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America's 10 Most Loathed Companies

Equifax tops the list

(Newser) - If you've ever felt neglected, ignored, or even scammed by a company, well, 24/7 Wall St. has figured out who's the best at being the worst. The site looked at a variety of consumer surveys, using three main metrics—customer service, financial performance, and how happy workers are—... More »

Navy SEALs Punished for Working on Video Game

At least 7 members acted as consultants for 'Medal of Honor: Warfighter'

(Newser) - Seven members of SEAL Team Six—one of whom took part in the Osama bin Laden raid—are in trouble because of a video game. The elite troops were paid consultants on Electronic Arts' "Medal of Honor: Warfighter," whose missions include a raid on Somali pirates; the game... More »

Web War Rages Over Gays in EA Games

Social battle moves to the Internet

(Newser) - Electronic Arts is launching a brave new world of gay relationships in online role-playing games, and that's sparking an Internet armageddon. EA has been lambasted by religious right-wingers who fear the dangerous influences of an imagined transgendered " Darth VaPaula " in a Star Wars game, and have begun... More »

Electronic Arts Takes 'Worst Company' Honors

Consumerist voters put Bank of America second

(Newser) - The Consumerist website has wrapped up its own version of spring brackets, and voters have picked Electronic Arts as the worst company in America. The maker of video games took the honors by a wide margin over Bank of America, with AT&T and Wal-Mart also cracking the Final Four.... More »

SimCity Video Mocks Cain's '9-9-9' Plan

EA also drops the game's price $9.99

(Newser) - The makers of SimCity are grabbing a little spotlight over Herman Cain's controversial "9-9-9" tax plan, the Huffington Post reports. While Cain swears he didn't take the idea from the video game, Electronic Arts is temporarily dropping the price of SimCity games online to $9.99 to... More »

Video Game Scraps Option to Play as 'Taliban'

Electronic Arts removes choice from 'Medal of Honor' sequel

(Newser) - Following protests and boycotts of its upcoming Medal of Honor video game sequel, Electronic Arts will remove the ability to play as a member of the Taliban. The rival team in the game's multiplayer mode will be renamed from "Taliban" to "Opposing Force" before the Oct. 12 release,... More »

EA Can't Stick With Tiger Forever

Big problem, though: No other golfer will generate sales

(Newser) - Electronic Arts just may be the corporate sponsor most shaken up by the Tiger Woods scandal. It's put out no fewer than 12 titles under his name in the past decade, making it one of the top-selling sports games out there, writes Dean Takahashi at Venture Beat . The company says... More »

The New Video Gamer Is a Chick

Females now constitute 40% of players

(Newser) - In 2001, women and girls constituted just 12% of video gamers; now, fully 40% of game players are female, and the gaming industry has taken notice. EA, Sony, Nintendo, and several other companies are rolling out new products catering to girls, from a dancing game to a Hannah Montana adventure... More »

iPhone Tilts Gaming Industry

(Newser) - The videogame industry, recently geared toward churning out bigger and bigger blockbusters, is shrinking its ambitions down to iPhone size, the Los Angeles Times reports. Thanks to Apple’s App Store, the iPhone and iPod Touch have become surprisingly popular gaming devices—and developers have taken notice. Electronic Arts, for... More »

Sims Creator Leaving EA for Think Tank

'Stupid Fun Club' incubator will partner with video-game giant

(Newser) - The creator of The Sims is departing Electronic Arts to focus on "strange products and ideas," the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Will Wright plans to work full-time at his Stupid Fun Club think tank, which develops ideas for film, games, and TV. Wright says he has already cooked... More »

Tyson to Star in New EA Game

(Newser) - EA has a new poster boy: Mike Tyson. The infamous boxer will adorn the cover of Fight Night Round 4 alongside Muhammad Ali and will be a playable character within, Silicon Alley Insider reports. As the star of Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out! for the original Nintendo, Tyson was once the... More »

EA Offers Its Answer to 'Wii Fit'

Game maker plans line of products to get couch potatoes into shape

(Newser) - Electronic Arts has become the latest game maker to target the Wii-as-personal-trainer market, USA Today reports. EA Sports Active, developed with experts including Oprah Winfrey's trainer, hits the shelves in March and aims to help users lose weight through more than 20 exercises that work the upper and lower body... More »

Spooked Stocks Dip Slightly

Scary Halloween ahead for Wall Street?

(Newser) - Stocks took a small slide this morning, as spooked investors bid farewell to one of the worst months in market history. The Dow fell 21 points, while the S&P and Nasdaq were off 0.3% and 0.9% respectively, the Wall Street Journal reports. Among the scary news was... More »

Gaming Industry Slow to Find Its Feminine Side

Under 20% of workers are women—a demographic games have barely tapped, either

(Newser) - The video-game industry has yet to really tap into the female audience, the Los Angeles Times reports, and a big reason looks to be how male-dominated the business is. Women make up fewer than 20% of the industry’s total workforce, and a mere 3% of programmers. Some fault education,... More »

Winning on the Web, Obama Turns to Xbox Advertising

Billboard in online racing game marks another first for Dem's campaign

(Newser) - Barack Obama’s campaign has been lauded for its online efforts, but in the race to make high-speed connections with voters, the Democrat has taken another “new media” leap, placing a campaign billboard inside an Xbox 360 online racing game. While politicians have promoted themselves online before, this is... More »

Spore Sparkles, But Gameplay's a Little Dim

Game delivers on 'universe in a box' hype, but that doesn't mean it's great

(Newser) - Most critics are positive about Spore, but you’ll likely get a different answer from each about why. Troy Wolverton, writing in the San Jose Mercury News, found the game “engrossing,” though he wonders whether it will live up to the “massive hype.” In the New ... More »

Put Your Virtual Tiger Up Against the Real Thing

Gamers get chance to face in-the-flesh stars in Xbox confrontation

(Newser) - Shaving giant Gillette has announced a partnership with Electronic Arts to sponsor an online gaming tournament where the prize will be competing against real-life sports stars, the Boston Globe reports. Tiger Woods, Roger Federer, and Derek Jeter are the celebrity champions, who will be challenged by players on the Xbox... More »

Realistic NCAA Football Rosters Are Video-Game Gold

Makers can't use players' names, but gamers willing to pay to get data

(Newser) - College-sports video games offer players and teams carefully designed to mirror real-world counterparts, but NCAA regulations bar use of college athletes’ names in-game. But, Ars Technica finds, fans are willing to pay those who put in the time-consuming work of compiling rosters, with one company grossing $150,000 last year... More »

Midnight Means Madden Mania

(Newser) - With the clock ticking down to the midnight release of the 2009 edition of EA Sports’ mega-popular "Madden NFL" video game, millions of eager gamers are excited to dig in—but not as excited as the manufacturer, which has made $2.4 billion from the franchise since 1995. The ... More »

Spore Spawns Sims-Sized Expectations

EA risks millions on 5-in-1 evolutionary computer game

(Newser) - Spore will face scary expectations when the one-of-a-kind computer game goes on sale next month, CNET reports. Electronic Arts has poured untold millions into it; fans of Will Wright's last all-new creation, The Sims—the best-selling game of all time—hungrily await a new diversion; and analysts ask if gamers... More »

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