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EA Forum Ban Will Now Mean EA Game Ban

timothy posted more than 5 years ago | from the being-nice-is-actually-an-option dept.

Communications 549

An anonymous reader writes "A post on the EA Support Forums from APOC, online community manager for Electronic Arts, outlines a new policy for their new forums, saying users who earn a ban based on their behavior in the forums will be locked out of all of the EA games tied to that account: 'Well, its actually going to be a bit nastier for those who get banned. Your forum account will be directly tied to your Master EA Account, so if we ban you on the forums, you would be banned from the game as well since the login process is the same. And you'd actually be banned from your other EA games as well since it's all tied to your account. So if you have SPORE and Red Alert 3 and you get yourself banned on our forums or in-game, well, your SPORE account would be banned to. It's all one in the same, so I strongly recommend people play nice and act mature. All in all, we expect people to come on here and abide by our ToS. We hate banning people, it makes our lives a lot tougher, but it's what we have to do.'" Update: 10/31 12:36 GMT by T : Not so! Pandanapper writes "After a flood of complaints the EA community moderator APOC corrects his statement about how banning you from the forums bans you from your game access as well:"That said, the previous statement I made recently (that's being quoted on the blogs) was inaccurate and a mistake on my part. I had a misunderstanding with regards to our new upcoming forums and website and never meant to infer that if we ban or suspend you on the forums, you would be banned in-game as well. This is not correct, my mistake, my bad."

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Awwww (5, Insightful)

The Bungi (221687) | more than 5 years ago | (#25578451)

Fo'shure I'm looking forward to shelling out my hard-earned money (especially in this wonderful economy) for EA titles in the future after seeing this.

I enjoyed EA games in the past. Being a military buff I especially enjoyed their flight simulators. They were mostly stable and fun to play. I cringed when they bought out Westwood because I thought they were going to screw up the C&C franchise, but (mostly) they didn't.

But being banned from online play because I let out a "fuck" on their forums? Or for any reason whatsoever unrelated to behavior within the game? Never mind the insane DRM on their latest output.

Fuck that. No more EA games for me. I'm getting old anyway. Time to switch to online Scrabble or something. Flash DigDug and Galaga FTW.

Re:Awwww (3, Interesting)

iamhassi (659463) | more than 5 years ago | (#25578505)

"so I strongly recommend people play nice and act mature. All in all, we expect people to come on here and abide by our ToS. We hate banning people, it makes our lives a lot tougher, but it's what we have to do.'""

spoken like a true tyrant. "Obey me, or I will be forced to hurt you. I don't want to hurt you but you're forcing me".

In other news.... EA has forums?

Re:Awwww (4, Interesting)

Enderandrew (866215) | more than 5 years ago | (#25578519)

I started buying EA titles used a while back because I didn't want to directly support EA anymore. I certainly won't purchase Spore with their DRM.

Re:Awwww (5, Insightful)

Moryath (553296) | more than 5 years ago | (#25578887)

Won't it be fun finding out you just bought a "banned" copy then? I'm sure they will start tying the bans to the game's activation serial number as well.

And of course, they'll ban anyone who complains about the constant bugs and shoddy coding in their games and wants to see a patch to make the game usable. Why should they care? They already got what they wanted (your money), you got screwed because they sold a crappy product that doesn't work and can't be returned to the store... they're happy, you're not, but they don't give a crap about the customer.

Welcome to soviet russ....er EA-Land, Where Game Plays You.

Re:Awwww (1)

Dark_Matter88 (1150591) | more than 5 years ago | (#25578533)

In other news.... EA has forums?

Of course they do, where else can they ignore pirates...sorry i meant customers -_+

Re:Awwww (2, Insightful)

The Bungi (221687) | more than 5 years ago | (#25578591)

It's really not an issue that a company will ban you for disruptive behavior on forums they control, or online because you're behaving like a 12-year old with Tourette's. But banning you from online play because you got into an argument in the forums and some admin decided he didn't like your tone is something else entirely. That's especially true for games whose main draw is online play, like COD4 for example.

Re:Awwww (2, Funny)

thomasw_lrd (1203850) | more than 5 years ago | (#25578729)

Not really, if you're that immature in the forums, you'll definitely be even more immature in an online game. I for one don't want my children exposed to such conduct. If people would just act like civilized humans, this wouldn't be such an issue. Thumbs up, EA.

