|EA, what happened to you?|
"Through this purchase, you are acquiring and EA grants you a personal, non-exclusive license to install and use the Software for your personal, non-commercial use solely as set forth in this License and the accompanying documentation."
Surprise! That disc you think you own? You don't actually own it! You just own a piece of imprinted plastic. The software on that disc isn't actually yours. EA just lets you use it. Is it legal? Yes. Are they on firm legal standing? Yes. Is it a jerk move? Of course. That's just the way that they do business.
|We all know this is how you feel, get over it|
Apparently, not everyone has come to terms with this yet. Forum comments across the internet seem to show a sentiment of ownership and the like. However, software companies have been doing this for years. Steam does it, EA does it, Blizzard does it, everybody does it. I suppose that's just the nature of the beast.
Even more damning is the fact that the six page EULA makes no mention to forum conduct. If the EULA does not state that your forum conduct affects your in-game experience, I'd like to think that EA would separate the two. I, for one, enjoy a good trollolol every now and again. There's something about people getting mad on the internet that never gets boring. I don't like the potential ramifications.
Just to be sure I wasn't missing anything, I went to BioWare's forums and tried to create an account. The forum sent me to an EA account activation page, which had a different Terms of Service agreement, but essentially said the same thing.
This bugs me, because of the scale of impact. I can understand how hacking in one game can lead to a ban from all of a company's games. Back in 2010, Aeria Games had to ban someone for hacking in Last Chaos. Of course, this also meant that he couldn't play Twelve Sky 2 or any of the other games that Aeria operates.
Now, this little tyke decided to do what any upset hacker would do: DoS all of Aeria's servers. I was playing Shin Megami Tensei: IMAGINE at the time, and felt the repercussions of this poor sport's actions. It's not entirely related to the EA thing, but I'm highlighting it because of how this person got the ban-hammer. He didn't troll the forums, he cheated. That's a perfectly good reason to ban someone.
As far as bans on games due to forum conduct, Aeria's Terms of Service DOES say that forum posts are included in your overall account. (See sections 6 and 7) They are well within their right to ban you from their games because you're being a jerk on their forums. I'm not complaining about this, because they spell it out to you in no uncertain terms when you sign up for your Aeria account.
DRM rant, being locked out of a single player game due to external circumstances is not cool. I don't care if he was a jerk on the forum, just let the d*** troll go back to his cave! Maybe he'll leave you alone for a while! Perhaps asking to be locked out of only the online content is too much to ask these days. With the advent of always-on internet, even the single player parts have to join in. Perhaps we're too connected...
Well, that's enough banter out of me for now. See you again soon!