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DRM... not the most asinine thing about SPORE!

SalvatorisSalvatoris Registered User regular
edited October 2008 in Games and Technology
So... I managed to get my spore account suspended for 7 days. I went to log in at the site and it says my account has been banned. Looking in to the issue, I got this response from EA "customer support".


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Hi,

Thank you for contacting EA In-game support.

After further review of your account, we have determined [Offending comment:Comment : Your mechs all kick ass... Best Mechwarrior 'Mechs I have seen by far. Check out my Mech creatures if you get time. :) ] is in violation of the EA Terms of Service.

“Strong vulgar language, crude or explicit sexual references … are always inappropriate Content for EA Online.” Please review section 2 “ONLINE CONTENT” for complete details.

As a result, your account has been suspended for a period of 7 days. Continued violations of the Terms of Service may result in additional suspensions and/or termination of your account.

Sincerely,

Ajay Das
Player Relations
Electronic Arts, Inc.

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Yep, I told a long-time friend that his vehicle creations "kick ass". Even after making an actual human being take a look at the comment that caused the suspension, the assessment is that "kick ass" constitutes "“Strong vulgar language, crude or explicit sexual references". Funny, the guy I made the comment to approved it. :/

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  • ColonCancerColonCancer Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    Well, SPORE is considered a family game.

    So if you even mention "fuck", they will send the police.

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  • Raijin QuickfootRaijin Quickfoot I'm your Huckleberry YOU'RE NO DAISYRegistered User, ClubPA regular
    edited October 2008
    I find "Kick Ass" to be highly offensive.

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  • UncleSporkyUncleSporky Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    You wouldn't expect that to be considered vulgar these days, but then again there's nothing wrong with saying something is "awesome" or "sweet" rather than "kick ass."

    I mean I remember the days when saying ass on TV before 9:00 was a big deal. Now they say shit in commercial breaks. Yeah yeah, it's just a word, but it just ain't classy.

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  • Raijin QuickfootRaijin Quickfoot I'm your Huckleberry YOU'RE NO DAISYRegistered User, ClubPA regular
    edited October 2008
    UncleSporky is a writer for "Ultimate Class" magazine. He knows his shit.

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  • SkutSkutSkutSkut Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    UncleSporky is a writer for "Ultimate Class" magazine. He knows his stuff

    :rotate:

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  • SirUltimosSirUltimos Don't talk, Rusty. Just paint. Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    UncleSporky is a writer for "Ultimate Class" magazine. He knows his shit.

    One might say UncleSporky "kicks ass".

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  • Raijin QuickfootRaijin Quickfoot I'm your Huckleberry YOU'RE NO DAISYRegistered User, ClubPA regular
    edited October 2008
    SirUltimos wrote: »
    UncleSporky is a writer for "Ultimate Class" magazine. He knows his shit.

    One might say UncleSporky "kicks ass".

    One might...if one were completely devoid of class.


    Shit is classy.

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  • DarkPrimusDarkPrimus Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    Shit is classy as fuck.

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  • Raijin QuickfootRaijin Quickfoot I'm your Huckleberry YOU'RE NO DAISYRegistered User, ClubPA regular
    edited October 2008
    We've destroyed this poor guy's thread. My apologies good sir. To get it back on topic it does seem a tad strict to ban you for 7 days over kick ass. I think priest's say that in their sermon's these days.

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  • MonstyMonsty Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    Is this just, like, a forum-ban or can you actually not play the game because of it? I don't have Spore, so you could call me curious.

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  • Raijin QuickfootRaijin Quickfoot I'm your Huckleberry YOU'RE NO DAISYRegistered User, ClubPA regular
    edited October 2008
    Monsty wrote: »
    Is this just, like, a forum-ban or can you actually not play the game because of it? I don't have Spore, so you could call me curious.

    I hope it's a game ban. If it's a forum ban I retract my previous apology.

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  • Dr SnofeldDr Snofeld Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    So...what exactly does DRM have to do with anything?

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  • Raijin QuickfootRaijin Quickfoot I'm your Huckleberry YOU'RE NO DAISYRegistered User, ClubPA regular
    edited October 2008
    Dr Snofeld wrote: »
    So...what exactly does DRM have to do with anything?

    He is saying it isn't the worst thing about Spore.

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  • Dr SnofeldDr Snofeld Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    Dr Snofeld wrote: »
    So...what exactly does DRM have to do with anything?

    He is saying it isn't the worst thing about Spore.

    Oh, missed the "not" in the title...my reading comprehension dwindles at midnight.

    Anyway I think all this means is that the OP can't upload any creations until the time runs out. He can still play. Or so I've heard.

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  • AthenorAthenor Battle Hardened Optimist The Skies of HiigaraRegistered User regular
    edited October 2008
    Actually, the vulgar word is probably Mechwarrior.

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  • DarkPrimusDarkPrimus Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    Athenor wrote: »
    Actually, the vulgar word is probably Mechwarrior.

    Damn son!