Re:Awwww (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25578789)

I sure hope you're trolling. If you aren't, then allow me to give you this gold-plated certificate inviting you to keep your fucking kids off my internet.

Re:Awwww (3, Insightful)

Daswolfen (1277224) | more than 5 years ago | (#25578865)

why are you letting your children play COD4?

Re:Awwww (5, Insightful)

Faylone (880739) | more than 5 years ago | (#25578895)

Wait, what? You don't want your children exposed to such conduct while they're shooting up people in CoD4?

Re:Awwww (3, Insightful)

Berkyjay (1225604) | more than 5 years ago | (#25578917)

Geez, people praising EA for this? My god, this isn't a move to get rid of all the people who annoy us online. This is a move to get rid people who speak out against EA online. I've seen and known people who got banned from their forums for complaining about issues in Battlefield 2. EA hates it when they get bashed in their own forums. So what I see here is first they start banning the loudest critics, then they start banning people who question their products, then finally they banning anyone not playing their games like they want.

Re:Awwww (5, Insightful)

westlake (615356) | more than 5 years ago | (#25578923)

Fo'shure I'm looking forward to shelling out my hard-earned money (especially in this wonderful economy) for EA titles in the future after seeing this.

I am betting that they can live without you.

The Sims 3 is #36 on the Amazon PC seller list and it won't be released until February.

Red Alert 3 is #3 - and the geek's negative reviews of the EA product and DRM are being ignored across the board.

2,500 1-star reviews for Spore, currently #6 on the charts.

wow (5, Insightful)

Dark_Matter88 (1150591) | more than 5 years ago | (#25578455)

FIRST the DRM, now this? They really hate players

Re:wow (5, Funny)

machine321 (458769) | more than 5 years ago | (#25578629)

Don't hate the game, hate the player.

Re:wow (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25578817)

No. It's the players who hate freedom. EA is only doing what it has to do in order that their games can work in the free market. If that means that they have to censor and block paying (but annoying) customers in order for their games to be successful, so be it. If that means using DRM to protect their rights, so be it. And if that means silencing critics, so be it.

Re:wow (1)

digital_rich (1085385) | more than 5 years ago | (#25578823)

Don't hate the player... hate the game.

heh (1)

_Shorty-dammit (555739) | more than 5 years ago | (#25578463)

EA just doesn't want any money, now do they?

Re:heh (1)

arth1 (260657) | more than 5 years ago | (#25578525)

EA just doesn't want any money, now do they?

Actually, I think that's the only thing they want.
For sure, they don't want users. Just something nice to present to the shareholders right now. Who cares about the future.

Re:heh (1)

_Shorty-dammit (555739) | more than 5 years ago | (#25578563)

The point is, they're not going to continue getting money if they keep screwing over, on a continuing basis, the people who give them the money.

Re:heh (5, Insightful)

Shakrai (717556) | more than 5 years ago | (#25578815)

The point is, they're not going to continue getting money if they keep screwing over, on a continuing basis, the people who give them the money.

Then how do you explain the fact that the cable and cellular companies are still in business? ;)

Re:heh (1)

compro01 (777531) | more than 5 years ago | (#25578947)

Regional monopolies in the first case and a massive amount of sameness in the 2nd.

Re:heh (3, Insightful)

mysidia (191772) | more than 5 years ago | (#25578599)

EA just doesn't want any money, now do they?

Average consumer will think... "surely only potty mouths get themselves banned from the game by flaming in the forums"

And still buy the game.

The banned person has to buy their games all over again, if they still want to play == more $$$ for the game maker.

Master has pulled the leash (1)

pembo13 (770295) | more than 5 years ago | (#25578465)

Now heel boy!

Re:Master has pulled the leash (1)

Ethanol-fueled (1125189) | more than 5 years ago | (#25578543)

Leash? That's more of a choke chain [ehow.com] ! Though there is a silver lining in the link article: as long as its used sparingly.

It's all what? (1)

mooingyak (720677) | more than 5 years ago | (#25578481)

It's all one in the same .... seriously? C'mon.

"EA Games, challenge everyone." (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25578495)

Lookie! Another reason why I don't buy EA products.

money back ? (2, Insightful)

Tom (822) | more than 5 years ago | (#25578497)

So, they take away something I paid for - will they refund? Probably not. I wonder how that would play out in a court of law.

