Maxis Harassment of Alphaville Herald Continues: Urizenus Suspended

by Alphaville Herald on 10/12/03 at 10:22 am

In This breaking News, The Publisher of the Alphaville Herald, Urizenus, has been suspended for 72 hours for providing a link to The Alphaville Herald in his property description. Specifically, the offending statement in his property description was this: “Our newspaper/blog is online at” (see letter from EA Player Relations below)This is the latest element in a campaign of harassment of The Alphaville Herald that has been pursued by Maxis since we have begun breaking stories on Maxis’s refusal to pursue evidence of child abuse and underage sexual activity in Alphaville. We reject the contention that this site is a commercial site, and we deplore the Maxis strategy of selective enforcement of its TOS to harass and intimidate whistle blowers. Readers should rest assured that we will continue reporting these important stories, with or without the in game presence of the Urizenus avatar.

Click “continue reading” to see the suspension letter from EA Player Relations.

Dear Urizenus,

This letter is to notify you that your account ( 578372615 ) has been suspended from The Sims Online for 72 hours. On 12-10-2003 at 05:43 GMT a complaint was filed against you. A sample of the log(s) that resulted in this action can be found below.

Please review the following policies with regards to this issue, posted at:

This is your *final warning*. Please take the time to review the Terms of Service and User Agreement. Although we would regret the closure of your account, we feel that it would be in the best interest of the service as a whole, if the Terms of Service was broken again following this suspension.

Thank you for your attention.

>From House Profile: “Our newspaper/blog is online at

As this site links to illegal sites, it is illegal to advertise in TSO.

EA Player Relations

2 Responses to “Maxis Harassment of Alphaville Herald Continues: Urizenus Suspended”

  1. cant say

    Dec 13th, 2003

    Shall we take a good look at the players? Who is playing? Who owns web sites? How many are commercial? How many are reviered by Maxis? Now how many have never recieved a letter?

    Start digging, but I can tell you that you wont like what you find out.

    Its a dirty past and “for the good of the community” is B.S. threw in threw.

    Yes you got shafted but you wernt the first. What happened to the hundreds of sites that were around a couple of years ago?

    Personaly I think your rights to free speech have been violated and if it happens to me I am getting a lawyer after I contact all the major gamer mags.

    Good Luck to you and ppl are watching.

  2. Nick F.

    Dec 16th, 2003

    OK, this just fucking makes me sick.

    Those Maxis fucks let an alleged underage girl run a brothel AND post links to a site that promotes money trades, but suspend Urizenus for posting a link to TAH?!?!

    To paraphrase the movie “Scarface” (The 80′s version)…


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