I know this is the UO section, and maybe this belongs in OT. But it is a rant, and it does involve UO's umbrella company. EA has been stepping on a lot of toes lately, and it only ever seems to be getting worse. I am a big Battlefield fan, and even that series is pissing me off these days. But I'm not the only one: http://kotaku.com/5888197/mad-as-hell-but-they-are-going-to-take-it. Ok, so that article is a little tongue-in-cheek, but it serves its purpose. EA hate may be (slightly) over-the-top at times, but you can't say it isn't well documented. Still don't believe me? Here's another article about it: http://www.forbes.com/sites/erikkai...g-vendetta-against-bioware-and-mass-effect-3/ That one's a little closer to home for us UO fans. One point that really stood out to me was his 4th, "Bioware has sold its soul to EA." Ha! That's the same feeling I have about DICE (who make Battlefield). It's funny that it's taken Mass Effect 3 to bring out a lot of these feelings, or at least bring them to the forefront for the media to take notice. Now, both articles I've posted are defensive of the games they cover, and the forbes article spins it into a homophobia, which I personally think is a little exaggerated. But my point is that, deserved or not, EA hate is widespread for a reason. I could keep going with the articles about gamers who hate EA or even just about Bioware (stock image character faces anyone?) but I'll stop there. But you have to ask yourself this one question: if the market operated differently, and companies like Bioware and DICE didn't have to rely on a big time publisher/distributor like EA, how might the quality of their games be different? The world will never know!