Re:money back ? (4, Interesting)

Registered Coward v2 (447531) | more than 5 years ago | (#25578551)

So, they take away something I paid for - will they refund? Probably not. I wonder how that would play out in a court of law.

My guess is they would argue you agreed to the TOS which allows them to ban you; and that the money you paid was damages for violating the TOS and hence non-refundable.

Would that fly, especially for games that you did not do anything wrong? Who knows, certainly not me since IANAL.

Re:money back ? (1)

Enderandrew (866215) | more than 5 years ago | (#25578553)

When you purchase Spore, you are licensing software. Using the EA account online is a service they provide so long as you abide by the terms of service. If they yank your EA account, online functions of Spore will cease, but you can still play the game.

Re:money back ? (3, Interesting)

Compholio (770966) | more than 5 years ago | (#25578693)

If they yank your EA account, online functions of Spore will cease, but you can still play the game.

Lets say you buy a car and one of the features is a fancy stereo and you get caught playing unauthorized music. Is it acceptable for the manufacturer to disable your stereo because you broke the rules?

Re:money back ? (1)

bcat24 (914105) | more than 5 years ago | (#25578841)

I think a satellite radio unit is a better analogy than the stereo itself. EA banning you from online play is like XM cutting off your radio subscription. The software/hardware you purchased still works perfectly, but the company flipped off the "can use this" bit on their server/satellite. Is this legal? I haven't read the license agreements in questions, but my guess is yes.

Re:money back ? (1)

Ethanol-fueled (1125189) | more than 5 years ago | (#25578847)

Only if you're playing a,a href="http://nextround.net/2008/03/14/punch-in-the-face-friday-puff-daddy/">Puff Daddy.

Re:money back ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25578849)

that's easy, buy the game with credit card. If EA bans you account, one call to credit card company will get you money back.

Re:money back ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25578935)

By you or anyone clicking OK (or not) to the EULA you are agreeing to their whims.
</sarcasm>

EA = Lazy Bastards (2, Interesting)

iMouse (963104) | more than 5 years ago | (#25578501)

EA is not gonna get any of my business with their shoddy transgaming Cedega-wrapped junk that they deploy on the Mac platform.

They need to stop burning their users, which EA has done for years. Kinda sounds like a consumer case of abuse where the victims keep coming back time after time. A shame, really.

Re:EA = Lazy Bastards (1)

Enderandrew (866215) | more than 5 years ago | (#25578539)

While I prefer native ports, I will accept a Wine/Cedega wrapped package if it works and is officially supported. It beats not having a Mac/Linux version at all.

Re:EA = Lazy Bastards (1)

cjb658 (1235986) | more than 5 years ago | (#25578659)

They need to stop burning their users, which EA has done for years. Kinda sounds like a consumer case of abuse where the victims keep coming back time after time. A shame, really.

EA gamers suffer from Stockholm syndrome?

dupe? (1)

shentino (1139071) | more than 5 years ago | (#25578503)

Didn't we already have an article on this already?

Wow (5, Interesting)

afidel (530433) | more than 5 years ago | (#25578509)

Now I will have ZERO problem pirating SPORE or any other EA title. In fact I wasn't going to bother with SPORE given the lackluster reviews, but I'm firing up Azurus as we speak to grab it just to spite the arrogant f'ers.

Re:Wow (5, Insightful)

martinw89 (1229324) | more than 5 years ago | (#25578575)

Here's the way I see it:

  • The forums are free and voluntary. EA is being gracious by giving gamers a place to talk (take this sentence lightly). So, they can ban you here. It's a privilege to use the forum (take this sentence lightly as well).
  • You payed for the game. It's your goddamned right to play the thing, you gave them money in order for it to become your property. They can't ban you from this, that action is worse than DRM.

It was EA's privilege to get my money. Well fuck that, they just lost that privilege out of principle. While people like us stop giving them money, time and time again we have seen boycotts like that don't work. Some one needs to sue EA, badly. That's the kind of action that speaks out.

Re:Wow (5, Funny)

zarthrag (650912) | more than 5 years ago | (#25578641)

Now I will have ZERO problem pirating SPORE or any other EA title. In fact I wasn't going to bother with SPORE given the lackluster reviews, but I'm firing up Azurus as we speak to grab it just to spite the arrogant fuckers


There, fixed that for you. Oh, and by the way - you're banned (bittorrent-talk, cursing) Have fun playing solitaire, sucker!

