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PoliTech's Journal: EA "Spore" forum mod confirms Spore kill switch? 2

Journal by PoliTech

An Electronic Arts "Spore" forum moderator threatens to disable the entire game for a user's simply having asked about SecuROM in EA's forums. This would seem to confirm that Spore does in fact have a kill switch built in, which is something that the EA apologists have continually dismissed.

"SecuROM as [sic] been discussed and discussed so much and it causes arguments in threads. If you want to talk about DRM SecuROM then please use another fansite forum. If there is any change you will be able to read it on the official Spore site.

Please do not continue to post theses [sic] thread or you [sic] account may be at risk of banning which in some cases would mean you would need to buy a new copy to play Spore."(emphasis mine)

The admission of the existence of some type of "Kill Switch" is very interesting. EA seems to say that you must conform your speech to only what they want you to say ... or else.

Quite a revelation!

I'd love to see them do it actually, as it would place an exclamation point onto the Spore class action suit that we talked about recently. Not only mislabeling, deceitful practices and hidden malware, but threats, intimidation and possibly a total loss of the use of the game if you say something that may irritate EA.

Over at the Spore forum, it seems like anything even remotely speaking ill of the game is now immediately locked, not just discussion of DRM. Look here and here and here and here.

Anything negative about the game is being locked and/or tossed.

Wow ... way to stay classy EA!

Update: It looks like some of those locked threads have now been flushed down the memory hole entirely!

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EA "Spore" forum mod confirms Spore kill switch?

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  • ... as a place for people to bitch about their products?

    As a shareholder, I'd say handing your opponents a stick to beat you with is pretty stupid, and it looks like EA management agrees. You want to bitch, go somewhere else.

    • by PoliTech (998983)

      The SecuROM "kill switch" supposedly kills your EA game account, and furthermore it supposedly would prevent you from running the game at all, (unless you purchased a new copy).

      There was speculation earlier that a SecuROM "kill switch" was present, and such speculation had been previously dismissed.

      Here is the relevant quote: "you [sic] account may be at risk of banning which in some cases would mean you would need to buy a new copy to play Spore."

      According to this Moderator, after the so-called "Kill

Is it possible that software is not like anything else, that it is meant to be discarded: that the whole point is to always see it as a soap bubble?