Battlefield 2142 to include spyware?

By Justin Mann on October 17, 2006, 7:23 PM
I was pretty skeptical at first, since it's easy to discredit a company on unreleased software. The more I look into it though, the more it seems true. Trying to push in-game advertising to greater heights, EA is looking to force invasive spyware onto your system should you decide to install Battlefield 2142. While unconfirmed, and with no official statement from EA as of yet, it has been circulating that EA plans to include some form of monitoring utility that will watch your browsing and computing habits even while you aren't playing the game. Needless to say, many are outraged.

I'd be outraged even if this occurred only while the game was running, let alone 24/7. Every once in a while, a company tries to push the limit as to what a user will take. It wasn't too long ago that Sony hit a huge fiasco when bundled spyware intended to prevent “unauthorized copying” was rendering people's machines useless. Is such an event in EA's future? When you throw down $50 for a game, you expect to get exactly that, and nothing more. Especially not this. I hope to hear some official word from EA to find it if this can be substantiated in full. I hope this is not true, as it would be very disappointing to miss out on a game just because a company wanted to play big brother.

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TimeParadoX said:
I just wont buy the game if they end up putting Spyware into 2142.. which is just plainly stupid if you ask me!
vigilante said:
In game advertising? What, do they need more money? Will the money gained make up for the money lost from customers refusing to buy the game? Or stolen game with hacked code to remove the spyware?However, if they put it in the EULA, there's nothing anybody can do about it. Shame.But still, hopefully this isn't true.
9Nails said:
I'm tired of games and their consumer hostile approach to business. First we're treated like pirates and have to prove that we purchased the game by entering a CD-Key.Second, we have to prove that we're still not pirates by inserting disc 1 every time we want to play the game.Next, you have to install patch after patch if you want to play the game on-line because somewhere someone wrote some crappy code.Now EA wants to charge for cheat codes on the Xbox 360 and wants to put SpyWare on PC games?How much longer before gamers take a stand and stop putting up with this?
Julio said:
The only way I see this working for gamers is in the scenario of a freely distributed game which clearly labels that comes with this kind of spyware in order to generate revenue.
gars said:
lolfirst, i like the "big brother" parallel :)and second, 9Nails is right - its stinksEA - challenge everithingtrue, true...
crossfire851 said:
This sersously sucks badly. The game will be relased to day (less then 1 hour and 40 mins from wrighting) and they put spyware on there software? Maybe they did but got rid of it with update 1.01. Yes it is true they relased a 17mb update prior to the game being relased. I just hope they don't think they can get away with it and gamers aren't to consumed with big titles, and have respect for them selfs and thier computer. Hopefull EA will take this out of the game, or I hope there will be some virus removal software that will be able to take this crap out without damaging the game. We will all see how this plays out very soon....
Mictlantecuhtli said:
What if people block these ad/spyware with PeerGuardian 2, hosts file, or something like that?
Vaulden said:
I've questioned EA's business practices in the past. I refused to buy the expansion for Battlefield 2; I did not buy any of the expansion packs they offered. I refuse to buy or play any of their sub-par football games (I am aware it is just as much the NFL's fault as it is EA's).Now I didn't mind when games like Chaos Theory showed upcoming games/movies on posters and TV screens within the game. It was a quick download when you first logged in and it was done with until a new batch replaced them. However, tracking my habits? Sending this information to advertising companies? That crosses the line. It is an obvious ploy for more money (last I checked EA was not on the verge of going bankrupt?); otherwise the advertising would offset some if not the entire price of the game. If they brought it out for a starting price of $19.99 I might buy it if they disclosed exactly what the gathered and how. But to charge a new game price on top of this?Even if there is a way to block it, by purchasing the game I feel that would be telling them that this behavior is acceptable. So no, even if it is possible to block out the service I will not buy the game.I was pretty sure I wasn't going to buy the game due to EA's past. If this is EA's future... well they won't see another dime from me. Wonder if they will do the same thing with Warhammer Online (until now this was a possible future purchase)?[Edited by Vaulden on 2006-10-18 16:40:57]
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