There was a bit of a kerfuffle on Twitter over the weekend. Actually, there's never not a kerfuffle going on over on Twitter, so I'd better narrow that down. The issue in question involved Xbox Live bans on the new Xbox One console, and whether a ban would mean that a player would be locked out of their online games collection.
@dohertymark If your account is banned, you also forfeit the licenses to any games that have licenses tied to it as listed in the ToU. ^AC— Xbox Support (@XboxSupport1) June 14, 2013
The support team additionally said that "if you lose your account in some way, you would work with the teams here to recover your account. The same as now." Microsoft later moved to clarify the tweet, saying that it was in relation to any Xbox 360 games collections, not Xbox One's. Major Nelson has now moved to back up those later clarifications, insisting that the rumour was "absolutely" not true and that players will "always have access to the games you purchased".
Questions were also asked about what will happen when Microsoft decides to move on from the Xbox One - whether servers will eventually shut down, rendering players unable to access the games they paid for. Nelson responded: "I'll just say this: We haven't even started this generation, so it's kind of early to talk about the end of the generation. That's certainly something we would not do. That's not the way the system is designed. It's designed for flexibility. But let's get the system out there first."
One might argue that any potty mouths inhabiting Xbox Live might benefit from temporarily revoked access to their favourite games, but its a thorny consumer issue, at best. Do you think temporary bans would ever be justified, or should everyone have unconditional access to everything they purchase?