EA now issuing permanent Origin bans through content filter

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You see, the first mistake you made was using Origin in the first place. I took one look at it and told EA to go fuck itself with the most diseased dick it could unearth.

Fucking EA piece of dumbshit cunts.

I'm not surprised, they are too lazy to even have a proper ban process, they rely on crude algorithms to do their permabanning for them.

The only way to avoid origin is to buy console games, and then hope that everything is hosted through PSN or XBL.

Fwee:
You see, the first mistake you made was using Origin in the first place. I took one look at it and told EA to go fuck itself with the most diseased dick it could unearth.

I honestly couldn't believe that all the negative stuff about EA/Origin was be true. I thought that it had to just be overhyped, like anti-microsoft or anti-mac stuff.

Good god, WHY didn't I listen to the internet for once in my life!?

edit: sorry my post button went into burst mode

And this is why I try not to relate myself to EA in any way.

Hah, I totally feel for you man. This is some interesting news indeed. I'm pretty sure your situation will be solved to your satisfaction, because it doesn't really make sense to ban you for something someone else posted. Thank you for posting here and raising awareness about these sort of things. At least you managed to establish some sort of communication with their support staff, I've been trying to reach anyone at game.co.uk for 2 months now, and they practically stole money from me twice now. I'll still wait for their response before making a thread, but if anyone knows if there's someone I could contact about my rights as a customer (since it's UK based company) I'd be very grateful.

gmergurl:

O.o and this is why Steam rules, honestly though, if you paid for the game, and didn't read the "ToS" you might be out of luck, because it can totally say "ToS apply to forums and if you mess up there, we'll steal your game privledges" because like movies, you don't actually "own the game" as far as I know, you are merely buying the liscense to have a copy... or some technical terms like that. As such, they can draw up the basic guidelines of what you can and cannot do.

How does the TOS make Steam any better? If you read the Steam TOS, they too have the "We can cancel your access at any time, for whatever reason we want to make up" clause, and a "Maybe we'll give you stand-alone copies of your purchased games, maybe we won't. Depends on our mood" clause.

That this hasn't happened on Steam (or if it has, it didn't get publicized like EAs string of screwups) has nothing to do with the TOS. Valve could do exactly the same thing and be entirely in their rights, according to the TOS.

EA seriously needs to reconsider their systems before they lose all their players and subscribers, thats pretty bullshit right there.

Well, someone just posted this on /v/. Are we allowed to link there?

jawakiller:
I'm going to go troll their asses right now... Muhuhahahha!

Steam, it's better. I own an Origin account but no games.
Origin account + no games = SUPER DUPER TROLLIN.

To the forums, brothers!

I wonder.....

I wonder what /v/ would do.... should they ever find out this vulnerability.....

I wonder whom is a bad enough dude to spread the news of said vulnerability...

were going to need some /b/ackup.

MaximumTacos:
Well, someone just posted this on /v/. Are we allowed to link there?

........fucking really?

.......well..... there goes my plans, oh well, man the harpoons boys, time to get to work!

The Lugz:

MaximumTacos:

What do you guys think about this?

what do i think? right now i think it's be hilarious to post every swearword in america along with a list of every account name in origin's system

they'd either loose a large market share or revise their dumb-assery,

just a shame i cant do it to activision too..

brb, trolling origin...

I want to see this happen, in mass, I really really hope someone people try to do this, if just for the sake of testing out their ban bots.

Hitokiri_Gensai:
EA seriously needs to reconsider their systems before they lose all their players and subscribers, thats pretty bullshit right there.

Especially when EA is hoping to bring down Activsion. Yeah, Origin isn't helping with that.

Again, I suspect you need to be in the thread with their target.

Otaku World Order:

Hitokiri_Gensai:
EA seriously needs to reconsider their systems before they lose all their players and subscribers, thats pretty bullshit right there.

Especially when EA is hoping to bring down Activsion. Yeah, Origin isn't helping with that.

I swear Origin was bad news from day one. Nothing about the system sounded like a good idea. I read about it and didnt want a DAMN thing to do with it. End of story. It sounded like bullshit.

Zefar:

Mekado:

MaximumTacos:
Still no access to singleplayer content, or anything else in my Origin account.

Every. Single. Piece. Of. Content. In. Origin. Is. Locked. Out.

Am now almost bored enough to dig up personal cell numbers of CS executives at EA. I will keep you updated.

If EA are jerking you around may i suggest filing a complaint with the BBB (better business bureau)? they're actually quite good at making shifty manufacturers reverse "fu*k the customer" decisions.

http://www.bbb.org/greater-san-francisco/business-reviews/video-games-wholesale-and-manufacturers/electronic-arts-in-san-francisco-ca-64196/file-a-complaint

I love when people tell others to post on the BBB which mind you is a fraud. You can just pay a fee and get a A+ on it. Doesn't matter what history your company has had.
There is also this where restaurant owners have sometimes gotten ONE single complaint and the company was put on the worst rating even though the client had taken back his complaint and gotten on good terms with the company. They had to pay to get back to their A+ rating.