LOLBAN (1)

rea1l1 (903073) | more than 5 years ago | (#25578513)

"We hate banning people, it makes our lives a lot tougher, but it's what we have to do.'"

Yeah, must be depressing. Selling games and making a profit, and then simply making the game nonfunctional. Why not just mute the account? People don't NEED to talk to play a game.

wow... (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25578515)

Are they TRYING to start a class action lawsuit???

Judge: "What did you do?"
Me: "Called him an asshat."
Judge: "What did they do?"
Me: "Locked me out of $500 worth of software"
Judge: "I rule in favor of the plantif for 1 ass-ton of money"

Re:wow... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25578723)

You could have made this funnier...

Judge: "I rule in favor of the asshat for 1 ass-ton of money"

Fixed.

DRM (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25578521)

Remind me again. What's the advantage of being a paying EA customer? Because I'm not going to give them any money.

Re:DRM (1)

Firehed (942385) | more than 5 years ago | (#25578737)

That's what I told them - I'm done with them, their shoddy products, their DRM, and their bad attitude. A few days later, I got a follow-up email asking me to complete a survey about their customer support.

Seriously.

Star Wars: The Old Republic (1, Interesting)

Enderandrew (866215) | more than 5 years ago | (#25578527)

EA bought Bioware, so a ban on their forums would also ban you from playing the upcoming Star Wars MMO as well.

Re:Star Wars: The Old Republic (2, Insightful)

jimdread (1089853) | more than 5 years ago | (#25578855)

EA bought Bioware, so a ban on their forums would also ban you from playing the upcoming Star Wars MMO as well.

Really? You think they'll ban you from all forthcoming releases as well? How will that work? Will somebody be stupid enough to get banned from the forums, then buy another game from EA, and sign up for the new game with the banned account? People will probably start sock puppet accounts so that their main account doesn't get banned. Anybody who buys Bioware and then signs up with a banned account is pretty thick anyway.

DRM Fail (1)

JumperCable (673155) | more than 5 years ago | (#25578531)

So who owns the game the gamers purchased?

NEW From EA! (4, Funny)

enderjsv (1128541) | more than 5 years ago | (#25578535)

EA Guy 1: You see what Bungie, Valve, and many other game developers are doing? Linking games to gamer's internet forum accounts? Letting you see your stats, other peoples stats, game avatars, recently played games, and other cool stuff like that?

EA Guy 2: Um, yeah.

Guy 1: Well, we need to do something to top that. We need something that will really draw in our players and make them part of our community.

Guy 2: How about, participate in our forums, and earn the chance to be banned from your favorite game forever by a power-starved, 17 year-old forum mod.

Guy 1: Brilliant! Next issue, blood sample toolkits packaged with all our games.

Guy 2: ??????

Guy 1: No, it's not what you think. It's only for the initial install... and three times a month after that.

Re:NEW From EA! (5, Insightful)

cjb658 (1235986) | more than 5 years ago | (#25578627)

Linking games to gamer's internet forum accounts?

Yeah, don't you love that? They've completely eliminated the ability to sell your old games.

mod parent up? (1)

SirJorgelOfBorgel (897488) | more than 5 years ago | (#25578751)

Sorry mate, tried modding you +1 Insightful, yet somehow it got passed to /. as -1 Redudandant. This post will take away the -1 though, if all is well :)

Re:NEW From EA! (1)

AndrewNeo (979708) | more than 5 years ago | (#25578717)

Valve's forum accounts aren't linked. They're separate from the Steam Community.

Re:NEW From EA! (1)

Shakrai (717556) | more than 5 years ago | (#25578831)

Valve's forum accounts aren't linked. They're separate from the Steam Community, for the time being.

Fixed that for you.

One problem is... (4, Insightful)

scrod98 (609124) | more than 5 years ago | (#25578537)

The amount of effort it takes to get things reversed when you feel you have been inappropriately banned. I recently spent a lot of time on web and phone to get my son's account re-enabled for an online game (not EA). Once a manager looked at his remarks in context it was clear that he was not in violation of their ToS. If they are going to do this, they better be damned sure of the training and ability of the people who will be issuing the death penalty to the gamers.

