Every so often I get someone asking if they can buy a print of a certain comic they really enjoyed. It’s a thing we used to offer, but haven’t done so in a long time. But people still ask once in a while, so I thought I’d try and bring that back. So from this page you can order a signed and (if you want) personalized copy of your favorite Ctrl+Alt+Del strip, printed directly from my high-res files, to hang/frame/eat/whatever,
If you’d just woken from a twenty-year coma, you’d be forgiven for thinking that “EA” was some sort of abbreviation for a literal Lovecraftian horror, an entity of pure unspeakable darkness and evil, the way the Internet speaks of it.
I’m not saying it’s an undeserved description… EA has certainly associated itself with more than enough contemptable profit-forward decisions, often at the perceived expense of a game’s quality, to earn its reputation. While I could argue that EA is a business, and the purpose of businesses is to make money, so therefore they’re simply doing what they’re supposed to… lots of businesses make money, and yet have not earned such palpable disdain from nearly the entire gaming community at this point.
This was only on my mind recently as a result of the Anthem “Demo” last weekend, having seen a fresh surge of hate levied in EA’s direction, a conviction that the troubles with loading must somehow trace back to EA’s blackened hands around Bioware’s throat. I don’t imagine it’s likely… they probably have little to do with the actual code in play. But such is EA’s reputation that if they are anywhere near an injustice to gamers, they are clearly the cause.
I often wonder what it must be like to work there. To work in their customer service department, for instance, your sole purpose to help people resolve an issue. You’re not management. You’re not a hollow-eyed suit on the top floor, cackling as they alternate between dancing the strings of their sad marionnettes-formerly-known-as-developers, and gleefully shoving fistfuls of microtransaction-cash down their slippery gullets.
No, you’re just a person. There to do a job so you can feed your cat. And yet you toil under the logo of Evil, and so even you, too, must bear the blowback from decisions that were not yours to make. Your days full of interfacing with people that have already decided that you are the villain, the enemy. It must be exhausting.
I hope everyone got to enjoy some games over this Winter-een-mas week. Let me know what you got up to in the comments below.
I finished a basic RE2 playthrough, and also finished the last five hours of my RE7 game. I also took the opportunity this week to jump back into Sea of Thieves to check out all of the new stuff they’ve added. Sailing around and getting up to pirate shenanigans is just as fun as it always was, and they’ve made a lot of great improvements to the game so far. Looking forward to what they do in 2019.
I did dabble with the Anthem VIP beta this weekend. I played the game last year during a closed beta and I really enjoyed it. I wasn’t planning to do the demo this past weekend because I’m not pre-ordering the game on principle (EA, and all that), but someone gave me a key so I got to experience all of the infinite loading problems first-hand.
I really hope they can work out the connection conflicts for this weekend, because I think it’s a fun game when it works, and people will stay away if it sounds like they’re going to buy a game they have trouble playing.
I also want to hear that they’ve actually got their endgame in place at launch. People need something to do once they’ve ranked up, and too many games launch without the end-game ready to go. That’s poison for a game like this.