Warhammer: EULA spammer extraordinaire

Ok, I’m playing Warhammer and having a lot of fun. 

But Scott Jenning’s over at Broken Toys has a post today on something pretty annoying that I noticed logging in — Warhammer makes you scroll through and accept its End User License Agreement and then its Code of Conduct twice, every time you log in. 

And if you have the unfortunate experience of crashing to your desktop (or crashing so your whole PC locks up and has to be rebooted like I did yesterday), you have to scroll through and accept the EULA and COC again. 

I had noticed this, been a bit annoyed, but assumed it was because of patch files being loaded during my initial gameplay or was a lingering bug from the beta.

But apparently, as Broken Toys puts it, it’s a “feature.” 

 A GOA community manager is quoted explaining how this was intentionally done to insure greater legal protection and essentially saying a little inconvenience is a “..small price to pay for hours and hours of glorious WAR…”

His comments are followed by about another 30 pages of people complaining about it, and an informal poll on the forums shows 90% of people finding it at least a nuisance and 40% of people saying it would impact their playing the game.

Hmmm, if I was launching a new game, this is the kind of niggling little annoyance I’d want to avoid.

Lots of games — including MMOs like World of Warcraft — seem to be just fine enforcing their rights with much less intrusive EULA agreement mechanisms.  Why create a constant annoyance for your players, especially one that’s in their faces every time they start your brand new game?

Furthermore, it’s just salt in the wound when the game client crashes.  That’s pretty aggravating all by itself, why add further inconvenience?

I guess the EULA/COC spam is a small price to pay for a fun game like Warhammer.  I cetainly won’t stop playing it just because of that.

But I’m convinced there must be a better solution — for EA and for the players.


(And, as long as I’m on this mini-rant, it would be really great if Warhammer streamlined the client start process too.  I really don’t need to watch the EA, Mythic and Games Workshop logos whizz onto my screen.  Just load the client, and if you feel the need to remind me who makes the game put their logos on the “Warhammer: Age of Reckoning” loading screen.  I am willing to cut some slack here if the logos are just being shown to keep us entertained while the client completes loading, but no one has suggested that’s what’s happening.)


Additions: Just ran across another post on this subject by Syp at Waaagh! (hope I got the right number of a’s in there <grin>).  

Chris F at I Has PC can’t believe any one would waste time complaining about something so minor.  Fair enough.

What do you think?

5 Responses to “Warhammer: EULA spammer extraordinaire”

  1. 1 Poot September 19, 2008 at 8:59 pm

    I agree – it’s a major annoyance, especially with all the client crashes.

  2. 2 Beefcake September 26, 2008 at 10:22 pm

    Can’t agree more, its very annoying.

    Like most gamers, I really don’t care about the eula. I’ll agree to whatever they put up there. They need to give ppl like me an option to do it once, or worst case once every major patch like in wow.

    The startup sequence is also too long. Once you’ve been through it once, the game should load straight to the server selection screen.

    Great game tho!

  3. 3 Sepioth September 30, 2008 at 6:46 pm

    You can remove one of the opening videos (the big intro cinematic) by renaming/moving/deleting (your choice) the video.myp file.

    But I do agree the game should start right up .. no more videos or company logos … or EULA .. that really has to go .. at least they combined them recently. 😛

  4. 4 Mike October 4, 2008 at 11:15 am

    Yes, it’s horribly annoying to have to both scroll-down AND click a checkbox AND hit OK. Sometimes, TWICE. If people are going to cheat, sell gold, or whatever, do you really think that a EULA will stop them, no matter how many times it’s displayed? Nope…

    And, yeah, the videos get pretty old. At least let me hit ESC or something to skip them when they start playing. I already know I’m playing Warhammer – I don’t need a video to remind me of that 30 seconds before I play.

  1. 1 I HAS PC » STOP THE PRESSES! Trackback on September 17, 2008 at 5:27 pm

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