Re:One problem is... (1)

fatboyslack (634391) | more than 5 years ago | (#25578573)

A bit harsh to ban other games.

Re:One problem is... (2, Interesting)

Ithaca_nz (661774) | more than 5 years ago | (#25578639)

Story submitter here (although apparently I'm known as anonymous these days):

If they are going to do this, they better be damned sure of the training and ability of the people who will be issuing the death penalty to the gamers.

I think that's one part of the problem, but I don't think that's *the* major problem (although I'm sure there will be plenty of false bans that will cause enough of a problem without the complications of linking the games/forums). I see more of a problem in the linking between games; Daddy buys two games, one for little Johnny and one for little Suzy, which he installs and registers via the same EA account. Little Johnny posts something stupid or does something in-game that results in a ban, and little Suzy loses her rights to play Barbie Dressup 2008 or whatever. That's not going to please Daddy, and the problem gets a lot more complicated if little Johnny sells his game to a friend who then gets banned.

Now can we please also... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25578555)

...get people's EA accounts banned for stupid posts to Slashdot.

Re:Now can we please also... (1)

mysidia (191772) | more than 5 years ago | (#25578715)

...get people's EA accounts banned for stupid posts to Slashdot.

They should partner with Googl/MS and use openid.

So if you post lewd messages on google groups, you also lose access to your games, your e-mail.

or your ability to login into M$ passport sites.

Hell, why not tie your OS login to the same account?

"Sorry, but if EA/MS forum volunteer moderators find your post in violation of ToS, your account will be suspended. As an unfortunate, indirect result, you will not be able to login to your Windows PC.

If for some reason you think you are banned in error, please contact us at bitbucket@devnull.*******.com to have the matter corrected.

Explains their quarterly results (1)

MacColossus (932054) | more than 5 years ago | (#25578579)

http://apnews.excite.com/article/20081030/D94522VO0.html [excite.com] Wonder why a business like this would lose money. Ever try a LAN party with Battlefield 2142 with everyone at the same physical location? People randomly get kicked out. Doesn't matter if the server is on XP, Vista or OS X. Good magic. $310 million dollar quarterly loss and layoff of 6 percent of their workforce indeed.

That sure as hell deserves a boycott... (1)

Anik315 (585913) | more than 5 years ago | (#25578581)

Oh wait, I don't own any EA games anyway. Seriously though, this surely an effort by corporate assholes to regulate what people say. Oops I said asshole. Oops I criticized EA. Is that going to get me banned? What a bunch of tools.

EA is fucking evil... (1)

aztektum (170569) | more than 5 years ago | (#25578587)

Why did BioWare have to get swallowed up by these jackals? I was looking forward to trying out SW:TOR, but fuck this.

Email? (1)

ThatsNotFunny (775189) | more than 5 years ago | (#25578593)

Can't someone just register again under another email address?

Re:Email? (1)

LingNoi (1066278) | more than 5 years ago | (#25578783)

yeah, but you've already linked your game to the other account. So you can't unlink your game from the banned account and link it to the new one.

However it's probably best to just post to the forum under a different account from your playing account.

The Microsoft of Gaming (1, Troll)

cjb658 (1235986) | more than 5 years ago | (#25578595)

Further proof that EA is the Microsoft of the video game industry: a policy that says "Fuck you, we're EA."

Re:The Microsoft of Gaming (5, Funny)

RHSC (1019802) | more than 5 years ago | (#25578861)

I don't think Microsoft has ever banned anyone from using Windows for swearing on MSDN

stupidity + laziness = unhappy customers (1)

scotsghost (1125495) | more than 5 years ago | (#25578603)

(...) so if we ban you on the forums, you would be banned from the game as well since the login process is the same. (...) We hate banning people, it makes our lives a lot tougher, but it's what we have to do.

It sounds like somebody needs to hire a web programmer to create a working forum-ban mechanism. Other than "turn off login privileges". That works as a ban mechanism when your login only provides access to one thing (the thing you're being banned from). But here, where it's providing access to multiple things, you need some mechanism to allow disabling particular accesses from a login without disabling the login entirely.

It's not like this is a new problem, or is particularly difficult to solve by someone competent. The odor of "we're too lazy to do this right" is strong on this one. Good luck with that, EA!

