I also send a link to this thread to EA email@example.com and got an immediate response and a thank you.
Hopefully they see my comment about them ripping people off.
Video game developers really piss me off. First they start taking stuff out of games that used to be included and charging extra to "add-on". Mortal Kombat as an example. All this freaking down-loadable characters. They should be in the game when it ships. Add-ons should be like Oblivion's add-on.
Now they are doing crap like this. $25 to play a game earlier then everyone else? Money to add another recruitment state. Money to boost your players progression. Douche bags.
I used to be an avid video game player and buyer. Now I hardly play video games anymore and maybe buy 2 games new a year and maybe 1 used. Greedy SoB's. You read that EA? Kiss my butt. Your games a joke every year. Haven't made a good one since 2005. I'm not even one of those "2k5 Football is great!" people. Just tired of you asshats and other developers raping me.