Normally when we talk about EA it's to tell you about how they've come up with a new way to make their customers angry, but not today. EA has announced that they are going to discontinue using their Online Pass program which disabled online features of a game if you borrowed it from a friend or bought it used and if you wanted to play online you had to pay and additional fee. Sony and Microsoft has also discontinued their use of similar programs which is probably why EA is doing the same but in the end this is good news for gamers. The Verge has more details.
Electronic Arts has a reputation to rebuild, and today the video game company is making one important gesture: VentureBeat reports that EA is getting rid of its oft-loathed Online Pass program. Basically, Online Pass was an attempt to allow Electronic Arts to profit even from second-hand game sales using a form of DRM: it would restrict multiplayer and other online functionality only to users who bought a brand-new copy of the game, or specifically paid EA for a code after their used game purchase.