No it will not (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25578611)

Which leads to: (1)

MojoMagic (669271) | more than 5 years ago | (#25578615)

Which leads to people pirating the very games they've already paid for... Nice move EA.

How could this possibly go wrong? (1)

jollyreaper (513215) | more than 5 years ago | (#25578617)

I wouldn't have a problem with this if we could be assured of fair, impartial, and reasonable moderation. But we know exactly how likely that is.

Aside from the grinding and taking over your life parts of MMO's, the other thing that really bugs me about them is you are now at the mercy of the publisher. Nobody can revoke my right to play a single-player game and the only way to lose my progress is if my save game files get corrupted. But with an MMO, one bad mod interaction can ruin your entire game. "Hey, I've played X for Y years and I've never even talked to a mod." True, but I've seen several instances of people getting burned by bad calls, up to and including the loss of accounts. Certainly when there's a serious argument with management about game policies like the devs cheating in EVE Online, the people who first raised the accusations were the first to lose their accounts. And even more a less serious infraction, someone I knew misunderstood the distinction between being able to trade game cards for in-game currency versus simply paying money for currency which is a no-no. He almost lost an account he had a year on with that one because that's a one-strike-and-your-out TOS violation.

I doubt this is going to bite EA in the ass, even though by rights it should. It'll certainly bite some gamers in the ass, that's for sure.

EA (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25578621)

Thats because you only have crack heads playing your games anyway.

story is completely false (5, Informative)

Edgewize (262271) | more than 5 years ago | (#25578635)

http://www.shacknews.com/onearticle.x/55656 [shacknews.com]

Posting in EA Forums is enabled by an EA Nucleus account -- but access to the forums and access to the games are separate. Players who have been banned from EA Forums are not automatically banned from online access to their other EA games. Players can be banned if they breach the Terms of Service or Code of Conduct in a forum, game or service. Each forum, game and service is managed independently by customer support representatives responsible for that specific forum, game or service.

Re:story is completely false (1)

RuBLed (995686) | more than 5 years ago | (#25578937)

a conspiracy? or damage control?

Re:story is completely false (1)

compro01 (777531) | more than 5 years ago | (#25578975)

Sounds more like EA is backpedaling rapidly.

A matter of time (1)

Renraku (518261) | more than 5 years ago | (#25578637)

It really is just a matter of time before posting something they don't like in the forums will make it to where you can no longer play the game at all, as it refuses the authentication. If the forum is tied to the particular game's cd key I can kind of understand. However, someone buying a brand new game and being locked out of online play sounds like selling a defective product to me.

Since EA has the power to dictate whether or not you can even PLAY the game, why are they still allowed to sell games to people who's master accounts have been banned?

I recall hearing about a court case in which a large corporation bought out a bunch of smaller gyms and branded them. Well, one guy gets banned from one for something stupid (can't remember what it was, but I assure you it was petty and made both people look like assholes), so the guy goes and applies for a gym membership at another gym. Different name, different side of town, everything. They give him his membership and he pays all the fees and such, then they tell him he's banned from the gym, sorry, no refunds, go home.

He takes them to court and wins his money back and $1,000 or so for his trouble, because they knowingly and willingly sold him a defective product.

Licenses can be defective, too.

Wow (1)

uxbn_kuribo (1146975) | more than 5 years ago | (#25578647)

Even Blizzard doesn't do this. Of course, if Blizzard did this, it would be just me and like two other people on World of Warcraft. My god, the stuff that goes on in those forums.

Spore isn't even multiplayer (2, Interesting)

MC2000 (1246222) | more than 5 years ago | (#25578653)

I haven't bought spore, but I have played through much of it. It really isn't even a multiplayer game aside from downloading content from other users to be added to your own single-player game. What purpose would banning a player from Spore serve? Are they trying to tell us that they would ban people from a single-player game?

Are they TRYING to go bankrupt? (1)

moniker127 (1290002) | more than 5 years ago | (#25578691)

I applaud EA. Well played, good sirs. I could not have come up with a more effective business model to put myself out on the street. They're getting inventive.

Seriously though, EA is going to go bankrupt in like... a month if they keep up this bull..

How can I be banned? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25578713)

Although this extreme warrant might be justifiable for incredibly extreme behavior (people who post goatse on the forums have no business complaining about being banned from anything), EA is incredibly ambiguous about what bannable behavior. Neither the Forum Help or EA's Terms Of Use page list criteria for behavior that may get you banned.

