At 4/9/12 11:27 AM, SnoopyChicken wrote:
Also being voted worst business is a fucking joke.
I'll agree with that. "Most Hated Business" might have applied better.
The fact that an overwhelming number of people voted for it says something, though. Not just neckbeards or video game fanatics. Many were people who dislike the idea of paying off reviewers, and people who don't like seeing a big corporation chew and spit out their beloved video game companies.
The award holds no merit, sure, but think of it from a neutral party's perspective. Imagine if you never heard of EA, and knew nothing about video games. You read that it's the worst company in the world, which piques your interest. You read up on it, and find out that EA bribes video game review sites and journalists. Is that a proper business practice? No, it's bribery.
Also, I don't know anything about SWTOR, so I can't really agree or disagree with the parents here. If the gay characters are written anything like a typical Bioware game, though (aka: "LOOK AT ME! IM GAY!!! LETS HAVE A CONTRIVED LOVE STORY AND A SEX SCENE THAT FADES TO BLACK!"), I wouldn't want my kid to be exposed to it. I'd be fine with a New Vegas approach: get a perk that makes gay flirtation and whatnot possible, otherwise there's just subtle references to it. Imagine if you were playing Mario Brothers as a kid and Luigi suddenly popped up, complimented your attractive physique and then gave you the option to sleep with him.
... That'd fuck me up for sure.
So yeah, the parents (despite being crazy right-wing religious nuts) do have a point, and they could just ban their kids from playing, but that would suck. I'd be pissed if I was a kid and wasn't allowed to play a game I enjoyed because some NPC might want some homosexual loving.