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Author Topic: I propose never buying another EA games title!  (Read 5095 times)

f0dder

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I propose never buying another EA games title!
« on: October 31, 2008, 03:19:42 AM »
Via slashdot:
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This is becoming insane. As if their "only N activations" DRM policy wasn't bad enough, now they're going to lock you out of (all!) your games if you behave badly on their forums? I wonder what classifies as bad behavior... mentioning their intrusive DRM and "go fsck yourself sideways" customer care policy?

I, for one, will never buy an EA title again. I was skeptical in the past because they've butchered smaller game companies et cetera, but this is the final drop. Furthermore, I hope this will cause people to pirate the heck out of their games, showing that the copy-protection only hurts legitimate users... and hopefully this could cause some revenue loss as well (though I doubt it; there's too many sheeple around who don't understand / don't care.)
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Re: I propose never buying another EA games title!
« Reply #1 on: October 31, 2008, 04:39:10 AM »
Aww man, but MySims Kingdomw just came out! :P

But I certainly agree: Misbehaving on a forum doesn't give EA the right to ban players from playing games they paid for. I wonder if in the ToS for Spore it says "You must behave on the Forum and obey all EA ToS for every EA product or else you will be unable to play this game."

Seriously, it can't be legal to ban you from all games if you're only breaking the ToS for a forum, or one game.


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Re: I propose never buying another EA games title!
« Reply #2 on: October 31, 2008, 04:41:49 AM »
Well, it's your "EA account" that gets banned, as I understand it, which is why you're getting banned from all games. And hey, even if it might be OK for them to ban you from forums / online parts of games... they shouldn't lock you out from single-player (if the game support SP, of course).

I wonder how much financial damage EA would need to take before they start caring about their customers.
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Re: I propose never buying another EA games title!
« Reply #3 on: October 31, 2008, 04:43:52 AM »

This is becoming insane.

I agree it is going to far but I really do not think they are going to lose to may users, and if they do they will come back and the company knows it. People like playing games and EA put out a lot of games. Most users will just say Owell and make a new account or play offline.

The sad thing about life now-a-days is people have stopped saying "NO MORE we will not put up with this any more" they just say Owell can't do anything about it and no one else makes something like this.




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Re: I propose never buying another EA games title!
« Reply #4 on: October 31, 2008, 07:38:35 AM »
This has been retracted as it's untrue. see the comments at http://forums.ea.com...jspa?threadID=457006

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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.
« Last Edit: October 31, 2008, 08:11:38 AM by justice »

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Re: I propose never buying another EA games title!
« Reply #5 on: October 31, 2008, 07:48:42 AM »
I propose never reacting to one of f0dder's initial posts again!

errr....wait

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Re: I propose never buying another EA games title!
« Reply #6 on: October 31, 2008, 09:58:22 AM »
This has been retracted as it's untrue. see the comments at http://forums.ea.com...jspa?threadID=457006

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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.

EA needs to keep a tighter leash on their puppies.

The controversy started because of a statement made by an EA Community Manager. That requires a bit more of a response from EA than a childish "my bad" post from the person that caused the problem. :nono2:

(Sometimes I can't believe this as the same company that created M.U.L.E. and Seven Cities of Gold.)

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Re: I propose never buying another EA games title!
« Reply #7 on: November 01, 2008, 02:41:34 AM »
I think I'll still stick with never buying EA again, though. It wouldn't surprise me if somebody at EA actually thought that kind of banning procedure is a good idea.
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Re: I propose never buying another EA games title!
« Reply #8 on: November 01, 2008, 03:29:39 AM »
Just you know, EA would be laying off some 600 people around the world.


I think I'll still stick with never buying EA again, though. It wouldn't surprise me if somebody at EA actually thought that kind of banning procedure is a good idea.
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Re: I propose never buying another EA games title!
« Reply #9 on: November 01, 2008, 03:48:42 AM »
Too bad.

If they want my money, they'll have to reconsider their DRM practices... and concentrate a bit more on shipping bug-free games.
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Re: I propose never buying another EA games title!
« Reply #10 on: November 01, 2008, 07:33:55 AM »
Actually i'm sick of their Cricket/Soccer & other sports games :down: :D

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Re: I propose never buying another EA games title!
« Reply #11 on: November 02, 2008, 12:44:02 AM »
f0dder, I'm with you 100%!

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