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Banned from the forums? Kiss all of your EA games goodbye.  (Source: EA Support Forums)
Being banned from the official EA forums can cost you the ability to play your games online, or properly

The world of online gaming has always been a battleground -- not just between the teams in-game, but between those who play by the rules and those who break them. Cheating and hacking swings the balance of the game, griefing plagues many an MMO, and a degree of foul language is almost expected for online games that might be played by anyone over the age of thirteen.

Publishers like Valve have fought back with the Valve Anti-Cheat (VAC) system and Bungie continued by tying their official forum accounts into the popular Halo series with a ban at the forums negating the user's ability to use the matchmaking service. Now Electronic Arts has stepped up enforcement to the next level, with threats of revoking the online ability of a user's entire game library.

A post by EA Community Moderator Aaron "Apoc" Kaufman outlines the significantly higher threat carried by a ban from the official forums:

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.

While some players may rejoice at the idea of delivering a metaphorical dose of chlorine to the online-gaming swimming pool, many others might remember a fairly well-publicized incident from a little over a month ago, where Spore users speaking out against the SecuROM DRM were threatened with a ban. While EA claimed "miscommunication" caused this inappropriate threat, and assurances were made that users "... are not going to lose (their) game for posting a comment" it certainly seems that promise was reneged on.

Currently, losing an EA Master Account will mean that the associated games will be unplayable through official EA servers. In the case of single-player games, the offline mode will still be accessible - however, titles such as Spore will no longer be able to receive content updates.

While it certainly seems easy enough to avoid the trouble by not joining or posting on the EA forums, your in-game actions can get you in trouble as well. Many a forum posting -- not on the official EA forums, natch -- has sprung up where a user has reported their Spore account suddenly suspended, after their latest creation was reported as particularly offensive.

Until EA clarifies the issue, as was previously done with regards to the DRM postings, it might be best for those with a penchant for Rick Astley videos to keep their hands off the keyboard.



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RE: Well...
By Nik00117 on 10/30/2008 7:22:13 PM , Rating: 0
Actually it is see you show that you still are willing to pay their shit, just not pay for it.

I'm sorry if EA ever banned me from playing a game I enjoy and paid for I'd honsetly consider the idea of flying to their HQ and bashing in the first floor windows with large bricks, i'd then write on the side of the building "what comes around goes around"

Seriously I don't give a shit how hurtful someone's comments online are, get the fuck over it. I'm german i've been called Nazis, jew killer, and every other typical anti-german sterotype I don't mind because its online and whats online SHOULD NOT AFFECT your real life including what I buy games.

Does EA really think that banning poeple from playing their games will go make them buy another game? Fuck that, if I get banned from a game I just don't play it anymore, and if I paid for the game i'd be uber pissed.

EA let me give you a lesson in public relations, pick your fights. Fighting foul language by threating to the destory the productivity of a game isn't the way it only pisses poeple off.

O Yea EA the last game I bought from you was BF2, I thought it sucked MAJOR ass so I never paid for another one of your games EVER.


RE: Well...
By mindless1 on 10/31/2008 12:11:30 AM , Rating: 2
Because bashing in the windows with small bricks just wouldn't have the same effect?


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