Any gamer will tell you that reviews honestly mean nothing, and that some games are subject to either “Haters gonna hate” or rampant fanboyism. Developers however do tend to care about review scores and sometimes the publishers will try to manipulate them in their favor. Earlier in the news, Germany had quite a handful of furious gamers, and privacy of customers is a big deal in Europe. Using what developers think about reviews, the Germans have started another war, this time against EA and attacked the review scores of Battlefield 3.
Origin collects some basic info from your computer when installed in order to have targeted advertisments, but lack of computer-savvy has resulted in it getting more flack than it deserves. Despite this, users with access to Amazon have been rating Battlefield 3 with one star, sharply harming its overall score on the site. The German version of Amazon has 2234 reviews giving the game a rating of less than 1.5 stars on average. I don’t understand much German, but I have enough grasp of the language to know their beef is with Origin.
German newspaper Spiegel claimed that Origin didn’t just violate the expectation of privacy, but also violated consumer laws. An attorney named Thomas Schwenke said that Origin’s TOS and EULA had massive amounts of clauses and segments that breached consumer and privacy rights.
The Germans however are far more furious at this in their voice than the Americans are, who have only given around 238 reviews total where they’re likely to be seen. Most of their aggro can be found on gaming forums and aggregate sites like Reddit. However I do recommend you read this comment by Redditor mitsuhiko before throwing torches everywhere.
I don’t have a problem with targeted advertizing, but when a developer of any sort does not say in plain English what their program does, and does not fully research the laws of the country they are releasing the product in, it just causes controversy in spades. With the recent Wall Street protests and people getting sick and tired of being trod on by billionaires, this can be a rather risky time to screw over customers, whenever their fears are founded or not.