No doubt inflated somewhat due to the feverish delirium I'm presently experiencing, but 10/10.
In one sense, I do feel bad that they got screwed as the scapegoat for the entire industry on this. And that they have been non-stop bashed for decades, even when they weren't actually doing anything all that bad. Oh, and that everyone is blaming EA and not "EA and Maxis" :p. Who wants to bet my asshole fanclub decides to take this out of context to harass me? And that absolutely no moderation will happen
On the other hand: They have nobody to blame but themselves. They are already using a cloud-based solution to host the authentication servers, so it should have been trivial to increase server capacity. And not having the devs verify what the PR people were going to say was a pretty stupid move too.
So I am not really sure. I think I mostly feel bad for the employees who are gonna get canned for this. You know, the ones who actually did their jobs, not necessarily the quality control guys or the talking heads.
Nice OP, you had me:p
But I know that every sub 70% score I see for Simcity is a little ray of sunshine entering my calcified heart. If only we could get them into some kind of suicide pact with Activision I might even be happy enough to smile.
Feeling bad for corporations like EA is like feeling bad for a serial rapist that dropped the soap in a prison shower. Does a corporation ever feel bad for it's customers, I wonder?
I'm (unsuccessfully) trying to come up with a scenario that would make me feel sorry for EA.
They are good guys in my book.
Oh, I do a little bit. They're trying so hard to build a proper community of goodwill. Their motivations for that may be cynically inspired by Valve's success, but that's rather beside the point. Their constant and frequent incompetent failure to generate any sort of goodwill (and 80% of the time have it blow up in their faces instead) is heartbreaking (but a little funny at the same time).
So yeah, I kind of feel sorry for EA in the same way I feel sorry for Wile E. Coyote in the Road Runner cartoons.
No, because EA are a corporation. However on the flipside I also think it's irrational to hold a grudge against them (as innumerable people around here seem to) over stuff that happened 5, 10, 15 or 20 years ago because EA are a corporation. Corporations are not human, so anthropomorphizing them positively or negatively is a waste of time. Judge the product on its own merits at the end of the day, and if that means eschewing pre-orders bonuses in order to wait for the reviews so be it.
I wouldn't feel sorry for any massive corporation, my sorrow isn't something they require! It's interesting to see these big gaming companies search for a way to protect their assets, and how so far they've blundered about making idiots of themselves. In years to come we'll look back at the DRM efforts of EA, Actiblizzard and Ubisoft and realise they were the equivalent of a new born attempting to walk - doomed to fail.
Nope not at all, but I do feel bad for the maxis guys that put years of effort in this game only to have it ruined by EA. I really don't even have any previous bias against them, but they don't treat their consumers fairly so why should we? It would only perpetuate the current cycle of forcing extras on Consumers that we don't want. :)