The People Have Spoken: ‘Spore’ Is Ruined By Its Own DRM
Judging by the reviews on Amazon.com (120 and counting), the public reaction to EA and Will Wright’s hugely-anticipated epic Sim-everything game, Spore, has been overwhelmingly negative.
The huge majority of the complaints seem to be aimed at one particular aspect of the game – not the gameplay itself, but EA’s decision to include the SecuROM DRM (Digital Rights Management) system. The much-maligned system only allows the game to be installed 3 times, before requiring a phone call to EA to request an extra activation.
This essentially reduces the game to nothing more than a rental, which will be completely useless when EA eventually switch off the activation servers. The system also installs software which runs with super user privileges that cannot be deactivated, which is a huge security risk and may well enable worm and virus attacks against Spore users in the future.
Understandably, paying customers are furious that they are being treated like pirates and are making their voices heard. You could download it DRM-free from your favourite torrent site after all – it won’t even cost you a penny either.