Questioning the validity and credibility of polls has long come with the announcement of poll results, a practice that is about as endearing as spoons paired with forks.
But even with questions and inquiries regarding how stats and figures are gathered, indelible marks are often associated with polled entities, something which Electronic Arts and Activision will have to live with, now.
In Consumerist’s annually organized Worst Company in America reader poll, Electronic Arts was recently dubbed as “winner”, a status followed by its rival company, Activision, and the Bank of America.
Though far from being the only companies included in the poll, Electronic Arts crushed Activision and Bank of America by 64 and 36 percent, with a revealing explanation by Consumerist, explaining why Electronic Arts managed to be the poll’s “winner”.
“For years, while movies and music became more affordable and publishers piled on bonus content, or multiple modes of delivery as added value to entice customers to buy, video games have continued to be priced like premium goods,” to-quote Consumerist’s announcement of “winners” of the reader’s poll.
As the traditional business model of the game development industry is one that is constantly abreast with shifts in technology standards and modes of delivery/publication/marketing, different entertainment franchises have tailor-tuned their products/services to suit the ideals of their consumers.
Organizations like EA Games and Activision may have adapted to these shifts and changes, but as Consumerist’s poll suggests, it appears that the two brands have failed to “update” an industry variable: price.
With other cheaper and more practical game title options up and about, developers like EA and Activision may have to rethink their stance over their premium content’s tags, considering the fact that they’re not the only ones in the industry, now.
Price and quality are often looked for by most, but if price stands to be too much for quality, the situation calls for a rise of alternatives, which, if anyone thinks about for a couple of seconds, proves to be a better option over paying ridiculous fees for “standard-grade” products.
What say you? Think the poll’s got EA and Activision tagged rightly?