How far is too far in the Spore Creature Creator? PC Gamer's Kristen Salvatore found out the hard way this morning when she got a time-out in her email from EA.
Above: Didn’t pass the bra exam
Less than a day after responding to Tim Edward’s “member (opens in new tab)” contribution to the Spore Creature Creator community with “Boobalicious (opens in new tab)”—a somewhat more gynocentric take on the same theme—she received the following cordial but unambiguous email:
Your Electronic Arts account has been flagged for violating the Electronic Arts Inc Terms of Service. We believe that the violation or behavior is serious enough to bring to your attention as it may impact your future access to the service.
Understanding the EA Terms of Service is extremely important, should you have any general questions or concerns please review theTerms of Service (opens in new tab). Should you then need additional assistance, or wish to appeal a violation, you cancontact (opens in new tab)us.
Electronic Arts, Inc.
EA.com Customer Relations
Note that EA did not actually call Kristen Salvatore a “perv”—I added that tiny embellishment only because we all know that they were thinking it.
Because he’s in the UK and either asleep or drunk, we don’t know yet if Tim Edwards received a similar email, nor do we know whether or not being the first guy to create a giant penis in Spore means the same thing over there in the UK as it does here in the States.
It’s also unclear what tipped EA off. An eagle-eyed intern on the hunt for moral turpitude? Maybe the name Boobalicious was a bit of a spoiler.
Kristen—who received the email today while attending a pre-E3 judging event in Los Angeles—has emailed PR for a comment on their lack of “support”—get it?—for her creature., and we’ll update you as soon as we get a response.
June 18, 2008