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[Dec. 15th, 2004|02:18 am]
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve
the political bands which have connected them with another,
and to assume among the powers of the earth,
the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature
and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions
of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

- The U.S. Declaration of Independence

Welcome, and thank you for visiting. If you are here in search of the original "EA_spouse" article, you can find that here. The following is my update as of 12/15/2004.

So much has happened in the past month, I find it difficult to grasp. One essay written months ago set off a powderkeg of response, not just from the game industry but from the entire software development community. Truly, the power of the Internet is astounding, and all other things aside, we live in a positive age when so much information can be shared so easily and quickly.

The thing that lifted this up into public view, though, was not my essay so much as the response to it, so I will keep this brief. I have left the original essay and comments intact, and you can find them below. To supplement the original essay, I have organized my own comments and links to others' commentary into a FAQ. I have also put together a press page that links to all of the news stories related to this blog.

I am pleased and a little flabbergasted to announce that "EA: The Human Story" was nominated for Joel Spolsky's Best Software Essays of 2004. More details on this as they come.

I also would like to announce the initial inception of Gamewatch.org -- don't visit it yet, there's still nothing there. =) But there will be. It is my intent to start a non-corporate-sponsored watchdog organization specifically devoted to monitoring quality of life in the game industry. As much as I would like to extend this to the entire software industry, games are what I know, and where I need to stay right now. However, this project will be as open-source as I can possibly make it. All code written for the maintenance of the site will be available to the public, and all financial information for the organization (which will be a volunteer one) will likewise be made public. While GameWatch will occasionally run articles, its primary purpose will be to provide a reporting site where employees from any company in the industry can come to share their experiences. Our goal is to hold up and reward those companies that operate ethically, the better to ensure that top talent can seek out employment where they will be respected and best provided with the resources to do their jobs, namely family time, sleep, and sanity. Employees will be able to post anonymously or publically, as they so choose, and will also be offered an in-between option to register with the site but have only their testimonial posted, not their name or contact information. Registered testimonials will be given a greater weight than anonymous ones, but both options will be available. We will also provide forums for advice and discussion for all game industry affiliates, including existing employees, veterans, and aspiring students.

If you are interested in helping out with Gamewatch, please contact me with 'Gamewatch.org' or similar in your subject line. In particular, I would also like to announce a logo contest for Gamewatch. Simply, I'm looking for a one or two-color vector graphic (black with single-color highlighting, or simply black and white), approximately 200x200 pixels, on the GameWatch theme -- a couple of ideas we've tossed around are a caricature of an English Bulldog or Doberman Pinscher with a controller in its mouth, or some variant on an actual wristwatch theme, but do not by any means feel restricted by these suggestions. I will accept entries at ea_spouse@hotmail.com for one month, until January 15, 2005, and then a winner will be selected. I will pay the winner $20.00 -- $25.00 if the entry is provided in a standardized vector graphic format (Adobe Illustrator .ai, for instance). It isn't much, but it's what I've got -- and the artist will of course be credited on the GameWatch website.

For those interested in discussing Gamewatch.org as a concept and in its details, I have added a page here for that purpose.

All of this aside, the most important thing I have to say is -- thank you, to everyone who has visited this page, and especially those who took the time to contact me with an interest in our story. And especially especially to the spouses and EA employees who voiced their support and declared their own willingness to help our industry fulfill its potential. We're not done yet, but we've made a great start, and that is entirely due to the outpouring of response that flooded the Internet over the past month. Thank you.

Edit: Hello all. I'm sorry about this, but I've turned on screening for anonymous comments in this thread and the Gamewatch one. We have a troll who has been spamming comments every few hours or so, and I just don't have time to keep coming in here and deleting them. Rest assured if you post anything that ISN'T vulgar, I will unscreen it as soon as I see it. Hopefully the troll will lose interest soon and I can lift this.
Edit 1/4/2005: Turning screening back off, since things seem to have calmed down a bit. Thanks, all, for your patience.
Edit 2/24/2005: Modified contact link to reflect my new gmail address, ea.spouse@gmail.com.

