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EA gets all generous

Discussion in 'General Gossip, Troll Wars & Game Development' started by Mr Underhill, Oct 15, 2012.

  1. Mr Underhill

    Mr Underhill Guru Meditation One Of Us


    Video game publisher Electronic Arts is the reigning Worst Company In America for, among other things, its history of nickel-and-diming customers by withholding content only to sell it later as marked-up add-ons. It’s only fitting that someone at EA screwed up and released a code that allowed people to score thousands of games for the low price of absolutely nothing.
    The code, which was supposed to be a thank-you gift to select individuals who filled out a survey, allowed the user to download a free game EA’s online game store, Origin.
    Except, someone out there noticed that the code was not unique, but was identical for everyone. Which meant that it could be used repeatedly to download game after game after game.
    And once that news hit Reddit, well you can imagine the dog pile that happened as customer after customer copied-and-pasted their way to freebie versions of the following:
    Dead Space
    Dead Space 2
    Dragon Age: Origins
    Dragon Age: Awakening
    Dragon Age II
    Crysis Warhead
    NFS Shift
    NFS Hot Pursuit
    NFS Undercover
    NFS Shift 2 Unleashed
    NFS World ($20 speed boost credit included)
    Medal of Honor
    Littilest Pet Shop
    Burnout Paradise the Ultimate Box
    Command & Conquer 4 Tiberian Twilight
    Command & Conquer 3
    Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3
    Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 – Uprising
    Mass Effect 1
    Mass Effect 2
    Battlefield 2 Complete Collection
    Battlefield 2142 Deluxe Edition
    Battlefield Bad Company 2
    Battlefield Bad Company 2 Vietnam DLC
    Battlefield Bad Company 2 SPECACT Kit Upgrades
    FIFA Soccer 12
    Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12
    Sim City 4
    SimCity Societies
    SimCity Societies: Destinations
    Mirror’s Edge
    Mirror’s Edge DLC
    Mercenaries 2: World in Flames
    Shank 2
    The Saboteur
    Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix™
    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows™ – Part 1
    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows™ – Part 2
    Sims 3 add-ons
    Amazingly, it took about 18 hours before EA noticed the goof and deactivated the code. As CNET’s Charlie Osborne points out, while plenty of people made out like bandits on this deal, the customers who actually completed the survey but hadn’t gotten around to using their code may be up a creek without a free paddle.
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  2. haydxn

    haydxn your mum One Of Us

    Considering that is the only thing that would persuade me to use their 'Origin' service, maybe it was a sneaky ploy!

    Too bad for them I missed it.
  3. EvaUnit02

    EvaUnit02 Apocalypse inducing not-robot suicidal mother One Of Us

  4. EvaUnit02

    EvaUnit02 Apocalypse inducing not-robot suicidal mother One Of Us

  5. sandboxgod

    sandboxgod Lurker One Of Us

    Wow I didnt know this was going down. Don't really have time for extra titles at the moment anyways
  6. Demno

    Demno Sprite Monkey One Of Us

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