So, I’m sitting in my office, watching an online auction clock tick away for some property we’re interested in. I’m keeping half an eye on twitter as a distraction because municipal certificate auctions are hardly nailbiters and a link to an article from Peter Moore, the Chief Operating Officer at Electronic Arts pops up. He’s reacting to The Consumerist’s annual Worst Company In America bracket – EA’s a finalist this year after ‘winning’ the title last year.
I don’t necessarily have a beef with The Consumerist’s poll any more than I have crazy hatred for EA – I actually don’t have a beef with EA at all. But Mr. Moore’s post got me thinking (particularly after he listed off some of the companies EA was ‘competing’ with). Are we, as gamers, seriously going to take EA to task as the worst company in America because we’re butthurt over SimCity? We’re the same people who went absolutely bonkers over the SOPA/CISPA bills and played a big part in getting them shut down through our online activism… and while we’re online, voting on this tongue-in-cheek bracket, we’re voting for EA? Really? They make games. They don’t kill wide swaths of the Gulf of Mexico with criminally negligent drilling. They don’t union-bust $9/hour employees trying to organize. They don’t sell tobacco (where is PhillipMorris on this list, anyway, Consumerist?). And they don’t jack up interest rates on student loans. (Sorry, off topic pet peeve.) I’m guessing ‘winning’ probably doesn’t do anything good for your recruiting abilities or your stock prices.
I guess I’m just saying:
We can do better, too.