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Battlefield 2142 Players Heads Up (BF2142 + Spyware)
EECK even more reason to dislike EA.  :ick:

http://forums.anandtech.com/messageview.aspx?catid=33&threadid=1944736&enterthread=y
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When you open the box, a big slip of paper falls out first, preceeding any discs or manuals. The slip of paper says, essentially, that 2142 includes monitoring software which runs while your computer is online, and records "anonymous" information like your IP address, surfing habits (probably via cookie scans), and other "computing habits" in order to report this information back to ad companies and ad servers, which generates in-game ads.
« Last Edit: October 17, 2006, 01:33:39 pm by Kalfireth »
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Offline Kosh

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Gaming forum!!!!!!!!!!!!
"The reason for this is that the original Fortran got so convoluted and extensive (10's of millions of lines of code) that no-one can actually figure out how it works, there's a massive project going on to decode the original Fortran and write a more modern system, but until then, the UK communication network is actually relying heavily on 35 year old Fortran that nobody understands." - Flipside

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Offline Prophet

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Re: BFG2142 players Heads Up
Shut up about the gaming forum. Everyone deserve to know about corporate spyware piece of ****!
And I seriously doubt that the discussion will go in to games, but more in to corporate flaming.
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Re: BFG2142 players Heads Up
Sorry, I don't check the games forum much.. move it if you wish.

I can see it now.... flying around in freespace and on the terran cap ships theres banner ads pasted all over them like a nascar race car  :lol:
That's cool and ....disturbing at the same time o_o  - Vasudan Admiral

"Don't play games with me. You just killed someone I like, that is not a safe place to stand. I'm the Doctor. And you're in the biggest library in the universe. Look me up."

"Quick everyone out of the universe now!"

 

Offline Turey

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Re: BFG2142 players Heads Up
Sorry, I don't check the games forum much.. move it if you wish.

I can see it now.... flying around in freespace and on the terran cap ships theres banner ads pasted all over them like a nascar race car  :lol:

it's already started!

DEUS EX MACHINA HAS AN AD IN IT! (BOSCH BEER)
Creator of the FreeSpace Open Installer.
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why would an SCP error be considered as news? :wtf: *smacks Cobra*It's a feature.

 
Re: BFG2142 players Heads Up
Didn't Unreal tournament also have ads in to? But they at least fit in and were fake.
That's cool and ....disturbing at the same time o_o  - Vasudan Admiral

"Don't play games with me. You just killed someone I like, that is not a safe place to stand. I'm the Doctor. And you're in the biggest library in the universe. Look me up."

"Quick everyone out of the universe now!"

 

Offline aldo_14

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Re: BFG2142 players Heads Up
Anarchy Online IIRC had ads.  In a dingy, post apocalyptic future, the only clear shiny thing was.... televisions showing alienware ads.  And I think similarly-sci fi shooter Planetside had Fanta billboards amongst others.

 

Offline BlackDove

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Re: BFG2142 players Heads Up
Yeah but they disappear in AO when you start paying per month.

 
Re: BFG2142 players Heads Up
Yuck  :ick:


Now imagine it spying on your computer and posting ads designed for you.
That's cool and ....disturbing at the same time o_o  - Vasudan Admiral

"Don't play games with me. You just killed someone I like, that is not a safe place to stand. I'm the Doctor. And you're in the biggest library in the universe. Look me up."

"Quick everyone out of the universe now!"

 

Offline Prophet

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Re: BFG2142 players Heads Up
I don't mind ads, if they fit in and/or are fake. Like in Tachyon, in the arena. :D
But in this case its just damn waste of system resources. Not to mention the frigging bug snooping trought your computer. And, isn't this game supposed to be about futuristic warfare? Doesn't sound very appealing to have a APC with Gatorade ads in the sideskirts. :wtf:

Not that I ever plan to buy this game, or even try it. Not my thing really. But I care about it if it starts spreading.
I'm not saying anything. I did not say anything then and I'm not saying anything now. -Dukath
I am not breaking radio silence just cos' you lot got spooked by a dead flying ****ing cow. -Sergeant Harry Wells/Dog Soldiers


Prophet is walking in the deep dark places of the earth...

