Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 11th Mar 2013 14:46 UTC
Games "To see anyone defending EA and Maxis for the state of SimCity, even were it in perfect working order on launch, depresses me to my core. This self-flagellation-as-skincare notion, where gamers loudly and proudly defend the destruction of their own rights as consumers, is an Orwellian perversity. That it might be considered in any way controversial to call them out on their crap, to point out that no, always-on DRM is not an advantage to anyone, is bewildering. It's a sign of just how far the gaming world has fallen into the rabbit hole of the publisher's burrowing." As usual, RPS hits the nail on the head so hard it shoots through the board.
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EA and acquisitions
by malxau on Mon 11th Mar 2013 19:19 UTC
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While normally "don't buy EA" would be sufficient, EA seem particularly aggressive in acquiring smaller companies and over time turning them into EA-like entities. These companies were producing great, successful games, and at some point consumers need to stop buying a previously solid franchise after EA has ruined it. This point is not clear in advance to the purchaser. Consumers buying into a franchise before it has been completely discredited are fueling the EA machine to acquire yet another company/franchise and repeat.

The good part about scandals like this is prospective customers will now know what they're getting, which is often a huge part of the problem. The more I think about it though, even buying good products from EA before they have been destroyed is also a problem, since that money is just fueling the acquire+destroy process.

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