People signed up well known Terrorist groups as a company and gotten an A+ rating just by paying for it.

But the biggest thing about BBB is that most gamers will not give a damn about someone posting one single complaint on the BBB.
Even people looking for a publisher won't read the BBB. Reporting on it will not change a thing.

If the Topic actually got banned for just quoting someone then there is a problem. Might been a mistake as it happens.

But for most of the time it's just those massive trolls that get temp banned and maybe they will stop trolling the forum then. Because they deserve everything bad they get.

I'm well aware the BBB is a private company, but they did help resolve a complaint of mine, i don't give a fuck about ratings, it's their arbitration i'm talking about.

lotr rocks 0:
wow...

couple things wrong here:
1) why are they banning you for something someone else said?
2) why are they giving a permanent ban for what looks like 2 swear words??
3) why are they permanently removing all access to games that you paid for because of said forum ban...

That's fucked up.

Never using origin.

Ditto. Between this, the spyware allegations and a lack of exclusives that interest me...

The Lugz:
what do i think? right now i think it's be hilarious to post every swearword in america along with a list of every account name in origin's system

they'd either loose a large market share or revise their dumb-assery,

just a shame i cant do it to activision too..

brb, trolling origin...

That is an awesome idea. Pity I don't have Origin or any usernames; I'd be willing to help you out...

TheDarkEricDraven:

superpirson:
Conspiracy time!
A permaban is really a business opportunity for EA. if you really care about playing the game, then you will buy all your games again under a different account.

"Yes! We will lock them out of our game, so they buy it again, instead of resorting to piracy! Genuis!"

I know you are joking, but that stupidity is just SO EA.

I'm not entirely sure he's joking, TBH. Like you, I wouldn't be surprised if EA actually did do that. The problem is the step about loyalty vs. frustration...not that they'd think of that.

I was trying to type something witty, but I can't even figure a joke out of this.

I feel scorn and disgust at EA, their services, their advertisements, their business practices and a deep sense of concern that efforts of Bioware and DICE (others as well) are under their purview.

Maxtaco, you have my sympathy and wishes for a quick, placating resolution, for what idle words are worth.

I just had a great idea for a phonecall to EA support. Can you guys help me compile a list of every single profanity you can hear in the multiplayer portion of BF2?

I'm really not looking forward to being forced to use Origin to play Mass Effect 3 or Star Wars: The Old Republic.

Y'know, I get it that they're doing the same thing that Valve does with Steam and games like Half-Life 2. I completely understand that arguement. But at least, from my experiences and the experiences of pretty much everyone I've ever spoken to on the subject, Steam doesn't actively screw over its users like Origin does. Between the forum perma-bans locking people out of games that they've purchased and a program defined by many, including the German government, as spyware... I dunno... it just seems like a hell of a lot more of a headache than Steam ever was.

Tuesday Night Fever:
I'm really not looking forward to being forced to use Origin to play Mass Effect 3 or Star Wars: The Old Republic.

Y'know, I get it that they're doing the same thing that Valve does with Steam and games like Half-Life 2. I completely understand that arguement. But at least, from my experiences and the experiences of pretty much everyone I've ever spoken to on the subject, Steam doesn't actively screw over its users like Origin does. Between the forum perma-bans locking people out of games that they've purchased and a program defined by many, including the German government, as spyware... I dunno... it just seems like a hell of a lot more of a headache than Steam ever was.

Zee GERMANS think origin is spyware?

Ok, I don't have anything funny to top that with at all.

MaximumTacos:
Zee GERMANS think origin is spyware?

Ok, I don't have anything funny to top that with at all.

Yeah, I read it a while back in news posts both here on the Escapist and on Kotaku. I guess the wording of the EULA for Origin was so incredibly vague as to what the program was allowed to monitor on your PC that the German government found it to be an invasion of its citizens' privacy.

I also remember reading about German stores offering customers full refunds on copies of Battlefield 3 (including PC versions that had already had their CD keys used) in light of the whole privacy concern issue.

this is about as surprising as the sun coming up in the morning

Awexsome:
otherwise I'm inclined to believe that your story is pretty much lying and trying to turn popular opinion against EA and Origin (not a hard feat either) since you're upset you broke the rules and got punished.

riddle me this: how do you turn an opinion against a company that is already considered to be shit.

Craorach:

jthwilliams:

So it is your opinion that private companies should inact codes of conduct based on well whatever the hell the feel like and then inforce those codes of conduct with real financial consiquences without a judicial review process and oversight?

