EA Killing Off Its Much-Hated “Online Pass” Program

EA Killing Off Its Much-Hated “Online Pass” Program

Last month, Consumerist voters chose video game publisher Electronic Arts as the Worst Company In America for the second year in a row. Whether the company listened or not, we have no idea, but it is doing something that will make some gamers happier. [More]

Raiders Of The Lost Walmart: Old Crap Isn’t As Useless As it Seems

Raiders Of The Lost Walmart: Old Crap Isn’t As Useless As it Seems

Sometimes, the items that the Raiders of the Lost Walmart dig up aren’t quite as useless as they seem. They’re still pretty terrible, and the odds are very poor that a person who uses the obsolete video or gaming system required is going to walk in the door. But they’re not quite as useless or obsolete as many of the items we feature in this series. [More]

EA Triples Original Payouts In Settlement Of Football Games Class-Action Suit

EA Triples Original Payouts In Settlement Of Football Games Class-Action Suit

If you bought an EA football game — Madden NFL, NCAA Football, or Arena Football — between 2005 and 2012, here’s some good news. Not only are you due a few bucks thanks to a class-action settlement with the reigning two-time Worst Company In America champ, but the dollar amount of the individual payouts to affected consumers have been tripled. [More]


Anyone Who Scoffs At Video Games Probably Never Bought One Worth $15,000 For Only $7.99

There are the rare yard sale finds that once brought to light, no one’s that surprised that they’re worth something — a painting by a famous artist, a baseball card from the days of yore, a set of Chinese rhinoceros cups, whathaveyou. But while it might never be featured on Antiques Roadshow, there are other gems hiding out there, like an old Nintendo video game that could be worth as much as $15,000. [More]


Walmart Banking On Return Of Nintendo GameCube, Still Charging $40 For Game From 2006

We know there’s a market for classic games and game consoles out there, but one Walmart is holding steady on the price for a Nintendo GameCube title that was released seven years ago. [More]

We can't imagine that combining urinals, video games, and beer-drinking could be a cause for concern.

Stadium To Encourage Urine-Covered Floors And Walls With ‘Video Game’ Urinals

I’ve made no secret of my love for the Philadelphia Phillies organization, but I’m not exactly thrilled with the announcement that one of the team’s minor league affiliates has decided to become a guinea pig for a video game system that uses one’s urine stream as a game controller. [More]

EA says you just don't yet see the beauty of always-connected games.

EA Says It Rejected Offline Play For SimCity Because “It Didn’t Fit With Our Vision”

The brouhaha over Electronic Arts’ decision to require an Internet connection in order to play its highly anticipated SimCity 5 game continues, and the latest words from the company executive at the center of this mess probably won’t do much to calm matters. [More]

EA is really working to avoid a repeat Worst Company In America win.

EA Admits Its Own Stupidity, Will Give Away Free Games To People Who Bought SimCity

After days of being the gaming world’s punching bag for its failure to foresee that it was woefully unprepared for the number of users who would want to begin playing the long-awaited latest edition of SimCity, the folks at EA, the reigning Worst Company In America, are apologizing and admitting they made a stupid mistake. [More]

Between the game and all its add-ons players of EA's Mass Effect 3 could have spent hundreds of dollars.

EA Backtracks A Bit On The Whole “Microtransactions In Every Game” Thing

A good part of the reason that Electronic Arts is the reigning Worst Company In America is the video game publisher’s increasing use of nickel-and-diming customers through microtransactions. The company took a lot of heat recently when the CFO declared that all its games would feature these in-game purchases for a wide range of add-ons, but now he’s is saying that’s not exactly what he meant to express. [More]

Gallant describes the visual style of his game by saying, "Terrible art conveys a terrible work environment."

Call Service Employee Creates Game About Daily Frustrations Of His Job, No Longer Has That Job After Bosses Find Out

Late last year, a customer service rep for the Canada Revenue Agency launched a game titled “I Get This Call Every Day” that lets players experience the frustration of working in a call center. But now he no longer has to fret about this problem, as he’s without that day job. [More]


Atari Files For Bankruptcy In The U.S. Because — Wait, Atari Is Still Around?

Mention the word “Atari” to anyone born before the mid-1980s and a happy rush of Pong memories will likely blip through the mind. But even though the heyday of video game company Atari is so far from over some might not even realize it’s still hanging around, not only is it alive in 2013, but it’s filing bankruptcy in the U.S. to maintain its existence. [More]


Massachusetts DOT Pulls 9 Violent Arcade Video Games From State Rest Stops

It’s been a month of change since the Dec. 14 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., where 20 children and six adults were killed by a gunman. The alleged gunman also reportedly played video games, some of which are violent. That association with violence and guns has many in the government worried, including the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, which has subsequently pulled nine video games from the state’s rest area plazas. [More]


Hiring Online Assassins To Take Down Your Son’s Avatars Is One Way To Curb His Gaming Habit

The parental instinct is usually one of protection — gotta save the baby so my genes get passed on — but what if your son just refuses to stop playing video games online? Then it’s time to take him down in the virtual world, as one father in China decided to do when he hired online “assassins” to kill off his son’s avatars every time he logged on. Harsh, pops. Way harsh. [More]


Why Does GameStop Need My ID To Accept A Trade-In?

A lot of consumers are concerned — and not without reason — that their personal information is being passed around like bottle of cheap wine around a campfire. At the same time, it feels like more retailers are asking for this sort of information on everything from purchases to returns. [More]

(The War Z)

Gamer Backlash Against ‘The War Z’ Prompts Makers To Pull It From Steam Store

Selling something that isn’t perfect can be okay in some situations. An apple? Just cut the bruise out. Shirt missing a button? Ask for a discount and sew one on. But when it comes to technology and video games, if your product isn’t up to snuff, those playing the games are going to be very unhappy. The distributors of zombie survival game The War Z  learned that this week and ended up pulling it from game site Steam. [More]

The original 2010 game.

Publisher Atones For Underwhelming 2010 Video Game With Free Downloads Of Latest Game

Two years ago, Consumerist reader Joe purchased “Elemental: War of Magic,” a turn-based, strategy game for his PC. Alas, Joe’s response was like that of many reviewers, that the game was buggy and unpolished and not worth playing. [More]

Shep to the rescue

EA Apologizes For Free Game Goof. Customers Who Earned Credit Will Still Get It

Over the weekend, EA unintentionally made a lot of people happy by accidentally sending out a rewards code that could be used by anyone. EA also angered those who had earned the credit but hadn’t used it by the time EA deactivated the code. Now the company is trying to set things right. [More]

Popular Ubisoft Video Games Could Put Your Computer At Risk

Popular Ubisoft Video Games Could Put Your Computer At Risk

UPDATE: Ubisoft has released a statement saying it has pushed out a patch that should fix the issue. [More]