I’d like to go on record as saying, what with my dozens of boyfriends, countless stalkers, several parents, the IRS, the CIA and the NSA watching my every freaking move, that EA can just simply go fornicate itself. When Joystiq outed the spyware that EA is including with copies of Battlefield 2142 yesterday, I didn’t think much of it. What’s another shapeless entity keeping tabs on me or showing up naked at my book club meeting (government agencies and stalkers, respectively)? I’ve pretty much resigned myself to surveillance of one brand or another. But then it started to eat at me, like a proverbial worm in my proverbial gut. Why the hell should EA know anything about me without my explicit consent? In the packaged agreement that comes with the game, EA says they’re only collecting my IP address and other “anonymous information.” I don’t care! “Anonymous information” is an insultingly vague term, and anyway – get your nose out of my computer you opportunistic a**bags.
Now, EA responded by claiming that their spyware only collects a player’s geographical location to better target advertisements. This is supposed to make me feel better, that ethically bankrupt marketing goons are behind the spyware that gets installed on my PC whether I want it or not? Really? And the caveat, of course, is EA’s recommendation that any player wishing to opt out of the glorified phishing scam may simply play Battlefield 2142 on a PC “that is not used to connect to the internet.”
Because those are everywhere.