Posts Tagged ‘Federal Trade Commission’
BBB: EA did in fact lie about Mass Effect 3.
Last Updated on Friday, 13 April 2012 03:43 Written by LoganDX Friday, 13 April 2012 03:43
Remember when Mass Effect 3 started to come under fire for the lackluster ending and how many of the fans felt burned by EA\BioWare? Do you also remember when one particularly irate fan filed complaints with the Federal Trade Commission and the Better Business Bureau? Well the BB is sounding off on the complaints and surprisingly, they agree with the fans.
I’ll direct you a blog posting on the BBB’s site, here, by Marjorie Stephens. Go ahead read it real quick. Okay then, let’s go. Ms. Stephens points out that a major marketing point of ME 3 was “Experience the beginning, middle, and end of an emotional story unlike any other, where the decisions you make completely shape your experience and outcome”. She calls it an “absolute statement” of their product. Something that many, myself included, took at face value – word for word. When we got to the end, what we got was not what was promised and that angered us. Stephens is very pointed in stating that based upon the advertised statements by EA\BioWare, they are technically guilty of false advertisement. One thing she didn’t point out and may not be aware of is the multiplayer element. Fans were promised they would not be forced to play it to get the best ending, which turned out to be pretty much false. I hope the BBB addresses that in their formal response.
What does this mean in the long run? Since this is just a blog post and not an official response to the complaint, not much but give it time. It does show that publishers and developers have to watch how they hype up games and they better live up to it. EA\BioWare have already announced the Extended Cut for later this spring\summer as a free download but it is already killing their image. EA is used to it, I mean they are the worst company in America, but BioWare might not be ready for the continued backlash. More… Read more: BBB: EA did in fact lie about Mass Effect 3.
Should BioWare change Mass Effect 3′s ending?
Last Updated on Monday, 26 March 2012 09:01 Written by LoganDX Monday, 26 March 2012 09:01
After the outraged fans took to Facebook, Twitter and various other outlets, fuming over the ending to Mass Effect 3, it seems BioWare is working on a way to change the ending of the game. Details are sketchy on how or what they’re going to do beyond it being DLC, heck we don’t even know if frustrated gamers will have to pay for it. The company is expected to shed light on it fully next month, as detailed in this blog post from Dr. Ray Muzyka, one of BioWare’s co-founders.
Dr. Ray says they’re looking for a way to deal with the negative fan feedback while still sticking to the vision the team had for the game. Called “content initiatives”, the new work is expected to answer questions and provide closure for players left with a sour taste in their mouths. The Dr. goes on the state that it’s “incredibly painful” to see all the negative reactions from the most ardent of fans. The question is: Should BioWare change the ending to satisfy angered fans? Can they change it without giving up what respect they have? Follow the break for my thoughts.
How much did you hate Mass Effect 3′s ending? Enough to call the feds?
Last Updated on Monday, 19 March 2012 12:52 Written by JCWaitWat Monday, 19 March 2012 11:00
The ending(s) of Mass Effect 3 have sparked a tidal wave of internet fury and I admit that the saga did not end as well as it could have. However I did not tweet viciously at BioWare writers via twitter nor boycott their products, something some “fans” have been doing. However one upset fan has gone even further and reported the game to the Federal Trade Commission on the grounds that it was false advertising. BioWare forum user “El_Spiko” attempted to justify his complaint by saying ”After reading through the list of promises about the ending of the game they made in their advertising campaign and PR interviews, it was clear that the product we got did not live up to any of those claims”. He went to say “This is not somethign [sic] I was happy to do, but after the terrible ending that was in no way the product that had been advertised to me and the lack of any kind of response from Bioware/EA to address this, I felt it was one of my only recourses.”
“El_Spiko” not only reported EA to the Federal Trade Commission but also to the Better Business Bureau. He also stated that he intended to return his copy of Mass Effect 3. Oh no.
Anonymous broke two more government websites.
Last Updated on Friday, 17 February 2012 01:15 Written by LoganDX Friday, 17 February 2012 01:15
Anonymous has staked their claim on another website takedown. This time the group says they knocked out the Federal Trade Commission’s consumer business protection center and the National Consumer Protection Week website. Instead of the usual plain Jane government blandness, visitors were treated to a video filled with “violent German language”. Honestly though, doesn’t all German sound violent?
Anon took down the CIA website last week and are continuing on a war path to strike down the Anti Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, other wise known as ACTA. ACTA is seen as a global version of SOPA and PIPA and has been signed by a number of countries, including the U.S. and Canada. Various groups have been protesting it since its inception, Anon did their usual firebombing of websites. I’m not sure why they picked these sites though.
If you want to help protest ACTA, there are plenty of groups out there looking for your support. Lend them a hand if you can.