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Originally posted by mrmonsoon
We all know EA is a large uncaring corporation only out for profits, as seen by selling games in 5-10 parts for $20 US eachnot bad until you realize that you just paid $100-$200 for a complete game
Originally posted by Vekar how much you enjoy it (Time spent playing).
Originally posted by Vekar
Well thats not the key problem: if you recall before BattleField 2 came out people said they had installed special programs to monitor how well you "kill" other people and how much you spend doing so. This information was made available to the army and recruiters so they could pick and choose who would be the best picked based on how well you kill others and how much you enjoy it (Time spent playing). Thats one reason why I have the game but NEVER use it when the internet is on. This spyware sounds like another addon to the whole package, first spy on you for military reasons now for economic reasons. Its still spying if you ask me.
Before you play BF:2142 I suggest you stand up and sing the Nazi national anthem and "heil hitler" salute the screen then play. Might impress them if they start putting cameras in these computers (forced) and start watching who you are.
Originally posted by 11Bravo
Is it just me or is GAMESPY putting it right in your face with thier name?
ALL the games I have use GAMESPY online.
Between that and all the cheaters in online games I avoid playing online as much as I can.
GAMESPY....do you guys use it? Do you know anything about it?
Like I said the name alone gives me willies.
Most of the controversy started with the following insert, included with boxed copies of the game:
The Software may incorporate technology developed by IGA Worldwide Inc. ("IGA") (the "Advertising Technology"). The purpose of the Advertising Technology is to deliver in-game advertisements to you when you use the Software while connected to the Internet. When you use the Software while connected to the Internet, the Advertising Technology may record your Internet Protocol Address and other anonymous information ("Advertising Data"). The Advertising Data is temporarily used by IGA to enable the presentation and measurement of in-game advertisements and other in-game objects which are uploaded temporarily to your personal computer or game console and changed during online game play. The Advertising Technology does not collect any personally identifiable information about you, and EA will not provide IGA with any of your personally identifiable information. The servers used by the Advertising Technology may, from time to time, be located outside your country of residence. If you are located within the European Union, the servers may be located outside the European Union. By installing and using the Software, you agree to: (i) the transfer of the Advertising Data to servers located outside your country of residence and, if applicable, outside the European Union; (ii) the collection and use of the Advertising Data as described in this Section; and (iii) the delivery of advertising and marketing content by the Advertising Technology. IF YOU DO NOT WANT IGA TO COLLECT, USE, STORE OR TRANSMIT THE DATA DESCRIBED IN THIS SECTION, DO NOT INSTALL OR PLAY THE SOFTWARE ON ANY PLATFORM THAT IS USED TO CONNECT TO THE INTERNET.
The legalese has led many gamers to wonder what exactly this technology will be tracking on their PCs. An EA spokesperson gave us the following comment:
The advertising program in Battlefield 2142 does not access any files which are not directly related to the game. It does not capture personal data such as cookies, account login detail, or surfing history. BF 2142 delivers ads by region. The advertising system uses a player's IP address to determine the region of the player, assisting to serve the appropriate ads by region and language. For instance, a player in Paris might be presented with ads in French. The information collected will not be repurposed for other uses. Battlefield 2142 also tracks "impression data" related to in-game advertisements: location of a billboard in the game, brand advertised, duration of advertisement impression, etc. This information is used to help advertisers qualify the reach of a given advertisement.
Q&A: IGA's Townsend On BF2142 In-Game Ads
Talking to Gamasutra, IGA Worldwide CEO Justin Townsend has explained his company's work with EA on Battlefield 2142's in-game ads, following earlier controversy over a disclaimer shipped with the European version of the game.
The disclaimer had some users concerned over what they termed 'spyware' related to the dynamic in-game advertising supplied by IGA. But Townsend made it clear that IGA "does not capture any personally identifiable information" for those playing BF2142, going on to explain exactly what details the game's users are supplying when they play.
whole story here:
Battlefield 2142 In-Game Ad Disclaimer Causes Ruckus
A number of consumer game websites have expressed privacy-related concerns over the disclaimer for new Electronic Arts title Battlefield 2142 regarding its in-game ad system, which is powered by IGA Worldwide and includes certain anonymous tracking information.
whole story here:
Originally posted by quintar
Take a look at this IP blocker, Peer Guardian. I've been using it for about a year now.
It's an excellent tool to protect you while you're surfing/downloading.
You can see all the different 'spooks' your PC tries to connect to on a daily basis.
and it's free: