How Corporations (in this case Electronic Arts) Literally Require Your to Give Up Your Rights, In Order to Play Games

Here’s the text…(Note, this is from the updated version of the Origin software…each time it updates (and it’s still currently Beta), you have to have agree again…no refund button that I can see if you would prefer to demure).

And this is my point.  At no point in the purchasing of this product (Battlefield 3), was I informed I had to download another product (Origin, an EA marketing platform, required by Battlefield 3 to run properly). which would require me to give up my rights in order to use them.

17. Dispute Resolution By Binding Arbitration.
A. Most user concerns can be resolved quickly and to your satisfaction by logging into our customer support interface with your Account at In the unlikely event that EA cannot resolve a concern to your satisfaction (or if EA cannot resolve a concern it has with you after attempting to do so informally), then you and EA agree to be bound by the following procedure to resolve any and all disputes between us. This provision applies to all consumers to the fullest extent allowable by law, but expressly excludes residents of Quebec, Russia, Switzerland and the Member States of the European Union. By entering into this Agreement, you and EA expressly waive the right to a trial by jury or to participate in a class action. This agreement is intended to be interpreted broadly. It covers any and all disputes between us (“Disputes”), including without limitation:
(a) claims arising out of or relating to any aspect of the relationship between us, whether based in contract, tort, statute, fraud, misrepresentation or any other legal theory;
(b) claims that arose before this Agreement or any prior agreement (including, but not limited to, claims relating to advertising);
(c) claims that are currently the subject of purported class action litigation in which you are not a member of a certified class; and
(d) claims that may arise after the termination of this Agreement.

Note that last one…anything and everything this company (or any company that buys this company) every does to you, you’ve just given up your right to do anything about it.

These clauses are now common (AND BINDING IN THE UNITED STATES)  thanks to the Supreme Court decision covered back here.

I would hope, somehow, that entertainment product requiring the giving up of rights like this would be banned…but then again…they could just require you give up that right too.

The question is if this is going to hurt them in the marketplace.   Will it matter?  Or will it not matter until it’s too late, and someone does go  nefarious with this stuff (i.e a foreign government/corporation builds an intentional trojan) and we get the plot to a cool movie.

Battlefield 3 : Unboxing, Downloading, and Hardcore Mode

RPN is officially up to spec when it comes to games.  It has been something of a struggle to keep up in the ever crushening economy, but as per, it’s worth it.  Proof of point is in the following two videos.  This is significant as to the level of “virtual reality” 12.4 GHZ of processing power tied together with 8GB of superfast memory (2 of it dedicated solely to drawing and physics) can create in real time (for under $1G, mind you, 27″  monitor included ).   Computers of similar abilities will cost about half this much in 18 months, and be called consoles once again.

But enough preamble, RPN Gaming is live once again.  Here’s the proof.

Normally I like to try and finish a game before doing a full review. In this case, if you think about war as hardcore mode.  Here’s my full Battlefield 3 experience.

NOTE: The above video is also a nod to the curious, and some may say “flippant” nature of the curious crossover of the content of this site…that is…international politics and video games.   While the events portrayed and the re-imagined in the gaming world are never to be confused as the real thing, they can often offer a visceral insight into the nature of certain real life events.

Hardcore mode…IRL there’s no turning it off.

SIDENOTE: For some damn reason EA makes you install Origin (their “Steam-alike”) in order to install and play Battlefield 3.  This is, IMHO, utter crap.  It crashed updating, and wouldn’t let me install from the DVD’s forcing a 5-hour download of  a game I bought at the store.  Not to mention that, as present, Origin is in freaking BETA.   For those not familiar with software code words, that means “it crashes a lot and for no apparent reason, use with caution.”  As that software is the foundation of the B3 experience…right now it sucks.