F.E.A.R. is a first-person shooter that received good reviews from IGN.com and PC Gamer, so a couple days ago I decided to pick it up. Every time I launched the game, I got a message from my ZoneAlarm firewall that it was exhibiting suspicious behavior...... tracking keyboard strokes, mouse clicks. I'd never seen that when playing other games, but figured that it wasn't a big deal, since all I was doing while playing the game was playing the game. So tonight, ZoneAlarm's spyware checker reported that I'd been infected with Gamespy Arcade. I clicked on More Info, and there was a page about how Gamespy Arcade is spyware. Note: when I installed F.E.A.R, I was asked whether or not I wanted to install Gamespy Arcade, and I specifically selected NO. So, I'm getting annoyed. I had ZoneAlarm quarantine the file. I googled Gamespy Arcade and found a number of articles explaining why it's spyware. I launched the game again... got that same message about suspicious activity. I told ZoneAlarm to block F.E.A.R. from whatever it was trying to do. I was still able to play the game with no problems. But after quitting the game I ran more spyware checks. AdAware did not find anything, but ZoneAlarm reported that Gamespy Arcade was back. So, every time I launch F.E.A.R. it loads me up with spyware. Effing wonderful. I think all game review outlets should report on games that come bundled with spyware... but they're probably too far in bed with the industry and advertisers who pull this crap. I guess I'll take a moment to complain to Sierra and/or Vivendi Universal and mention that I'm not inclined to buy any more of their products... fat lot of good that'll do, but I'm also going to warn people publicly when I can. So be warned.