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  • That_GuyThat_Guy I don't wanna be that guy Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    My account was suspended for calling one of my buildings "House of Rape." I guess rape is offensive to some people :(

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  • schmadsschmads Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    What's strange is that they are being proactive about it. Most services (such as WoW and XBL) just take action based upon user reports. So, if you say "kick ass" to your buddy, they won't report you, and no problem. But if you ask some 6 year old girl to visit your "House of Rape," I hope that they would report it. On the other hand, I don't have Spore, so I don't know how much control you have over your stuff populating into other peoples' universes. Can your "House of Rape" show up on someone else's planet without them expecting it? If so, then that's awesome... as fuck.

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  • psyck0psyck0 Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    This is absolutely fucking ridiculous. You make a comment on the boards and they ban you from the GAME that you paid MONEY to OWN and do what the fuck you want with?!?!

    Jesus christ this just makes me hate EA even more. I didn't think that was even possible.

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  • randombattlerandombattle Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    I lost my legs in the WAR and now you reminded me that I will never be able to "kick ass" ever again! I AM HIGHLY OFFENDED BY THIS SIR!

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  • The_ScarabThe_Scarab Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    That_Guy wrote: »
    My account was suspended for calling one of my buildings "House of Rape." I guess rape is offensive to some people :(

    Don't you worry about the House of Rape, let me worry about blank.

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  • ShadowfireShadowfire Vermont, in the middle of nowhereRegistered User regular
    edited October 2008
    Monsty wrote: »
    Is this just, like, a forum-ban or can you actually not play the game because of it? I don't have Spore, so you could call me curious.

    This needs an answer.

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  • SalvatorisSalvatoris Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    Monsty wrote: »
    Is this just, like, a forum-ban or can you actually not play the game because of it? I don't have Spore, so you could call me curious.

    I hope it's a game ban. If it's a forum ban I retract my previous apology.

    I can play the game, but since I can't log in, I can't save. On the subject of profanity, I always assumed the phrase "kick ass" was equine in origin. I would understand the suspension if I had called someone an ass, but even then I wouldn't consider it to be "strong vulgar language". I have to wonder what they consider weak vulgar language.

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  • DehumanizedDehumanized Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    They probably just have a hugeass language filter that goes forth delivering weeklong bans and woe.

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  • BahamutZEROBahamutZERO Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    Salvatoris wrote: »
    Monsty wrote: »
    Is this just, like, a forum-ban or can you actually not play the game because of it? I don't have Spore, so you could call me curious.

    I hope it's a game ban. If it's a forum ban I retract my previous apology.

    I can play the game, but since I can't log in, I can't save. On the subject of profanity, I always assumed the phrase "kick ass" was equine in origin. I would understand the suspension if I had called someone an ass, but even then I wouldn't consider it to be "strong vulgar language". I have to wonder what they consider weak vulgar language.

    "doo-doo head"

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  • MeizMeiz Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    So making an ape with a big spiky donger is ok but I can't say it's "fucking awesome"?

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  • BahamutZEROBahamutZERO Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    that crotch spike could be anything

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  • MeizMeiz Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    Well, I kinda named him King Dong.

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  • Judge-ZJudge-Z Teacher, for Great Justice Upstate NYRegistered User regular
    edited October 2008
    Now I'm worried about my religious tank, The Compensator. It's not supposed to be a wang, honest!

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  • BahamutZEROBahamutZERO Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    I'm sure EA's censors are less prone to seeing penises everywhere than you guys.

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  • ZackSchillingZackSchilling Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    Why don't they just employ the language filter to replace curses with stars. Then if someone STILL finds something offensive, offer a report button. This "watch your mouth... or else" business seems stupid.

    Also, I made a pedobear and that has been fine, but I imagine that's only because I didn't write "the pedophile mascot who tries to rape little girls" in the description.

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  • BahamutZEROBahamutZERO Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    There is, in fact, a report button.

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  • schmadsschmads Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    There is, in fact, a report button.

    So did this guy's friend report him as a funny joke, or what? If there is a report button and they're still being proactive about it, I consider that bullshit. Luckily, Spore holds little fascination for me (not criticizing, just not my kind of game, much like The Sims), so I won't run into this problem myself. On the other hand, if they made Sim Ant 2 and then I was somehow suspended, I would cry bitter tears and rage at EA.

    I still kinda want to buy it in the hopes that I will get to see King Dong...

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  • BahamutZEROBahamutZERO Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    I reported a couple of wang houses yesterday. Neither from PA though. Have some class, people!

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  • Jam WarriorJam Warrior Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    They couldn't see anything ban-worthy in my wang beast could they?

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    Could They???!!!

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  • KiTAKiTA Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    I'm totally reporting this thread for "Strong vulgar language, crude or explicit sexual references".

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  • PeregrineFalconPeregrineFalcon Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    Continued violations of the Terms of Service may result in additional suspensions and/or termination of your account.

    Would "termination of the account" completely remove the ability to play the game? If so, oh lawdz is that some bullshit.

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  • Mr. Henry BemisMr. Henry Bemis God is love Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    that's really gay

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  • JPatrickJPatrick Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    Meiz wrote: »
    Well, I kinda named him King Dong.

    Shoulda named it Rape Ape

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  • MonstyMonsty Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    So you can't save, eh? Fucking insane. I'll stick to Steam as my only source of games that could potentially vanish or, in this case, be crippled.

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