Imagine you’re playing a game of Worst Company In America Online, Game of the Year Collectors’ Signature Edition 2012 with your pals. You’ve paid hundreds of dollars for the game and all the downloadable tricked-out corporate logos, bloody finishing moves and deluxe cat photos and you’re about to head into the Final Death Match. Then your cable company decides you’ve gone over your data limit and the game grinds to a halt. And when you finally get it back up, the game’s servers have been pulled offline by the publisher. Which company do you end up hating more?
Like the pre-adolescent who masters FIFA 12 straight out of the box, Electronic Arts has looked like a veteran in only its rookie year in the WCIA brackets.
Coming off a year when they blatantly antagonized gamers, hackers and everyone else whose personal info was put at risk during the mammoth PlayStation Network breach, Sony looked like the heavy favorite going into its Round One match against EA. And yet, decades of unleashed anger at EA’s anti-consumer, anti-fan attitude suddenly became laser-focused and the video game publisher pummeled the crud out of Sony with an astounding 80.9% of votes.
Some of those people who voted for EA in that match switched sides in the second round when the company went up against Best Buy. The reviled retailer managed to stay within striking distance for the first 24 hours of voting, but faded in the second half and suffered a 66-34 loss to EA.
Meanwhile, Comcast has left an even bloodier trail in its virtually uncontested path to Round 3. Time Warner Cable may as well have not shown up to the WCIA Dodecahedron of Doom, as it gave up 73% of the vote to the Kabletown Krusher.
The Comcast/DirecTV battle in Round 2 ended before it even began, as Comcast shot the satellite provider out of the sky with a mind-blowing 83% majority.
Now it’s time to find out if more gamers will defect to vote for Comcast, or if Comcast haters will flip and vote for a company that some say has been the driving force in making games the most expensive form of home entertainment.
So whether you press X on your controller or Delete on your remote control, press something and vote in the poll below.
(Voting on this poll is now closed. Thanks to everyone who voted!)
As we mentioned when announcing the Round 3 contenders, we want to add some suspense to the remaining contests so the results will stay hidden until we post the four victors on the morning of March 29. So be sure to check back Thursday morning to see if your least-favorite made the cut.
If you like competing for free stuff, there’s a sweepstakes on the Consumerist Facebook page that lets you pick who you think will win the Golden Poo. The prize packages includes the usual T-shirts and coffee mugs, but also our own Laura Northrup will knit you a little something nice. Go HERE for details.
This is a post in our Worst Company In America 2012 series. The companies competing for this honor were chosen by you, the readers. See the entire WCIA 2012 bracket and schedule of match-ups HERE.