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That's it! I'm done with EA!

posted by Zeek on - last edited - Viewed by 379 users

I'll keep this brief.

I was banned from posting in The Sims 3 forums because I criticized their developers over what happened a few days ago when their Demo corrupted saved data from the main base game.

In my appeal, I discovered that the ban was because the developers didn't like my comment. That's right, I was banned for criticizing the developers. I even asked about the other people out there who did the exact same thing I did, only using harsher language. They got banned as well.

So, yeah, I can't post information or help other users out by pointing them to a bug report thread because I'm banned for criticizing their developers.

I seriously doubt TTG--any other developer for that matter--would do that.

EDIT: Oh, now this is just great. I now discovered that my ban isn't limited to The Sims 3. It's the entire EA library. My log-in cannot access my accounts on Spore.com or even the EA Store itself. I can only access their Customer Service area with no restrictions. Everywhere else, I'm been banned from even looking at the site as a member/user!

That's... urgh...

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  • We might be able to pull up the topic if we use Wayback Mach- aw damn it it hates forums, that's right. B(

    Anyway yeah that just sounds like a big ol' case of "stop publicizing our screw-ups, our customers will become aware! BAN!" More than a "GASP we are insulted goodbye" shtick. Ridiculous no matter how you paint it. Unless you were using slurs, death threats, or just "please ban me from ever using your network again, thanks" there's no good reason for them to ban you outside of social networking for a while, and even the former two are more warranted of a warning or temporary ban on first offense from, once again, only the online social networking aspects.

    Gaia sure explains a lot. :T I don't know about the other forum, but maybe they just don't want to deal or look further into the issue.

    Oh well, in can't be helped. Enjoy your EA-free life. (like I am!)

    PS. The word "idiot" can sometimes be considered an ableist slur depending on what social circles you're talking to, but I doubt that's their reason anyway.

  • According to the e-mail I was sent, they took offense to the word "idiot." It was flagged as "inappropriate language" and a hateful message under their TOS.

  • Ok, that's really stupid. What happened to the freedom of speech? Are we not allowed to make suggestions nowadays without getting banned? What the hell, EA? Just admit that you screwed up and fix the damn game!

  • In the world of game publishers, there is definitely no freedom of speech. Least of all on a forum if there are actual rules. Take here, for instance. There are rules and you're not free to post just ANYTHING you want. It's just more lax here than elsewhere. The Gearbox forums for instance, the official caretakers of Duke Nukem himself, are censored from swearing and there are penalties for saying overly provocative and derogatory things. I mean, I don't condone those things, but it comes with the territory with Duke Nukem! And to beat it all, the 3DR forums (the original creators of Duke Nukem) never censored anything. You were free to speak your mind.

    One time on the GBX forums I called somebody a well deserved name and it wasn't even anything truly bad or insulting. Nevertheless, I felt bad and like 60 seconds after I posted it I deleted it. The next day (the NEXT DAY) I get a PM from a mod for an infraction on the post. I mean, I deleted the freaking post before anybody could see it and I still got penalized for it.

    It's that kind of forum nazism that just gets under my skin. And to find out that it's now linked to game DRM on some forums just makes my blood boil and makes me not want to visit official forums anymore.

  • @MusicallyInspired said: It's that kind of forum nazism that just gets under my skin. And to find out that it's now linked to game DRM on some forums just makes my blood boil and makes me not want to visit official forums anymore.

    I honestly don't know if my banning is connected to EA's DRM, but it sure feels like it. I'm just counting down the hours now and will see if my account has been restored using Spore, since that's the game that was harmed the most by this.

    I would post feedback on the issue, but, you know, I'll probably be banned for pointing that out as well.

  • A company that squelches the feedback of fans doesn't deserve support.

  • @mightypiratetm said: Ok, that's really stupid. What happened to the freedom of speech? Are we not allowed to make suggestions nowadays without getting banned? What the hell, EA? Just admit that you screwed up and fix the damn game!

    Freedom of speech means the government can't prosecute you for what you say. It does not mean you can say whatever you want wherever you want and there will never be any consequences ever. Insulting the developers is a surefire way to get yourself banned from pretty much any forum.

  • @Scnew said: Insulting the developers is a surefire way to get yourself banned from pretty much any forum.

    ...Have you looked around this place?

    Seriously, though, criticism is fine within reason, but don't insult the Telltale staff. I haven't used the banhammer in a while and that's a good thing.

  • @GuruGuru214 said: ...Have you looked around this place?

    Seriously, though, criticism is fine within reason, but don't insult the Telltale staff. I haven't used the banhammer in a while and that's a good thing.

    Nobody here actually insults the staff as far as I've seen. They just poop all over Back to the Future.

  • Once again, yes it is rude to drop insults at the developers, but not really worth a permaban more than a probation and warning not to do it again. Especially not a permaban of your games. Of course they have the right to do as they please if you agreed to their terms of services but that still doesn't stop it from being a jerkface move. (especially seeing as someone would be understandably upset that their own negligence caused a screw-up of their product and would drop insults without really thinking)

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