it fun", "does it look good" and "does it work", not grumbling about giving too a corporation who you dislike for really silly reason like DRM who cares its 2013 have not lost internet for more than an hour in like 5 years!!
I used to be on the same page as you with this and I still think that a corporation's business morality has little to no impact on the user's enjoyment of the game and people just harp on about it to justify the game of angels and demons they've got playing inside their heads, so I didn't have that much of an issue with EA as they'd made some of my more preferred games this gen.
However, my experience with EA last year was abysmal:
Kingdoms Amalur - A repetitive MMORPG that had the considerable disadvantage of being single player and being offline.
Syndicate - I'm pretty sure I played this from start to finish, but I can't remember a single thing about it beyond the nagging sensation that I was bored for 8 hours in spring of 2012.
Mass Effect 3 - 120 hours ruined by 10 minutes of utter b*****ks, lazy game design and narrative cop out. The biggest cultural misstep since Jar Jar Binks. Still, at least it had multi-player... which was s**t.
FIFA 13 - Completely broken single player modes on release, though the compulsory Spot the Ball mode that occurred in my second season of Be a Pro was amusing for two minutes. Ultimate Team: well I'm sure the best way to make people pay for their points is to not allocate them properly or at all for in game activity, so nice one there EA. At least there's online multi-player I suppose... which was hosted on a rusty server in Albania, supervised by a part time shepherd, and connected to the rest of the world by a spider's thread of copper. I swear the most read sentence in October 2012 by gamers was "Our servers are not currently available. Please try again later."
So yeah, I am genuinely not buying an EA game again; not because I consider them evil (which I also do), but just because I consider their products to now be complete arse gravy.