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September 8, 2008 10:09 PM PST

spore.png I'd love to buy Spore. Really. But I'm not going to do it.

The DRM on it is insane: you can only install it three times and then you're out of luck. Ever have to repave your Windows install? Ever feel like playing a game you bought a few years (and computers) back? Too bad.

I understand that piracy can be a big problem, particularly for game developers, but treating your honest customers like criminals is not a strategy for success.

See the reviews on for a good example of the protest vote.

And, while you're at it, pick of a copy of Stardock's Sins Of A Solar Empire instead: DRM not included. Check out Stardock's Gamer's Bill Of Rights. Well played.
Comments (7)

Mike Smith, September 9, 2008 09:07 AM:

Totally agree. You should NEVER do anything to hurt your customer just to try and limit piracy (which pirates will just get it anyway).

Recently, Cliff Harris talked to a bunch of people and asked them why they pirate games ( One of the biggest reasons was because people didn't want to deal with DRM. Interesting... your anti-pirate device is making more pirates...

Sniffy, September 9, 2008 01:07 PM:

Check out Good Old Games ( No DRM, no CD. Just the good old games.

Robert'); DROP TABLE Students;--, September 9, 2008 05:31 PM:

How is this different from Windows activation?
I suppose Windows will allow you to reinstall
if your hardware hasn't changed.

Is there any way to install to a virtual machine
and backup the virtual machine?

Can EA's servers be attacked with authentication
requests which consume all of the valid
authentications? Would this force them
to patch the game to remove authentication?

There was a good program on CBC Radio last night
about intellectual property:
I believe Steven Page suggested that when
artists treat their audience like consumers,
the audience treats the artist like a manufacturer
and treats the art like a product.

Sniffy, September 11, 2008 01:29 PM:

Hey Robert, what's up with the SQL injection attack?

Otherwise, interesting debate on the CBC. Thx for the link.

Robert'); DROP TABLE Students;--, September 11, 2008 04:09 PM:

Sniffy, September 16, 2008 12:47 PM:

xkcd FTW!

J, September 25, 2008 02:39 PM:

This DRM thing really put me off the game. I was exited about it for years, and then reading all this just really makes me lose interest. Also the review at Ars Technica wasn't that great. I guess you can count me as a console only gamer now. Sad, since I was always pro-keyboard/mouse in the past.

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