This may seem rather inflammatory but.. I'm always curious how much protest does it actually take to get results? See, there are tons of people, even here on gamefaqs that protest and nothing changes..
Let someone make a death threat though..
I just wanna go on record here. I do not support making death threats. I only ask the question because the place protesters have to go to in order to effect change seems to be.. Right to the edge of sanity or beyond.
EA CEO quitting doesn't seem like it will change much of their business practices. I will say if I paid 60$ and didn't get a working product I'd be mad. I think anyone who wasn't needs to be checked for a pulse!
Sad to see all this though.. I really would like an updated version of SimCity. I used to love that game..
If you fell for it, it isn't cheap. It is just something that works on you. Adapt.. Or curl up in the fetal position, your call.
the next guy will either get fired or quit as well. EA would be an awful place to be an CEO. first off, the gaming community hates you, this will lead to poor sales, and it's bad enough you rehash madden over and over, then shareholders will be unpleased. so only two options, quit or get fired.
See The Game Collection http://www.gamespot.com/users/nights_team2k7/games_table?mode=own
I read that SimCity sold 1.5M first week. They should have given that guy a raise- it doesn't matter what new awful things EA dreams up, because we line up wallets out.
Except the vision of the game was to build it and make more money. Mountains of bad press and thousands demanding refunds is bad. It doesn't grow the brand. The future of that game was downloading more content and getting the loyal customers to put more money into the game.
EA invested money to make this happen. It was what they were betting on They failed to accomplish this. So much more work has to be done to salvage what they have.
furthermore, from a business perspective, this is nothing compared to Star Wars: The Old Republic (the most expensive game ever) going Free to Play in under a year. So I'd imagine it'd be something more long term, like the money poured into an MMO that, for all intents and purposes, failed to meet (sales) expectations than something that happened a week ago.