It is my opinion that people should actually bother to agree with things they click "I Agree" too, and that in a private company's private property (forums, online services, etc) they should be able to demand semi decent conduct.

fair enough. But it feels like there should be some 3rd party abritrator involved. I mean I don't mind if they ban someone for antisocial behavior, but I worry about them being able to define antisocial behavior and for there to be no oversight or appeals process from a nutreal 3rd party. After all they already have your money, and if they decide to ban you from their system, they could potentially be taking hundreds or thousands of dolars of content from you without any need to proove you actually violated anything. It is just to self serving for them to take your money and ban you.

Well, great. Before I could at least log in and click on the title of my game to get a "not allowed" message(F you, battlelog):

image

This happened not long after I emailed Andrew Wong of EA customer service.

Coincidence?

I wonder what kind of fallout will come of this...Hey, Anon! Got a target here! Well. The few segments of Anon that kinda rock.

MaximumTacos:
Well, great. Before I could at least log in and click on the title of my game to get a "not allowed" message(F you, battlelog):

-image snip-

This happened not long after I emailed Andrew Wong of EA customer service.

Coincidence?

First of all, that picture had me thoroughly confused. I don't even have an origins account, so I was trying to figure out why there was a prompt for it on my screen.

Second of all...I really don't know. Maybe it's just another part of their banning process? It wouldn't surprise me how low EA would stoop at this point, though. It's astounding how hard they try to run off the people who are voluntarily giving them money.

I just social engineered my way through EA's phone tree to Andrew Wong's office, the one who is quoted in one of the news articles as saying that they don't intend to be banning people from games over forum posts and that it will be fixed.

He was surprised to receive a call from Cave Johnson, CEO of Portal Industries, asking for confirmation of singleplayer bans over forum TOS violations, but informed Mr. Johnson that he is in an entirely different department and has no control over anything involved.

I want to call bullshit but according to John Dies at the End, Wong is the most common name in the world, so I may have reached the wrong Wong.

targren:

gmergurl:

O.o and this is why Steam rules, honestly though, if you paid for the game, and didn't read the "ToS" you might be out of luck, because it can totally say "ToS apply to forums and if you mess up there, we'll steal your game privledges" because like movies, you don't actually "own the game" as far as I know, you are merely buying the liscense to have a copy... or some technical terms like that. As such, they can draw up the basic guidelines of what you can and cannot do.

How does the TOS make Steam any better? If you read the Steam TOS, they too have the "We can cancel your access at any time, for whatever reason we want to make up" clause, and a "Maybe we'll give you stand-alone copies of your purchased games, maybe we won't. Depends on our mood" clause.

That this hasn't happened on Steam (or if it has, it didn't get publicized like EAs string of screwups) has nothing to do with the TOS. Valve could do exactly the same thing and be entirely in their rights, according to the TOS.

Steam/Valve is better because they don't do stuff like this. I'm sure they have to have clauses like those to save their own hides from being sued for piracy (hey, we all know game makers are greedy sobs...)

I'm not saying they won't do these things in the future (though most likely not) I merely mentioned the ToS because the OP might not have any real case. If he agreed to ToS that basically allowed EA to do what ever they want with his games, then he's out of luck, nothing any lawyers or 3rd parties can do. All he can hope for is to complain loudly (if he truly isn't at fault in some way shape or form) and hope enough voices/eyes see/hear what EA's doing to actually put a dent in their profit margin, because that's all they are going to listen to.

However, I highly doubt that this will do that. People will still buy from EA simply because they want the game, nevermind what they are supporting with their wallets. Seriously, do you think EA cares if they lose 1 customer? That's what? $60 a year to them? It'll take about 100 thousand or more for people to stop buying, be able to tell EA why they aren't buying for any real changes to be made. That or a government intervention, and as a supporter of government free commerce, no to that. Honestly, you think you'd all be bored of the same shooters repackaged for you in a new box every two years (/troll bait).

Off topic: Stop with the troll hate guys, it's the internet, stop taking everything so darn personal.

If you guys want to help with spreading this, I put link to this thread on Reddit:

http://www.reddit.com/r/battlefield3/comments/my2c5/suspension_from_battlelog_forums_origin_ban/

gmergurl:

I'm not saying they won't do these things in the future (though most likely not) I merely mentioned the ToS because the OP might not have any real case.

The problem is, the TOS are very similar, and you brought them up. Valve reserves the right to do the same, so saying "this is why steam rules; read the TOS" is pretty ridiculous.

Zachary Amaranth:

gmergurl:

I'm not saying they won't do these things in the future (though most likely not) I merely mentioned the ToS because the OP might not have any real case.

The problem is, the TOS are very similar, and you brought them up. Valve reserves the right to do the same, so saying "this is why steam rules; read the TOS" is pretty ridiculous.

