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Sunday, Jan 20, 2013

  

EA: Possible All-Games Bans for Unreported SimCity Beta Bugs

A post on SideQuesting takes issue with the Terms of Service for beta testers of SimCity, the upcoming continuation of Maxis' urban planning series (thanks Joao). It seems EA is taking a zero-tolerance policy towards those who knowingly abuse bugs to the extent that users who fail to report bugs are threatened with loss of access to "all EA products," not just this beta. It seems apparent this will only apply to those who actually exploit unreported bugs, as this would be their only way of knowing who is aware of them. Here is the clause in question:

“It is understood and agreed that, as part of your participation in the Beta Program, it is your responsibility to report all known bugs, abuse of ‘bugs’, ‘undocumented features’ or other defects and problems related to the Game and Beta Software to EA as soon as they are found (“Bugs”). If you know about a Bug or have heard about a Bug and fail to report the Bug to EA, we reserve the right to treat you no differently from someone who abuses the Bug. You acknowledge that EA reserve the right to lock anyone caught abusing a Bug out of all EA products.”

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  • Acer Aspire S7 Touch Screen Ultrabook on The SSD Review.
  • Enermax Triathlor 550 Watt Netzteil im Test on Technic3D. In German.
  • NZXT Phantom 630 Case on AnandTech.
  • Razer Blackwidow Ultimate mechanical keyboard on RBMODS.

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Out of the Blue

The BlueTower is filled with the smell of meatloaf, as MrsBlue is cooking some food for football watching. I know not everyone is a fan, but I don't know what could be bad about a loaf made of meat, and MrsBlue's is excellent.

MeatLinks: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Fae.
Science: Alfred Russel Wallace, the forgotten man of evolution, gets his moment.
Amazon rainforest showing signs of degradation due to climate change – Nasa.
Zoologger: The first solar-powered vertebrate.
Media: Saturday Night Live- More Hobbit. Thanks nin.
Babies Trying to Stay Awake Compilation.
Lucky Lotto Dog.
The Funnies: Brevity.
Dilbert.
FoxTrot.



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