How Peter Moore Made Me Happy And Sad In A Single Statement
Just a few articles down we talked about COO Peter Moore’s response to EA being voted Worst Company In America, and you know what? He actually had me going there for a while.
Then again, this is Peter Moore, a respectable industry insider who has a penchant for challenging gaming journalists and revealing games using tattoos on his arms. He is a respected man not just in the industry but with gamers as well, many who still remember him from his days at Microsoft. He was of course, my favourite for succeeding John Riccitiello as CEO at EA.
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And you know, he spoke some really decent points in that statement which you can read through the first link. He explained that a lot of those oppressed by truly evil companies the likes of oil and finance conglomerates are not going to take to the internet to complain about it, but a bunch of gamers angry about a game’s ending will, and have, and he feels that it’s only a matter of time until EA win the title again. Fair play, sir.
But then he went and did something he ought not to have. He defended various mistakes, various criticisms rather, of the publisher and effectively lost all the goodwill he had created with the first half of his statement. I want to address two of those really quickly, the first being Sim City’s Always Online feature. Make no mistake EA, whether or not you call it DRM and regardless of how much you block, burn and castrate anyone who so much as dares to call it DRM, it doesn’t change the fact that Sim City’s Always Online feature feels like a form of DRM, the same way getting raped feels like a violation of human rights.
We don’t care that you don’t care that we call it DRM. The point is, it has led to a bad start to Sim City’s life and tarnished the game’s reputation, and you only needed to look at Diablo III to see it coming. Stop with the hubris already.
The second point involved Origin’s millions of subscribers, which Moore uses as an argument against detractors of Origin. Tell me sir, how else do you propose I play Crysis 3 or Dead Space 3 on PC? If I am a PC gamer, I don’t have a fucking choice. This is like Hitler saying those Jews were there already so the Nazis might as well. No! It is not the same thing at all. Steam did force people online as well, sure enough, but it did enough to win the good graces of gamers. What has Origin done, I ask? Besides cause an inconvenience? We get it, you want in-game stores and Valve wouldn’t allow it, but don’t hide behind subscribers numbers to justify brute-forcing your way to a little more profit. Okay?
The thing is, after that comment I was ready to vote for EA, not because I hate them. I don’t. But because if you can turn around in a single statement and first win readers over with your words, then shove their qualms in their faces, then you deserve what you get. Thoughts?