But Steam -doesn't- unless you really go out of your way. Thats the thing. They have a very good standing in the gaming community because they are for the most part fair and generous. EA not so much. Even if you cheat, VAC kicks you out of VAC protected things, not steals your products from you.
TROLLOPE elynju. Huh. Well then, captcha.

Zachary Amaranth:
[quote="gmergurl" post="9.328868.13396335"]

The problem is, the TOS are very similar, and you brought them up. Valve reserves the right to do the same, so saying "this is why steam rules; read the TOS" is pretty ridiculous.

Okay, should I edit my first post to make it clearer? I did not say "Steam rules, read the ToS." I didn't even say "steam rules; read the ToS" I said "Steam rules, but that sucks that happened to you. However you should read the ToS to make sure you have a case."

Valve might reserve the right to do the same, but they don't. It's the technical equivalent to "walk silently but carry a big stick." They have the right/means to smack you, but they don't unless you need to, and based on the amount of Steam complaints I've seen (which is none btw, I mean they might be out there, haven't seen them myself).

Like I said, Steam and Origin (well maybe not Origin if it only deals in EA games which since I've never been interested in Origin no idea) but Steam probably needs that clause so they don't get sued over "aiding piracy" or something like that should one of their users abuse them and someone steal games/copies/etc. Are they ever going to ban you over forum issues even though they have the "right?" Highly depends on the severity of the situation but my money will be on "no" for most of the time in small cases. Has Steam ever had dodgey practices? Not that I'm aware of. Has Steam ever had a huge player outrage over policies? Again, not that I'm aware of. Now I'll admit that I'm a pc gamer newbie, only been on the scene for about a year or so now so I can easily not be aware of something. As a general practice I only buy from companies that I trust, since I no longer trust EA, I no longer purchase their products or services.

However, I stand by the fact that my "Steam rules" comment and my "read the ToS" comment were meant to be taken separately and one did not cause the other in any sort of way.

gmergurl:

Zachary Amaranth:
[quote="gmergurl" post="9.328868.13396335"]

The problem is, the TOS are very similar, and you brought them up. Valve reserves the right to do the same, so saying "this is why steam rules; read the TOS" is pretty ridiculous.

Okay, should I edit my first post to make it clearer? I did not say "Steam rules, read the ToS." I didn't even say "steam rules; read the ToS" I said "Steam rules, but that sucks that happened to you. However you should read the ToS to make sure you have a case."

Valve might reserve the right to do the same, but they don't. It's the technical equivalent to "walk silently but carry a big stick." They have the right/means to smack you, but they don't unless you need to based on the amount of Steam complaints I've seen (which is none btw, I mean they might be out there, haven't seen them myself).

Like I said, Steam and Origin (well maybe not Origin if it only deals in EA games which since I've never been interested in Origin no idea) but Steam probably needs that clause so they don't get sued over "aiding piracy" or something like that should one of their users abuse them and someone steal games/copies/etc. Are they ever going to ban you over forum issues even though they have the "right?" Highly depends on the severity of the situation but my money will be on "no" for most of the time in small cases. Has Steam ever had dodgey practices? Not that I'm aware of. Has Steam ever had a huge player outrage over policies? Again, not that I'm aware of. Now I'll admit that I'm a pc gamer newbie, only been on the scene for about a year or so now so I can easily not be aware of something. As a general practice I only buy from companies that I trust, since I no longer trust EA, I no longer purchase their products or services.

However, I stand by the fact that my "Steam rules" comment and my "read the ToS" comment were meant to be taken separately and one did not cause the other in any sort of way.

Actually the TOS may not matter. You can't waive your right to fraud protection. Also electronic signing of Terms and Conditions is open to debate.

gmergurl:
Seriously, do you think EA cares if they lose 1 customer? That's what? $60 a year to them? It'll take about 100 thousand or more for people to stop buying, be able to tell EA why they aren't buying for any real changes to be made.

You do have a point there...

...BUT...

...the thing is that it's rapidly getting to be an old way of thinking. With mass communication as easy as it is today, that one person can fairly easily reach 100 thousand or more other people. Hell, this topic alone as of the time I'm writing this has 7343 views, and I don't think the person who started it had the specific intention of spreading the word far and wide. Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong about that, MaximumTacos, but I imagine that if you had the intention to you could get this seen by a whole lot more people without too much difficulty.

If even a fraction of the people who see the story decide to stop supporting EA, that's still a reasonable hit to EA's business from just one person's experience. And that experience could potentially be spread even further by the people who read it. And that's just one person's experience, multiply it by the number of people EA is screwing over, and it adds up pretty quickly.

Now - whether or not people actually ACT on their claims to boycott EA Origin is a different story. Just saying that the potential actually does exist, and isn't that outlandish for this kind of bad publicity to not only get EA's attention, but also damage their profits.

Now at 7.5k views and climbing.. I still have roughly $50 in google adwords credit.

Should I start buying links to this thread for searches on BF3?

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