Neoseeker : News : Spore DRM even worse: only one account allowed per purchase
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chautemoc Sep 12, 08
I had kinda hoped Spore would be the game to make PC gaming prominent again, or at least help it greatly in getting there..but I really think this whole thing will prevent that. :/
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huntyr Sep 12, 08
How much you wanna bet that EA is getting Amazon to delete reviews of the game?
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Guest Sep 12, 08
I actually don't think this only one account limitation is a big deal. Only one copy of the software can be use at any given time is standard in the software industry. Given that most other software just use the EULA and honor system to enforce that. You can't play 2 different World Of Warcraft character on the same subscription at the same time and I haven't heard anyone complain about that. (My sons and I sometime fight for the WOW playing time) However, blaming on typo is pretty bad.
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skatcat31 Sep 12, 08
I say we start a petition to sue EA over this. Their DRM is going to far.
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kspiess Sep 12, 08
Nah no need to go that far, I'd say. If you feel the DRM goes too far, spread the word about it, and don't play the game.
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twizttid13 Sep 12, 08
@saint wow you're dumb.
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oni_hero Sep 13, 08
This is just another trick by EA to try and screw people out of their money.

Oh? What is that you say? You want another account or to be able to play it on your laptop? Nope! We need more money for that! Money money money! That is all we want!

I pretty much gave up on EA around the time they bought the NFL license. That is basically a slip of paper that allows them to print money, no matter how bad the madden games are getting.
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OmegaFury Sep 13, 08
Looks like I'm going to have to stick to console gaming. All of this bullshit is pissing me off; I'd rather just play console games and not have to worry about this shit. I'll also stear clear of EA for the most part because they are getting on my nerves, and I have absolutely no respect for them, and from the looks of it, never will.
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Guest Sep 13, 08
No wonder PC gaming is dying. just look at what the developer is doing
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ByteShield Sep 13, 08
This is a terrible story for 2 parties - legitimate users who simply wanted to play Spore and couldn't because the activation servers went down and EA because Spore was cracked even before it was released.

Often developers walk a tightrope with the tradeoff between protection strength and the degree of impact on legitimate users but this was a failure on both dimensions! Is this really what the publisher wants to 'accomplish'? Why not use a solution which is friendly to honest users, has no impact on development time and the strongest available protection against crackers - see the whitepaper "Is Anti-Piracy/DRM the Cure or the Disease for PC Games?" which can be downloaded here http://www.byteshield.net/byteshield_whitepaper_0005.pdf
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Guest Sep 13, 08
Pirate it!

Seriously, do it. Consider it their penelty, which is made up by each person who buys two copies of the game.
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fudgeboy Sep 13, 08
wow, could be an ideal situation for another company to make a rip off game, sell it for less and have unlimited installs...not that i'm for that kind of thing but the opportunity is definatly there.
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joesocwork Sep 13, 08
I'm not happy about this at all. As an administrator of a fansite I was going to get the game no matter what. But this was a game I really looked forward to sharing with my children. I wanted my 8 y.o. daughter to be able to have her own account for her own child oriented Spore universe apart from mine, with her, not my, name showing up when she plays.

The industry claims to be seeking the casual user, often at the expense of the veteran/ hardcore players. Well this kind of the decision is one where it makes it look as if the industry is more interested in the bottomline instead of both types of consumers.
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Guest Sep 14, 08
Bummer, I am not going to buy this because I will do way more then 3 re-installs of operating systems in the next 2 years. I change hardware allot and this would make me have to stick with the same motherboard and cpu or at least upgrade hardware very VERY carefully to avoid having to reinstall the OS. I would not be able to look at Newegg and just think "whats fast and new and cool" I will have to think "omgosh what will allow me to upgrade without changing the HAL to bad so I can boot and get the drivers working through hours spent in hardware manager and regedit". yeah, no thanks EA not ever gonna buy anything that I cant change the CPU technology i.e. moving from socket am2 to LGA775 thats one install sucker. better hope your mobo's bios changes will bring you the features you need because you are stuck with it! Better hope your a fanboy of your gear because if you want to change it you have to check with EA afterwards (WTF?!!?! FU EA your not the boss of me!).

Now honestly yes I can call them up just like I can call MS to activate XP pro when I need to re-authorize windows. But XP pro is an operating system that does productive things for me. Spore is a game that I will someday be over and not want to play. With XP I put up with it because I have to, with Spore I am totaly over it well early, like right now, because I don't need another annoying concern in my life. Why the heck would I buy a 'game' to have 'fun' when I know its just going to lead to a tech support conversation? LOFL at idiot devs...

BTW I work with several ex-EA people on a game coming out in the near future. They all seem so happy and proud of having been able to leave this kind of stupidity behind. The person responsible for this DRM situation does not game, he or she just looks at games and gamers as a cash cow to be abused and leached off of. With no understanding of the fun of video games, they see the passion for gaming as an addiction to take advantage of. Lots of those types in the industry now.
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