Again. The criteria for banning are not listed. This means that any post you make in the forums could potentially mean loss of your ability to play the game.

This is why you should buy independent games (3, Funny)

TheModelEskimo (968202) | more than 5 years ago | (#25578733)

...because when an independent game developer bans you from his forum, not only does he shut down your account, but he writes you into the game as a boss character. >:-)

I'll play devil's advocate (2, Insightful)

ThreeGigs (239452) | more than 5 years ago | (#25578745)

I like it. Seriously. It's a big "asshats are unwelcome" sign, meaning rational gaming adults that hate the immature antics are going to have an entire company with an "adult swim" gaming experience.

And I'll bet that overall, the modding of forums *will* improve, when the first small claims or civil cases come to trial, or the first class-action suit happens. I think mods will get clued in very quickly that they'd better be able to completely justify a ban under the new system, because suddenly their decisions have financial impact.

how is it hard to do? (1)

/dev/trash (182850) | more than 5 years ago | (#25578771)

I mean really

Profit!? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25578775)

1) Sell games
2) Ban players
3) !!!!!
4) PROFIT?????

Working hard to alienate customers. (1)

guidryp (702488) | more than 5 years ago | (#25578793)

I can't think of any company that has openly worked this hard to piss off it's customers.

Re:Working hard to alienate customers. (1)

Shakrai (717556) | more than 5 years ago | (#25578845)

I can't think of any company that has openly worked this hard to piss off it's customers.

I take it you don't live in an area with Comcast? ;)

whatever respect I had for them before.. (1)

U121 (1222094) | more than 5 years ago | (#25578813)

I for one won't be supporting their crap any longer, and I certainly will make sure to inform as many of my friends and relatives as possible of what EA are doing to their _paying_ customers.

corporate ethics (4, Interesting)

lysergic.acid (845423) | more than 5 years ago | (#25578819)

it always seems kinda odd when major corporations that don't mind being unethical themselves when they can make a profit then turn around and try to force their sense of morality on others (e.g. censorship policies). i think companies like Sony, EA, Gamespot, etc. should focus more on correcting their own bad behaviors rather than trying to control the behavior of others. trampling on the rights of consumers, extorting your customers, and selling out your journalistic integrity to advertisers are not exactly shining examples of corporate responsibility.

it's especially annoying when major gaming sites have incompetently implemented profanity filters that prevent you from using ordinary words that happen to contain the same letter sequence as an "inappropriate word or phrase." i don't even bother posting reviews on Gamespot anymore because it's such a pain in the ass trying to figure out what word i used that triggered their profanity filter.

and then there are sites like IGN that have imbeciles for moderators, who think that homebrew/emulation/ripping CDs is illegal. if i want to rip one of my PSX games onto my hard drive and convert it into an eboot that i can play on my PSP that's my own prerogative. censoring posts that talk about homebrew/CFW/etc. is blatant posturing by the gaming industry to condition the public into thinking that only industry sanctioned uses of games/consoles are legal, and that using homebrew, CFW, etc. is illegal/unethical/taboo.

Unsub made EZ ! (1)

redelm (54142) | more than 5 years ago | (#25578821)

This sounds like the best way to unsubscribe from their services!

and sends them running to the pirate bay . . . (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25578869)

so, you pay $50 for a game, you get banned, with or without cause, and now your game doesn't work? I'm playing deadspace now. It's a really fun game, not scary, but fun, so i'm actually kind of sad to see EA shoot itself in the face like this. If the game i paid for ever stops working due to an EA killswitch, I will have absolutely no problem giving EA a big middle finger by downloading that, and every other ea game, from the torrent sites, just for spite. It seems to me that the only reason the killswitch actually works is because I paid ea in the first place. So let me get this straight, if i download the game for free, you can't turn it off? really? and I, as joe honorable consumer, and supposed to look past that as a selling point? I love games, and i want games to continue to be made, and seriously, with stuff like this, that is the only reason a game company ever gets a cent out of me, because you know what EA? right now, i could play every game ever for the rest of my life without giving the developers or publishers a dime, and though for now I continue to be a paying customer, stuff like this reminds me about the crowd on the other side of the fence, who are having just as much fun with these games as me, without the financial responsibility I chose to bare. They are having more fun actually, because they don't have to put up with any of this bullshit.

well... (1)

eXFeLoN (954179) | more than 5 years ago | (#25578877)

ea.. you can officially go fuck yourselves now. this was the last straw. i can put up with unfinished games and non-sensical gameplay. but this is just stupid. i was looking forward to a few titles.. now i'll look forward to a few others not associated with your shit-turd of a company. thanks for playing!

