Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 18th May 2013 21:06 UTC
Games "At the end of a week in which Electronic Arts confirmed it wasn't developing a thing for the Wii U, one of the software engineers in EA Sports' Canada studio, in a series of since-deleted tweets, disparaged the console as 'crap' and suggested Nintendo should give up on hardware altogether. 'The Wii U is crap. Less powerful than an Xbox 360. Poor online/store. Weird tablet', tweeted Bob Summerwill, listed as a senior software engineer at EA Canada, in a reply to a tweet posting a link about EA's no-Wii U news. 'Nintendo are walking dead at this point'." The Wii U is turning into the 21st century's Virtual Boy.
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The internet makes asses of us all!
by TM99 on Sun 19th May 2013 06:55 UTC
TM99
Member since:
2012-08-26

Seriously, businesses should not let their employees post things like this. I hope this guy was quickly fired.

The WiiU specs are not spectacular, but they are certainly better than the Xbox 360 - better CPU & GPU plus HDMI. My original 360 lacks HDMI and can only run component.

When I am ready to get an eighth generation console, I have decided it will be the WiiU.

The PS4 is out because I am not going to repurchase all of my PS1, PS2, and PS3 titles, yet again. The PS4 hardware is too different to even play PS3 titles so they will have to be purchased through PSN. I do not like the Sony Cloud idea at all. I also greatly dislike the damned inclusion of a Facebook specific button on the controller. Seriously? A Facebook button?!

There are so many rumors around the next Xbox but thus far, if it becomes true that it will require an always on connection and that older titles or used games can't be played, they can bite me. The Xbox Live service is getting too intrusive as it is.

Now I admit to not being a big EA Sports fan so not getting these titles means nothing to me. I love the original Nintendo titles - Kirby, Mario, Zelda, etc. And I really enjoy FPS and jRPG's, so I will be set on the WiiU just like I have been on the Gamecube and Wii. I am in no hurry but these types of 'pronouncements' usually turn out wrong. The Wii was also going to fail. The 3DS sucked. The new Xbox 360 won't be any better than the original. Blah blah blah. ;)

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sergio Member since:
2005-07-06

The WiiU specs are not spectacular, but they are certainly better than the Xbox 360 - better CPU & GPU plus HDMI. My original 360 lacks HDMI and can only run component.


Totally agree. Did you see the size and energy consumption of the thing? It's pretty amazing taking into account PS3's and 360's (even the recent "slim" releases are huge).

Another thing that surprised me is that You can play with Wii U for hours and it never gets hot. I think it's even colder than the original Wii.

I know that nobody but me cares about these things on a console but I think these details talks about the quality of a product and how well it's designed and made. Not a crappy product at all.

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WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

Seriously, businesses should not let their employees post things like this. I hope this guy was quickly fired.


People shouldn't be allowed to have their own opinions as long as they work for someone? I'm sorry, but I definitely do not agree. People should have the right to voice their own opinion and they definitely shouldn't get fired for that.

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Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

I agree, they definitely should have the right to voice their opinion.

But if you say something publicly that hurts your company's reputation or bottom line, they have the right to fire you. That's just how the corporate world works.

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MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

I'm sure he's free to resign and he can then spend all day voicing his opinion on a wide range of subjects.

Business is not a democracy, just like for example the army and sports team aren't. They all have goals and objectives, they are not Internet forums where people carry no responsibility and say whatever crap they care to share.

An EA developer calling the Wii U crap damages the relationship between Nintendo and Electronic Arts. It may impact sales, people's jobs and lives. And for what? Would this guy experience unbearable pain if he wasn't allowed to share his opinion on-line?

If you had a company, how would you feel if your own employee called your products crap? Or employees of a business partner criticizing you?

An employee gets PAID to do a job, not to voice opinions damaging his employer.

The Wii did great, millions of people enjoy playing games on it. How can the Wii U, an updated and much better version, be "crap"? Then the original Wii much be crap^2, but apparently it's good enough for many people.

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TM99 Member since:
2012-08-26

Everyone is free to express an opinion. And there are consequences for those opinions once shared.

So, I can say all gays are pedophiles on national radio and not have consequences then? As a news reporter giving an opinion, it is OK then for me to tweet that Obama is a 'stupid nigger' for allowing the IRS scandal?

Of course not!

Free speech has always had limits and consequences.

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Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

Seriously, businesses should not let their employees post things like this. I hope this guy was quickly fired.


Fortunately for everyone, most of us don't live in corporate fascist states and corporations have no legal means of preventing people from exercising their right to free speech.

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latreides Member since:
2011-03-20

The share button is NOT a Facebook button. It shares to what looks like your PSN profile similar to how steam works.

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