Saw a mention of Bullfrog, Origin, and Westwood and just wanted to throw Psygnosis down on the list as well. G-Police and Colony Wars were fantastic. I still have both the first games, and they run on my PS3. Huzzah!
On topic though, EA has become a gaming powerhouse and has manipulated the industry any way they could to get the most money out of it. While I can respect them for their sweet money stealing skills, as a gamer I understand that their crap is getting old and ridiculous fast. That said, I only play roguelikes anymore anyways. It's been a good year or two since I even walked into a GameStop or got anything off of Steam (other than Day of Defeat. I know, late as hell, but what can you do?)
While EA does deserve much hate, the fanatical hatred I've found here has surprised me. I've thought of Bay12 as a place where level-headed mass murderers could dwell, but this is nowhere near level-headed. It's got to be realized that until EA screws up big, they'll be around for a long, long while. We, as actual gamers, can do little to combat that. Those who aren't as serious about gaming as we are (and note, I'm using we as a general term, not saying everyone here) won't realize that EA's slowly murdering the industry, and they'll keep purchasing all their junk. Sadly, there's more of them than us, and EA will keep spoon feeding people until they grow wise.