I think some folks are balking at at considering "threatening fun" to be "threatening" or considering entertainment companies to be "evil". Hyperbolic statements are going to generate hyperbolic responses and associated scope creep.
Personally, I don't like half of EA's product line because games like Battlefield, Sims, SimCity and the like just don't appeal to me. However, I like the RPGs. If there were more Witchers in the world, I might be willing skip the Dragon Ages and the Mass Effects, but when most of the alternative in the RPG genre are either JRPGs (I'm not in their target market), deliberately obtuse games like Gothic and their child series, or self-aggrandized Jeff Vogel games... EA wins by virtue of showing up to the race.
I am concerned about them "turning off" games, though. Rock Band isn't the only thing they did this with... they turned off EA MMA as well, and it was only 18 months old. I sold if off a few months ago, but I imagine I'd be pretty pissed if I had just bought the game and discovered that I couldn't play the damn thing.
Yes I am. If a company has business practices that truly bug me I don't just talk the talk I walk the walk, regardless of whether or not they have amazing software.
I'm pretty much off Capcom right now, don't plan to get anything from em. Haven't bought any Microsoft related thing in a long time, don't plan to. Those are my 2 right now, nothing else bugs me that much.
Not hard for me.. but what stinks is when the publisher your ignoring, buys up developers you like.... sucks as you want ot suport the developers even though you do not care for the publisher... catch 22 i guess
Yes, of course. There're so many good games out there, that even ignoring those from companies that suck I wouldn't be able to play them all. I won't be missing any game as long as I'm playing something else.
You think that boycotting EA is my religion or something?
I love the Mass Effect series, and it begun as a Microsoft publishing game and ended up with the second and the third game in the hands of EA.
What was I suppose to do? Of course im willing to break my boycott in a tiny gesture by buying it used. Like I said its not like I believe that supporting EA in any single way is the ticket straight to hell.
I didn't say that. I saw you write that you have had a decade long "boycott" of EA and then a sentence later listed 3 games you purchased of EA's. It didn't make sense. It was like reading "I'm boycotting Taco Bell! Hey, let's go to Taco Bell". I don't really care that you are dedicated to it or not, your post just didn't make any sense.
Yes. Even if you take away used games (and illegitimate ways of obtaining a game) there are still other games and publishers/developers I can stick with. Not to mention the indie scene. And if somehow EVERY conceivable videogame maker on the planet ends up becoming an anti-consumer-douche, there are countless other unnecessary but fun hobbies I can sink my time and money into.
I never got a 360 because of RROD and having to pay to play online. If PS3 starts pay to play I'll just stick with singleplayer games and Valve games on PC for multiplayer. In the end it wasn't that bad the only games I wish I hadn't missed are Crackdown, Bayonetta (superior version), and Deadly Premonition which is coming to PS3 soon.
Developers aren't charities, and neither am I. Really, we're enemies - they want all my money, and I want everything they make for free. But, because we each want something from each other, we trade. I'll support a company when they show me a product that I'm interested in for a price I think it's worth. I won't support them when they don't do that.
To most reasonable extents, like I wouldn't support a company even if they delivered a product I want for a price I think is worth it if they financially support the People for the Defense of Punching Kittens Alliance. Cuz then I'm supporting that organization by proxy. Or if I'm on the edge, really bad employee practices might lose me. Like, if I was going to maybe buy L.A. Noire(I wasn't; rented it and it sucked), knowing about the crappy employee practices there might edge me off.
Just took a look through my collection and I only have five games NOT published by EA, Bethesda, Activision and they are all MS games. If I were to boycott the "Evil Empires" I would no longer be a gamer. Truth be told, as sad as it may be, I love EA games.
One other thing, I can understand taking a personal stance but I do believe judging others and tossing out thinly veiled insults towards those who do not share ones views is quite idiotic.
I think EA has been trying to find out where the line is on this, and with the Rock Band iOS thing, they may have found mine. I've never done anything like this before, but I am mulling over making SSX (bought at release) my last EA purchase. Not gonna review their upcoming catalog or anything like that, I really think I'm gonna do it. Plenty of other games to spend my money on.
I've already been doing this with Microsoft for several years now, though that's largely because I don't like their hardware or their approach to PC, not because of any perceived anti-consumer agenda. I still follow their direction with interest so I don't really count it. Today, on the other hand, I find anticipated titles from EA, like SimCity, just bouncing off my radar. No thanks.
Easy as pie for me. I've mostly left console gaming already. Anti-used games measures will be the final straw. And mind you, I buy both new and used games, so they will be losing actual sales on me. Their loss. I'll find lots of other ways to have fun.
Absolutely. I was already pissed with the mml3 cancellation and having to buy umvc3 mere months later. The locked characters on sfxt was the final straw for me with capcom. Its too bad too since both dragons dogma and re6 look awesome. I will hold strong though. Still haven't bought sfxt and won't.