 

Offline aldo_14

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Re: BFG2142 players Heads Up
Yuck  :ick:


Now imagine it spying on your computer and posting ads designed for you.

They had that in SWAT4; the 2nd patch or so added ads (yes, that dingy criminal garage has an actual advert for a niche sci-fi show on tomorrow, perfectly pristine against a grimy tattered wall!), but it also recorded how long the crosshair - i.e. view - lingered on the advert space and sent it back.  Absolutely reprehensible, IMO; if they're going to put in ads then make the ****ing thing free (which would make AO not as bad, albeit still ludicrously atmosphere breaking).

I don't mind ads, if they fit in and/or are fake. Like in Tachyon, in the arena. :D
But in this case its just damn waste of system resources. Not to mention the frigging bug snooping trought your computer. And, isn't this game supposed to be about futuristic warfare? Doesn't sound very appealing to have a APC with Gatorade ads in the sideskirts. :wtf:

You say that, but just wait for the pan-American Pepsi - Coca Cola war.

 
Re: BFG2142 players Heads Up
Also what happens when you do a spyware check on your computer and delete these, does BFG stop working?
That's cool and ....disturbing at the same time o_o  - Vasudan Admiral

"Don't play games with me. You just killed someone I like, that is not a safe place to stand. I'm the Doctor. And you're in the biggest library in the universe. Look me up."

"Quick everyone out of the universe now!"

 
Re: BFG2142 players Heads Up
Doesn't sound very appealing to have a APC with Gatorade ads in the sideskirts. :wtf:

 :lol: you know I'd kinda like to see that
That's cool and ....disturbing at the same time o_o  - Vasudan Admiral

"Don't play games with me. You just killed someone I like, that is not a safe place to stand. I'm the Doctor. And you're in the biggest library in the universe. Look me up."

"Quick everyone out of the universe now!"

 

Offline Turey

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Also what happens when you do a spyware check on your computer and delete these, does BFG stop working?

no, BFG just re-installs it from the internet, along with as much gay porn as the game can fit onto your machine.
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why would an SCP error be considered as news? :wtf: *smacks Cobra*It's a feature.

 

Offline IPAndrews

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Well this is a sad development isn't it :(. Remember guys. It doesn't matter that you enjoy the game. You're just there to make them money  :yes:.
Be warned: This site's admins stole 100s of hours of my work. They will do it to you.

 

Offline aldo_14

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Re: BFG2142 players Heads Up
Also what happens when you do a spyware check on your computer and delete these, does BFG stop working?

no, BFG just re-installs it from the internet, along with as much gay porn as the game can fit onto your machine.

Ah, like the Spartans.

 

Offline Sarafan

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Copied from the thread I made at gaming, didnt knew someone had already posted her. Anyway

Simply saying the game comes with spyware, and the only warning of this is inside the box, as if that is not enough, if you dont the spyware in your machine the only option they give you is that you dont install the game. Great move, EA, great move.  I shudder at the prospect of C&C3 having this.

The damming proof:

http://www.mektek.net/forums/index.php?act=Attach&type=post&id=44413

 

Offline Flipside

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What annoys me is that EA will get paid for those ads in much the same way as the Google ads. So not only are the people giving them money for the game, they are also paying for the right to earn EA yet more money. Personally, I'd be tempted to sue them for loss of income ;)

 

Offline Fineus

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Re: BFG2142 players Heads Up
I've moved this over to the games and gaming forum, but thanks for pointing this out Scooby :)

 

Offline Sarafan

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With ads in the game would you people just imagine the possibilities?

The shivan fighter swarming the GTVA fleet positions in Capella, wave after wave of shivan craft throwing themselves at the battered defenders, where hundreds fall to the flak and anti-figther beams, 200 take their place, seeming unstopable, when suddenly the situation becomes more dire when the first Sathanas jumps in, the crews of the GTVA ships know their deaths are upon them and fight valiantly till the end. As the Sathanas power its beam to crush an allied cruiser, its crew marvels at the beast looming over them, its scythe ready, when they see the truth that had escaped them for so long writen in their nemesis face:


MENTOS, THE FRESH MAKER! :yes:

JOIN NOW! ALL THE COOL KIDS ARE DOING!






The sheer horror!
« Last Edit: October 17, 2006, 02:49:23 pm by Sarafan »