Anyone see the uproar about Mass Effect PC DRM?

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Anyone see the uproar about Mass Effect PC DRM?

Postby OldPhatDad » Thu May 08, 2008 8:19 pm

Check out the thread on BioWare's Mass Effect site:

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Postby mattr33 » Fri May 09, 2008 4:46 am

I honestly feel for software developers and their desire to protect their products from piracy.

Some of the concerns in that thread are valid though (I did not read all 100 pages). I don't want extra stuff loaded on my computer that remains there (like the old Starforce anti-piracy did).

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Postby GodSquirrel » Fri May 09, 2008 11:38 am

As much as i love Bioware as a developer (KOTOR and NWN 4tw), this makes me seriously reconsider Mass Effect for the PC, and makes me look at the 360 version again.

Mass Effect isn't the only game that's going to use this DRM, the highly anticipated game Spore will as well. While i can definitely feel for the developers and publishers, this kind of copy protection only does anything to the legitimate user. Bioshock had a similar activation and it still got cracked. The pirates will have their nice working copies of Mass Effect that they can easily play while offline, and those of us who spend hard earned money will be forced to put up with this kind of protection. Hopefully something can be worked out before the release of the game, although Bioware seems very set on using this protection.
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Postby OldPhatDad » Fri May 09, 2008 8:45 pm

Well, they've eliminated the recurring 10 day phone home part of it. Still not enough though, as they still have SecuROM, they still require on-line activation when it first installs, and you only get 3 activations before you have to depend on the good will of EA tech support.

Good to see the outcry has had some effect though. Hopefully the pressure will keep up and they'll look a little harder at the rest of it.
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Postby mattr33 » Sat May 10, 2008 4:19 am

Activation fine, but not online. Call in to a toll free number to activate it.
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Postby GodSquirrel » Sat May 10, 2008 11:07 am

mattr33 wrote:Activation fine, but not online. Call in to a toll free number to activate it.



if they even gave the option between the two that would be a step up
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