Hell(no)gate London

So Dr.Heinous wanted to play Hellgate London tonight. I received it as a present long ago, but never installed it. No interest.

Well, for something to do, I figured I’d load it up. Then, during the installation, this intrusive little inquisitor popped up and started demanding information, like my name, my birthdate, my email, and so on.

Excuse me? I have to give you my name and date of birth to play a fucking game? How does this game know I plan to play online? I might be installing it for single player use. So why do this?

I started reading through the crap and yes, if I want to play online, I have to register with Ping0. Then I read their disclaimers and non-privacy policy. Bad as I thought. I don’t own the game, I so kindly purchased a license to play the game. Then I got to this….

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How do we use your personal information?
The personal information you provide to Flagship Studios and/or Ping0 will allow us to fulfill your product or service order; alert you of new products or services, features, or enhancements; handle/route your customer service questions or issues; and/or notify you of upgrade opportunities, contests, promotions, or special events and offers. We may enhance or merge the personal information we collect with data from third parties. We may also provide your personal information to other companies or organizations that offer products or services that may be of interest to you. In such cases, we will notify you that the information will be shared and provide you with an opportunity to opt-out.

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Translation: Bend over, we’re gonna fuck you however we want.

Edit: Fledge has it right.

Update: And just to really make things worse, I have to have the disc available to uninstall it? So if I ever lost the disc, I couldn’t get this piece of crap off my system? How truly wonderful this crap smells.

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3 Responses to Hell(no)gate London

  1. Dr.Heinous says:

    This is what you got worked up about? Cookies information imbeddedin tags?

  2. Ubu Roi says:

    And the beacons, and the sharing. But really what set it off was the request for my D/O/B. You work with privileged data. How much damage can you do with a name and date of birth? Now add a credit card into the mix (for services I wasn’t going to purchase)

    I’ll be damned if I’ll hand a bunch of idiots my date of birth, just to play a game.

  3. Dr.Heinous says:

    Sadly they probably have to ask. THe game is rated ‘M’ for mature… Wouldn’t want a 17 year old to install it and get traumatized. AOC had to ask too (also rated M). Ah, the joys of being protected from ones self…

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