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EA forum mods to ban users from games

And anything linked to Master Account.

EA forum moderators may soon have the power to ban naughty users from the game they paid for, as well as a whole host of the publisher's catalogue.

"Your forum account will be directly tied to your Master EA Account, so if we ban you on the forums, you would be banned from the game as well since the login process is the same. And you'd actually be banned from your other EA games as well since it's all tied to your account," said EA Apoc - supposedly community manager Aaron Kaufman - on the Red Alert 3 forum.

"So if you have Spore and Red Alert 3 and you get yourself banned on our forums or in-game, well, your Spore account would be banned too. It's all one and the same, so I strongly recommend people play nice and act mature."

We've contacted EA for comment, incidentally, as this seems rather silly; you may remember the about-turn issued by the publisher after a Spore forum moderator boasted similar powers to curb DRM chatter.

The PC version of Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 sits on shop shelves today, with the Xbox 360 offering to follow in November.

EA took over London's Trafalgar Square last night to celebrate, where actors from the game collided with press and public. Ellie bumped into Gemma Atkinson, who plays Lt Eva McKenna in the game. Find out what happened When Ellie Met Gemma very soon.