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Video games are designed with the purpose of entertainment. However, according to US readers nation-wide, Electronic Arts is taking the fun out of video games and has been voted the recipient of the 'Golden Poo' award of 2012, defeating the Bank of America with 64.03% of all votes.
Which Company Is The Absolute Worst Company In America?
Bank of America 35.97% EA 64.03%
As the article says:
"To those who might sneer at something as "non-essential" as a video game company winning the Worst Company In America vote: It's that exact kind of attitude that allows people to ignore the complaints as companies like EA to nickel and dime consumers to death.
For years, while movies and music became more affordable and publishers piled on bonus content — or multiple modes of delivery — as added value to entice customers to buy, video games have continued to be priced like premium goods.
There have even been numerous accusations that EA and its ilk deliberately hold back game content with the sole intent of charging a fee for it at a later date. It's one thing to support a game with new content that is worth the price. It's another to put out an inferior — and occasionally broken — product with the mindset of "ah, we'll fix it later and make some money for doing so."
As an additional jab at the publishing company, Consumerist is considering shipping out the same award on three different coloured pillows as opposed to a single, red pillow to reflect the fans' disappointment at the endings of Mass Effect 3.
Good food for thought as to what consumers will and will not tolerate, but also raises questions as to which is considered worse - a bank accused of corruption and greed or a game publisher accused of degrading games with their practises.