Wow, that's insane. whats more insane is that you believe it...
I can attest that it does happen, because it happened to me. Not only was I banned from the Bioware forums, but my EA account was suspended, so I can no longer log into my Dragon Age/Mass Effect 2 accounts or access any of my DLC, most of which I paid for.
So yes, it does happen. Unless you want to call me a liar.
Yep. Banning people on the forums is w/e, I totally understand that. But there have been people who I've read where games that use online authentication have been banned from their game for poor behavior on forums.
There was nothing poor about my behavior on the Bioware forums.
Confrontational, asshattardly, provocative, annoying and let's-throw-some-bricks-ery - but not poor.
Luckily, there aren't "that" many cases where people are banned for making an honestly constructive criticism but there have been cases like that. I have a hard time posting even on here because I know Frogboy can see exactly what games I have and could (probably) ban me if he wanted to. My saving grace is I know that I can just prevent Impulse from ever connecting to the internet and keep my games. Also, I haven't (yet) heard of people losing access to their games on this forum.
Oh, I wouldn't worry about Frogboy. He's pretty awesome and not at all an asshat. He can be a bit of a douche at times but I'll take some honest douchery (which he is very upfront about) to the smile-in-your-face-stab-you-in-the-back asshat moderation that goes on on most public game forums these days, such as Bethesda, Bioware or Blizzard (Stardock doesn't start with a 'B
', does it? I am seeing a pattern).
It helps that I can put a face and name to almost every employee and that they don't employ random users as moderators (although I am sure it'll come to that sooner or later, if Stardock keeps being awesome). Not that I'd show up with an I-beam at someone's house if I were banned, but it does help to have that (false) sense of security. It's familiar.
Why, just the other day, I was reprimanded by Jafo. Not a smile in sight. Refreshing.