Sep 8

Fight DRM: Don’t buy Spore!

Category: News

HPAW is very against DRM and I hate to see a good game ruined by bad company practices but that is exactly what has happened yet again with EA (anyone see a pattern?). Spore has the horrid DRM “protection”

If you have been wondering whether or not to get this game here is something to likely make up your mind.

So what are the people complaining about? Taking a look at the review Amazon tagged as “the most helpful critical review,” it’s pretty clear. “First of all, the game incorporates a draconian DRM system that requires you to activate over the internet, and limits you to a grand total of 3 activations,” the disgruntled user wrote. “If you reach that limit, then you’ll have to call EA in order to add one extra activation. That’s not as simple as it sounds, since when you reach that point EA will assume that you, the paying customer, are a filthy pirating thief. You will need to provide proof of purchase, reasons why the limit was reached…”

Complete story at ars technica.

This same thing happened with Bioshock for the PC but 2K Games later removed the DRM. DRM does not prevent piracy, it forces people into it and thats just not right.


10 Comments so far

  1. King Of Iceland September 9th, 2008 2:17 AM

    Didn’t the PC version of Mass Effect also have a 5 activation system too?

    Man, this system doesn’t seem to help AT ALL. A few of my friends decided to pirate Spore instead of buying it because of this so, good job EA.

  2. twilight wolf522 September 9th, 2008 6:41 AM

    I didn’t think that Spore had that… Well maybe I’ll still stupid on what you guys are talking about but I still think DRM “Protection” sounds dumb.

  3. metalsnakezero September 9th, 2008 1:26 PM

    I did buy Spore but this DRM is all BS. This is the reason why PC gaming isn’t doing well.

  4. rockhardred123 September 9th, 2008 2:16 PM

    I just pirated it… And I have to say, it’s not that great of a game. Fun, but nothing more.

  5. Vegito7777777 September 9th, 2008 2:44 PM

    Wow thats really bull shit, i was about to go buy it this weekend. I guess ill have to wait until it goes away

  6. rockhardred123 September 9th, 2008 4:08 PM

    It won’t go away. That’s why it’s on there, so people don’t pirate it. But the pirated versions all have that removed, so no problems here.

  7. CylonAndrew September 9th, 2008 6:33 PM

    Well, I was going to buy this, but I think I will hold on until this DRM thing is taken away. I encourage people to E-Mail EA in a respectable and civilized maner and complain like civilized people.

  8. overlord22 September 10th, 2008 5:50 PM

    I bought spore and its an ok game. I wish DRM didn’t butt into every PC game. If you guys know what i mean.

  9. Nilloc2468 September 11th, 2008 8:47 PM

    I didn’t plan on buying Spore anyway

  10. SilverTorch September 16th, 2008 3:25 PM

    I bought spore and I guess since I was waiting for it so long I don’t really mind

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