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[Dec. 15th, 2004|02:18 am]
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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.
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From: (Anonymous)
2004-12-15 06:02 pm (UTC)

Get ready for a lifestyle change!

I hope you understand that your husband, the bread winner, will soon find that because of your actions, he in no longer employable. Have him practice these lines: “Would you like fries with that?” Also, he might want to look into obtaining the user’s manual for a Fry-King or Fry-O-Lator.
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From: (Anonymous)
2004-12-15 06:21 pm (UTC)

Re: Get ready for a lifestyle change!

How do you know that he's the bread winner incidentally? Or do women not get to work in your worldview? And how would anyone know who her spouse is anyway,

Luckily, not everyone out there is a total callous idiot like you. Some people think that treating staff like human beings pays off in the long term (and that it is anyway the morally correct way to behave).
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From: (Anonymous)
2004-12-15 07:17 pm (UTC)

Re: Get ready for a lifestyle change!

Read the original story, Fuck Face, she clearly explains the domestic situation. Now shut the fuck up.
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From: (Anonymous)
2004-12-15 07:22 pm (UTC)

Re: Get ready for a lifestyle change!

I find your attitude disgusting.

Worker's rights in the United States are at their lowest point since the 1930's, and they are continuing to slide.

There is no reason why someone should be unemployable because they are interested in getting compensated for the hours they work. The real problem is that there is a system in place that exploits people -- yes, exploits.

If EA wants to pay people for 80 hour weeks, then let them be up front about it. Then, when someone accepts the job, they know exactly what they are getting into, and only they can determine whether or not it's a high enough salary.

Being put in a position where you either have to accept being exploited, or make yourself unhirable is a crime against workers. It's called collusion, and it's illegal.
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From: (Anonymous)
2005-01-08 06:12 pm (UTC)

Re: Get ready for a lifestyle change!

Like it or not, it's what made America the world's leading nation.

Why doesn't Germany or France or some other country with restrictive labor laws to inforce "workers' rights" have a world-dominating game industry (or a world-dominating anything industry)?
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From: (Anonymous)
2004-12-15 07:36 pm (UTC)

Words from Machiavelli

"And let it be noted that there is no more delicate matter to take in hand, nor more dangerous to conduct, nor more doubtful in its success, than to set up as the leader in the introduction of changes. For he who innovates will have for his enemies all those who are well off under the existing order of things, and only lukewarm supporters in those who might be better off under the new."

Niccolò Machiavelli
The Prince
N. H. Thomson, translator
Dover Publications, Inc., New York, 1992, page 13.
Originally published by P. F. Collier & Son, New York, 1910.

I, for one, wish them luck and success in their fight against those practices - the unrealistic deadline breeds deathmarches in the software industry. And, every once in a while, a deathmarch actually succeeds in meeting the schedule - and those are our worst enemies, because it trains certain ruthless management types that they can occasionally win by mistreating their people.

And yet, I am a mere lukewarm defender. Sounds like you might be well off under the existing order . . . or, perhaps, that you just like to snipe at people who are actually trying to change things for the better, despite the personal risks.
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From: (Anonymous)
2004-12-15 09:30 pm (UTC)

Re: Get ready for a lifestyle change!

You must work for EA marketing or HR Don't you?.............
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[User Picture]From: darkened_blade
2004-12-15 11:13 pm (UTC)

Re: Get ready for a lifestyle change!

You, sir, are very much the epitome of the mentality that has caused this very situation to occur. Your thoughtless attack against a person who has, no matter what anyone else says, in my opinion done not only the RIGHT thing, but the ONLY thing possible, lowers you in my eyes to somewhat slightly above the single cell amoeba in terms of how much I value your input to this world. The intolerable situation at EA, and at several other game companies, has come to a head - and people are standing up and saying they will no longer sit back and accept it because it is "the done thing."


Moreover, check your spelling and grammar a little more closely next time. I sure as hell hope you've had some practice at saying "Would you like fries with that?". Asshat.
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From: (Anonymous)
2004-12-15 11:14 pm (UTC)

Re: Get ready for a lifestyle change!

Come one, come all! Post your comments and anything else that will help ID you. While you are on-line, better check those "help wanted" ads for telemarketers, because when we are done with you, that's the only job you will be able to get!
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From: (Anonymous)
2004-12-15 11:14 pm (UTC)

Re: Get ready for a lifestyle change!/a jerk speaks, great.

What kind of snide idiocy is this? What's your point? That this person, who clearly wrote from the bottom of her heart(who, in God's name, could fault what she said, or how she said it-unless you happen to be an extremely young, unformed shill?), has sabotaged her husband/partner? That if this company in question-which by all accounts has richly earned the reputation it's acheived-that if this company illegally retaliates against an employee for the honest statements of the employee's partner, then it's that partner's fault?

You, sir, are a moron. I'm quite sure scooping fries would be a job with too much dignity and smarts required to suit you. Try learning a little human empathy-hell, try the simian kind. Try anything. You need it.
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From: (Anonymous)
2004-12-16 01:28 am (UTC)

Re: Get ready for a lifestyle change!

The dumbness of people never ceases to amaze me.

Of course companies like with a mindset like EA woudn´t want this guy. And yes, most of them are like EA, but not ALL of them. And I bet the few that are left would fight each other for this guy on their team.

Think about it: If you have a good company with good quality of life, what better way to showcase that than hiring this guy? Morale booster man. This guy is the top of the morale booster in a time where a few companies will start to showcase their good quality of life to get the best employees leaving their current companies.

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From: (Anonymous)
2004-12-16 10:39 am (UTC)

Re: Get ready for a lifestyle change!

I hope you understand that your husband, the bread winner, will soon find that because of your actions, he in no longer employable.

Why do you believe him unemployable? Do you mean that consent-gluttons like you do not want to employ him, because he dares to speak out what everyone knows? After all, nobody wants to be employed by guys like you in the first place.
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From: (Anonymous)
2004-12-22 12:58 am (UTC)

Re: Get ready for a lifestyle change!

Begin Quote:
'I hope you understand that your husband, the bread winner, will soon find that because of your actions, he in no longer employable. Have him practice these lines: “Would you like fries with that?” Also, he might want to look into obtaining the user’s manual for a Fry-King or Fry-O-Lator.'

End Quote.

Looks like ea_spouse really hit close to home! How else could one explain such naked hatred from what could only be one of the soulless mananagement types at EA, who has finally been exposed for what they are. Oh no! Now you'll actually have to answer to someone as to why you were willing to destroy uncountable lives for your own personal gain!

P.S. Threats only delay the inevitable. Personal integrity and the true spirit of life (sponsored by God) will always perservere. And you WILL be held accountable for your actions, it's only a matter of when. Don't believe me? Take a look at history and see what happened to all of the other piss-ant dictators that thought people's lives were theirs to toy with.
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From: (Anonymous)
2005-02-18 01:08 am (UTC)

Re: Get ready for a lifestyle change!

hmm, well, wait until they pound on your mental/physical well being, then you'll understand what the heavy handed corp lifestyle is all about. You must be a teenager to post something like that!! Move to India!!!
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From: (Anonymous)
2005-05-04 12:09 am (UTC)

Re: Get ready for a lifestyle change!

I would much rather work of McDonalds any day that at EA. Now that's a compliment :)
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