Boycott Electronic Arts

Electronic Arts has stated that there will be no further patches for the game Command & Conquer Generals: Zero Hour. Worse, they didn’t even have the decency to announce it to us on the Generals website; we only found out through an off-hand comment by an EA staffer in a GameSpy chat. They screwed up a perfectly good game by putting out a bad patch for it, then dropped the game like a bad habit. It’s so bad that, if I bought this game brand new today, I would take it back and demand a refund. It’s a travesty that EA has destroyed the Command & Conquer franchise and the Westwood Studios legacy so thoroughly.

This isn’t the first time they’ve done something like this, as I can personally attest about games like American McGee’s Alice (forgotten in under six months after it only became a minor hit, not a mega-hit), the original Black & White (another victim of bad patch and drop, and let’s not mention Creature Isle), Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2/Yuri’s Revenge (dropped, even though it was in desperate need of a patch), Command & Conquer: Renegade (same fate as Alice, plus a cancelled sequel), and several others.

Straw. Camel. Back. Broken.

It has become increasingly obvious over the years that EA no longer cares about their customer. They only see us as walking sources of income, to be ignored once they’ve gotten their money. They have replaced brand loyalty and community support with nothing but corporate greed; it’s what happens when they start thinking of us as consumers instead of customers. I’m sick of it, and I’m sure others are as well. I’m starting a boycott, and I’m encouraging everyone to join the boycott and pass the word. Even if nobody joins me, at least I’ll have the satisfaction of knowing I&Rsquo;ll never get screwed over by EA again.

Join the boycott and hit EA in the only place they’ll notice: the pocketbook. Pass the word!

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