I am back after a week in the wilderness! Did you miss me?
A while back I wrote about the game Spore(link to Spore IS Evolution). I have been waiting for a couple of years for it’s release. I am still very excited to play the game and I WILL BE buying it. But, some of you may choose not to. You see, companies are all about making money…And, EA Sports is no different. They have crippled the release by throwing DRM(Digital Rights Management) on the game. It is a war that has been raging for quite a few years in the movie and music industry, and is just as problematic in the gaming industry.
DRM sucks. Plain and simple.
I hated Microsoft telling me whether my copy of Windows XP was valid or not every time I did a computer upgrade. So I dumped them for Apple, and if Apple gets greedy, then off to Linux I will go, and forever I will stay. If I BUY a CD, DVD, Game, Computer, etc…I should be the one dictating what I should do with it. If a corporation slaps restrictions beyond the obvious ones(copyright, trademark), then I welcome the revolt that is happening all over the internet right now towards EA. I should be able to install the game on more than 3 computers. I shouldn’t have to call them to get their permission to install it on a 4th. I own the game, I did not rent it…Here is a link to an article on the revolt.
If you have bought the game, let me know how the install went and if you had any issues with the DRM!
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