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#1 Apr 04 2012 at 9:25 PM Rating: Good
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They may not be more damaging than BoA, but they sure are more hated.

I've never thought much of EA, either love or hate, but I did take notice whenever they acquired a well known game company and I knew they had been largely responsible for the DRM and DLC suffering gamers now experience. It's hard to see their business model as anything but opportunistic and injurious to consumers. I don't believe I've ever purchased an EA game--they just don't make the kind of games I enjoy--but I know many here are begrudgingly enthusiastic about their product line (particularly Bioware) and the sense of the situation I'm receiving is that people buying EA games now will only feel enough ire to complain yet not enough to close their wallets.
#2 Apr 04 2012 at 9:48 PM Rating: Good
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EA sucks, but they aren't remotely that bad. Seriously. It's a joke that they beat Bank of America. A pathetic joke. All this does is tell me that 64.03% percent of Consumerist readers are idiots.

Electronic Arts might not have the best business practices. But last I checked, they don't drive people out of their homes, they don't gamble with people's life savings, they don't contribute to huge economic meltdowns, they don't bring in some of the most absurd profit margins you'll see, or give themselves increasingly large bonuses with the funds that customers are trusting them with.
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#3 Apr 04 2012 at 9:52 PM Rating: Decent
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Worst company in America, no. Worst gaming company in America, yes. The way they treat their customers is akin to the way the average person treats an ATM machine. All EA cares about is money, which is all well and good for their stockholders, but not so much for their customers.
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Traditionally, the Poo has been delivered on its little red pillow. But this year, we'll give EA three different color options for its pillow, though in the end it's still the same old Poo.
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#5 Apr 04 2012 at 10:18 PM Rating: Excellent
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#6 Apr 04 2012 at 10:32 PM Rating: Good
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How'd they beat Square Enix?
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#7 Apr 04 2012 at 10:40 PM Rating: Decent
relevant:

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/bank-of-america-too-crooked-to-fail-20120314
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#8 Apr 04 2012 at 11:39 PM Rating: Good
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they don't drive people out of their homes


They're a mortgage broker, you mean?
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#9 Apr 09 2012 at 7:01 PM Rating: Decent
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How'd they beat Square Enix?


If I find out that Square Enix had anything, anything at all, to do with what happened on Hitman: Absolution, I will beat some Japanese business men into the next century.

Part of me hopes it was all IO's decision. Shorter travel distance...

Edited, Apr 10th 2012 3:04am by Mazra
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#10 Apr 09 2012 at 8:09 PM Rating: Good
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I dunno what your issue with the game is (never having played the other four), but it seems (from the wiki page) that SE is only the publisher, not the developer.
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#11 Apr 10 2012 at 4:50 AM Rating: Good
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SE bought IO Interactive, so I guess it's like EA and BioWare, or Activision and Blizzard. They might not be developing the stuff, but they're financing it and the top hats decide what the money is spent on.

My issue with the game is that David Bateson (voice and model of Agent 47), Vivienne McKee (voice of Diana) and Jesper Kyd (composer) have been cut from production. Bateson, who has voiced the main character since the beginning was never contacted about reprising his role in the fifth game. He didn't know about the production until a fan contacted him about it, and IO has ignored all his questions about the matter. Last I heard, he'd been muzzled and can't comment on anything due to "legal reasons." I don't know why McKee and Kyd were cut, but without the voice actors from the previous four games (three for Diana) and the composer (whom you probably know from Assassin's Creed), the game isn't a Hitman game.

The cherry on the top is that the original developers of the franchise are no longer with IO Interactive. Different development team, different voice actors and different soundtrack. Recipe for fail.
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#12 Apr 10 2012 at 6:33 AM Rating: Good
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There's little that saps my enjoyment of a sequel as thoroughly as when VAs get replaced. Take ME3. I love Mordin Solus immensely, but I definitely didn't enjoy any of his scenes nearly as much because his voice wasn't his any more.
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#13 Apr 10 2012 at 8:13 AM Rating: Good
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I didn't know Mordin's VA got replaced until I looked it up, and I still have a hard time noticing the difference. Replacement did a good job, but yeah, changing VA sucks. Especially when it's done for no apparent reason.
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#14 Apr 10 2012 at 9:07 AM Rating: Good
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The first second I heard him speak I was like "Wha- NOOOOOOOOOOO!"
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