The internet’s hate-boner for EA is getting boring

With the recent announcement that Respawn’s Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order would be a single-player game with no microtransactions, the response on social media – mostly limited to unimaginative variations of “NOT YET LOL” – has been about as dreary as it is predictable. EA’s dubious reputation with gamers isn’t entirely without reason, perhaps, but it’s also one that isn’t subject to the sort of bias scrutiny that a lot of those same gamers expect from everybody else.

It’s an especially frustrating claim in this case because Respawn is a studio with an established record of launching free content for its Titanfall games. Although those games include some premium cosmetic purchases, the maps, weapons, new modes, and other things are completely free. And – this is important – Titanfall and Titanfall 2 were published by EA.

B-B-BUT WHAT ABOUT STAR WARS BATTLEFRONT 2?

What about it? Besides the fact that the game’s economy has since been revamped, it’s not like EA is the only publisher guilty of introducing questionable microtransactions to its games. GTA Online has banked over $500 million (!) for publisher Take-Two selling in-game currency for real cash, but that’s… different? Some obligatory criticism from that guy in the back, maybe, but I must’ve missed the DON’T PRE-ORDER RED DEAD REDEMPTION 2 petitions when the game was announced, even though Red Dead Online’s DLC prices go up to R1600. But it’s a Rockstar game, so it’s okay.

I mean, obviously it isn’t, but that inconsistent distinction between publisher and developer is also so exasperating. Consider the recent Anthem development scandal, for example. The game is a mess, because the people who worked on the game have described its production as a mess. But it’s a BioWare game, so according to Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic fans who can’t hold the studio responsible for its mistakes despite actual testimony from its employees and that’s not even bias, it’s a CONSPIRACY AND SOMETHING ABOUT CORPORATE SHILLS AND PROBABLY ALSO SOMETHING ABOUT ETHICS IN GAME JOURNALISM AND WHATEVER, and it’s EA’s mess instead.

But bias isn’t even the real problem, because everybody has biases. The problem is not being able to recognise a bias as such, and think critically about it – and not necessarily to change your opinion about something, but simply to realise why you have that opinion.

“Because I bought Star Wars Battlefront 2 at launch and I think its microtransactions totally sucked, and it doesn’t matter if the game’s economy has since been revamped because it’s the principle of the thing” is different to “because memes”. Both of them are biases, but one requires much more scrutiny.

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