Originally Posted by nategator
From a consumer's point of view, I would have to say that EA gets a little bit of an unfair rep. They seem to be very aggressive in pricing this past year with their outside retailers and generous the freebies ($20 credit for filling out a survey is nice).
Of course, if you are part of the more lucrative full-freight or pre-order crowd you have been getting shafted by EA's DLC and online game code practices for some time. But I'm part of the market that tends to reap the benefits because otherwise we just end up renting or buying used so we get by without paying much.
And dev-wise, EA has had a terrible reputation for the last decade. But I think that's common with all the major publishers who happen to not be Valve and Blizzard. I read somewhere, however, that because they're so beloved and infused with talent the company culture turns you into a workaholic anyways -- it's more of an internal thing rather than a management driven thing.
What's interesting is that I've never heard anyone complain about working for Rockstar or Bethusda so I guess they must be doing something right. Or they have terrifying lawyers with excellent non-disclosure agreements
I totally agree with a consumer POV with you 100%.
If you work for a good studio (I know of quite a few from friends) then you want to work and push yourself more because you love the place, so yeah it is a internal thing on that. Rockstar isn't too innocent, but I know 2, maybe 1 now, person who works at Bethesda and have never heard him complain at the place and he's been there a few years at least now.
Generally speaking, working for the big pubs like you pointed out sucks for the most part, but EA is like the Wal Mart of the industry really lol.