EA Games (2, Interesting)

glittermage (650813) | more than 5 years ago | (#25578885)

Just another reason to avoid EA. I went to pre-order SPORE and stopped the moment I read about EA Online "download guarantee" for $6 additional fee when buying the game. The download guarantee meant you could download SPORE again for 2 years if you paid $6 now. I decided right there I would not buy EA games online and canceled. I later found out about the registration issues. I'll spend my money at STEAM where Valve can have more of my money. Buy a game there and download again any time I reformat my Windows machine which is at least once a year and I've never heard of a time limit on STEAM. I prefer to buy my games over STEAM and not mess with optical discs or packaging.

Mr. Zucchini (1)

bluefoxlucid (723572) | more than 5 years ago | (#25578889)

still has no idea what the fuck he's doing. Mr. Potato is rich because of this.

Guess who cares about your anti-EA opinions? (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25578907)

EA makes great games, most of which I have played through and through.

I'll always buy their games, if it interests me, as most of their titles have.

Most of you are silver spoon fed arrogant bastards who think EA owes you something.

They don't. They owe you NOTHING.

They make a game, it gets bought and it gets played regardless of your worthless self righteous point of view of the corporate dealings.

Theres a reason why the EA hate isn't mainstream. You people are a minority and no one gives a shit about your opinions. Theres a reason why DRM protected games aren't criticized on a mainstream level. No one gives a shit. The amount of people who were unable to play the game and had LEGALLY purchased it is so small, NO ONE GIVES A SHIT. The majority of outrage at DRM protected games comes from people who intended to download it illegally anyways.

It's hilarious seeing shit like "I'm done with them, their shoddy products, their DRM, and their bad attitude". No one gives a shit. Let me stress it again, NO ONE GIVES A SHIT.

EA games are typically best sellers BECAUSE THEY ARE GOOD GAMES. There is also a good reason why every single one of the opinions here aren't shared in the mainstream, NO ONE GIVES A SHIT ABOUT YOU.

EA sells games. People buy them or they don't. They raise to the best sellers list due to DEMAND for such good games. All the while, your complaints of their DRM protected products go unheard because, again, NO ONE GIVES A SHIT ABOUT YOU OR YOUR STUPID MINORITY OPINIONS.

It's really the BIGGER PICTURE that every one of you pseudo-intellectuals seem to ignore. Buy a game, play it, post on their forums constructively, criticize the quality of their product (GAMEPLAY), and move on. None of which will get you banned. What will get you banned is being a retard. Which most of you are very well seasoned at.

Re:Guess who cares about your anti-EA opinions? (1)

PenGun (794213) | more than 5 years ago | (#25578963)

Hmmm .... http://www.mininova.org/ [mininova.org] I'll let you type it in. The letters s & p are all you need.

thanks EA! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25578919)

im glad EA is doing this. now more mainstream gamers will catch on to what a shitty-ass company EA is. if it's not paying their employees little and lots of overtime, or editing wikipedia to leave out trip hawkins efforts in founding company, or terminating online game servers to get you to buy the newer sequels when the games aren't even that old, or destroying good game franchises, it's something else! thank you EA for doing this, now watch your shares drop.

This is a good thing. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25578949)

I applaud EA for taking this step. Anyone who dislikes this policy is just one of the jerks who will get banned.

Creating new problems and helping old ones. Yay! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25578971)

Our dictatorship kills any rebels, radicals, or people who disagree with our policies including killing rebels, radicals, or people who disagree. How do you control the masses in your country?

Uh...we don't have that problem for some reason...

btw vote Obama.

Gamer Wankdom (1)

MisterSchmoo (1262374) | more than 5 years ago | (#25578979)

As much as everyone is whining that this is very authoritarian and it is, you know what it's going to mean in reality? 14yr old cocksmacks will have to think before they randomly abuse people because of some perceived transgression against gamer wankdom.
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