I’m just now getting caught up on the ea_spouse story that’s been making the rounds and wondering, “so what’s new?” The crunch-time-all-the-time atmosphere at EA, while horrid, doesn’t sound all that different than just about any other large software product shop. Seriously, haven’t we been living in this “crisis” for about thirty years now? Or can someone give me the good news that there’s a reliable methodology for developing systems and that the software industry has stopped sucking and that EA is now the exception, not the rule?