Thursday, October 30, 2008

EA is watching. . .

The Digital locks EA put on Spore last month got a few folks mad - it was, after all, a process a company set in place for limiting your access to your software. (Apparently EA considered it fair for consumers to be forced to ask for permission to run the software they had purchased. Sounds fine to me.)

Now EA is stepping up the standards of behavior for its customers; from now on, any users locked out of EA's online forums for misbehavior will be locked out of all of their games which require logins.

"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 its 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."

Now, the obvious solution is just not to buy any more EA games, ever, the way many of us boycotted EMI when they shackled so many of their releases with crippling copy-protection a few years back. EA appears determined to slowly morph into some of the villains from their own games.

UPDATE: The higher-ups at EA have quashed this rumor. They will not, it seems, ban you for misbehaving. They just could.

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