From: (Anonymous)
2004-12-16 09:01 pm (UTC)


Touchy touchy for someone with nothing to hide. Poor you, just getting by with the slave wages your “partner” makes working in the subterranean caves at EA, buying hot domain names from Columbians (who have not yet effected the transfer, have you brought in the latest mule for them yet?). It doesn’t add up.

I think when this is over, when you and your “partner” have moved on to push your socialist ideas on other companies and other workers who don’t know they have a problem, we will find some interesting connections going on here.
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From: ea_spouse
2004-12-16 10:05 pm (UTC)


I really have no words for the level of revulsion and disbelief I felt reading your statement about "the latest mule" and Redfutura. Is it so clear to you that any company headquartered in Columbia must obviously be unsalubrious? Do you have any idea how many people you just alienated and insulted?

Really, truly -- no words... and this from someone who has never even BEEN to South America -- I can only imagine how a local would feel. Since you're looking at whois records, you should also note that the domain is locked. This is because it has been transferred; it is in my ownership. The privacy settings take forty-eight hours to take effect, and so I have not inserted my own contact information there yet... mostly so that anonymous people snooping at the whois won't have my mailing address. Believe me, in the face of this current viciousness, I do not regret it in the slightest.

I'm still reeling at your arrant bigotry. Just -- Gah.

Okay. Coming down now. Brain functionality returning. You can stop posting now, Mr. I-demand-your-personal-information-but-post-anonymously-myself. Since you have not provided any identification, I cannot say for sure that I will not be responding to your future comments -- but be sure that I will try not to. And if you bring your disgusting slurs here again, I will delete them without question. Last warning.
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[User Picture]From: theolive
2004-12-17 08:03 pm (UTC)


An occasional reader and poster here of this discussion here-

If that paranoid posting by your drug-sniffing reader weren't so patently offensive in each and every respect, it'd be effing hilarious! I know full well it's not funny to you, ea_spouse, bu-my God!
..."push your socialist ideas on other companies and other workers who[here comes a screamer]don't know they have a problem.."---BINGO!

So now you're a "socialist"? Horrors! Really-this sort of bombast would be side-splitting if it weren't so ridiculous.

40 hour work week/unions/fair treatment of workers="socialist"? Where do I sign up? Or weren't those things fought for after the Triangle Factory Fire, etc.-about 100 years ago? *rolls eyes*

carry on...
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[User Picture]From: jerbear214
2004-12-19 07:07 am (UTC)


With words like that coming through your fingers, I can imagine how you are in the real world. It's quite sad, honestly, that you rattle off such words of hatred for someone who wants to stand up and speak their mind and opinions about people being treated poorly in the entertainment industry. I would suspect that you would be a police officer at a peace rally, blutnly beating protesters with your billy club, all because they stand their ground. The whole cop brutality on large groups of people is a whole new story. Because, like many entertainment companies, too many get away with 'murder'.

I also believe in a thing called Karma... With words like yours Mr Anonymous, i would expect nothing less than for you to be hit by a bus. Wouldn't it just be grand if you happened to be drunk and stubble out in front of the bus, being driven by EA-Spouse? just remmeber, its not her fault your were intoxicated and jay walking.

I also have one more question for all the people posting under Anonymous... If you want nothing more than for EA_Spouse to spill the beans on who she is and who her SO is, then why in the world don't you give out your information?
You can't expect someone like her to tell you who she is, if you won't even give ANY idea as to who you are. Hell, we have some general idea of who she is anyways, an thats more than we have on you. She is the upset spouse of a game dev. who rarely gets to see her husband, let alone spend time with him when he's in a happy mood.

And as far as trying to figure out who she is... well, any skilled skip tracer could probably find her if they wanted to. To employee my services in that.. well, that will cost you enough money to start a new game dev corporation, where I can hire EA spouse to head up my HR department, and for her husband to head up the dev. process on main projects. Also MR. Anonymous, you would have to buy me a brand new Ferrari and deliver it to my door before I even think about excepting your multi-million dollar offer.
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From: (Anonymous)
2005-09-21 06:14 pm (UTC)


"Touchy touchy for someone with nothing to hide."

These words should never be typed by an anomynous user. Either ID yourself before typing such rediculous and sensational accusations or take it elsewhere you tremendous hypocrite.
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