Origin update: EA lifts the banhammer on single-player lockouts

Electronic Arts has announced (via Cinema Blend) that a new update to the Origin terms of service will allow cheaters, griefers, potty-mouths and miscellaneous ne'er-do-wells of the online-gaming world to access their games once more. In one of the service's more controversial policies, users could once be locked out of all Origin content – not just for dubious in-game conduct but for such infractions as trash-talking on the EA forums.

The new ToS relaxes this stricture, allowing players with disabled accounts to access their games in offline mode – so, no foul-mouthed teabagging sprees while you wait for EA to realize what an upstanding virtual citizen you are, if it would just take the time to get to know you. EA says the new policy's been in effect for a month – since before the Internet left a flaming bag of dog turds on the company's doorstep for these exact sort of reasons – but it's just announced the change this week. So, if you're the sort of person given to ragin' fits of online misconduct, maybe you and EA can agree this whole past month has all been an unfortunate misunderstanding. No? Thought not.


  • purple_omlet - April 18, 2012 12:44 a.m.

    Why can't we just play the games as we want to? Why does a company have the right to tell me I'm doing something wrong if I want to cheat or talk trash? That is my decision and as long as I have paid for the game, there is no reason I shouldn't be able to do that.
  • inkyspot - April 17, 2012 5:50 a.m.

    One of the reasons I had stopped online gaming was because of all the idiots on there. Internet gangsters, tough guys protected by the world wide web. So many timmes I wanted to get my hands around the neck of a racist foul mouth bastards, but alas, only in my dreams, so I stopped playing online competivive games. Maybe it's different now.
  • The_Boz - April 17, 2012 9:19 a.m.

    Nope, every little kid is a foul mouthing, racist angry muscle head that threaten to kick every single person's life into oblivion. You get it on blogs like on here if you dare have a different opinion to anybody else. I just don't entertain it and waste my time listening to them. Online gamins can be the best thing ever or worst thing since Eastenders first aired. Example, Forza 4 can be a right laugh, but sometimes you can wait for an online race, just before it starts you do get some idiots that come and go out of lobbies preventing races to start, or the price of games in the auction by buying all the cars and selling them at 5 times as much as they are actually ingame (ingame credit not real money). Or in team games you get idiots that do not play ball and intentially spoils it for everybody else. Or best yet, they log off when they are losing.
  • The_Boz - April 17, 2012 9:20 a.m.

    Sorry, meant to type the price of cars in the auctions not the price of games.
  • c-c-c-combo breaker - April 17, 2012 3:29 a.m.

  • RolfJr - April 16, 2012 9:38 p.m.

    This doesn't really change anything. Users with disabled accounts will still be prevented from logging in to Origin and downloading their games in the first place. The only games you can play in "offline mode" are those that were already installed on your computer when your account was banned. Once you uninstall the games or lose them for any reason, they're gone forever. No offline mode, no nothing.
  • Travia220 - April 16, 2012 6:55 p.m.

    Why is this news? Why is everything Origin does news? Oh they get new games! THAT'S NEWS! Where is the news update that Steam changed to this exact policy months ago? Where are the news updates Steam and other Digital Distributors get new games..? Oh wait.. are they not paying Ad Revenue to yall?

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