Sempai wrote on Mar 13, 2013, 06:38:
Ea should be sued into the ground. For the love of God! there surely must be some firm out there with a set of balls who will sue these liars.[
I had an impossible idea last night. Someone with money to burn who can weather a lawsuit makes this awesome game trailer (of "in-game footage") of the most amazing game you can imagine. Give it a great feature list, then market the hell out of it. But come release, what you get is Pong.
Refuse refunds, set the money you made from the "game" aside, and wait for the lawsuit. Make it clear your sole purpose of doing it is to force the lawsuit and lose. Once you've lost, now there's precedent for losing a suit when you sell a game that doesn't work as intended.
Pipe dream, obviously. (Even more obviously, I'm not an attorney).
And if you purchased this broken scam of a product from these douche bags, you are part of the problem.
There's no one to protect us in this industry but ourselves. Software isn't bound by the same consumer protection laws in the US as other products. Publishers want us to see software as a service, so they claim they have the right to limit our access, to refuse refunds on a non-working game, and to prevent us from reselling and loaning them out.
But then they want the benefits of treating it as a product, too, telling us we have to buy one copy per person in the household. They get the benefits of both but none of the downsides.
Since publishers can do whatever the hell they want, the only recourse we have to protect ourselves is to vote with our wallets.