Thursday, August 16, 2007

Item! ShackNews have gone ape with wikiscanner and dug some dirt on EA:

"In addition to removing several paragraphs from the "Criticism" section, the user [from an EA IP address] deleted references to the notorious ea_spouse debacle and spun the class action lawsuit brought on by overworked, undercompensated employees to portray the company in a good light. The new text would describe EA as having "led the industry in reforming work/life balance issues that are endemic to the software industry.
The IP in question is the most active Wikipedia user among the IP addresses registered to EA, accounting for a third of the 1,351 changes made by the lot of them. Many of the changes attempted by this EA-registered IP have since been reversed by the Wikipedia community."

Try as they might, EA (Electronic Arts/the Borg) could never succeed in airbrushing ea_spouse from the historical record. She is the legendary Rosa Parks of the game workers' rights movement.

Let us reprise that great moment in game history that EA are so desperate to have us forget: the day that a woman called Erin Hoffman refused to sit passively at the back of the bus and see her life be destroyed by her boyfriend's evil masters:

"My significant other works for Electronic Arts, and I'm what you might call a disgruntled spouse.
EA's bright and shiny new corporate trademark is "Challenge Everything." Where this applies is not exactly clear. Churning out one licensed football game after another doesn't sound like challenging much of anything to me; it sounds like a money farm. To any EA executive that happens to read this, I have a good challenge for you: how about safe and sane labor practices for the people on whose backs you walk for your millions?...."

And thus spake ea_spouse. Suck it up forever and ever amen, EA.



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