Guinness Book of World Records creates new record just for EA: "Most-downvoted Comment on Reddit"

Discussion in 'HardForum Tech News' started by Armenius, Sep 11, 2019.

  1. Armenius

    Armenius I Drive Myself to the [H]ospital

    Jan 28, 2014
    Shortly prior to the release of the much-maligned Star Wars Battlefront II, an EA representative on Reddit tried to address the concerns players had with the time sink required in the game to unlock new characters that included the predatory real money microtransaction system to reduce that time. Needless to say, the community was not pleased with the response. The incident was so notorious that it got widespread news coverage, the pressure from which probably was part of the reason why EA and DICE revamped the gameplay systems in the last hour prior to release.

    The original comment, which received more than 680,000 downvotes:

    The intent is to provide players with a sense of pride and accomplishment for unlocking different heroes.

    As for cost, we selected initial values based upon data from the Open Beta and other adjustments made to milestone rewards before launch. Among other things, we're looking at average per-player credit earn rates on a daily basis, and we'll be making constant adjustments to ensure that players have challenges that are compelling, rewarding, and of course attainable via gameplay.

    We appreciate the candid feedback, and the passion the community has put forth around the current topics here on Reddit, our forums and across numerous social media outlets.

    Our team will continue to make changes and monitor community feedback and update everyone as soon and as often as we can.
    Extreme Tech breaks down the full context on how this happened and why this was a turning point in the discussion surrounding loot box mechanics, which EA later infamously referred to as "surprise mechanics." The discussion surrounding "surprise mechanics" is ongoing with the attention of national governments, and 2K has not helped the industry's cause with its recent release of NBA 2K20 where you literally gamble for the game currency VC.

  2. DrDoU

    DrDoU 2[H]4U

    Jun 4, 2007
    The two main characters could take day's to 3 hrs. a day could be as many as 10 days. I believe that's the way i heard it on yt. That's for each character.
  3. purple_monster

    purple_monster Gawd

    Jun 1, 2018
    Guinness Book of World Records trying to gain some relevancy i guess
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  4. DejaWiz

    DejaWiz Oracle of Unfortunate Truths

    Apr 15, 2005
    Well, they hold the world record for publishing the most world records...
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  5. clockdogg

    clockdogg Gawd

    Dec 12, 2007
    Well... EA could surpass that record... but would take most of eternity to unlock and know for sure.
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  6. Domingo

    Domingo [H]ard as it Gets

    Jul 30, 2004
    Will people know or care what downvoting and Reddit even are in 10 years?
    We need to get back to real world records like the fat twins on motorcycles.
  7. DejaWiz

    DejaWiz Oracle of Unfortunate Truths

    Apr 15, 2005
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  8. Mode13

    Mode13 Gawd

    Jun 11, 2018
    I'm not really hip to reddit but it's funny to see that of all the things to get slammed it would be something to come from EA.. everyone hates them and they know it.

    I don't understand how one can eat that much. Just because you're extremely obese doesn't mean your actual stomach grows does it? 1/4 of that breakfast would stuff me to the point of probably getting sick...

    I digress.. lol
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  9. dub77nj

    dub77nj [H]Lite

    Oct 10, 2007
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  10. T4rd

    T4rd PM an Admin to Pick Your Title

    Apr 8, 2009
    I would expect no less from the company voted "worst company in America" 3 times, lol.
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  11. MaZa

    MaZa 2[H]4U

    Sep 21, 2008
    Stomach does eventually stretch in size if you are a big eater.
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  12. GoodBoy

    GoodBoy [H]ard|Gawd

    Nov 29, 2004

    As a result of all the negative press and player complaints, they completely re-did the lootbox system, basically got rid of it. It's still there in that the daily login reward is a free lootbox with credits, but there's no more random character powerup type things in purchased loot boxes, nor is there anything random at all. The characters are mostly all unlocked for free now, with only the last 4 new ones that were released late 2018 early 2019 (Anakin, Obiwan, Count Dooku, Grievous) being 35k credits each (about 8 days of casual play ~1.5 hours a day), along with I think 1 or 2 hero ships that need unlocked while the majority are free/ready to use.

    The only thing you can purchase with real money is cosmetics: appearances, victory poses, and voice lines, and for those you buy the specific item, no random shit.

    All character powerups like weapons, weapon attachments, and star cards (which power up heros, troopers, vehicles) can only be earned by in-game progression. You also earn credits as you play (in addition to character progression), and those credits can be used in place of the purchased credits to purchase all the cosmetics.

    Most players who have been playing for over a year already have an excess of unspent credits with nothing to spend them on, though recently they released a bunch of clone trooper appearances as well as 4 new droid appearances, so finally something more to spend them on.
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  13. Smoked Brisket

    Smoked Brisket Limp Gawd

    Feb 6, 2013
    Never played this game, but that does not sound like much of a grind compared to boating wizard skills in UO or grinding AA skills in Everquest. Then again I am obviously old school and enjoy a bit of grind. However, it is pretty sleazy if you can buy out of the grind by paying the company. This is why I support subscription models.
    Last edited: Sep 13, 2019
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  14. Krazy925

    Krazy925 2[H]4U

    Sep 29, 2012
    I just had flashbacks to baking with my Druid and lockpicking with my rogue in Sebilis.

    Holy shit.
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  15. Exavior

    Exavior [H]ardForum Junkie

    Dec 13, 2005
    Now that this is a thing how long before somebody makes a post for the purpose of being down voted just to break the record.

    If memory serves me correct they also hold the record for the book most often stolen from libraries.
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  16. lostin3d

    lostin3d [H]ard|Gawd

    Oct 13, 2016
    So many great memories from childhood of Origin/EA in the 80's and 90's. From Ultima, Racing Destruction Set, Pinball Construction Set, Wing Commander, to multiple piles of IP's gathering on the sidewalk now. Good job EA, you worked hard to get this far.
  17. Tsumi

    Tsumi [H]ardForum Junkie

    Mar 18, 2010
    I think the best fact is that the next most downvoted comment (also made by EA) has 600,000 less downvotes than this comment. I think this record would hold for a while.