EA implements the most offensive DRM ever devised

Mikey 3 comments
EA implements the most offensive DRM ever devised

Just when you thought DRM couldn't get any worse, take a look at EA's latest game release, SPORE.

For our non-gaming audience who might not be aware, EA have taken it upon themselves to push DRM to a new level of annoyance and inconvenience. Anyone who obtains SPORE legitimately will be limited to a maximum of 3 installations. I kid you not. After that, tough sh*t if you want to keep playing the game. This means for people who rebuild their machines often (I know I do) and have to reinstall the game, the 3rd time will be the last after you will be required to buy the game again.

Gamers have been revolting lately and showing their disgust by giving the game poor ratings on several review sites, including .

But today it got worse. Although the accompanying manual clearly says that users are allowed to create multiple profiles on the game (so that someone else in the family may play without over writing your own game saves - like nearly every other game lets you do), it turns out this "was a misprint". An EA rep confirmed this in a forum:

"That section in the manual was a misprint and will be corrected in future printings of the manual. There is one Spore registration/account per game/serial code so you are correct in that you cannot make multiple accounts at this time."

Talk about shafting legitimate users. They are essentially saying "Regardless of if you purchased the game or not, we are going to assume you are all guilty of piracy anyway".

The dumbest part is that the game was leaked 4 days before launch in a state that bypasses the DRM, and since the official launch the game has been cracked in a DRM free state as well.

So what does all this mean? It means pirates get the better experience and legitimate users get anally violated by a misguided DRM implementation.

I for one, although I want the game, will have to give it a miss. I can't afford to keep buying it because of the rate I like to rebuild my PC, and I know my daughters will want to play it on their computers. I don't think it's unreasonable to want to install a game I purchased onto my PC as often as I need too, and I wont let EA treat me like a criminal.

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Friday 12th September 2008 | 12:52 PM

While it doesn't pay to be a pirate, it certainly assures more fun!

That is a pretty low blow by EA though, certainly they must understand that regardless of legitimacy, if the DRM stops legitimate buyers from purchasing their games, then they WILL dramatically lower their sales potential.

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Friday 12th September 2008 | 01:16 PM

This is not as bad as what EA originally wanted. Their idea was that if you bought the game, you would have to validate your copy every 10 days via the internet or a phone call. if you didnt, then your game would stop working!

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Friday 12th September 2008 | 09:11 PM

Hi Mike,

I have watched the development of this game for over a year I'm sure. I want it also. I have the same problem as you do, I'm always doing something to this or one of my other computers, and three installs wouldn't last me six months.

I think what you outta' do with your ability is at least help us contributors and our readers out by making a pirate version available...Ha ha...just kidding of course.

I had sort of spaced out the release of the game, and would love to have it. Now that I know it is available, I'll have to check out the possibilities.


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