Some Of EA's Online Passes Can Expire, But Shouldn't

Some perturbed NeoGAF users have taken to the forums to air their grievances regarding some expired online passes. One gamer realized that his online pass for Need for Speed: The Run had expired, which cut them off from playing on Xbox Live.

While EA says that some games do indeed have Online Passes with expiration dates, getting a new code or redownloading a defunct one is free. It's good that no extra financial burden is put on folks who bought the game new, but entering in a code is pesky enough without having to track down EA for help.

So don't panic if you crack open a new copy of a game that's been on the shelves for awhile -- your right to play online is still valid, but you have to attain a new code directly from EA.

If you want to hear some Game Informer editors rant about this new effort to curb used game sales, check out the most recent episode of the Game Informer Show podcast. Also be sure to read Jeff's satirical article framing the dismal future which could result from these restrictive practices.